Arizona Community College Expands With New Life Sciences Building

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Glendale Community College officials kicked off construction of a new $20 million life sciences building, which will bring several academic departments together in one ecologically conscious facility.

The 63,000-square-foot building, designed by Gould Evan Associates, of Phoenix, will feature green construction elements, such as drought-resistant plants, a stormwater management system and recycled carpet. A living wall of plants will surround student and faculty diners in the café.

The facility will house the school’s biology, nursing and psychology departments and will provide room for about 300 students. Features include nine standard labs, an animal lab, nursing observation pods, a large amphitheater, meeting rooms, a small café and a greenhouse. Space will also be provided for 72 faculty offices.

Construction of the life sciences facility was funded by voter-approved bonds and is scheduled to be completed by January 2009. Phoenix-based DPR Construction is serving as general contractor.

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