As Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects proudly celebrates its one-year anniversary in our new building, we reflect on a transformative journey marked by innovation, collaboration,
New The Meade County College & Career Center
“The Meade County Area Technology Center, is one of the most state-of-the-art, comprehensive vocational technology schools in the state of Kentucky. It blends state vocational programs with the technology in advancing students. Nowhere do we have this kind of collaboration and partnerships that are so critical.” Dr. John Millay, Superintendent
The Meade County Area Technology Center was originally constructed in 1975, and received minor improvements in the 1990’s and in 2005. This expansion and substantial renovation touched every aspect of the building, and is one of the most significant building projects with regard to academic programming for Meade County Schools. Construction was broken down into a three-phase project; renovating the existing classroom space, expanding the square footage, and adding an additional floor of learning space.
Working closely with District staff, local and regional industry, as well as the Elizabethtown Community & Technical College (ECTC) faculty, the design team provided an innovative design solution to support 30 career and college pathways, allowing students to earn college credit and/or industry certification.
The College and Career Center is adjacent to Meade County High School and is connected with canopied walkways featured the “green wave.” Included in the renovation were upgrades to each existing high bay area for welding, automotive, HVAC, emergency medical technical and carpentry programs. The building was expanded to include new spaces for existing pre-nursing and marketing programs, as well as the addition of four new programs: allied health, information technology, robotics, and machine tool/industrial maintenance.
Now complete the Meade County College and Career Center is the next step in the evolution of college/career centers. It is the first facility to house an Area Technology Center, and a Career/College Readiness Center as well as a serve as a satellite campus (ECTC). The new facility offers career pathway opportunities for Meade County High School students (which align with ECTC’s technical programs), along with Meade County Adult Education, which is coordinated by ECTC. Meade County Schools and ECTC also offer evening college classes at the facility.
The addition to the College and Career Center features Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) exterior walls to promote energy efficiency, along with a heavily insulated roof system. It also includes a 30kw photovoltaic system.