Paradise Valley Community College


Building Q Renovation

Phoenix, Arizona

69,500 GSF, 6,457 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Programming

Citation Award, Honorable Mention: Redevelopment, RED Awards (Arizona Real Estate Development Awards), Best in Show, PRIDE Awards

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“What I have valued the most about working with the SmithGroupJJR is their ability to demonstrate high levels of architectural creativity, and at the same time, maximize limited project budgets.”

—Dr. Paul Dale, President


Faced with a growing student population and an expanding curriculum, Paradise Valley Community College undertook the transformation of a nearby county library and charter high school into a multipurpose academic facility, hoping to expand and reinvigorate the campus environment and add desperately needed space.

Inefficient and ill-suited for academic activities, the existing building required significant changes. To become home to the Center for Teaching and Learning and Continuing Education Programs, as well as the Math Department, SmithGroupJJR programmed the updated facility to include general and computer classrooms, a faculty suite, and places for gathering and informal learning. Q Building also would continue to house a 200-student charter high school currently occupying a portion of the space.

The design team visually and physically connected Q Building to the campus by relocating the main entrance, establishing a north-south pedestrian axis, and creating a strong visual identity. The new axis invites students to travel between the new building and the campus, shifting the “center of gravity” of student life.

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