AWC Student Experience Center Breaks Ground

“This facility will serve the next generation and con-tribute to the student experience at Arizona Western College for generations to come.”
—Dr. Daniel Corr, President, Arizona Western College

McCarthy Building Cos. recently broke ground on construction of the $17.5-million Student Experience Center at Arizona Western College (AWC) in Yuma. The two-story, 45,000-sq-ft center, which is set on 3.5 acres, will serve more than 11,000 students when it opens in fall 2023.

The center will include a lecture hall, multiple instructional modalities, shared common areas, conference rooms, makerspace, an eatery, game areas and a multimedia center and esports arena.

The Student Experience Center will provide honors students with space to study and collaborate on group projects and will include a food pantry and clothing program for disadvantaged students named Andale’s Pantry. It will also have 13,000 sq ft of administrative space on the second floor.

The project is being funded through board-approved revenue bonds for the college’s capital building efforts. EMC2 is serving as the project’s design architect. Subcontractors include Haxton Masonry, Delta Diversified Enterprises, Yuma Valley Contractors, Pacific Steel Inc. and Progressive Roofing.


EMNRD Free Energy Conservation Code Training

The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept.’s Energy Conservation and Management Division in Santa Fe announced in September that it is partnering with four New Mexico community colleges to provide free training on the 2018 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code.

This code is now the minimum energy code for new construction projects throughout the state. The training curriculum covers both residential and commercial energy codes, with separate courses for professionals involved in the design and build phases of construction and for officials who conduct plan reviews and inspections.

The four colleges offering the courses are Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, Northern New Mexico College in Española, San Juan College in Farmington and Santa Fe Community College.

The courses will be conducted both in person and online. For more information or to register for a course, visit


Concrete Strategies Opens New Phoenix Office

Over the summer, Concrete Strategies, a Missouri-based, full-service concrete contractor opened a Phoenix office. Led by Kevin Trail, who serves as director of operations for the Southwest region, the location has 10 office and 80 field personnel, and the firm plans to expand its staff.

A subsidiary of national design-build firm Clayco, Concrete Strategies specializes in all types of self-performing concrete construction for commercial projects.