Yuma college STEM building gains national acclaim

August 29, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: Yuma Sun] — A local contractor is garnering national attention for a project that set a new standard in Yuma for its size, complexity and innovation.  Pilkington Commercial Co. is featured in the cover story of Construction Today, a national industry publication and Web site. The article spotlights the contractor’s construction of four new buildings over the last two years at Arizona Western College as part of a $74 million bond measure that Yuma and La Paz county voters approved in 2004.

The AWC expansion project attracted attention from another national publication as well. Metalmag awarded the project first place in 2008 for its innovative use of aluminum exterior siding that makes the buildings glimmer in the sun and in certain light, the decorative panels offer a mirage image of the sand dunes.

Pilkington wrapped up the AWC project totalling $62 million and spanning 193,000-square-feet in January. The work included the new agriculture and science building, the College Community Center (3C), the Dr. Kathryn Watson Child Development Learning Lab and the agriculture greenhouse and research lab.

According to the Web site, the editors of Construction Today “interview top executives of successful companies to learn and share their best practices and insights on important issues … including engineering and technology, project funding, labor issues, liability, regulations and the environment.”

To read the full article: http://www.yumasun.com/articles/project-52464-national-new.html