We are honored to announce that our client’s project, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) New Union Hall and Apprentice Training Center has received The American Institute of Architects Southwest Michigan 2019 New Construction Honor Award! Together with our client, Byce & Associates, Inc. along with Schweitzer, Inc. as the Construction Manager, were able to create a regional Apprentice Training Center, Community Engagement Center, and Union Hall, connecting the Union Trades to the larger community through interactive programs within functionally beautiful spaces, as well as active participation with High School Career Development and Career Skills Training Programs.
This facility also provides office space for the MRCC Union Local, and the Michigan Statewide Carpenter and Millwright Training Fund. Although these two organizations are closely related, they must maintain very clear delineation and autonomy due to federal regulation and oversight. The timber framed Gallery greets visitors at the entry drop-off and extends toward the highway to display the craftsmanship of the skilled tradesmen through the use of rough timber framing and finished carpentry. The Gallery functions as the main circulation element providing the required separation of the organizations while creating a place of community for the users and public.
A notable feature that was highlighted by the award panel, “Appropriate incorporation of Carpentry and Millwright trade craft into the architecture. Skillful use of diagonal circulation spine, successful executed separation of scales and celebration of the entry.”
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