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Central School District


The state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Technology houses untraditional, high-tech classrooms and laboratories designed to simulate real-world environments.

The project illustrates a clear and consise program and organization within the structure. The intent is clear and the architectural expression is appropriate to the function of the program."

AIA Jury Comments
Balancing Site and Strategy

The unique shape of the site governed the design of the building. With Interstate 90 just south of the site, the building was designed with special sound-proofing materials. Noisier classrooms were purposefully positioned along the side of the building nearest the highway. The quieter spaces were placed along the opposite side. The physical site is adjacent to the high school, allowing students to easily navigate between buildings.

A Forward-Thinking Program

Modern, specialized laboratories introduce students to collegiate and real-world work environments while meeting the multi-disciplinary needs of college credit-bearing and workforce development programs.

Theatre and Graphic Arts

A unique black box theatre is integrated, specialized for dance, TV/video production, and theatre classes/performances. An adjacent graphic arts computer lab allows students to broaden their exposure beyond the typical "tech" curriculum.

The Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen has the potential to truly change the career trajectory of many local high school, college, and adult learners.

Project Scope

Existing through a partnership between Mohonasen Central School District, Schenectady County Community College, and Capital Region BOCES, the Center for Advanced Technology is a multi-user educational facility. Welcoming K12 students from more than 20 school districts in addition to college students and adult leaders, the facility aligns with the region's priorities to build a skilled workforce pipeline for local industries. 

The unique programming required the design team to create a truly flexible learning environment to serve multiple disciplines and demographics. The facility and spaces within support different programs and offer an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning that is integral to STEM education.


Schenectady, New York


52,700 SF

Completion Date

September 2016


Design Award, American Institute of Architects,

Eastern New York Chapter, 2017


Specialized Labs for Nanotechnology, Health Professions, Advanced Machining/Manufacturing, Electrical, and Welding; Black Box Theatre/Grahpic Arts; Woodshop Classroom; Large Group Instruction Room; Workforce Development

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