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Wake Tech Community College Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence

Raleigh, North Carolina

The Wake Tech Community College Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence is scheduled to open by fall of 2021. The 100,000-square-foot facility not only supports a growing student population, but it also showcases one of the most advanced automotive shop spaces in the region. Drawing on automotive design for inspiration, the building's exterior abstracts the way a car gently touches the ground at its tires, while sculptural metalwork informs the dynamic form of a perforated screen, offering solar protection for occupants inside. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide staff, students, and visitors with ample views to observe the shops from the classrooms, offices, lobby, and cafe areas. Outdoor public spaces provide socializing and food truck parking, as well as areas to showcase student projects and vehicles.

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