South Mountain Community College


This two-building facility will support a strong music and storytelling program and provide a home for new programs in theatre and dance.   The PAC has a 350-seat theatre, a flexible black box/ rehearsal space, a dance studio and a full complement of performer and technical support spaces. The audience is invited into the warm wood veneer interior of the theatre through huge doors opening from the house and lobby.   The 17 foot wide lobby entrance can be closed with acoustically rated doors and covered with heavy drapes to prevent sound or light leaks.   Use of the large doors is optional as there are standard vestibule entrances to the house as well.  

The theatre's large control room is suitable for use as a teaching space, as are the makeup, costume and scenery production spaces.   The theatre features three front-of-house lighting catwalks and a full rigging system.   To accommodate both music and drama there is an extensive system of motorized acoustical curtains to vary the response time of the room.

The classroom building features a black box with acoustical shaping to allow for future music recording, a dance studio and standard lecture classrooms. The black box and dance studio share a two-sided control room set well above the main floor.



2001 AIA Arizona Citation For Unbuilt Structures
Jones Studio, Architects

2005 American Architecture Exhibition and
Distinguished Building Awards
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of
Architecture and Design

2004 American Institute of Architects (AIA)/
Western Mountain Region
Honor Award

2004 Southwest Contractor Magazine
Best of 2004/2005 Design Awards
Editor’s Choice Award


Owner's Representative

South Mountain Community College
Tim Keneipp, Project Manager

Maricopa County Comm. Coll. District, Facilities Planning and Development

2411 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 731.8237



Jones Studio, Inc.

4450 North 12th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
(602) 264.2941

Neal Jones, Principal in Charge

Construction Data

40,900 SF. Bid in Spring 2002 at $7.14M