Manufacturing 21 Coalition is a private-public partnership formed to advance innovation for materials industries in Oregon and southwest Washington. A key objective of the Coalition is to create the Center for Manufacturing and Infrastructure Engineering. IDCA worked with the Coalition to develop a common vision for the Center, which is intended to function as a research bridge between industry and education.
The design process was informed by stakeholder strategy sessions that included 40 private companies, three universities, and four government associations. From the feedback, our team prepared a building program, conceptual design imagery, planning diagrams, and a class 5 cost estimate; this effort helped to secure funding approval and facilitate site selection. These studies integrated the planning requirements with the visionary goals of the Coalition, creating a dynamic facility.
The building program is comprised of three primary areas. The research sector includes a large-scale seismic testing lab, high-bay open labs, and technical support spaces. The education component spans areas for tours by K-12 school groups to classroom and support spaces for local community colleges. The central office and meeting areas bring staff from each lab together, fostering cross-discipline interaction.
Manufacturing 21 Coalition