Source: AZ Business Magazine
Scottsdale Community College will break ground on a new 33KSF building in April that will house its Business School, an Indigenous Scholars Institute, a community center and Facilities scheduling services.
The project, with a working title of the “Cloud Song Center,” will meet a longstanding commitment by the college to provide a cultural center for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and give the college’s Business Program a new, expanded space to call home.
The building will include six classrooms for business students, an accounting and statistics learning center, eight faculty offices and other student support space.
The ISI side of the building will include a large meeting room, private study rooms, and other shared spaces dedicated to teaching Native American culture, history and current events. An outdoor gathering area with a performance circle patterned after other Native American will provide an outdoor space for hosting events and activities.
Construction will start shortly after the college receives a construction permit from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. On Feb. 28, the MCCCD Governing Board unanimously approved awarding an $11.2M contract to Okland Construction to build the center. During the meeting, SRPMIC President Delbert Ray and Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Hiegel both spoke in favor of the project.
Most of the funding for Cloud Song comes from 2004 bond money earmarked for capital projects, with remaining costs covered by proceeds from the college’s sale of its McDowell property last year.
Designed by the firm Architekton, the building design passed the SRPMIC Design Review process. The project was originally envisioned as three buildings but budget constraints required combining the concepts into one building.
Plans call for the building to be completed in 2018.
Read more at AZ Business Magazine.
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