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Higher Education
Paradise Valley Community College Black Mountain Campus – Aquila Hall

Aquila Hall is an integrated learning building on the Black Mountain Campus of Paradise Valley Community College.  As the first new-build structure of the campus master plan, it houses administrative services, faculty offices, physical and life science labs, instructional space, a computer classroom, and multifunctional space.  DFDG began schematic design with a charrette approach where several architect teams created concepts that fit the client’s diverse program.  The final proposed design includes elements from several of the initial concepts all linked together by the idea of geometric facets.  The main entrances and patio feature metal canopies crafted from structural folds whose planes continue to the interior to form the lobby ceiling dotted with “constellations” created with recessed lights and solatubes.  Warm earthy interior materials and open views connect the building to the site while the facets are reflected in the furniture and fabric selections, vinyl flooring pattern, slab saw cuts, and custom millwork pieces throughout.


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