DLR Group’s 2010 design of the West-MEC Central Campus – Aviation building provides a dynamic specialty training center for high school and adult students. The facility supports a program consistent of up to 1,900 hours of instruction in general, air frame, power plant, and avionics as prescribed by the Federal Aviation Administration. To emphasize its role as a Federal Aviation Administration training center, the design features striping, as found on an airport tarmac. Dramatic super graphics are placed along this path to enhance the wayfinding experience.
The architecture comprises a new 47,000-SF pre-engineered metal structure-the Aviation Center-consisting of classrooms, administrative offices, training areas, and workspace. In addition, there is a 38,000-SF precision-manufacturing and welding technology building; and a 20,000-SF support building/warehouse. A large assembly space known as the Demonstration Lab provides a space for industry and educational partners to collaborate and gather.