The Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) Northeast Campus is one of four planned projects for the career and technical public school district funded by a $74.9M voter-approved bond. DLR Group’s CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$147.89 transformed a non-descript office/warehouse facility to an education center serving high school students, evening adult education, training and industry certificate programs.
Four distinct learning pathways (Health, Veterinary, Construction and Automotive) are organized and unified by West-MEC’s bold brand through iconography and their trademark orange as the common vocabulary for the campus architecture. The grand orange scrim wall at the entrance of the campus not only elevates the West-MEC logo and brand but also offers opportunity for industry partners to display their brand throughout the campus.
The project, which included renovating two existing buildings and adding two new buildings, required working closely with vested industry players in the design process to plan for spaces that addressed the needs of their industry as well as the needs for meeting high school requirement. Heavy-duty spaces for hands-on learning are balanced and shared with classroom-lab spaces for presentations and “train-the-trainer” events with industry partners.