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West-MEC Southwest Energy Campus

Design Achievement - The West-MEC Southwest Campus is located in Buckeye, Arizona. DLR Group's campus design exudes the idea of energy and how it relates to a variety of career paths that directly relate to the needs of the community and business partners in the west valley. An iconic and bold architecture is conveyed to the community through the use of bold colors reflecting the school’s brand as well as an architectural expression of high bay solar canopies integrated into the building. Pathways to be features at the Southwest Campus include Sustainable Energy, Industrial Technology; Auto Collision and Technology; Health Sciences, Cosmetology, and Veterinary Sciences. Different learning environments and social spaces are infused in the design. Lab spaces offer state-of-the-art equipment and adjacent collaborative learning spaces promote team interaction and second floor exterior roof patios enable outdoor learning environments. High-bay labs provide flexible learning environment for experimentation and exploration.

Scope Summary - The scope of the West-MEC Southwest Campus project includes several phases of construction. Phase I includes the Student Services Building and Sustainable Energy Building (SEB), totaling 77,850 SF of building and photovoltaic solar panels canopies. The Sustainable Energy Building consists of labs, classroom, and administrative spaces. Phase 2 includes the Industrial Technology Building, consisting of labs, classrooms, and administrative spaces. Future phases include Health Sciences, Cosmetology, STEM, an Off-grid building, Auto Tech and Collision, Veterinary Sciences, and a future assembly building. The Off-grid building is conceptualized to serve as an exhibition space for hands-on, energy-related concepts as well as a multipurpose meeting facility for the community and school. DLR Group is providing architecture, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering, and energy/high-performance design, and interiors services.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Public Service Energy Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona

West-MEC Southwest Energy Campus

Western Maricopa Education Center