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Arizona Western College Community Building And Science + Agriculture Center / Gould Evans

  • 01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Arizona Western College Community Building And Science + Agriculture Center / Gould Evans
Arizona Western College Community Building And Science + Agriculture Center / Gould Evans, © Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

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  • MEP Engineer

    Bridgers and Paxton
  • Structural Engineer

    Rudow + Berry Structural Engineers
  • Civil / Geotechnical Engineer

    Nicklaus Engineering
  • Landscape Architect

  • Cost Estimation

  • Data / AV / Acoustics

    Convergent Technologies
  • Fire Protection

    Sternco Engineers, Inc
  • Lighting Consultant

    Horton Lees Brodgen Lighting Design
  • Lab Consultant

    McLellan Copenhagen
  • Kitchen Consultant

    Hamilton and Associates
  • Contractor

    Pilkington Construction
  • Owner

    Arizona Western College
  • Contact

    Bill Smith, Director of Facilities Planning & Management
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© Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

Text description provided by the architects. The Arizona Western College Community Building and Science + Agriculture Center in Yuma, Arizona reflect the college’s bold identity and its commitment to its students and to the local community.

© Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

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. The buildings encourage collaboration and interaction of diverse groups of students, faculty, and community residents.

© Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

This project provides a new gateway to the campus by marking multiple points of inflection (or deviations from the norm):  integration of science and community, a boost to student success initiatives, and closed loop sustainable goals. The Science and Agriculture Center merges interdisciplinary science instruction with sustainable campus and community programs. 

© Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

The sustainable strategies used in the building became a teaching tool for the school’s science program. The cafeteria waste is processed as part of the instruction; compost is studied in the agriculture and soils labs, and used on the educational fields and sold to local farmers.


One of the major victories of the project can be seen on the roof, where an array of photovoltaic panels is studied in both physics and chemistry classes. The 100kW photovoltaic system was also used as a test case for the entire campus. Based on its results, the campus developed a 5 megawatt system which will provide 125% of the campus’s required power. This effectively takes the campus ‘off grid’, leading to a guaranteed $62 million savings on energy costs over the next 30 years.  The working system will continue to provide instructional opportunities, with energy meters that allow students to track production versus consumption.

© Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

In harnessing the abundant local light, in focusing on sustaining the land, in studying the soil, composting and giving something back to the local community; the building and its site celebrate the agriculture of Yuma. The Community Building connects students and faculty by overlapping paths and creating visual connections between spaces (both inside and outside). The new front door is flanked with student services, a one-stop-shop, and invites in the local community as a setting for conference and cultural events. The distinctive exterior wall panels reflect the rich textures of the desert, of the intense blue sky, and the students who pass by.

© Winquist Photography
© Winquist Photography

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Cite: "Arizona Western College Community Building And Science + Agriculture Center / Gould Evans" 18 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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