Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Project Area: 47,200 SF
Year Completed: 2004
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. This renovation and expansion project maintains the historic presence of the building, while infusing the location with new life and purpose. The vibrant renovation was designed to bring more students and young professionals to the downtown area and provide a creative, flexible environment for KVCC’s growing New Media program with 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 while the vintage deco limestone exterior is juxtaposed with an aluminum storefront and clear glass curtain wall, offering views of the energetic and colorful interior.