Communiversity @ Surprise Model

Communiversity @ Surprise

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    • The City of Surprise entered into a partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges to open part of its new City Hall complex as a campus for Rio Salado Community College. This partnership provides two- and four-year degree options. This is a creative approach to achieving the City’s vision of giving the community residents educational excellence without leaving their city. The project is a one-story, 26,000 sf  “City of Surprise Communiversity–Center for Higher Educational Excellence.” Rio Salado uses the space for classrooms, lecture halls and other educational facilities, such as computer labs. The city administered the construction of the building, which was jointly planned by the City and the District. The agreement called for the city to be able to request access to the College space for city sponsored events. The College will own and maintain the building for at least five years, and the city expects to take ownership some time after that, depending on the need for city office space in the future.
    • Studio Team
      Nicklaus Astrauskas
      John Kane
      Rodrigo Rada
      Tom Reilly
      Joseph Salvatore
      Glen Wollenhaupt
    • Project Team
      Owner: City of Surprise
      Client: Rio Salado College
      Design Build: DL Withers Construction
      Mechanical/Plumbing: Henderson Engineers
      Electrical: Henderson Engineers
      Structural: Struktur
      Photographer: Winquist Photography, Michael T. Masengarb–Architekton
    • Awards                                                                                                      2010 Maricopa Association of Governments Desert Peaks Award for Best Public-Private Partnership
      2010 Building of America Gold Medal Award

      Publication                                                                                               2010, Building of America

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