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Richland Community College Sciences Department

A faster way to create student-focused learning spaces

  • Location

    Decatur, Illinois

  • SQ FT


  • DIRTT Construction Partner

    Built Interior Construction

  • Architect

    BLDD Architects inc.

  • Designer

    BLDD Architects inc.

  • General Contractor

    Johnco Construction

Image Credit: Connor Steinkamp

How do you upgrade a bustling post-secondary campus without disrupting the learning of the people who use it? That’s the question Richland Community College faced when revamping their science and nursing spaces. To stay relevant in the competitive post-secondary market, it was crucial they modernize. But they had to do it with as little downtime as possible to continue supporting students. From experience, they knew DIRTT could help them.

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In 2017, Richland revamped the Carroll Center for Innovative Learning using DIRTT’s prefabricated, modular assemblies. Richland knew that renovating the science labs could be done quickly with DIRTT’s Solid Walls, Glass Walls, and Casework that was manufactured off-site. Once the demolition work was complete, DIRTT Install Technicians quickly assembled the science and simulation labs. It took just nine months to renovate 21,000 square feet. With that phase complete, the construction team was ready to convert the old science labs into active learning rooms. This time, with less demolition work, they updated 24,000 square feet and only lost one semester of instructional time. And because DIRTT installation is clean and quiet, it didn’t disturb the students working in spaces nearby.

The thing we realized over the three years since we had the first project in, is the durability of the walls... (DIRTT) helps to keep that fresh new look much, much longer.”

Greg Florian

Vice president for Finance and Administration, Richland Community College



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