Science and Technology Building

Oakland Community College
AME Concept Design
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Programming & Planning
34,200 Sq. Ft.
51,400 Sq. Ft.
Expected Completion
August 2021
Project Cost
Client Contact
Bob Kelly Oakland Community College

The existing science programs were housed in a facility that was nearing its end of life. It was added on to and infilled over several decades and did not properly support academic programs. New programs within the existing 34,200 sf existing spaces will be student centric with academic breakout spaces, in addition to seven new instructional classrooms to support a variety of teaching strategies. Part of establishing a new simplified corridor for wayfinding required a relocation and consolidation of the existing office suite. The new office suite at the intersection of the addition and the new main student corridor will create new collaboration opportunities and shared amenities to foster new relationships among the faculty.

The 51,400 square foot new addition will create new modern facilities for both the Computer Information Sciences (CIS) department and the science programs. CIS will expand into a new first floor suite showcasing the technologies within adaptable labs. The science programs will move into the second floor of the wing. Multiple locations were studied for the placement of the addition. With consideration to long range campus master planning implications, the southwest site was identified as the best site for the following reasons:

Maintains the best features of the C Building as an asset by demolishing dilapidated portions and reusing the original structure. Simplifies the main corridor redefining the connection from the services in the B Building to the Library and Student Center to the east. Gives new identities to both the CIS and science departments on their own floors of the new addition.
Creates new outdoor amenities with a welcoming front approach, open lawn and covered event space. Preserves other building locations for future new facilities with better departmental adjacencies. Restores the original exterior pathways and watershed across the campus.

Project Overview

The new building will provide student-centric space along with academic breakout spaces and seven new instructional classrooms.  The new addition will create modern facilities for both the Sciences and Computer Information Sciences departments.  The Computer Information Sciences Department will expand into a new first floor suite, showcasing technologies in adaptable labs, and Sciences will transition into the second floor of the new wing.

On Friday October 23rd, 2020 the IDS team joined representatives from OCC, the OCC Board of Trustees and Barton Malow in signing a 43 foot long structural beam. The new 85,000 square-foot Science and Technology Building is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2021. To read more about the beam signing click here

Project Team

Project Manager
Project Architect
Robert L. Kurtz, Jr., RA
Electrical Engineer
Ellis Young
Mechanical Engineer
James A. Bologna
Interior Designer
Caitlyn Koeth, NCIDQ
Architectural Support
Kyle DiMaggio, RA, NCARB
Technology Designer
Michael Dembinski, RA
Lighting Designer
Shawn Schiappacasse, LC
Structural Engineer
Civil Consultant
Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc.
Landscape Consultant
Grissim Metz Andriese Associates
Construction Manager
Barton Malow Company