FLCC Victor building wins design award

The FLCC Victor Campus Center, designed by PLAN Architectural Studio (PLAN Studio), has been selected as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Rochester Design Award winner. The project will be celebrated at the 2012 Annual AIA Awards Gala on May 12th at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.Enjoying significant increases in enrollment, and charged with a strategic initiative to expand its education facilities to satellite locations proximate to high-tech businesses, FLCC sought to create a campus in Victor, New York. The ‘FLCC – Victor Campus Center’, designed to focus upon Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science, as well as core Liberal Arts curricula, opened for its inaugural semester in January 2010.“This is significant for FLCC.” says Christopher Lopez, Principal and Design Director at PLAN Studio. “The College and University arena is very competitive from a design standpoint. Institutions are vying for students and therefore put great effort into the design of their facilities.”Lopez adds, “We are very proud of this award because the project team was able to deliver a high quality design product for a modest construction budget.” The project is a unique private-public partnership that was developed by DiFelice Development, Inc. specifically for the needs of FLCC, who leases the building.The prime design challenges of the project were to create a single building that had the atmosphere of a ‘campus’ of buildings, and to provide a facility that was easily adaptable for a future academic wing. This was achieved by “the careful use of massing, materials, and proportion designed to express the feeling of separate buildings that are unique, yet cohesive.” says Lopez. “High importance was also placed upon the development of a large, comfortable, and sophisticated ‘commons’ that has views out to the surrounding wetlands and nature trails.”Lopez believes that the success of this project will help to continue the rise of satellite campuses for colleges and universities. “This is a unique model that FLCC is developing. It makes the college more accessible to their students, and puts them in the heart of synergistic business centers.”

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