United Brotherhood of Carpenters

MRCC Union Hall and Apprentice Training Center

Design Program: Byce & Associates, Inc. is providing Architectural and Engineering services for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) Union Hall and Apprentice Training Center in Wayland, Michigan. The new facility will be constructed on an undeveloped parcel of property, where 12 of the existing 19 acres will be developed with the remaining 7 acres reserved for future development. The project will consist of two wings separated by a central entry gallery.

The Training Center Wing is a 148’ x 270’ x 40’ conventionally steel framed building with insulated metal panel façade and membrane roof over insulation and steel deck. The Training Center features a 4,200 s.f. welding lab, 30’ wide bridge crane (12 ton), and 12,000 s.f. mezzanine with classrooms beneath.

The Union Hall Wing is approximately 80’ x 130’ x 15’ conventionally steel framed building clad with architectural composite metal panels. Exterior wall infill and interior walls will be light gage metal framing, and the interior will incorporate standard corporate office level finishes.

The Entry Gallery and featured Large Meeting Hall will be a timber framed, glass clad structure approximately 25’ in height and feature polished concrete floors in the corridors, and specialty lighting. The large meeting hall will have a folding partition wall with high NRC rating, and be equipped for multi-media presentations and business fair events.

The mechanical system at Union Hall are comprised of boiler feeding vav boxes with air handlers. A snow melt system was also incorporated at the entries to the facility. To meet and exceed code requirements, the buildings envelope is 20% above code for thermal efficiency.

Design Challenges: The building is to be constructed between 3 wetland areas. The building is also being constructed with 2 “fronts”, one being at the main entry and one looking out to US 131.

Wayland, Michigan

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