August 10, 2011
Jenkins•Peer Architects is working with Rodgers Builders, Inc. of Charlotte on a 25,000-sf interior renovation and upfit to transform existing space in the heart of Charlotte’s Center City into a technology-rich learning center for Wake Forest University’s Charlotte MBA Programs. Located on the first floor of the International Trade Center Building—soon to be renamed the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center—the new location integrates the graduate programs into Charlotte’s thriving business and financial community. Construction is scheduled to complete in December, with space open for classes in January 2012.
Features of the new facility will include:
- Tiered Classrooms with distance learning capability
- Learning Laboratories
- Private and Semi-Private Breakout Spaces
- Administration Wing
- A Hospitality Lobby equipped with a Catering Kitchen
- An adaptable 3600-sf Multipurpose Space that can be configured to accommodate up to three 1200-sf classrooms or opened up to accommodate a variety of larger gatherings and special events.
In redefining the existing space for Wake Forest, J•PA had to adapt the design to accommodate the massive structural columns original to the 1920’s building, which was home to Pender’s Warehouse and Bakery. The 3.5-feet in diameter concrete columns are set at 20-foot increments throughout the space. Effective space planning and furniture positioning were critical to ensure unobstructed views of professors, speakers and presentations. In the lobby area, creative interior lighting crowns each column, reflecting off the surface to carry light down and out into the space.