York College - Engineering Innovation Center
York College of Pennsylvania, a privately funded school with 4,500 full-time students, has made the commitment to unify its Engineering Departments in one facility. The College acquired the York Narrow Fabrics building - a turn-of-the-century 35,000 sf manufacturing facility. The project site bridges two previously disconnected areas of the College – the Main and West campuses. The York Narrow Fabrics building was transformed into the Engineering Innovation Center, which houses the Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering programs.
LSC’s designers took advantage of a 24’ high clerestory building spine, creating light wells to allow natural light into the main building corridor and into the Engineering Laboratories and Classrooms on either side.
A 9,000 sf addition to the existing building provides shop and fabrication space, as well as Project Workspace. The Project Workspace is a flexible open-plan multi-purpose fabrication area, where local industries and student groups partner for product development.
The adaptive reuse of the York Narrow Fabrics facility has presented the College and the design team with the opportunity to pursue LEED certification, through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy Efficient Design scoring system. The USGBC’s program will be the guideline by which the College will measure the level of environmental responsibility and lifecycle energy savings the Engineering Center will achieve. The project was awarded LEED Silver certification in April 2009.