Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training

Woodbridge, VA Completed 2016
Project Highlights
  • 55,000 sf
  • New Construction
  • LEED Silver Certification
  • Local business and government partners involved in design process
  • Cybersecurity labs
  • Conferencing facilities for 800+ people

An engine for economic development.

The new Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus serves as a campus building and provides a landmark presence for the college in the community to support economic development. The building visually connects to the community, featuring a dramatic entry that serves as an introduction to campus and welcomes the workforce community inside.

The facility was designed to support new programs, attract new students, and create new partnerships by addressing rapid growth and change in the dynamic Prince William County region. The RCWET provides a variety of flexible, technology-enhanced active learning spaces, as well as significant conference facilities to accommodate trade shows, banquets, and exhibitions. Corey Stewart, Chairman-at-Large of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors, puts it best: “This institution will be a catalyst for economic growth for decades.”

The immediate demand for advanced cybersecurity training labs led to significant research and benchmarking visits to government and private industry facilities during the design process. The result are dynamic and flexible labs—which include underfloor power and data infrastructure, multi-media breakout rooms, server rooms, and observation rooms—to support all varieties of cyber training activities. Given an overarching goal to be responsible to evolving workforce needs, these flexible, active learning labs in the RCWET can be adapted for all varieties of disciplines.