Located at our Williams Campus, Cooper Hall was funded by the 2004 Maricopa Community College District bond.
Flexibility and sustainability were primary goals for design and construction.
Names for United States Air Force Colonel Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, Jr. Cooper was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. He received flight training at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas and Williams
Air Force Base in Arizona. He piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963.
Col. Cooper was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission and was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission. In 1965, Col. Cooper flew as Command Pilot of Gemini 5. He logged more than 7,000 hours of flight time, with 4,000 hours in jet aircraft. He flew all types of commercial and general aviation airplanes and helicopters.
As a pilot who majored in Engineering and who had trained at the Williams Air Force Base, naming the building after Cooper was a natural and a perfect fit with the historic naming of the other college buildings located on the Williams Campus.
Cooper Hall will include 11,820 square feet for general classrooms, engineering and applied technology labs, faculty offices and meeting spaces. Construction will be completed for the Fall 2016 semester.
Sustainability Features include
All LED Lighting
Carpet is 100% carbon neutral
Ground concrete floors
Built to LEED Silver minimum standards.