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The University of Arizona, Bioscience Research Laboratories


Tucson, Arizona, USA

Principal Use


Design Architect

ZGF Architects

Anything about the engineers? Facade consultants?

- Client: University of Arizona - Architect: ZGF - Associate Architect: BWS Architect - General Contractor: DPR Construction - Structural Engineer: Martin, White & Griffis Structural Engineers - Civil Engineers: Engineering and Environmental Consultants, Inc. - MEP Engineer: Affiliated Engineers - Landscape Architect: Wheat Design Group - Cost Estimating: Capital Projects Group - Laboratory Planning: Jacobs Consultancy - Acoustical Consultant: Colin Gordon Associates - Wind Consultant: Cermak Peterka Peterson - Environmental and Lighting Design: Atelier 10

Gross Floor Area

15,179 m2 Units SI IP

163,381 ft2

Reason(s) for inclusion

Building Name

The University of Arizona, Bioscience Research Laboratories


1230 N Cherry Ave Tucson, AZ 85721

Description / Additional Information

Describe the key innovation and technology aspects of the project

Project Narrative

University of Arizona’s Bioscience Research Laboratories accommodates research informatics in the life sciences, translational imaging, and research to advance the understanding of the molecular basis of human health, aging, and disease. To reflect this, the façade is defined by horizontal metal datum lines with vertical panels of brick and perforated metal that allow natural light penetration, while minimizing solar heat gain. Inspired by DNA sequencing, the modulation of the vertical lines rhythmically shifts from floor to floor—a nod to the cutting-edge science conducted within.

General Information

Year completed (or major renovation)


Construction Cost


Climate Zone


Building Certifications (check all that apply)

  • LEED
  • Three Green Globes

External Links

Link(s) for more information

Other Design Features

Energy Performance

Energy Use Intensity (energy consumption per year)

23 kWh/m2/year

238 kBtu/ft2/year

Construction Type

Prevalent Glazing Type

  • double glazing

Main Cladding Material

  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Brick/Terracotta
  • Concrete

Skin Type

Skin Type

  • Single Skin Facade

Solar Shading

Solar Shading Strategy

  • Static Exterior Shading


Is there natural ventilation through the facade?



Is daylight simulation part of the design process?


Daylight metric(s)

  • UDI


Embodied Carbon

Was a carbon assesment of the facade conducted in the design phase?


Energy Generation

Does the facade produce energy?



Does the facade have a dynamic U-value?


Monomaterial envelope?


Description / Additional Information