Due to Montgomery County’s population more than doubling over the last 50 years, the demand for programs at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) has increased as well. In order to meet the new demand, MCCC has expanded its campus. Phase One of this growth included the renovation and expansion of the art facility on the Central Campus. This art facility, known locally as the Art Barn, was named because an old barn and its silos were rehabilitated into a cultural arts center.
Access to the new facility was limited, so in order to provide access from the Central Campus to the newly expanded facility, a pedestrian structure was needed to cross a stream. A Continental® truss structure was chosen over other options because of its cost effectiveness, ease of installation and aesthetic appeal. The structure was installed in just one day and was designed to blend in with the surroundings.
“With the renovation of Parkhouse - our primary classroom building - nearly completed, the pedestrian structure will be put to full use” stated Andrew Gulotta, Project Manager with MCCC. “The student population, which has increased in size by nearly 20 percent in the last two years, will take full advantage of the bridge to access the Art Barn from Parkhouse. In addition, the bridge will act as a main entrance to the newly renovated classroom building”
This Fine Arts Center project won the 2009 Montgomery Award for excellence in planning and design in the category of Land Development. The project was specifically recognized for its “preservation and renovation efforts, effective site planning, complementary architecture and well-designed sculpture garden”
“We - faculty, staff and students - here at MCCC truly appreciate the pedestrian bridge” added Andrew Gulotta. “The competitive cost and aesthetic appeal made it a very successful option. It was a pleasure working with Contech, and we highly recommend this company. They were truly professional and they were on top of the project from design to installation”