Chandler-Gilbert Community College Agave Hall

Chandler, Arizona

Project Info

  • Client

    Maricopa Community College District

  • Size

    30,181 SF

  • Delivery method


  • Role on project

    Prime Architect

  • Project Completion:


  • Project Budget:


  • DFDG Team Members
  • Michael Schmitt

    Project Director

  • Jim Lloyd

    Project Manager

  • Becky Tomasek

    Interior design

The Agave Hall renovation transformed existing dark and dated classrooms into an open, bright, and flexible multifunctional rehearsal and education space for CGCC's music and dance programs.

The desolate western courtyard was brought to life with the addition of shade structures, seating areas and landscaping then joined to the new community room with enlarged glazed openings to provide a pre-function and collaborative learning space. The renovated dance studio features high ceilings and greater visibility on campus. In addition to the main dance studio, an adjacent classroom functions as a smaller dance practice space, complete with a specialized dance floor, mirrors, and ballet bars.

The music program has band and choir room spaces appropriately scaled and acoustically detailed for their respective uses. One larger classroom is equipped for keyboards so that it may be used as either a general-purpose classroom or for piano instruction. The building now houses six individual music practice rooms and  10 practice rooms of various sizes for use by individuals or groups, as well as an ensemble classroom for group music practice.

The ensemble room boasts a visual connection to a new music recording studio capable of recording music and other live events in the ensemble room, the band room, and the choir room. Three general-purpose classrooms, nine faculty offices, and space for several adjunct faculty members complete this transformative project’s spaces.

Designed in collaboration with Opsis Architecture.

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