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University of Arizona Breaks Ground on Applied Research Building

Published 7/7/2021
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The University of Arizona broke ground in June of 2021 on the $85 million Applied Research Building in Tucson. Collocating investigators from four colleges and eight departments, the three-story, 89,000-sf structure will offer sophisticated laboratories for engineering, applied physical sciences, and advanced manufacturing. Serving as a world-class test and integration center for satellites, probes, and spacecraft, the core facility will feature an anechoic chamber, a thermal vacuum chamber, a dynamic testing lab, and a high-bay payload lab for the assembly of stratospheric balloons and nanosatellites. The interdisciplinary building will also provide cleanrooms, faculty offices, collaboration spaces, conference rooms, and a new home for the university's Imaging Technology Laboratory. SmithGroup is the architect for the design-build project, which is being constructed by McCarthy Building Companies. LEED Silver sustainable design certification will be sought for the facility, which is slated for completion in January of 2023.

Organization Project Role
McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
Design-Build Contractor