Forsyth Technical Community College – Stokes County Campus

Walnut Cove, North Carolina

The building takes cues from a rural site to create a growing educational node

Walnut Cove, North Carolina

Forsyth Technical Community College

Completion Date

20,000 SF

Project Type
New Construction, Community College, Nursing, Science and Computer Laboratories

Professional Credits
Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA

Solutions for the community’s wants and needs

The Stokes County Campus building is the first permanent classroom facility to be constructed at the rural county’s educational complex in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. Added to a largely undeveloped site at the foothills of the Sauratown Mountain Range, the two-story brick structure sits at the top of a sprawling site that offers unobstructed view corridors to local landmarks such as Moore’s Knob and Hanging Rock State Park. The site’s natural beauty, its connection to the region’s agricultural past, and its location in a growing education node helped inform the building’s design.

Cues from the site were combined with the community’s stated goals, shared in a series of town hall and stakeholder meetings, to develop the final design. The building’s most noticeable attribute is a folded roof plane that captures the mountain view, collects and discharges water without the use of downspouts, and honors the community’s request for a gabled roof. A large white oak sunscreen shades the distinctive vertical entry. Water freefalls from folds in the roof line, recalling the numerous waterfalls found in the region.

A range of community college facilities

The facility provides general academic space for adult and early college students, science and simulation labs for the chemistry and nursing programs, facilities for EMT training, and state-of-the-art science and computer labs. At each level, the classrooms are organized along a central corridor, creating an efficient layout that allows natural daylight in every room. Overall, the Stokes County Campus building is a hard-working design that makes the most from its given site, program, and budget.

Ken McDaniel, AIA

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