A recent expansion of Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Cowan Campus has resulted in a special distinction for the school and its designers, MA+ Architecture of Oklahoma City.
The campus-wide renovation and expansion was completed in 2022 and has resulted in top honors in the Higher Education category from the recent 2023 Oklahoma Interior Design Coalition (OIDC) awards presentation.
The award submission highlighted the health, safety and welfare of building occupants. Improvement included replacing fluorescent lighting with energy-efficient LED fixtures, extensive code upgrades such as wider doorways and accessible ramps, plus increased wayfinding and signage.
“MA+ Architecture has been the ultimate partner,” said CV Tech Superintendent/CEO Dr. Gayla Lutts. “Their architects have worked patiently and caringly with us on a handful of projects before and since the 2013 El Reno tornado. Consistently, they design educational spaces that foster student development and growth. It is fitting they are being recognized for another job well done.”
Project Lead Interior Designer Andrea Durbin said the contest helps raise funds for advocacy of interior design education for those pursuing licensure. OIDC is non-profit, volunteer organization dedicating to strengthening the future of the state’s interior design profession.
MA+ Principal Architect/Partner Gary Armbruster said his company is proud to contribute to education facilities like this to grow the healthcare workforce.
“MA+ greatly values our relationship with CV Tech, and our ability to work with their administration to create flexible and collaborative learning environments for career technology students in Oklahoma,” he said.
CV Tech’s Cowan Campus is dedicated to health care profession education. Full-time adult program options include Medical Coding, Medical Office, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology and Vision Care Technology. Vision Care Technology is established through a collaboration with professionals at the Dean McGee Eye Institute at OU Health Center.
High school students are able to enroll in Biomedical Sciences, Health Careers, Medical Office, and a new program for fall 2024, Physical Therapy Services. High school applications are due December 15. Visit cvtech.edu for more details.
MA+ Architecture has designed a handful of projects for CV Tech and other recognizable area venues, such as Mustang High School, the General Thomas P. Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford
and the new Woodson Park in Oklahoma City.