Paradise Valley Community College Aquila Hall

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Project Info

  • Client

    Maricopa Community College District

  • Size

    21,509 SF

  • Delivery method


  • Role on project

    Prime Architect

  • Project Completion:


  • Project Budget:


  • DFDG Team Members
  • Chad Billings

    Project Director

  • Becky Tomasek

    Interior Design

This integrated learning facility combines the STEM disciplines of geology, astronomy and chemistry into one integrated learning building.

The design team was challenged to provide adaptability to meet the needs of the science program with only two labs in the new facility. This meant that storage became paramount in providing classes with easy access to equipment. The design included extensive storage behind moveable whiteboards, allowing for efficient access to teaching materials for multiple science classes.

Inspired by these varied sciences, the design concept explores faceted geometries. These are seen in metal panel walls and canopies, floor patterns, and ceiling skylight patterns. The main entrances and patio feature metal canopies crafted from structural folds, whose planes continue in the interior to form the lobby ceiling. The folding planes of the lobby are 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, and custom millwork pieces throughout. The unity of each facet – a mineral’s crystal structures, night sky constellations, or complex molecular form – enhances this PVCC campus star.

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“DFDG project team delivered professional services that exceeded my expectations and those of the college. The project had a very short time frame, technical complexity, and a tight budget that was met with an effective design approach and coordination of efforts by consultants, contractor, and college.” – Ross Bern, AIA, MCCD Project Manager