Health Sciences Education Building

Arizona Board of Regents
  • The "Canyon"

    Photo by © Bill Timmerman

  • Patient Simulation

    Photo by © Bill Timmerman

  • Physical Therapy Training

    Photo by © Bill Timmerman

  • Level 4

    Courtesy of CO Architects

The 268,000-sf, six-story Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) incorporates the College of Medicine and Pharmacy from the Arizona School of Medicine with Northern Arizona University’s physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs into the integrated and interdisciplinary Phoenix Biomedical Campus. A 2-million-sf, 28-acre campus master plan includes a recently constructed 20,000-sf underground vivarium, and several research buildings. To the north is a cancer center, which adds a clinical component.

The HSEB houses flexible classrooms, learning studios, a 144-seat lecture hall, café, and student lockers on the first two floors; a clinical skills suite (three eight-room pods), a regional simulation suite (task training and mannequin environments with debrief rooms), and a learning resource center on the third and fourth floors; administration and faculty offices on the fifth; and gross anatomy facilities on the top of the building, in addition to teaching laboratories, student and faculty services, group study rooms, and conference rooms.

The building is designed for the sharing of resources among the UA’s College of Medicine-Phoenix, the College of Pharmacy, as well as Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services programs. That sharing allows for fewer classrooms than would have been required if all of the classrooms were single use. About 23 percent of the facility is dedicated to skills and simulation, which enables interprofessional and team-based learning, with a large emphasis on small-scale, problem-based learning spaces.

The building—clad in pleated copper that is inspired by the geological features of Arizona—is split down the middle by a “canyon” that opens the large floor-plates to natural light.

Project Data
Project Type: 
New Construction
Completion Date: 
July, 2012
Phoenix, AZ
Delivery Method: 
CM at Risk
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Building Descriptors: 
Higher Education
Education: Lecture Or Seminar Hall
Education: Library
Laboratory: Teaching
CO Architects
Associate Architect and Master Planner
Ayers Saint Gross
DPR Construction, Inc.
Sundt Construction
Landscape Architect
Floor Associates
Landscape Architect
Lighting Designer
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
Structural Engineer
John A. Martin and Associates
MEP Engineer
Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI)
Civil Engineer
Dibble Engineering
Climate Engineer
Transsolar Energietechnik
Geotechnical Engineer
Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI)
Fire Protection/Code Consultant
Rolf Jensen & Associates
Loading/Vertical Transportation Consultant
Lerch Bates
Audiovisual Technology
The Sextant Group
Cost Estimator
Davis Langdon
Otis Elevator
Air Handlers
Energy Labs Inc.
Electrical Equipment
Custom Copper Panels
KT Fabrication
Architectural Masonry Units
Tensile Fabric Structure
Task Seating
Library Tables
Steelcase Corporate Industries
Published 6-25-2014