Pathways Innovation Center Students Build Cabin in School's Fabrication Hall

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Pathways Innovation Center Students Build Cabin in School's Fabrication Hall

Students in the Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering Academy at Pathways Innovation Center have built a two-bedroom cabin in the school's fabrication hall with help from the Wyoming Department of Education’s CTE Demonstration Project Grant, Casper College architecture students, and community partners. Read more here


Pathways Innovation Center

Pathways Innovation Center is open to 11th and 12th graders attending the district’s three high schools – Natrona County, Kelly Walsh and Roosevelt. Pathways is aimed at connecting academics with real-world experiences in a wide range of fields, including engineering, arts and media, health science and business.

To strengthen our community and our economy
we must instill a creative, innovative and even entrepreneurial spirit in our youth.

Project beliefs in Natrona County Schools’ Path to 2025

Fabrication Hall: A Place for Celebration

Located at the center of the labs is a 5,000-square-foot fabrication hall, a space intended to inspire creativity, innovation and collaboration. The industrial space is large enough for students to construct projects ranging from a pre-fabricated house to a solar-powered airplane, and is meant to inspire collaboration across academy disciplines.

The space features a large overhead crane and is inspired by Boeing’s aerospace facility in Redmond, Washington, where engineering, design and fabrication teams collaborate under one roof. Similar to Boeing, where aircrafts are built in large hangars with overlooking offices and meeting spaces, Pathway’s academy labs, learning studios and group spaces overlook the hall and are intended to promote collaboration through proximity and visibility.

The hall has 16-foot-high, custom fabricated overhead glass garage doors that fully open. The doors, designed to complement the look of the adjacent curtain wall, lift up to allow raw materials to be delivered into the space and then leave as transformed projects. The large doors were critical to the design and encourage students to stretch their imaginations to create advanced design and fabrication projects while also extending the learning beyond the footprint of the building.

The space has been used for a variety of large-scale projects, from construction and welding projects to paintings. Members of the community have been invited to see some of the amazing projects students have been working on.

The massive panes of glass in the fabrication hall produce a visually stunning space, flooded with natural daylight. Inside, views to the surrounding soft prairie landscape provide a juxtaposition to the interior’s hard surfaces. Viewed from the exterior, the fabrication hall beautifully illuminates at dusk, showcasing to the community the space and the stimulating work taking place inside.