Outdoor Courtyard - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
 
Arizona Western College Science + Agriculture Building and College Community Center Yuma, Arizona

Introduction

Arizona Western College was looking for a change of direction in terms of campus identity, community engagement, and academic approach. With the new College Community Center (CCC) and Science and Agriculture Lab (Sci-Ag) the college wanted to emphasize overlap and intersection of science programs and maximize engagement with the Yuma community.

Located in the growing agriculture area of Yuma, Arizona, the AWC project is a comprehensive development of multiple buildings designed to:

• Increase interaction amongst user groups inside and outside at all scales: between faculty and students, differing departments, and the campus and community.

• Create a new campus identity and front door redirecting the main campus entry to the south toward the community of Yuma.

Design

Campus Goals - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

Campus goals overlap to create project vision

Campus Vision Diagram - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

Integrated Planning

Planning Bubble Diagram - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
The program was arranged by adjacencies and then folded onto the site to reinforce overlaps and collaborative opportunities.

Campus Concept Diagram - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Interior Studies Diagram - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

horizontal, vertical, visual and audible overlaps

Overlapping Program Diagram - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
The design team saw an opportunity to maximize programmatic overlaps as a way to create collaborative zones for spontaneous interaction between diverse users.

Campus Concept Diagram - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

Implementation

Connection of Space and Program

Connected Interior Spaces - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Daylit Interior Spaces - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Connected Interior Spaces - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

Student Life and Support Services:

Informal student spaces throughout both buildings allow students to study and gather between classes and spur collaborative research discussions.

Connection of Resource

Connected Interior Spaces - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Daylit Interior Spaces - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Daylit Interior Spaces - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

The ‘one-stop shop’ concept was designed to bring multiple programs from dispersed locations on campus into a central location, streamlining the student service process.

Connection of Context

Desert Context - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

desert/agricultural context

Desert Pattern and Texture - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

visual effects—pattern and texture

Campus Material Context - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

existing campus precast

Metal Panel Pattern and Facade with Shadows - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Exterior cladding skin sections were designed as repeating modular elements, providing a simplified production process, reduced waste and cost-effective, high visual impact solution.
Horizontal Pattern - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
horizontal pattern
community center
Vertical Pattern - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
vertical pattern
sci-ag complex
Metal Panel Shipping - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
skin shipping method
 
Metal Panel Mockup - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
skin mockup

Sustainability

Ventilated Wall Cavity, Metal Rainscreen Design, and Metal Wall Patterns - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

The self-shading skin pattern also creates a ventilated wall cavity, reducing heat gain.

Initially designed as copper, the skin was changed to aluminum due to material cost escalation. The building concept easily supported this change without compromising the integrity of the design.

The color of the aluminum skin changes as the sun moves throughout the day.

• As one of the sunniest places in the US with 242 clear days, the site provided an unique opportunity for on-site renewable energy.

• A 100kW photovoltaic system was integrated into the design of the Science and Agriculture building as an energy source for their ‘green-tech’ program. It serves as a teaching tool for the existing campus, partner programs and use worldwide via web based instruction.

• As a result of the implementation of the 100kW system, a 5 mega watt system is currently being developed for the campus, providing 125% of the campus power needs and a guaranteed $62 million savings in energy costs over the next 30 years.

Sustainable Energy Dashboard, Photovoltaic PV Panels, and Off the Grid PV System - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans
Sustainable Cafeteria Design and Cafeteria Compost Field - Arizona Western College  - Architecture - Gould Evans

Waste from the student cafeteria is composted, used in campus agricultural fields and sold to local farmers.

Reaction

“I thought it was worthy of honor...I feel this project is worthy of national recognition.

I kept going back to the plans to really understand it and the more I did the stronger it got.”

—Jury Comments AIA Arizona 2012

Facts

175,000 sf

$63 million

Student population: 8,000

Science and Agriculture complex

College community center

Six departments

16 room types

Located on south edge of campus