Miami Dade College Academic Support Center

The Miami Dade College Academic Support Center seamlessly unites both learning and administrative functions into a cohesive whole. The 135,000 SF building is located
on the eastern entry corridor of the campus. It will centralize all Student Services departments for the more than 120,000 students. The project includes 21 prototypical 930 SF classrooms, a Resource, and Testing Center and hovers over a base of admission offices.

Courtesy of Perkins+Will – Photography: Robin Hill

In keeping with Miami Dade College’s priority of putting students first, the central atrium space is given over to the student body. Space enriches the existing student life on campus by con- training all lounging, study, and campus information programs within the atrium.

Courtesy of Perkins+Will – Photography: Robin Hill

The project is itself a learning tool helping the college achieve its 10 Learning Outcomes. Among which is to describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact humans make on the environment. The project includes two outdoor learning spaces. One of the spaces surrounds a ‘rain clock’ which is a dry retention structure that adjusts seasonally to spatially register storm- water. An open grid paving system conceals a shallow custom rainwater cistern by the main entry, beautifully illustrating roof rainwater harvesting.

Courtesy of Perkins+Will – Photography: Robin Hill

Project Info
Architects: Perkins+Will
Location: Miami,  United States
Area: 135000.0 ft2
Manufacturers: Cooper Lighting, HUFCOR, Lutron, Tate Access Flooring, Teknion
Year: 2012
Type: Educational
Photographs: Robin Hill

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