Gallery: The Saguaro Building at Mesa Community College is a Living Lab...

The Saguaro Building isn't your typical community college educational facility. The most recent addition to the Red Mountain Campus of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona is actually a living laboratory. Terrariums in the new life sciences and performing arts building showcase Sonoran Desert wildlife and a snake wrangling pit. The exterior of the building acts as a shade screen to help keep the interior cool also doubles as a bat roost, so teachers and students can observe and study the nocturnal mammals. Designed by SmithGroup, the Saguaro Building reflects the surrounding desert and incorporated sustainability strategies to achieve a LEED Gold certification.

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