West-MEC Aviation Technology Center

Glendale, Arizona

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC)

  • AREA

    47,000 sq.ft.





The 47,000 SF Aviation Technology Center at West-MEC presents a distinctive exterior and interior design that speaks to the passion of aviation and flight. The design concept of a hanger, necessary for the educational program, goes beyond the typical metal hanger shell, taking advantage of the opportunity to make an architectural statement in the industrial region ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$140.42FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms the Glendale Airport.

Expressions from the plane fuselage are found throughout the interior of this building, from lobby lighting details inspired by overhead light consoles in an aircraft, to banding on walls similar to aircraft detailing on small planes. Students and visitors immediately understand they have entered a place of aviation study. Also inspired by the interior of a private jet, the conference room walls angle and merge into the ceiling plane to create a sense of being in the fuselage. Similar to the communication tools used to navigate on the tarmac, striping and super-graphics guide users into and throughout the building. This playful interpretation of education and technology work to inspire students to learn and the community to enjoy and appreciate this revitalized corner of this industrial community.