The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (C.A.R.T.) was developed through innovative collaboration between two school districts, higher education, the business community, and the government. C.A.R.T. is a solution to the community’s need for advanced training in the various areas of technology. The curriculum focuses are: Agriculture, Biotechnology, Chemical Technology, Engineering, Environmental Technology, Financial Technology, Manufacturing, Multi-Media Technology, Telecommunications Technology, and Logistics & Spatial Information Technology. The curriculum is project-based and aimed at attracting students who, although intelligent and highly motivated, do not perform well in school because they do not respond to traditional instructional models.
The project included reconstruction of an existing 64,692 sq. ft. metal manufacturing/warehouse building and basement into 11 laboratory classrooms. SIM-PBK teamed up with tBP Architecture as the Associate Architect on the project, providing design assistance and construction administration services. C.A.R.T. received a 1999 Award of Excellence from the Coalition of Adequate School Housing.