Project name: Casa Blanca Community School
Project narrative: This project addresses the unique context of a Tribal Nation located in the desert southwest and creates a sustainable, ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate K-6 school. Design draws inspiration from practices and traditions that have sustained the Tribe in this place over millennia and responds to the values and priorities that have and will continue to help the Community to chart a path of resiliency and self-determination. The project was designed in respectful collaboration with the Nation and with a high degree of reverence for the land, ecosystem and resources. The project is designed to welcome and educate all learners.
Project location: Bapchule, Arizona
Firm name: JCJ Architecture
Project type: K-6 School
Project information: New construction
Size: 104,425 sf
Certifications: LEED Silver (pending)
Client: Gila River Indian Community (aka “the Community” or “the GRIC”)
Jury comments: There is a prioritization of access and connection between the interior and exterior in a demanding and difficult desert climate, with a cultural attentiveness with integration of local artists. With fundamental objectives around self-determination, preservation, equity and resiliency, the project was designed to provide a culturally appropriate, uplifting and highly integrated educational environment. This is a great example of holistic design.
Images/Photographer(s): Chipper Hatter; JCJ Architecture
Landscape Architect: Neill + Young Associates
Project or Construction Manager: CORE Construction
Civil Engineer: DOWL Engineering
Structural: Caruso Turley Scott
Mechanical: G2 Consulting Engineering, Inc.
Electrical: G2 Consulting Engineering, Inc.
Plumbing: G2 Consulting Engineering, Inc.
Lighting: G2 Consulting Engineering, Inc.
Acoustics: Veneklasen Associates
Audio Visual: D3, Inc.
Consultants: Food service: AZ Restaurant Supply; Security and Surveillance: Ross & Baruzzini/DVS