Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB)

University of Arizona
  • Main Lobby

    Main lobby, with conference center beyond, with translational core facility at the top of the stair.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Conference Center

    The 200-seat conference center opens to a private courtyard beyond.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Mixing Tower

    Stacked lounges and meeting spaces in the mixing tower are shared by researchers on every two floors.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Open Lab

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Open Offices

    Open offices, and the laboratories beyond, are visible from principal investigator offices.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Moveable Glass Partitian

    The full height glass partition between labs and open offices can be relocated to suit the research emphasis of each floor.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Flex Lab

    Flex 1 Type laboratory configured for laser tables. Motorized blackout shades block daylight from open offices beyond.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Lab Support

    Lab support is organized into a series of “wet garages” with various utilities and capabilities that can be sub-divided for a wide variety of wet and dry procedures.

    Courtesy of CO Architects

  • Lab Support "Garages"

    Lab support “garage” sub-divided and set-up in Tissue & Cell Culture configuration (left), and undivided and configured as machine shop for biomedical device fabrication (right).

    Photos by Bill Timmerman

  • Distriubuted Core Lab

    Distributed Core Laboratories are initially shelled with stub-outs for future fit-out. This one was configured as a Class 100 lithography core supporting on-site biomedical device development and fabrication.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Centrallized Core

    Centralized Core Laboratories in the lower level: Satellite necropsy facility and behavioral neurosciences suite supplements existing holding and procedure spaces in the main vivarium located adjacent to the BPSB, under the main campus green.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Shading Trellis

    Overhead trellis structure and outdoor balconies extending from the Health Sciences Education Building form a shaded entry to the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building facing onto the main campus green.

    Photo by Bill Timmerman

  • Stacking Diagram

    Courtesy of CO Architects

  • Floor Plan

    This floor plan illustrates the primary functional zones of a typical research floor, and the ability to change the boundary between them according to research emphasis.

    Courtesy of CO Architects

The 10-story University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB), the tallest addition to the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus, allows academic research scientists to collaborate with local healthcare providers and private companies to find new medical cures and treatments. BSPB is organized to encourage collegiality, collaboration, and customization. The building was programmed and planned before the occupants were selected, so the floor plates were organized in a general framework of labs, support spaces, and offices. The adaptable plan and utility distribution backbone was designed to easily modify to suit different types and scales of interdisciplinary research on the same floor, including computational, instrumentational, and cellular and molecular research. A multi-purpose translational core facility opens to the main lobby and is available to outside clinical and industry research partners.

Open offices at the north perimeter take advantage of daylight and views, and are visually connected to labs currently supporting neurological, cardiovascular, cancer, genomic, and nano-bioscience research. Highly flexible lab support spaces were designed as ‘wet garages,’ and are arranged next to the windows on the south side. Mechanical equipment is housed on the windowless east and west ends, which receive the most intense sun, rather than on the rooftop.

At the northwest corner of the building, researchers and industry representatives meet on laboratory floors to exchange ideas in two-story glass-enclosed spaces containing lounges and kitchenettes. Adjacent meeting spaces provide further opportunity for collaboration. A sheltering entrance porch on the west side of the building faces the central campus green. A linear gallery connects the lobby to the courtyard, and acts as a pre-function space for a multi-purpose meeting center for groups of 50 to 200 people.

The building contains two 80-seat seminar rooms, six floors of wet laboratory space, and two floors of dry laboratory space, and will serve as the headquarters of:

  • The Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine
  • The Research and Translational Flow Cytometry and Immunology Core Laboratory
  • The cancer research lab of Dr. William Cance
  • The Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • The Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Laboratory
  • The cardiovascular research lab of Dean Guy Reed, MD, MS

BSPB is located to the north of the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), also designed by CO Architects, which contains learning facilities and amenities shared by the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine and Northern Arizona University’s Allied Health Program. BSPB connects to the adjacent HSEB via an outdoor bridge—the “mixing bar”—containing social spaces serving users of both buildings. The two buildings form a shaded courtyard. 

Similar to the education building, the new BSPB structure is clad in folded copper panels. Cantilevered floors extending increasingly outward at the top of the building to shade the lower levels. Windows are mostly limited to the north and south sides of the building to control daylight and conserve energy. The space between the paired campus structures is richly landscaped with native desert plantings, such as a canyon floor would be, to create a shady courtyard.

The LEED Silver-certified building employs various sustainable features, such as copper paneling made of 95 percent recycled materials, passive orientation, cascade air supply system, chilled beams in labs and open offices, and LED lighting throughout the facility.

Project Data
Project Type: 
New Construction
Completion Date: 
February, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
Delivery Method: 
CM at Risk, Fast Track
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Building Descriptors: 
Interdisciplinary Research
Laboratory: Biomedical Research
Laboratory: R+D
Laboratory: Research
Laboratory: Wet
Office: Researcher
Research: Biomedical
CO Architects
Ayers Saint Gross
Construction Manager (Joint Venture)
DPR Construction, Inc.
Construction Manager (Joint Venture)
Sundt Construction
Lab Planner
CO Architects
MEP Engineer
Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI)
Structural Engineer
John A. Martin and Associates
Landscape Architect
Colwell Shelor
Civil Engineer
Dibble Engineering
Lighting Designer
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
Fire Protection/Code Consultant
Jensen Hughes
Loading/Vertical Transportation Consultant
Lerch Bates
Cost Estimator
The Capital Projects Group
Novus Environmental
Energy and Environmental Design
Atelier Ten
Geotechnical Engineer
ACS Services LLC
ADA Consultant
ADA Professional Team
Lab Fume Hood Manufacturer
Lab Crafters Inc.
Lab Environmental Room Manufacturer
R.W. Smith Co.
Lab Equipment
Lab Equipment
Dow Diversified
Building Controls
Lab Controls System
Lab Controls System
Airtelligence, Inc.
Published 3-28-2018