GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building

Award of Merit

This centrally located facility meshes a bevy of functions—including a student services center and community library—into a single three-story structure.

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GateWay Community College, located centrally in the metropolitan Phoenix area, has created a new all-in-one 122,000-gross-square-foot facility for their urban campus. The Integrated Education Building (IEB) is centrally located on campus and meshes an entire new campus of functions into a single three-story structure.

The IEB provides a new student services center, learning center and community library, instructional labs, classrooms, faculty offices and a large community-oriented 200-seat multi-purpose room. The project both transforms the campus and provides metamorphic momentum for a historically blighted and under-valued part of the city.

Jury comments

This project solved the needs of a variety of programs comprehensively and capitalizes on the temperate climate to provide dynamic outdoor learning spaces. It draws features from a comprehensive sustainability vision. This project really pushes the expectation of what a community college should be. The bowl acts as an icon for the college arts curriculum and draws the community to partake in its performing arts. The building is incredibly well-scaled to the landscape.

Additional information

Contractor: Core Construction

Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural Design, Inc.

Landscape Architect: SmithGroupJJR

MEP Engineer: SmithGroupJJR

Jury

2016 Education Facility Design Awards Jury

Karina Ruiz, AIA (Chair), DOWA-IBI Group Architects

Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, NAC/Architecture

Steve Ziger, AIA, Ziger/Snead Architects

Cristina C. Alvarez, Ed.D, Delaware Design Lab High School

Bruce Lindsey, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Neubauer, University of Portland

Image credits

GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building

Liam Frederick

GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building

Liam Frederick

GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building

Liam Frederick

GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building

Liam Frederick