The 73,000-square foot Mesa Commons project serves as a student hub and gateway to Mesa College’s campus, housing two cafeterias, campus bookstore, convenience store, coffee café, culinary arts management labs and classroom, student-run dining café, faculty and student lounge spaces, conference rooms, as well as campus stockroom, mail and printing services. The project is the first building on campus to house a group of cisterns that provide 100% of the site’s irrigation needs through reclaimed refrigeration condensate water and collected rain water. Additionally, an organic roof garden will be used by the Culinary Arts Management department and fed by reclaimed water. It will provide some of the produce used in the building’s student-run café. Multiple solar chimneys, radiant floor heating/cooling, and a substantial solar thermal array all make this building stand out for energy efficiency which is tracking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.