Completed in two phases, the Natural Science Building and Renovation project at Scottsdale Community College includes construction of the new 46,000 sf Natural Sciences Building, which houses the college's Life and Physical Sciences programs – offering courses in Astronomy, Biology, Microbiology, Marine Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Geology to 2,500 students per week.
The first phase includes eleven teaching laboratories, cadaver storage, herbarium, aquarium room, microbiology preparatory facility, a planetarium, tutor center and eight lecture classrooms.
One special feature - an entire outdoor learning environment – serves as an effective out-of-class teaching aid. The northern courtyard’s amphitheater includes a geowall that visually mimics the complex formation and compression of different types of rock layers native to Arizona, while the southern courtyard includes concrete hardscape stamped with track-prints to teach students about native Arizona wildlife.
Once Phase One was completed, staff and faculty relocated from the existing 1970’s facility – clearing the way for the Phase Two renovation. Within six months, Barton Malow completed eight new lecture halls – turning an obsolete space into a modern, functional learning environment.