Central Arizona College will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the Superstition Mountain campus expansion project.
The ceremony runs from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the campus located at 805 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction. Attendees are being asked to park in campus’ west parking lot.
Featured speakers will include McCarthy Building Companies Senior Project Manager Amanda Isaacson, Central Arizona College President Jackie Elliott and Architekton Senior Associate and Architect Dan Childers.
The construction project will provide a new Allied Health building, Skilled Trades building and renovate the existing C building, according to a press release.
“CAC is pleased to be working with McCarthy and Architekton to create a world class learner experience for the residents of Apache Junction and Pinal County,” stated Jackie Elliott in the release. “These new facilities will allow the college to prepare students for the workforce and assist in providing economic growth for the region.”
The renovation of C building is expected to be completed by March 2024. The Skilled Trades and Allied Health buildings will be ready for students in January 2025.
The Allied Health Facility will provide classrooms and labs for massage therapy, aesthetician, nursing assistance, pharmacy, phlebotomy, medical assistant, radiology and sonography.
“Additionally, simulation centers will replicate realistic health care environments, including hospital and operating rooms, and clinical settings equipped with advanced simulation technologies such as computerized patient simulators, high-fidelity mannequins and more,” the release stated.
The massage therapy and aesthetician programs will offer a “Superstition Spa” experience. Where students can gain “critical thinking, decision-making and patient care skills in a safe and controlled environment,” according to the release.
The Skilled Trades building will have classrooms, labs and exterior yards for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ceramics and arts programming.
C building’s renovations will include a computer lab, VR lab, an expanded e-sports lab, and faculty and public safety offices. The existing café, student lounge and student organization space will remain.
In addition, the building will get a large exterior canopy for expanded outdoor seating.
“These facilities will be designed with a strong emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency,” Childers stated in the release. “These sustainable design elements will help in the education and integration of sustainability into CAC’s curriculum to promote environmentally responsible practices.”