Olney Career and Technology Education FacilityOlney Independent School District Abilene, Texas
The Olney Career and Technology Education (CATE) Facility is a 16,000 SF building that includes a 3-bay shop, 1 multi-purpose bay, 10 ventilated welding stations, plasma cutter area, tool storage, 2 faculty offices, 5 classrooms, display space and group restrooms. The building houses high school Vo-Ag programs, computer lab, physics lab and local industry certification programs. The school district works closely with local industries such as Tower Extrusions, an industry leader in custom aluminum extrusions, and Air Tractor, a large manufacturer of agricultural aircraft, to provide programs for high school students that are relevant to local industry.
The success of the programs is off to a great start in the new facility. The Olney students won the first STEM-based General Aviation Manufacturers Association Build a Plane Competition they entered. Working closely with Air Tractor and utilizing the new facility, the Olney team bested 93 high schools from 31 states to win their first aerospace engineering competition. The winning students traveled to Washington to assist in building their winning design.
The district is also developing a machining program to be housed in the multipurpose bay. The machining program will provide new education and certification opportunities for the Olney students to gain early advancement in related fields.
- Services Provided
Architect, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering
- Construction Type
Pre-engineered Metal Building on Piered Foundation with Brick Veneer, Interior Metal Liner Panels in Shop with Metal Stud and Drywall
- Project Components
Bay Shop, Paint Booth Space, Plasma Cutter Area, Tool Storage, Faculty Offices, Classrooms, Restrooms, Computer Lab and Physics Lab
- Project Type
- Project Delivery Method
Design – Bid – Build