Aerospace Classroom at BCTS
Tasked with converting an outdated autobody shop into a new state-of-the-art Aerospace Classroom, this project features an Engineering Lab, Assembly Studio, and a Prototype Workshop that follow the “design thinking” process from early concepts to working models. The Engineering Lab is where early thoughts develop and come together in a digital experience. With docking stations for the students tablets along with large whiteboard walls and collaborative seating, students can work collaboratively on a variety of designs. In the Assembly Studio, bits and pieces begin to come together as students are provided with large work tables as well as a flexible soldering bench for small individual projects. In the back of the space, the Prototype Workshop is home to a variety of specific machinery and tools in a dust controlled work environment for bigger builds and more complicated construction.
Flexibility throughout the spaces was key as the ever-evolving machinery has different requirements and technology further integration into designs. To meet these specific needs, the design includes large butcherblock surfaces, overhead cord reels, compressed air, and dust collection combined with whiteboard writing surfaces, TV displays, and tablet docking stations. The renovated space provides opportunities for large, collaborative builds, as well as, solo work stations for smaller independent projects. As the project site is directly across from a local airport, it was imperative to connect to its historic roots as imagery from early airplanes and significant moments can be found throughout. Indoor air quality was also a concern as the local airport necessitated standards higher than most.