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VERNON MALONE COLLEGE

AND CAREER ACADEMY

BUILT ENVIRONMENT AWARD: ADAPTIVE REUSE

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This 92,000 SF adaptive

re-use of an old Coca-Cola

Bottling Plant building

transformed a vacant

space into a state-of-the-

art facility for career and

technology programs,

offering a new model of

education to area high

school students.

An innovative collabora-

tion between Wake County

Public Schools and Wake

Technical Community

College, the school system

uses the facility by day and

Wake Tech by night. This

new academic program,

the first of its kind in Wake

County, offers students

the opportunity to gain

valuable real-world skills

which apply directly to

college or career devel-

opment in programs such

as culinary arts, electrical

systems engineering,

biopharmaceutical tech-

nology, health sciences,

cosmetology, and business

information technology.

The dynamic transfor-

mation has brought new

purpose to the under-used

building, saving resources

and injecting activity and

life into a quiet industrial

area while generating

lessons learned to benefit

both the designers and

other entities interested in

reclaiming similar forgotten

spaces for educational

uses.

The design included a

number of sustainability

strategies in order to

reduce energy costs, mini-

mize construction impacts,

and provide a healthier

learning environment for

students. A few include

spray foam insulation, LED

lights, daylighting and

materials to reduce solar

heat gain and glare.

BUILT

ENVIRONMENT