Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3)
Size: 93,273 sf
Status: Completed 2019
Hoover City School System’s new Riverchase Career Connection Center, also known as RC3, opened its doors for the 2019-20 school year. The 96,273 sf facility, formerly used as a middle school for Shelby County and later Pelham, features five career academies focused on health science, fire and emergency services, cyber innovation (computer programming, software development, software analysis, network security and network administration), food and hospitality, and skilled trades (carpentry, electrical work, welding and HVAC). Other potential future courses in skilled trades include plumbing, heavy equipment operation and advanced manufacturing. This first-of-its-kind school will help prepare students for what they will see in a real-life work environment and help them find careers best suited to their skills and abilities. The school system initially had a goal of enrolling 400 students this first year but ended up with 735, including some from Homewood schools. An example of a transformed space is the new Computer Science Lab which was previously a library. The renovation included removing the ceilings, flooring, walls, lighting, electrical and HVAC. Teaching tools such as exposed cable tray with color coded cables and color coded conduits for electrical, data and fire alarm were installed. The cyber science lab has instruction areas with a maker space to build, upgrade or repair computers. Students can also learn coding, software, forensics, virtual reality and augmented reality for manufacturing. The project was a result of successful collaboration among the Hoover School Board, City of Hoover, Alabama Department of Education, state and federal legislators, Hoover City Schools Foundation, Hoover Parent Teacher Council and Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. GMC was the project architect and civil engineer.
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