The building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), 435 N. 5th Street, Phoenix 85004, includes flexible classrooms and state-of-the-art educational facilities, such as, simulation laboratories, gross anatomy facilities, preclinical training, learning resource center, student services and faculty office administrative space.
The HSEB creates an iconic identity for the University of Arizona School of Medicine on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and responds to its urban locale and desert environment. The Arizona desert climate and need for reduced energy consumption informed much of the design, from the way the building is sited at its location to the type of fenestration and the innovative cooling methods used. Inspired by the iconic canyon formations found throughout Arizona, the façade reinterprets stratified earth layers revealed over time as a copper sunscreen protecting the exterior building enclosure from direct solar exposure. Akin to the natural forces that shape the Earth’s geology, the copper skin is fissured, formed, bent, pressed, and perforated, creating beauty from a functional building need. The architectural design promotes physical connectivity to the downtown Phoenix community with indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage interaction.
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D P R / Sundt (A Joint Venture)