james richärd, aia principal


kelly bauer, fiida principal



stephen kennedy, aia ncarb principal



1545 west thomas road
phoenix, arizona 85015
p 602 264 1955
f 602 264 9234


library media center, glendale community college

Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ

Maricopa County Community College District, Glendale Community College

40,500 sf / 2.8M / Completed: July 2000

The project program includes the modernization of the library to provide on-line research capability, “plug & play” technology at carrels, tables, distance learning classroom, audio/visual presentation, media viewing/instructional support room and collaborative classroom.

Located at the heart of a mid-sixties community college, this project is the complete abatement, renovation and expansion of a dark and outdated library and classroom building. In addition to fully renovating the project included a 4,000 sf sky lit courtyard enclosure that houses the electronic resources area as its centerpiece.

Conceived as a series of layers within the existing concrete structure; a pair of opposing concave scratch plaster walls house the book collection, create a screen behind which the administrative functions occur, and reorient the entry toward the main pedestrian mall. Lighting and day-lighting features emphasize a warm interior study environment.

Experienced from the outside, the transparency of light and shadow changes dramatically from day to night, activating the center of the campus. An outdoor courtyard and sculpture garden is designed to the south of the building; this extends the program space of the reading room by accommodating a shaded seating area and secure space for outdoor reading.

Photography: Bill Timmerman