SSOE has been selected to provide architectural and engineering design services for Henry Ford College’s (HFC) Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute / Technology Building Renovation and Addition Project in Dearborn, Michigan.
The project includes the renovation of 18,000 SF of existing classroom and lab space and the addition of 24,000 SF of new space in the Technology Building on HFC’s main campus. Renovations will include structure, envelope, interior finish, HVAC, lighting, electrical, and plumbing updates. This project will allow for continued renovations initiated in 2015 and has a total estimated budget of $14.9 million.
HFC’s 24,000 SF addition will create multi-disciplinary labs, including a new Makerspace / Innovation Hub, renovated automotive labs, as well as the business and entrepreneurial collaboration space needed to support changing programs and curricula, the regional demand for workforce training, and business and industry partnership initiatives. This new construction will also improve building and program access and internal circulation, while addressing the lack of breakout / collaborative workspaces critical for student success. Lastly, the addition will house a new campus Energy Plant to support the college’s goal of a Net Zero campus. SSOE will work closely with HFC’s energy partners, Johnson Controls and Garforth International, to integrate the College’s $23.1 million Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) into this project.
Several of the programs and physical spaces that will be positively impacted by this project include the Transportation / Automotive Technology Program, the HFC Fabrication Lab, Product Development Center (“Makerspace”), Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business Skills Center, HFC Advanced Manufacturing Early College, and improved learning spaces in the Technology Building.