Youngstown State UniversityTOLEDO, Ohio (August 31, 2021) SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson, (SSOE | S&W), a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm, attended the ribbon cutting event for Youngstown State University’s new Excellence Training Center (ETC). Located in Youngstown, Ohio, the $12M ETC facility, which officially opened its doors at the end of July, now serves as an advanced manufacturing education and workforce training facility.

The SSOE | S&W team worked with Youngstown State University on the design and development of the new ETC. Specialized spaces within the ETC include CNC, machining, robotics, foundry, training labs, high-bay workspaces, metals and 3D printing labs, a secure group project space, industry partner office, and a number of collaboration spaces. Additionally, the ETC features approximately $5.5 million worth of advanced manufacturing equipment and high-bay laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, restroom facilities, and storage areas.

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Tim Swartz, AIA, higher education architect and training center specialist, states, “The utilization of our significant manufacturing facility and process design experience allowed for the design team to lead the Youngstown State University ETC Committee through the design process.” Swartz continues stating, “This resulted in the creation of a real-life simulated advanced manufacturing environment that will ultimately allow students to be fully prepared to enter real-world manufacturing environments upon program completion.”

Project scope included the required reprogramming of a 24,000-square foot renovation into an existing facility on campus along with a 29,000-square foot addition. The team also assisted Youngstown State University faculty and staff with developing detailed Bid Documents for repairs, renovations, and new construction—inclusive of conducting evaluations and recommending Bid Award—while also providing on-site construction administration services.

“For Youngstown State University and the surrounding community, this $20 million project, including the cost of equipment, is not something typically built in the area,” said David Sipusic, executive director of Youngstown State University’s ETC. “For SSOE | S&W to come in and work on such a critical project—from the way they handled the coordination of meetings to the management of multiple teaming [partners]—was top-notch. Such thought went into the design and material use and how they brought everything together to establish this advanced manufacturing training center … we couldn’t be more pleased. It was a pleasure partnering with SSOE | S&W on this project.”

SSOE | S&W has extensive global automotive and manufacturing experience combined with nationwide higher education expertise. The firm has completed thousands of industrial projects and kept pace with the dynamic workforce development sector by working alongside experts in the field. The application of the knowledge the firm has gained results in the delivery of a teaching and training facility that reflects today’s manufacturing environments.

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