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University of Arizona in US opens new health sciences education building

07 Oct 2012 (Last Updated October 7th, 2012 18:30)

The University of Arizona in the US has opened a $135m health sciences education building on its 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

University of Arizona health sciences education building

The University of Arizona in the US has opened a $135m health sciences education building on its 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

The six-storey, 268,000ft² building features lecture halls, classrooms, learning studios, a simulation centre, anatomy labs and offices.

Designed by CO Architects and the Phoenix office of Ayers Saint Gross, the building was built by the joint venture of DPR Construction and Sundt Construction.

The building will be used by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as by Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services programmes.

CO Architects design principal Paul Zajfen said, "The building merges elements of health programs formerly taught separately, and the design/construction process itself is exemplary of the highest level of teamwork."

Ayers Saint Gross’ Phoenix office principal Jack Black said, "This building signifies the next phase in the development of the campus and its expanding presence in the downtown core."

The south-facing facades of the building will combine overhangs with perforated screens that will provide shading to the structure while vertical fins will prevent penetration of sunrays on the northern side.

The building features two wings that are altered to self-shade the walls and create east-west canyons.

An interior courtyard present in the building will be covered in light-coloured and burnished concrete blocks, which will offer cool thermal mass and reflect sunrays.

A PTFE scrim roof will be installed at the top of the canyon to regulate air and light.


Image: The six-storey, 268,000ft² health sciences education building features lecture halls, classrooms and learning studios. Photo: University of Arizona.