Due to a 40% enrollment increase, Walsh College began an ambitious three-phase building program to increase capacity and flexibility at its Troy, Michigan campus. The first phase consists of a two-story 36,000 SF addition that presents a refreshed identity for the campus that houses a new library, lecture hall, classrooms, and seminar rooms. VDTA used an “immersive “ design process, with design team members spending several days on campus attending classes, working in administrative offices and otherwise experiencing the college environment firsthand before design began. This research based design approach allowed the outcome to be driven by the user experience.
This first phase is certified LEED Gold. Sustainable strategies include onsite stormwater cleaning and storage through bioswales and a constructed wetland, high performance thermal envelope, daylight harvesting, energy optimization for night occupancy, and improved indoor air quality.
The second phase addressed a 75,000SF interior renovation of the existing building that provides coherence for a building that has grown by accretion over the past 50 years. The third phase will be another 40,000SF addition located across a quadrangle created by the first phase.
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