Architect: Potter Lawson, Inc.
Owner: Steamfitters Local 601
Contractor: Hunzinger Construction Company
The prominent site and engaging facility design were intended to send a message to their current membership, future recruits, as well as State and local government leaders that they are a strong union that is dedicated to continuing and enhancing the trade long into the future. This state-of-the-art facility provides the important, hands-on training for men and women in the heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and process piping industry. The training in the facility will keep members current with the ever-changing technologies of the construction industry, while maintaining the knowledge and skills to remain competitive over the span of their careers.
The new LEED certified facility consists of traditional classrooms, as well as hands-on training areas. Training areas include both welding and fabrication, as well as an HVAC Lab that consists of distinct training areas for specific Mechanical units ranging from residential heating units and rooftop package units to Ice Machines. Lower level classrooms and corridors feature exposed structural systems and mechanical equipment to serve as a teaching tool for the advanced VRF mechanical system.
In addition to the training component, there is a small office/administration area for the teachers and Union officials. A community room serves as a meeting hall for union members, which is also made available to the third district Alder and community for catered events. Lastly there is a shelled space that is planned for a small Clinic to serve union members.
Photos: Mike Rebholz