Originally constructed in 1969, the Phoenix College "C" Building served students of nursing, allied health, and chemistry programs for almost forty years. With its soaring columns and waffle deck floors, the building is an excellent example of the Mid-Century modern design prevalent in Phoenix during the 1960’s. Designed by renowned Phoenix architect Ralph Haver, it and other Haver buildings on campus represent the rich history of the Valley and the College.
Blending History with Modern Technology
After extensive and collaborative planning, the building has undergone a complete internal redesign, preserving the original exterior structure. The renaissance of the C building focused on efficient and adequate space for programs; with student-centered collaborative learning environments, enhanced natural lighting, and modern sustainable building systems.
The new science building will contain classroom and laboratory areas, as well as support and office space for a broad and expanding range of physical science instruction. The three floors will house facilities support chemistry, physics, astronomy, engineering, cultural and physical geography and sustainability programs. Some of the spaces planned for the project support outreach and community use, such as the 75-seat lecture hall and outdoor areas. Student engagement is enhanced by combining all of the physical science resources into a single location. The building was designed to optimize students’ needs and use.
"Having an up-to-date science building that's going to focus on chemistry, engineering, and physics is really exciting. The fact that Phoenix College is investing in this facility really demonstrates a commitment to the future and innovation. I'm thrilled for our students to learn in that space." - Anil Kapoor, Biosciences Faculty
The building is about 90 percent complete and will to be ready to serve students for the fall 2018 semester. The total project budget is $19.5M including Technology, and is the final project of the 2004 Maricopa Community College bond cycle.
An open-house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be hosted in the fall to showcase the newly renovated building. Until then, check out the latest updates on our progress in this quick video.