Philadelphia Technician Training InstituteLocation: Philadelphia, USA
Scope services: Architectural Design and Structural Design
Date: October 2016
Client: Sherman McLeod, CEO at Philadelphia Technician Training Institute
“CAS’s design team are very professional individuals. I had the privilege to work with Mary Lakzy, she is a very talented designer with an eye for uniqueness and originality in her work from concept design through a professional layout design approval process until the design is complete for the bidding construction on small to very large projects. I have worked with CAS on many projects and I would highly recommend them on projects that you want great work done at a very competitive price model. CAS is the one for your project!”
The brainchild of CEO and founder Sherman McLeod, the Philadelphia Technician Training Institute is a tribute to the community of Philadelphia and is Mr. McLeod’s way of giving back to the community. A licensed post-graduate training institute, the institute offers intensive practical training in the manufacturing, welding, and automotive services. The existing building – a nondescript brick building – was given a major update through a series of repairs and renovations to the existing façade. The concrete parapet that goes around the structure was repaired and given a fresh coat of paint. The existing windows were upgraded with new energy-saving windows, adding a lot more glass to the elevation to give it a lighter and fresher look. The window frames were painted white (in contrast to the dark brick) to match the white paint on the arched entryway. The entrance to the institute was emphasized by a series of double-height arches that break the roof profile. The interior renovations consisted of upgrading the electrical utilities to take the additional load from the new welding equipment. Admissions offices were added to the first floor and a series of lockers were constructed on the second floor. The student lounge on the ground floor was given a new coat of paint and a new food and beverage area was added to the space. The institute is a project close to Mr. McLeod’s heart, as it equips young people from the neighborhood with real-life skills that can help them earn a living through constructive employment.