Desert inspires University of Arizona’s new building design

June 30, 2011 |

The new Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus will provide interdisciplinary instruction space for the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University’s pharmacy, medical, and health and human services schools. Los Angeles-based CO Architects and the Phoenix office of Ayers Saint Gross designed the 268,000-sf building to reflect the desert landscape. Two wings create a “canyon” and imprinted copper cladding on the lower floors shows images of the surrounding mountains. The project is pursuing LEED Silver with such features as regionally sourced materials, natural lighting, and an east-west orientation.


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