Today Blackhawk Technical College hosted their grand opening commencement of their new Health Science building at their Central Campus in Janesville, Wisconsin. This building is one of the many buildings Blackhawk Tech has partnered up with JP Cullen on.
In the swing space that was created by moving the manufacturing program from Central Campus to Milton, it was time to start demolition at Central Campus to build a new 45,000 sf Health Sciences Department. The program consists of healthcare simulation, imaging, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy. These programs help students prepare for employment in the healthcare industry and this renovation created a state of the art healthcare setting to learn within. A prerequisite to this project was completion of a new Network Operations Center (NOC) which is a central location from which network administrators manage, control, and monitor one or more networks.
A couple of the challenges JP Cullen faced was taking the ideas that instructors and professors had seen at hospitals or other campuses and incorporating them into the new design. This challenge was overcome making this building a truly one-of-a-kind facility with new technological equipment such as a life-size iPad that acts as a body for students to work on and real working “bodies” that the professors can move around and use. The JP Cullen team met with Blackhawk Tech frequently to make sure things were built to their liking and functionality, as well as dealing with existing conditions.
Another challenge was building the headwalls on-site to have the same look as a premanufactured headwall without the cost of purchasing a medical grade prefab headwall.
JP Cullen finished construction about 6 weeks ahead of schedule to allow them plenty of time for furniture and equipment before classes started in the fall.
This summer, JP Cullen also worked on the Summer Renovation project which included a demo of the old dental and health science area and build back of new dental suites. This area includes a new classroom, dental lab, operatory with 6 dental chairs, public bathrooms, and a reception area with offices. The new dental space area is more than double the size of the existing space with new dental equipment. Blackhawk Tech donated all of their old dental equipment to non-profit dentist. This new space benefits students in having hands-on experience in their field.
JP Cullen has completed other projects at Blackhawk Tech as well. In fall of 2013, JP Cullen started construction on the “Advanced Manufacturing Training Center”, also known as AMTC. For this project, JP Cullen took what were 7 old interconnected manufactured buildings and transformed them into a very clean, state of the art manufacturing facility. This facility includes instructional classrooms, shops, and labs for electro-mechanical, HVAC/R, industrial mechanic, manufacturing information technology, and welding; as well as a computer lab, seminar, and teleconferencing facilities.
Upon completion of phase 1 in Summer 2014, Blackhawk Tech opened and held class in the new space while JP Cullen worked on the other side of the wall starting phase 2 to be complete by the following summer in order for the facility and staff to get their labs and classrooms set up for courses to begin in fall of 2015.
JP Cullen played a critical role in the rigging, transfer, and set-up of very large/heavy pieces of equipment and machinery that BTC need moved from their existing manufacturing space at their Central Campus in Janesville to AMTC in Milton. JP Cullen worked with Blackhawk Tech facility and staff to formulate a moving plan that was not only efficient, but put their mind at ease.
JP Cullen recently was awarded the 2016 Technical Education Champion Award for their work with Blackhawk Technical. This award recognizes community and business leaders for their support of area technical schools.
Thank you for letting us be such a big part in developing such an impactful campus, Blackhawk Technical College!
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