This renovation and expansion project for Kalamazoo Valley Community College maintains the historic presence of the building, while infusing the location with new life and purpose as a facility devoted to current and future technology. The KVCC Center for New Media establishes a home for an expanding department and curriculum that includes web page design, graphic design, e-commerce, animation, illustration, digital photography, and multimedia. The facility encompasses classrooms, collaborative areas, art galleries, a computer lab, a student lounge, and faculty offices.
Located on a prominent downtown corner, the existing exterior shell and structure of the 1929 limestone building are left intact, with a 9,000-square-foot addition built to match. The environment within is bold and contemporary, with exposed building systems, colorfully painted and butt-glazed walls, trapezoidal tack boards, random patterns of carpet tile, and floating cloud ceilings. The vintage deco limestone exterior is juxtaposed with an aluminum storefront and clear glass curtain wall, offering views of the energetic and colorful interior to downtown foot traffic. Many authentic historical elements of the original design, such as the copper window eyebrow awnings, were reconstructed after examining the original construction drawings.
The vibrant renovation is designed to bring more students and young professionals to the downtown area and to provide a creative, flexible environment for KVCC’s growing New Media program.