Columbus, Indiana, USA
42,000 square feet / 4,000 square meters
The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE) is a state-of-the-art education and workforce training center serving students and industry in Southeastern Indiana. The building is home to AMCE’s certification and degree programs as well as business development services for manufacturers. With integrated technology labs and classrooms designed for a science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum, the building enables distance learning.
AMCE is located on a campus that includes Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), and the Columbus Learning Center. Across from the Columbus Learning Center and adjacent to the IUPUC and Ivy Tech buildings, the building is placed to form an academic quadrangle.
Designed as a pavilion, the building is straightforward, elegant, and efficient. Exposed structural columns and roof framing, articulated in white, form a deep overhang against the building’s metallic gray walls. The building is clad in insulated metal panels, an economical and thermally efficient wall system.
Labs and classrooms are arranged in a U shape around the perimeter of the building, while offices and conference rooms are organized around two courtyards. The building is filled with natural light throughout. A continuous ribbon of structurally glazed windows brings natural light into the labs and classrooms and interior spaces receive sunlight from the courtyard. All window glazing includes a ceramic frit applied in a dot pattern to control glare and heat gain. The deep overhang provides shading on various exposures.
Reflecting a working manufacturing environment, finishes in the labs are simple and durable. Exposed mechanical systems in the labs allow the rooms to be easily reconfigured for new equipment and uses.