Category: Higher Education
Project Title: Paradise Valley Community College – Life Sciences
Project Designation: Higher Education Projects
Owner: Maricopa Community College
General Contractor: Barton Malow Co.
Architect: Marlene Imirziant & Associates
Engineer: Marlene Imirziant & Associates
Project Description: Midstate Mechanical was selected to provide mechanical services for the new two-story, 35,000-square-foot center for Paradise Valley Community College’s life sciences programs. The first floor of the L-shaped steel structure houses laboratories and the second floor contains classrooms and faculty offices. Located toward the southern side of the college’s 1970s campus, the building links the north and south ends of the grounds with a pedestrian bridge running along its east facade.
Though Paradise Valley Community College is an inward-looking campus, it has so far lacked a public gathering space. The architects conceived the building’s east facade as a contemporary variation on a portico: structural steel columns support a wide roof canopy that accommodates a series of indoor/outdoor “pods” made of perforated steel. The seven pods—four on the first floor, three on the second—appear to float against the building’s masonry and copper facade like a series of boxy, industrial porches. The pods, which are equipped with power and blackboards and are cooled by large overhead fans, serve as collaborative spaces for students and overlook a swath of desert slated to become a campus green.