Francis Tuttle Industrial Technology
Francis Tuttle’s desire to continue their reach and expand class offerings resulted in a new building on their existing Reno campus. The design of the new facility supports the needs of the diverse student population and is reflective of the school's expanded trade offerings -- Industrial Controls, Welding, and Construction Trades. The building itself is identifiable with industrial technology but connects with existing themes from the original Francis Tuttle look. At night, the name glows through cut outs within the Corten steel structure, providing an added layer of detail and identity. The building is built off-access to address views of the existing Reno building and provide a more dramatic appearance.
Indoors, students are greeted by a reception and spacious lounge area which also doubles as a safe room / shelter. Linear lighting runs throughout, providing added interest and a playful edge to the industrious building. Three large bays fill the remainder of the space; each with windows to view trades from the main public corridor. The interiors of each are neutral and durable, reflective of the school’s past, but contrast with bold pops of striking color that fill the ceilings to assist with wayfinding. Each bay contains a formal classroom, office, stair to mezzanine as well as expansive square footage dedicated to high tech equipment for hands on learning. The building design embodies the goals identified by the owner and supports the trades taught to develop a thriving incoming workforce.
Size: 27,325 sf
Location: Oklahoma City