At the Genesee Career Institute (GCI), a tuition-free education gives high school students exposure to new skill sets and technologies for entry into the workforce, certifications, and college credits. To enhance this opportunity, Barton Malow transformed a simple, single-story building into an innovative tech center where K12 students find inspiration and receive a technical education. Phase I of the project featured over 77,000 SF of renovations, providing students access to enormous workspaces that stress the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) via 3D printers, fume hoods, and more. Phase II created the Innovation Zone, an 8,700-SF addition. With connectivity—both technologically and on the human level—in mind, the addition features new ways to interact while also connecting the south and north wings.
Positive Impacts with Limited Distractions
During the planning of the GCI renovation, our team ensured students weren’t negatively impacted by such a massive development. By breaking up the project into four succinct phases, the team was able to rotate work to keep the school open and eliminate distractions. Overall, the renovations did not affect the day-to-day life of students learning and interacting. The completion of the renovations and addition have provided GCI with the opportunity to consolidate elements of programs and provide a comprehensive and innovative education.
Built by the Community
Barton Malow makes an effort to maximize the connections to the communities in which we live, work, and play. At GCI, we engaged local Genesee County subcontractors, with three trade contractors based within walking distance of the project and about eight to 12 GCI alumni actually working on the project in the trades. “There is a greater sense of pride when people are working in their very own community,” said project director, Steven Rewers.