Renovation of a High School into a College, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Johnstown, PA
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (PHCC) needed more space for their increasing student population. L.R. Kimball evaluated their program needs with the goal of converting the existing Richland High School into a new state-of-the-art community college facility.
The project required a phased implementation due to the availability of funding. In addition, the construction phasing needed to accommodate the construction of the adjacent new Richland High School, also designed by L.R. Kimball. These issues included aligning site access, recreational fields and parking for the two projects to create a cohesive campus environment.
Due to the age of the existing building, extensive upgrades to all building systems were required to meet code compliance. The interior building layout was significantly modified to provide college-level amenities including a Cyber Lounge, Book Store and Food Court/Café.
The Industrial Arts shop area of the former Richland High School was transformed into a new “Work Force Education Complex” and features a 70-seat, large group instruction area and additional classroom and office spaces. This area is a business/technology incubator and facilitates workforce development opportunities between local businesses and the college.
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