EAST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY (ECTA)
The East Career and Technical Academy (ECTA) is a 217,000 SF specialty training high school facility. It incorporates a wide range of building components in order to provide hands on education for seven different career tracks. These individual facilities directly relate to a variety of project types.
The school’s Culinary Program features approximately 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and fully operational banquet facility (open for public use/rental) utilized for a hands on approach to teaching students essential cooking techniques, food safety, quality assurance/control, nutrition, production planning and food service. ECTA’s banquet facility can accommodate meetings and small conferences from 16 people up to 250 people. Each room is functional and complete with state of the art audio visual equipment. The multi-purpose sound-proof wall banquet room consists of 2 salons which can be combined into one large room.
ECTA’s general assembly kitchen and dining area serves approximately 1348 students in addition to administrative and faculty personnel. The general auditorium provides theater style seating for students, parents and facility. It is suitable for use in entertainment, instruction, teaching and conferencing.
“Real world” experience for students of the Early Childhood Education Program centers on an independent preschool with a multi-sensory environment. The fully functioning 2,434 sq. ft. facility encompasses a reading and writing center, art center, and dramatic play area for children 4-5 years old. The preschool is flanked on two sides by an additional 1,619 sq. ft. of observation classrooms for the high school’s use.
Students in the Transportation Technology program receive a solid understanding of vehicle systems, service, and preventive maintenance utilizing the high tech automotive facility featuring seven (7) 2-post hydraulic vehicle lift bays.
Other project components included: administrative offices, shower rooms with lockers, exercise facility, depressed slab for computer access, tilt-up construction and security features. Sustainable features included geothermal piping.