GateWay Community College - Integrated Education Building

Gateway Smithgroup IEB
GateWay Community College, Integrated Education Building
GateWay Community College, Integrated Education Building
GateWay Community College, Integrated Education Building
GateWay Community College, Integrated Education Building

Established in the late 1960’s, GateWay Community College campus is located at the center of Phoenix, Arizona’s Discovery Triangle, a zone of focus for redevelopment that connects the city’s academic and research centers.  As the campus’ first new construction in over ten years, the Integrated Education Building (IEB) is the premier facility as part of the College’s urban transformation.


GateWay Community College


Phoenix, Arizona


Architecture, Higher Education, Interiors, Landscape Architecture, Learning & Innovation Spaces, Lighting Design, MEP Engineering, Programming


121,000 SF

Featured Awards

AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design, Award of Merit, 2014
Best Project: Higher Education/Research, ENR Southwest Best of the Best 2013
Award of Merit - Exterior Lighting, IES Illumination Awards, 2013
Award of Merit - Energy, IES Illumination Awards, 2013
Award of Merit - Interior Lighting, IES Illumination Awards, 2013

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Award of Merit, IIDA SW Pride Awards, 2013
Citation Award, AIA Arizona Design Awards, 2012
Institutional: Award of Merit, Valley Forward. 2012
On the Boards Design Excellence Award, IIDA SW Pride Awards, 2011
American Institute of Architects -- Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Education Facility Design Award of Merit, 2016

GateWay combined several higher educational functions spanning across instruction, student services and community programming into one facility and without SmithGroup’s leadership, expert knowledge and experience as well as their tireless patience, the project simply would not have resulted in the premier educational facility it is today.

Janet Langley
former VP of Administrative Affairs with GateWay Community College

Gateway Community College Interior Higher Education
Gateway Community College Interior Cafeteria
Gateway Community College Interior Entrance
Gateway Community College Library Interior Higher Education

As an anchor in the heart of campus, the building combines five separate programs generally built as standalone structures - literally an entire campus packaged into a robust three-story structure. The IEB integrates mediated classrooms with life and physical science labs, a campus library, learning center, one-stop-shop for student services, and a multi-purpose classroom for performing arts.

Outdoor spaces, both at grade and at the upper levels of the building, provide a popular amenity and an enhancement to student community life.  Such spaces include an accessible roof deck and other educational areas catering to different college and community functions throughout the year.

The IEB is targeting LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.