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  Mesa Community College At Red Mountain, Page 23Mesa Community College At Red Mountain
DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.
5727 North 7th Street, #300, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Mesa, Arizona
Library & Classroom Building 
Total Square Feet: 34,150
Services & Administration Building 
Total Square Feet: 31,740
Laboratories & Classroom Building 
Total Square Feet: 30,515
Ironwood Central Plant Building 
Total Square Feet: 8,500

Total Project Square Feet: 104,905
Construction Period: Mar 2000 to Aug 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Target General Contractors - 3036 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design - 831 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Energy Systems Design - 2632 E. Thomas Road, #103, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Landscape Architect: A Dye Design - 6240 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Cost Estimator: CMX, L.L.C. - 1515 E. Missouri, #115, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Desert Willow Library and Classroom Building
Designed to support many functions within the Red Mountain campus, the Desert Willow Library and Classroom Building serves as a learning enhancement center and the student's technical hub. This building is home to the library, media services, technical services, and information commons, in addition to its own cyber cafe.

The 7,500-square-foot library provides space for students to focus on their studies individually or with others. Small and large conference rooms offer a gathering place for students to work together, and quiet areas are provided for students to work individually.

Technological networks in the 4,250-square-foot information commons are high-speed and plentiful in the multiple student workstations. In close proximity to the computer commons, the computer/technology and VCN classrooms are used as flexible instructional spaces.

Mesquite Student Services and Administration Building
The Mesquite Student Services and Administration Building provides a venue for students to unwind and network outside the classroom, in addition to providing workspaces for staff and administration. This building houses the community room, student services, administrative services, bookstore, food service, fitness center.

Students can meet with friends, classmates in addition to attending to their enrollment needs. The 3,000-square-foot community room provides ample space for various activities. In addition, it is the most prominent and identifiable space on campus. Adjacent to this room, students and staff can enjoy a full-service food court and bookstore.

Support services administrative staff, security, and student service departments such as a 4,000-square-foot fitness center with equipment and exercise room that is also used for physical education courses such as yoga, aerobics, and lifetime fitness.

Palo Verde Science Laboratories And Classroom Building
This science building provides a 9,000-square-foot Light Lab for instruction in physics and astronomy, with structural demonstration points placed throughout the ceiling to accommodate physics experiments. 

Also, the 1,200-square-foot Flexible Lab includes moveable student stations with adjustable workbenches for configuration changes. Equipped with two hoods, the space provides for higher levels of experimentation. It is the most heavily used of the labs, with class activity 12 hours per day, 7 days a week. Although not originally programmed, an adjacent Outdoor Learning Space extends the lab's use, particularly in the natural sciences of geology, agriculture and horticulture.

In addition, the Fixed Lab provides for the highest level of laboratory teaching and learning. With 6 hoods, the space supports extensive experimentation in chemistry and anatomy. Adjacent to it and well placed for access to all of the labs is the Prep Room, a 2,500-square-foot space for all paperwork, glasswashing, and hazardous materials storage.

Ironwood Central Plant
The Ironwood Plant is home to a variety of spaces that facilitate the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as the facilities management staff of Mesa Community College. The building includes an equipment bay, physical power plant, administrative space, and a shipping and receiving dock.

The central plant equipment bay holds two chillers, two cooling towers, two primary pumps, two secondary pumps and two condenser water pumps. As the campus expands, a standby chiller could be utilized to meet the new cooling requirement and a third chiller will be required when the campus has expanded to a maximum capacity of 200,000 square feet. Space is provided for the third chiller expansion in the central plant.
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From the desert setting of East Mesa evolved the concept for Mesa Community College at Red Mountain. "Smart Community" concepts combined with Native American tradition create a desert camp pattern. The heart of this campus is a riparian desert zone that will always be the campus center. It is ringed by the "circle of life" in this case a two-level walkway. Four initial buildings plug in to this circle. They in turn, will anchor future additions so the campus can grow logically in phases but always adding to the initial concentric pattern and creating additional areas of protected desert within the ensuing development.

Outdoor study areas and a large amphitheater for entertainment, ceremonial and community use follow study trails in the surrounding desert. They will be connected to the campus network by radio linkages. Patios and balconies bring students outside with views of the symbolic Red Mountain and the Superstitions. In fact, as you drive on to campus, Red Mountain appears to hover over the campus and is visible in a direct line between the initial buildings.

The three buildings initiate three different functions for the campus. The Desert Willow Library and Classroom Building houses a cyber cafe and computer commons along with flexible classrooms. The Mesquite Student Services and Administration Building provides one-stop registration with administration and a community room. The community room is placed prominently and is made of different materials to depict the inter-relationship between community groups. The Palo Verde Science Laboratories and Classroom Building also includes faculty offices.

A concept was developed to texture the lower block walls with a pattern that graphically falls between computer code and the randomness of the desert rock. The block is stained to match Red Mountain and is contrasted with sleek metal sunshades. Block patterns and artwork emphasize the theme of technology being compatible with the environment. Expansion will strengthen rather than dilute the functional pattern.

This new campus will point the way to the future for higher education by taking advantage of new educational technologies and phased building construction. The first phase of construction will accommodate a student population of 4,000 and the master plan will direct future phases of construction to accommodate enrollments of 11,500 by the year 2020.

DIV 03: CMU: Superlite Block; Glass Block: Pittsburgh Corning; Glass Glazing: Spectrum Concrete Products.
DIV 07: Metal Roofing: Metal Sales; Insulated Foam Panels: Centria; Coated Foam Roof: Centimark; Skylights: Bristolite.
DIV 08: Rolling Doors: Cookson; Aluminum Doors & Frames: Southwest Aluminum.
DIV 09: Gypsum: National Gypsum; Acoustical Treatment: Hunter Douglas, Armstrong PreludeTM XL Ceiling Grid, Armstrong CortegaTM Ceiling Tiles; Carpet: Mannington; Terrazzo: Advanced Terrazzo; Fitness Center Wood Floor: Robbins Sports Flooring; Paint: Multicolor Specialties.
DIV 10: Toilet Partitions: Capitol Partitions.
DIV 14: Elevators: Thyssen.

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