College Center at CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus earns SCUP architecture merit award

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist 

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – The College Center at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus (SMC) has earned an Excellence in Architecture for a New Building Merit award from the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP). 

Part of a multi-million dollar campus renovation and expansion project that was completed prior to the fall 2013 semester, the structure - also known on campus as the F Building - was designed by richard+bäuer architecture, LLC, in conjunction with Adolfson+Peterson Construction; Energy Systems Design, Inc.; Caruso Turley Scott, Inc.; Dibble Engineering; and Green Studio. 

The 48,900 square foot structure serves as the new “heart” of SMC and includes spaces for advising, testing, a community room, lecture and lab classrooms, a bookstore, student lounge and café, campus library, and offices. 

Architecturally, the layout of the College Center was organized by creating two centers: the student commons, defined by a large folded ceiling that spans across open learning spaces with floor to ceiling glass; the second center defined by a group of five science teaching labs. 

The two centers are linked by a bridge occupied by offices and lounge areas that provides an academic link between functions. The open lounges and learning spaces, combined with a café, open computer lab and exterior patio encourages collaborative and flexible learning. Tutoring and library services are easily accessible off common areas offering extended learning opportunities and casual interaction. 

Additionally, the materials used to construct the building, which include the building’s signature copper panels, were chosen for their tie to local contextual references, durability and sustainability. 

The College Center is one of six buildings across North America, including Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, to earn an excellence in architecture for a new building merit award from SCUP in 2013. 

SCUP, which was established in 1965, is a community of senior, higher education leaders who are responsible for, or are involved in, the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. SCUP is an affiliate of the University of Michigan's School of Education. Members look to SCUP to find ways to successfully integrate the organization's mission into their academic plan, and then seek to integrate all other kinds of planning on campus in support of the academic plan. 

Phoenix-based richard+bäuer maintains a portfolio of academic buildings, libraries and lounges built within the state of Arizona and beyond. Its work includes academic buildings at the University of Southern California, Illinois State University and Montana State University.
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