East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)

Mesa, Arizona

  • FIRM

    BPLW Architects & Engineers


    East Valley Institute of Technology

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.





A historic agrarian site sets the tone for the new home for Arizona’s first regional technological public school. The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) campus represents a new perspective on vocational-arts programs.

At EVIT, a single location provides fertile ground for students from 10 districts learning more than ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,500COST PER SQ FT$85.72FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized occupational-specific, market-driven programs. State-of-the-art equipment is found in spaces designed to simulate the workplace.

An auditorium, public banquet areas and culinary-arts center host a variety of business and community activities.

Echoing the site’s agrarian past, durable, cost-effective, energy-efficient and low-maintenance building materials of concrete flooring, exposed concrete block and galvalume metal are used throughout the campus. Consolidation of classrooms by specialty limits circulation requirements.

Energy-efficiency measures include: daylighting; barrel-vaulted overhangs and window canopies; a thermal storage tank and mechanical system capable of cooling current and future buildings; and evaporative cooling in shop areas.

Fiber optics, closed-circuit television (CCTV), broadcasting equipment, satellite hookups and a variety of other technology serve current and future educational, communications and safety needs.

Photographer: ©Walt Saadus