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PC Debuts Latest Enhancements to Historic Campus with Completion of Hannelly Center

January 18, 2013
Exterior Hannelly Center, Southeast Side
Exterior Hannelly Center, SouthEast Side

For the second year in a row, students returning to Phoenix College for the spring semester are being greeted by spectacular enhancements to the campus landscape. On January 24, 2013, the college will officially commemorate the completion of the Hannelly Center project, the renovation and expansion of Sophomore Square, and upgrades to the John Paul Theatre.

The Hannelly Center renovation and expansion establishes a much-needed gateway to the Phoenix College campus and a "front door" to the Hannelly Center. The centerpiece of Phase II is the new cafeteria, along with a glass atrium that connects the renovated and expanded Hannelly Center with the new Enrollment Center, which was completed along with a new Student Union in January 2012 as part of Phase I of the project. Students will undoubtedly be excited about the new cafeteria, which features a modern servery and a wraparound patio overlooking Sophomore Square.

This latest transformation is beautiful to look at while providing user-friendly spaces.
— Dr. Anna Solley, President

Office space inside Hannelly Center provides upgraded settings for Counseling, Career Services, International Student Services, Testing Services, REACH/Trio Program, and Disability Resources & Services. Orientation and meeting rooms and a donor recognition wall are also found in the new facility, along with built-in display cases to showcase a treasure trove of memorabilia from the college's 92-year history.

"Phoenix College consistently strives to cultivate an environment where great achievements can and do occur, and this latest transformation is beautiful to look at while providing user-friendly spaces for many of the activities related to campus life," said Phoenix College president Dr. Anna Solley.

HC Cafeteria

Made possible through voter-approved 2004 General Obligation Bond Funds, the project was developed by the Maricopa Community College District/Phoenix College, designed by RNL and built by D.L. Withers Construction.

"We are proud to be a part of the history of Phoenix College," said Dan Withers, president of D.L. Withers Construction. "To participate in the transformation of the centerpiece of the tradition of this campus is a rare opportunity. The requirement of keeping the campus fully operational during construction was challenging but successfully managed by the entire team."

Hannelly Center was not the only focus of the campus enhancements. Those searching for a parking space, attending a theatre performance, or just looking for a spot to enjoy the outdoors will also notice positive changes as a result of the overall project. Sophomore Square, a popular area for school and club functions and a social gathering point for students, received a renovation and expansion including lush landscaping, master-planned walkways and seating, and a zero-edge fountain incorporating bricks from the original PC fountain.

HC Atrium

A renovated entrance to the John Paul Theatre allows it to serve as a bookend to the new-and-improved Sophomore Square. The new entrance is complimented by a small outdoor theater. Theater patrons will also find a grand entrance stairway, expanded exterior lobby, and updated landscaping.

Those parking on campus, or picking up and dropping off students, are already enjoying improvements to the West parking lot, which was completed just as students returned for the fall 2012 semester. The changes allow a smoother flow of both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

In the two years since the project's groundbreaking in January 2011, Phoenix College has transformed into a more modern campus with greater amenities for students and employees while carefully preserving its historical look and legacy as the flagship institution of the Maricopa Community Colleges.


Community members are welcome to join faculty, staff, students, and alumni for the Grand Opening Celebration at 1:30 p.m. on January 24, 2013. The program will include congratulatory remarks, a ribbon-cutting, building tours and refreshments. Guest speakers from Phoenix College, the Maricopa Community College District, and the architectural and construction team will be featured, along with entertainment provided by Phoenix College Music and Choral students.