Tech901 Computer Training School

  • area / size 4,390 sqft
  • Completed 2017
  • archimania designed a clean and thoughtful space for Tech901 Computer Training School in Memphis, Tennessee.

    A Memphis-based non-profit required a new space for training and collaboration, capable of adapting for multiple functions related to the information technology industry. The organization trains a diverse range of new tech workers to take on the various challenges of the information technology sector and provide growth resources for local employers. A dynamic collaboration zone established the design concept. This zone is made up of a long poured-in-place concrete table with power and data capability embedded into a 40’ long six-inch strip of walnut. A contrasting homasote wall surface helps to separate this collaborative space from the lounge and works to achieve optimal acoustics for discussion and concentration. A linear light overhead lines up with the power and data strip, as well as with the organization’s logo at the entrance. This space accommodates break out spaces for students to use between classes, offers space for temporary workstations, a surface for tech start-up company meetings and acts as a serving table for public events.

    A conference room doubles as small training, testing or war room. Glazing is used to partition smaller offices to achieve openness and light to pass through the space. 42” high film allows partial privacy and effectiveness in the office spaces. Walls with marker board paint surround informal meeting places, and a tectum bridge was developed to mask exposed mechanical and electrical systems nonprofit’s unique new home, a recently renovated Sears distribution facility that was vacant for 20 years.

    Photography: courtesy of archimania