by Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing |Conceptual drawing of the new Allied Health building at CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus.
Photo courtesy of Architekton.
Central Arizona College is expanding its Superstition Mountain Campus in Apache Junction. Upon project completion, the campus will feature a new allied health building, skilled trades building, and renovations to the existing C building.
“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,” said Dr. Jackie Elliott. She added, “These new facilities will allow the college to prepare students for the workforce and assist in providing economic growth for the region.”
Renovations to the C building will be complete by March 2024, and it is projected the new skilled trades and allied health buildings will be open for classes beginning in January 2025.
The allied health facility will provide integrated learning classrooms and labs for massage therapy, aesthetician, nursing assistance, pharmacy, phlebotomy, medical assistant, radiology and sonography.
Additionally, simulation centers will replicate 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 massage therapy and aesthetician programs will offer a “Superstition Spa” experience.
The skilled trades facility will provide classrooms, labs and exterior yards for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ceramics and arts programming. Workshops will mirror real-world work environments that allow students to develop industry-specific skills and practical experience.
The existing C building will be renovated to provide a computer lab, VR lab, an expanded e-sports lab, faculty and public safety offices. An existing café, student lounge and student organization space will be left in place. Another new addition will be a large exterior canopy allowing for an expanded outdoor seating area.
CAC will remain poised for growth based on industry needs with available space in each new building for limited future programs.
According to Daniel Childers, Senior Associate and Architect, “These facilities will be designed with a strong emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency. Incorporating efficient HVAC systems, natural lighting, rainwater collection and water conservation measures. These sustainable design elements will help in the education and integration of sustainability into CAC’s curriculum to promote environmentally responsible practices.
“By providing cutting-edge education and training opportunities, these facilities will contribute to the growth of the region’s emerging technology and health care sectors while fostering innovation, collaboration and sustainability in health care practices.”