As part of its 2010 Master Plan Update, Metropolitan Community College (MCC) began to strategically create centers of specialization at various MCC locations in order to reduce facility redundancy and improve the effectiveness of its delivery of education to the community. The Master Plan Update called for three separate buildings and integrated landscape on the historic Fort Omaha Campus in Omaha, Nebraska. Holland Basham Architects is serving as the Executive Architect for the project and responsible for the design of the Academic Success Center, BCDM Architects is responsible for the design of the Construction Education Center, and BNIM is responsible for the design of the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology (CAET). All three firms have been coordinating work through the design and construction process. BNIM is also serving as the LEED administrator for all buildings as part of the project.
The goal of the CAET is to provide the tools and space to develop innovative academic programming targeting industry-specific emerging technologies. The CAET building encourages the “making of things,” where prototyping, design, and production can spur innovation and entrepreneurship — filling a niche for a maker space that does not yet exist in the region. The transformative instructional design employs new work-embedded methodologies for more effective and efficient training. BNIM’s design concept also provides flexible and adaptable space, collaborative project rooms, conference areas, and soft space for chance interaction between students, faculty, and industry.