Phoenix College Physical Sciences Building
The Phoenix College Campus is dotted with mid-century classics designed by famed architect Ralph Haver. In 1969, the concrete and cast-in-place brick facade of Haver’s Physical Sciences Building adapted to the southwestern context, echoed the quiet sensibilities of current trends, and served a small group of students near from the heart of Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2016, the building clung to its role as a campus hub and local landmark in a prominent corner of a historic residential neighborhood, but was in desperate need of renovation. A complete interior renovation has been undertaken with the aim of bringing this mid-century classic into the 21st century – both in form and function. The “C Building Project” transformed the outdated and socially insular layout of classrooms into contemporary learning laboratories for chemistry, physical sciences and engineering. The new design aligned program elements for maximum vertical efficiency with axial views for intuitive orientation and interdisciplinary learning. The integration of educational and experiential environments has led to a complex but balanced renovation.
50 years after the building was constructed, the improvements respect and honor the past, while embracing evolving contemporary academic and social needs.