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Len Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration (CATCE)

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1996, Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern. 150 Technology Dr.

This dramatic red, white, and blue facility was established to enable middle school students to explore career and educational opportunities while developing workplace skills in a businesslike environment. Designed to convey a corporate image, the main portion of the building is a long rectangle with a bright blue metal roof pierced by six centered rectangular ventilation dormers. The straight lines of the building are softened by a curved one-story auditorium on the far right. The first story is red brick and the second story is sheathed in white metal. The large, two-story central commons on the right side of the main section, glazed to light the interior, is a lively multi-use area that can serve as a cafeteria or a study/conference/lecture hall. The commons has direct access to the eight surrounding modular spaces that can be reconfigured for instruction in various careers.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee
Anne Carter Lee



  • 1996


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Anne Carter Lee, "Len Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration (CATCE)", [Rocky Mount, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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