OWNER: Renton Technical College
PROJECT TYPE: Major New Facility
SCOPE: The $8 million, 47,000 sf Technology Resource Center houses computer classrooms, an instructional training center, a 150-seat lecture hall, and a 30,000-volume academic library. The two-story structure sits on a newly created plaza at the south end of the campus, improving vehicle and pedestrian circulation and creating a hospitable entry at the College’s southern boundary.
S.M. Stemper Architects collaborated with College user groups, staff and administrators to incorporate innovative, sustainable, and cost-saving design elements. The building integrates the campus’ traditional red tile roofs and earth-toned masonry with high-tech metal and glass components. Inside, the library attracts students with an open, flexible floor plan, an abundance of natural light, large computer carrels, and power and data lines at all study and work locations. Alcove seating with picture-window views of Mount Rainier provide a comfortable atmosphere for reading and studying.
Throughout the project, the College was intent on conserving resources. Previously purchased surplus windows frame the building’s lower section. Exterior sunscreens on the building’s south and west elevations lower summer cooling costs, and daylighting controls reduce dependency upon artificial lighting.
LOCATION: 3000 NE 4th Street, Renton WA