Estrella Mountain Community College: Mariposa Hall
The concept of the new construction of the approximate 25,500 SF Mariposa Hall expansion and the redevelopment of the Southwest Skill Center is to create spaces that educate and inspire individuals to think critically about ones environment. The core-group goals of creating collective learning spaces, outdoor learning environments, integrating art and learning, having a new high-tech image while respecting the character of the existing campus, and producing an environmentally-responsible building (under LEED Silver certification) were all critical to the design impetus.
Site Integration: Site planning and landscape design for Mariposa Hall play an integral role in both the future master planning of EMCC and the expansion of learning opportunities. Siting Mariposa Hall as a campus node affords the opportunity to extend a future mall alignment while maintaining connection to the existing campus circulation system. The masterplan vision enabled the college to set a sustainable vision for the entire campus.
Environmental Awareness: Exemplary learning and work environments are achieved through healthy environments. Several attainable LEED goals were selected in order to help create healthy environments for all who may interface with these buildings. Many of these goals will also contribute to the energy efficiency, and long-term flexible use for the buildings, creating a facility that is healthy and adaptable.
Goal: LEED Silver