These two buildings, donated by the BASF Corporation, make up the Enka Campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The scope of work for this project includes an extensive building code analysis to determine and correct existing life-safety deficiencies in both buildings including fire alarm system upgrades and sprinkler system modifications. In an effort to reduce the operating costs, increase energy efficiency and upgrade existing HVAC equipment, an engineering study was performed to determine the correct course of action for HVAC upgrades throughout the two buildings. The Owner’s vision for this campus is one of partnership with area organizations and businesses in support of education and the growth of small businesses in Western North Carolina. To achieve this vision, the projects on this campus address programmatic needs to create classrooms, offices, a conference center and tenant spaces for the Small Business Center.
The Fernihurst House is a historic gem atop the highest knoll of A-B Tech’s main Asheville campus. This building is a fine example of the architectural opportunity that is a true adaptive re-use. The primary goals of this project were to renovate and restore the historic house into a fine dining building that would support the culinary arts program as well as public relations needs of the college. The design creates an outdoor dining courtyard, commercial kitchen & support space, a culinary arts building connector, and office space. The design and construction challenges of new construction and existing building renovation were successfully met. This programmatic blend of old and new resulted in a rich architecture for the college and students to enjoy.
Five teaching kitchens, classroom space, banquet and fine dining rooms, a demonstration hall, and lodge rooms provide a wide range of function for the Culinary Art and Hospitality program of A-B Tech. Community College. The complex sits atop a knoll and incorporates an existing house (Fernihurst) built in 1870 and a new 39,000 square foot Hospitality Education building. Utilizing a palette of materials drawn from the existing house and campus, the Hospitality Building applies both modern and historic aesthetics to a dynamic building program.
Learning Resource Center
New Learning Resource Center was designed to house additional technology, a filming studio, distance learning classrooms, and various stack and reference material. Separated from the existing LRC by a vaulted skylight structure, the new LRC was constructed while the existing structure was in full operation. Once completed, the existing LRC was renovated and combined with the new space to form a facility designed to serve as the academic heart of the A-B Tech. Community College campus.
Public Service Building
The Public Services building is one of the first buildings you see when entering the A-B Tech. campus from the main North entry drive. This building is very versatile in its role as a classroom and lab building for the campus, but also serves specific purposes: to train EMS & basic law enforcement students. Specialty architecture such as an indoor firing range and a stair accessible repelling tower add to the teaching amenities. The exterior materials of precast concrete panels, split-face and fluted veneers and glass help to tie it to the rest of the campus.