On May 19, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) celebrated the “topping-out” construction milestone on the new automotive technology complex at Glendale Community College (GCC).

The topping-out event marked the completion of the highest point of construction on the jobsite and was celebrated with a catered breakfast and recognition ceremony. Current College President, Dr. Irene Kovala, and past-president, Dr. Phillip Randolph were in attendance along with more than 75 guests including local community members and representatives from the college, Holly Street Studio, and Adolfson & Peterson Construction.

Each person in attendance signed a metal plaque dedicated to Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, whom the new building is being named after, that will be incorporated into the building upon completion.

“It was great to see such a large and engaged crowd representing Glendale Community College as well as the community,” states Jeff Keck, Vice President at A&P.  “The new Dr. Phillip Randolph facility will be very instrumental in the development of our community’s future auto technicians.”

The new 35,000 square feet state-of-the-art complex, designed by Holly Street Studio, will feature classroom and instructional space, vehicle and tool storage bays, library and open learning spaces, and faculty offices. Interior instructional areas will be dedicated to specific automotive systems of electrical, heating/air conditioning, drivetrains, engine performance and alternative fuels, suspension and steering, engine repairs and overhaul, brakes, and drive trains.

“The overwhelming success of the project can be directly attributed to the collaborative and creative efforts of everyone on the project team including GCC users, Holly Street Studio, and A&P,” said Gary Eberhard, Project Manager at Maricopa County Community College District. “The team’s willingness to work together, explore alternatives, and maintain focus on the end product are exactly the reasons we were able to take this project from what was originally going to be a remodel and small expansion of an outdated building to a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility that has completely transformed the northwest corner of the campus.”

The Dr. Phillip D. Randolph Center for Automotive Technology began in January 2015 and is scheduled for completion in November 2015.