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G l e n d a le Community College North M A R I C O P A

C O U N T Y

C O M M U N I T Y

C O L L E G E

D I S T R I C T


Š 2008 RNL Architectural Press All rights reserved No part of his book may be used or reproduced in any manner without written permission from the publisher Design and editing RNL


A special thanks to: Maricopa County Community College District Arlen Solochek John Sazama Brent Garwood



Glendale Community College North Planning Team: Dr. Velvie Green Alberto Sanchez Charles Jeffery DeeDee Denslow Donna White Mary Lou Massal Connie Labuhn Dr. Stephen Williams Al Gonzales Jack Gallegos LeeAnn Cone David Rodriguez

Jean Ann Abel Esmeralda Acosta Todd Armstrong Susan Bedker Larry Bohlender Aaron Bolender Gary Bond Dr. Fernando Camou Dr. Gary Calderon Kent Davis Regis Della-Calce Dianne Dwyer Alice Estrada Frank Gonzalez Herman Gonzalez John Grima KC Hundere

Wayne Johnson Eileen Johnston Randy Kimmens Scott Kozakiewicz Josh Krek Dr. Eric Lodge Lamont Opp Debra Palok Nicola Perry Catalina Popisteanu Dr. David Raffaelle Dr. Phil Randolph Sandi Reyes Ryan Sawby Russell Sears Connie Sherman Joseph Springer Marco Vasquez


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Maricopa County Community College District purchases 75 acres south of Happy Valley Road between 57th Avenue and 61st Avenue for expansion of the service area of Glendale Community College

GCC North opened in fall 2000 with 839 students. GCC North is expected to enroll 7,950 students annually by 2014

RNL retained in December 2005 to develop a full buildout master plan for the campus and to implement Phase 1 of new construction which includes 4 new facilities: Information Building, Student Services Building, Instruction Building and Central Plant


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On August 14, 2008 Glendale Community College North celebrates the grand opening for the fall semester of an additional 67,000-sf of new academic and shared community program space

Glendale Community College North experiences a 60% increase in student enrollment of 1884 students for the fall 2008 semester




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GCCN Campus E - El Capitan

5,695-gsf Campus central plant that is expandable to service future phases of construction Happy Valley Road

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17,983-gsf This instructional facility provides both general purpose and computer classrooms. Three science labs and a common lab prep room can be expanded for future flexibility. Faculty offices, tutoring space and student collaboration space make this the educational hub on campus

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B - Beshbito

17,542-gsf GCCN campus library-media and technology commons

A - Agua Sal

Existing GCCN educational facilities that opened in fall 2000. These facilities also comprise the Northwest Education Center that is a career program for the Deer Valley Unified School District. GCCN utilizes 10,000-sf of the 20,000-gsf complex

26,455-gsf GCCN campus student enrollment center, business offices, student union with cafe, bookstore, social space and game room. This facility also contains a community room and fitness center that serve the academic and neighboring community

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Glendale Community College North GCCN is one of over 25 existing and proposed colleges, campuses and sites that serve the educational needs of the 2.8 million residents of Maricopa County. Glendale Community College North is an extension site of Glendale Community College which is located approximately 10 miles south in the City of Glendale, Arizona. The north site will better serve the needs of a community that is rapidly expanding the physical boundaries of metropolitan Phoenix. GCCN is comprised of 75 acres of predominantly undeveloped land located at the south edge of Happy Valley Road between 61st Avenue to the west and 57th Avenue to the east. The natural setting of the GCCN site is spectacular with indigenous desert vegetation bisected diagonally by an arroyo that enters the site from the northeast corner and exits at the southwest corner. This natural drainage system is populated with mature ironwood and mesquite trees and forms a relatively lush green open space that will be respected with future site development. Operationally and physically, the GCCN site is a “good neighbor� to the surrounding community. The site infrastructure, architecture and landscape character shall be designed to respect and complement the natural desert site, climate and surrounding neighborhood. The site will be open, yet safe for the surrounding community to use for academic pursuits or casual walks through the campus. Functions such as the community room, library and fitness center will be available for community use. Site vehicular ingress and egress is restricted to Happy Valley Road. Consequentially, the pattern of future development will progress counterclockwise, east to west then north to south. The arroyo will remain the significant green space on campus and will serve as an informal mall to encourage pedestrian interaction. The arroyo and the plaza in Phase I serve as the civic living room for the student body, faculty and staff.






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Glendale Community College North Opening Ceremony Remarks 14 August 2008

I would like to tell you a short story about this campus. The dream was to build a campus in this special place that would honor the unique beauty of the desert and sit gently on this land. A river runs through it. Well, only when we are blessed with ample rainfall. Quail run through it. We wanted to build a campus that respects the arroyo, in fact embraces the arroyo as it moves diagonally through the site as a soft green line. Each building is transparent to the wash for it is the wash that anchors each building to the site. We wanted to build a place that would preserve views to the mountains, especially to Ludden Mountain which dominates the skyline to the north. We wanted to create a campus that extends that same courtesy to its neighbors so they also may enjoy the views to the mountains by creating buildings that lay low to the ground. We have a responsibility of stewardship of this land. The majestic iron wood trees that grew on the site and the saguaros were carefully removed to a temporary nursery and have now been replanted within the new campus. All of the rain that falls is collected under the parking lots and in landscaped terraces to be held and released slowly to the wash. We wanted to build a campus of common materials; materials that celebrate the changing colors of the desert over the course of a day and of the volcanic rock of the surrounding hills. The buildings also had to respect the intense desert sun with deep overhangs and protected openings. In short we wanted to create an authentic place that is at home in the Sonoran Desert and to create a place for life long learning, a place for social interaction and most important, a place for the community to feel at home. The collegiate experience is one of exploration and personal growth. It is also challenging and at times stressful. The experience however is enriched with intellectual enlightenment, friendships for life and a memory of place. We sincerely hope Glendale Community College North will be a place of fond memories for all of the community members that will come here to learn and to teach. This campus was designed for you. Our sincere thanks to the Maricopa County Community College District, the Glendale Community College representatives and the many tradesmen who willingly joined the adventure of constructing a new campus. For those who have spent the past two and a half years working on this project, it has been challenging, but it has also been extremely rewarding. Our sincere thanks to everyone who worked so hard for the promise of today

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RNL 100 W. Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona 85013 rnldesign.com Architecture/Interiors Courtney Armstrong Beth Brett Darla George Andy Howerzyl Stacey Kranz Chris Ledwith Carl Price Craig Randock Sabrina Russo

M/E/P LSW Engineers

Structural Caruso Turley Scott

Civil Dibble Engineers

Landscape Architect Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Audio/Visual Engineer Convergent Technologies

Kitchen Consultant Design-Tech Food Facilities

Cost Estimator ACE

Construction Manager/GC Core Construction

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Photo/image credits: Bill Timmerman 48

cover, 8, 9, 10-11, 12, 13, 16 left, 18 top left, 20, 22, 23, 24 right, 25, 26, 27, 28 left bottom and right, 29 left and top right, 30, 31 left and top right, 32, 33, 34, 46

Craig Randock

title page, 1, 2-3, 5, 7 right, 14, 15, 16 right, 17 left, 18 right center and bottom, 19, 21, 24 left top and center, 29 bottom right, 31 lower right, 41 top, 42, 43 bottom left, 44 top right, bottom right and bottom center, 45 top left, top right, bottom right and bottom center

Carl Price

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Chris Ledwith

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Trish Bigler

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Robert Oswald 28 top left

Luz Photography 7 left

Christy Ten Eyck

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Gonzalo Fernandez Reuter

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