The Advanced Manufacturing Center includes space for traditional classes and some meeting space, but a unique component of the facility is the flexible high-bay area equipped with modern manufacturing equipment such as computers, robotics and other electronics intended to help students become comfortable in manufacturing settings. Viewed as a game changer for workforce development, it has the capacity to train more than 1,000 students for jobs related to the advanced manufacturing field including technicians, industrial maintenance, electronics, industrial electricity, robotics, mechanical drives, fluid power, machining and welding.
Commerce Lexington Inc. joined in support of Toyota and BCTC in advocating for the facility during the 2014 legislative session. The facility received $24 million in state bond funding in the FY14-16 budget.
Messer Construction broke ground on the 78,000-square-foot center in spring 2015 and worked on a rapid schedule to ensure it would be open for January classes. The facility was designed by Omni Architects. The facility is located in the Lanes Run Business Park near Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Scott County.