As part of their campus-wide master plan, John Wood Community College (JWCC) wanted to explore design solutions that would foster collaboration and communication between students. Underutilized areas of the main campus building were identified by Klingner and design partner, BLDD Architects, by looking at daily occupation rates. JWCC and the designers determined from this data that the existing computer lab space was too large. Classrooms were reconfigured for better utilization and a collaboration node was developed.
For the collaboration node, Klingner’s architects and interior designers developed a flexible, contemporary space that facilitates a variety of uses while melding JWCC’s branding with the classical features of the building. As part of the node, three individual meeting rooms provide students a private area to work on team assignments. These rooms are equipped with computers and monitors to showcase group assignments. A larger collaboration area just outside the meeting rooms allows students to work individually or as a group. The couches and chairs also promote informal conversations and help keep students engaged and on campus for greater periods of time throughout the day.