Exterior Reflect Industry/Geography
The entrance canopy takes its form inspiration from oilfield pumpjacks. The horizontal banding & offset levels reference the Bakken’s geological layers. Oilfield companies were at the forefront of donors for this facility.
It's In The Details
The diagonal window mullions in the lobby represent the fracking techniques used in oil production. Many of the training courses offered at trainND are for the oil industry.
Purposeful Design Choices
An extended reception desk provides multiple class check-ins. The blue wave built in below the accent light ties to the water used in fracking. The diagonal waves & lines visible from the second-floor balcony are a visual reflection of the energy embodied in trainND’s mission to constantly re-train & certify workers for industry’s needs.
Airy balcony seating area is a respite for students between classes or waiting for tests.
An in-house café and full commercial kitchen were needed since many classes and training events start early & last all day.
Large Training Rooms
The main training room has chair & equipment storage built into the end for quick change outs. Spaces are simple & affordable.
Modern and ADA Signage
Classroom signage in colors & finishes to match the training tech feel, customized with Braille for the deaf and hard of hearing.
A Captive Audience Environment
The wedge-shaped classrooms ensure every seat is a good seat by angling everyone toward the display & presenters. This eliminates the “twist” of students sitting on the edges of the classroom & allows the table to remain squarely & usefully in front of their viewing angle.
Training Facility Expands Outside
Training Field overlook is visible from the exterior viewing deck.
Unique angles, custom design choices, practical spaces, economical materials, and a civil site design to accompany this facility make this project a win-win for the client.
WILLISTON STATE COLLEGE TRAINND CENTER
trainND Northwest is a division of Williston State College and provides employee training to public and private organizations throughout the region. As oil and business activity significantly increased in western ND, trainND determined that they needed additional space and classrooms to adequately address the needs of the industry. What resulted was this new trainND facility that was completed in May of 2015.
The trainND facility is a precast building with a lobby, 2 wings of large and small classrooms, kitchen/café, reception and offices. The upper floor consists of a classroom, CNA lab, computer lab, fit testing, executive offices and viewing deck.
Our team worked with the owner’s group and developed a program of requirements, developed the building design and construction documents, coordinated engineer’s work, checked shop drawings, provided on-site work progress inspections and pay app reviews.
This project was the ACEC North Dakota 2016 Building/Technology Systems Award recipient.