The Polytechnic Academic Complex, is strategically located in the core of the campus, serving as a social and academic hub for students. The complex is comprised of six buildings: Applied Arts Pavilion, Aravaipa Auditorium, Peralta Hall, Picacho Hall, Santa Catalina Hall and Santan Hall. The buildings have received certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.
The buildings are designed to create indoor and outdoor spaces that embrace and sustain the desert culture. They are “green” buildings which include recycled materials used from the site, alternative energy features, and natural and man-made sun screens. The complex includes general university classrooms, laboratories, specialized instructional spaces, faculty and departmental offices, and showers for those who walk or ride bicycles. Aravaipa Auditorium, which resides at the heart of the academic complex, is a renovated version of the original auditorium that hosted the campus' very first graduating class.
Polytechnic Academic Complex buildings earned a Gold rating on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.