Design of Building 2 on Daytona State College’s Deltona Campus Becoming a Reality
A growing demand to strengthen the career pipeline for professionals in the healthcare and machining industries prompted Daytona State College to embark on the construction of a new multidisciplinary laboratory and academic building on the College’s Deltona campus. Building 2 broke ground and will house classrooms and workforce training labs to give students a practical learning environment to achieve their academic goals and create a qualified workforce.
The new academic building, the second building on campus, embraces its native surroundings, creates campus synergy and nurtures a newfound ecosystem of student life. By placing the building to the south of the existing Fathi Hall, the interstitial space between the new and existing building is stitched together, becoming a place of exchange and connectivity. The connection and student activity between the buildings creates a true campus feeling.
The design and textures were inspired by the local ecology and history of the site that unveiled a unique mix of wildlife and landscape that informed the design response on the interior and exterior. Florida scrub, a lush and unique geological condition that exists in Deltona, were conceptualized to create a pattern on the formliner panels to create a visual interest and texture on what would be concrete, flat panels.
The programs housed in Building 2 will include general medical, nursing, chemistry, biology, surgical and machining labs and classrooms. With an understanding that workforce training shifts with industry needs, the design is based on a resilient modular structural grid that can adapt over time to meet various program and technology requirements and teaching modalities. The design blends these academic programs with a student lounge that engages the commuter population and offers flexible seating and options to ‘plug-in’ anywhere.