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News Release: Hanson Technology Center wins national design award

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September 03, 2019
The Hanson Technology Center on Lake Michigan College's Benton Harbor campus has been awarded the Collegiate Citation, the top higher-education honor, in the 2019 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.  As part of the award, Lake Michigan College and The Hanson Technology Center are featured as the cover and inside the August edition of American School & University.
"The Hanson Technology Center at Lake Michigan College was built to define the future of advanced manufacturing education and skilled-trades training," LMC President Dr. Trevor Kubatzke said. "That idea includes not only how a space functions but also how it inspires. We already see the impact it has had in our community, and hope this recognition may inspire others as well."
Designed by Progressive AE of Grand Rapids, the Hanson Technology Center was completed in 2016. The 49,376-square-foot building was created to lead the way in advanced manufacturing education and skilled-trades training. It is home to a host of courses including fabrication, welding, electronics, and machine tool, and houses one of the few large-scale interactive Fabrication Labs in the country.
Educational Interiors Showcase praised The Hanson Technology Center for its "clean lines, good use of color, functionality, good use of natural lighting, and a few bold spaces."
"This project shows what a modern machine shop can look like," 2019 judges Kyle Gorrell, Irene Monis, Stuart Pettitt, and David A. Sanders said in their jury statement. "The open daylighted individual learning spaces are the heart of this building and definitely put students first."
The Center was named for Merlin and Carolyn Hanson, major donors for the project.
For the complete list of 2019 winners and designs selected for publication, visit
For more information on Hanson Technology Center programs, visit