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Maricopa Institute of Technology

Posted: August 1, 2019 | Projects

The Maricopa Institute of Technology of Phoenix, AZ teaches a unique and advanced STEM curriculum to junior high students. Architects set out to reinforce and enhance their curriculum through the built environment of the new school.

Photo Courtesy of Stefan Yarish/Caps Photo

Housing 600 students, a central atrium, doubling as a cafeteria or assembly space, opens up to an exterior amphitheater through large overhead doors for outdoor events.

Stemming from the atrium, architects designed hallways to serve as learning environments, with breakout spaces for collaborative and individual study. Students working within the hallways can have a unique environment in which to study, while having the resources available there to help them.

Classrooms were designed to accommodate Riverside’s unique curriculum, with rooms tailored to offer classes for engineering, advanced science, and technology. Research lab spaces are on either side of the school, extending to covered outdoor yards through large doors, so students can work on larger projects. Furniture and equipment are incorporated in rooms to accommodate for a wide range of research and experiments involving chemistry, biology, physics, drone manufacturing, robotics and 3D printing.

With every classroom, teachers have their own work rooms, with full visibility to the hallway and classrooms. These rooms can be used to prepare lesson plans, collaborate with each other, or as a place to meet with parents and students.

The building envelop is designed for maximum energy savings. Glazed wall areas shaded with large roof overhangs protect it from the direct heat of the summer while letting the winter sun to come in. The exterior walls are constructed with Insulated Concrete Forms, adding more R-value to the envelop. Skylights with sun tracking devices are also incorporated along hallways and research labs, allowing plenty of natural light into the spaces and reducing the use of artificial lighting. The building is also equipped with an Energy Management System which offers the owner computer-aided tools to control, monitor, and optimize the building performance.

Orcutt Winslow
2929 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Structural Engineer 
TRC Worldwide
2929 N. Central Avenue, Fl 11
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Arizona Pinnacle Engineering
2222 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, #290
Phoenix, AZ 85027

General Contractor
Core Construction
3036 E. Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032

CM at Risk: Apr 2015
Construction Period: Apr 2015 to Sep 2016          
Total Square Feet: 60,000
Site: 12 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 16 classrooms, 400 students; 1 auditorium.
Building Sizes: First floor, 30,000; second floor, 30,000; total, 60,000 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 20′; second floor, 20′; total, 40′.  
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB/GMP.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, steel, glazing.
Roof: Metal. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.