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Solution

University of Arizona, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Health Science Education Building

Phoenix, AZ

Completion

2012

Awards

2017 Best of the Best Higher Education/Research Project, ENR
2015 Education Facility Design Award of Excellence, American Institute of Architects
2014 Top Ten Green Projects, American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment
2014 Facade Award, World Architecture News
2013 RED Award, Most Challenging Project, Arizona Commercial Real Estate
2013 Natural Metals Award, Metal Architecture magazine
2013 Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC)
2013 Best Project, Higher Education/Research, ENR Southwest
2010 Next LA Citation Award, Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
University of Arizona, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Health Science Education Building
University of Arizona, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Health Science Education Building
University of Arizona, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Health Science Education Building

The six-story Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus houses classrooms, lecture halls, offices, and a below-grade research core. The cladding consists of a 45,000 sq ft rain screen comprised of approximately 2,500 vented copper panels over various substrates. The exterior fenestration is primarily four-sided structural-glazed curtain wall elements with aluminum spandrel panels. As the building enclosure consultant, SGH addressed challenges associated with the high temperatures in Arizona and the complicated transitions between numerous cladding materials.

Scope | Solutions

Our design and analysis services for the cladding, roofing, and insulation included the following:

  • Performing a preconstruction design review

  • Evaluating moisture and heat considering 120°F ambient temperatures

  • Investigating hygrothermal performance of the copper panels, masonry veneer, and architectural concrete wall assemblies

  • Analyzing combinations of weather barriers and insulation using WUFI modeling software

  • Designing multi-sized copper and two-part metal flashing around windows to accommodate airspaces, variations in window depths, drift joint movement, and aesthetics

  • Participating in the mockup process to promote the uniformity and quality of installation

  • Reviewing submittals and observing construction, mockups, and field testing

  • Supporting the LEED certification effort

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