Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Ironwood Hall

Chandler, Arizona

  • FIRM



    Maricopa County Community College District

  • AREA

    58,459 sq.ft.





Three parallel bars are positioned to create an interactive building that defines the north, east and west campus entries. The forms read as a series of large-scale bars—the grounded base supporting the lighter, syncopated colored elements of the upper level. The composition creates courtyards, porches and covered walkways, reinforcing the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMLord, Aeck & SargentCOST PER SQ FT$220.23CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio experience around the project. A public artist-designed bridge connects the new building to an adjacent project, unifying curricular elements.The unique mix of programs—science, engineering, ceramics and sculpture, general education and faculty offices—are considered carefully relative to the variety

 of resultant outdoor spaces. The entire building attempts to break down the paradigm of teaching/learning only within the traditional classroom environment. There are "sticky spaces," such as breakout rooms that are scattered throughout the building for students—whether it is studying, group brainstorming or just hanging out.

Co-Designer: Suhoon Bae

"This project is a nice response to its desert context; it really melds with the natural environment."--2011 jury