University of Arizona, The Integrated Learning Center

Tucson, Arizona

  • FIRM

    Gresham & Beach


    The University of Arizona

  • AREA

    114,000 sq.ft.





The Integrated Learning Center is a below-grade academic facility for freshmen students that incorporates the latest digital-learning technologies. Situated in the center of the University of Arizona’s mall, the site was chosen so that freshmen would feel more involved in daily university life.

The building has an information commons, 300- and 150-seat theaters, two ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,480COST PER SQ FT$183.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio lecture halls, classrooms and administrative offices.

The information commons connects to the lowest level of the main library in a series of five separate “trays.” Sunlight streaming into the information commons from the main entry stair is diffused by fritted, low-e green glass. The central courtyard also provides natural light and offers a flexible gathering space for spontaneous interaction or planned functions.

Materials such as red brick and mill-finished aluminum were chosen to complement surrounding campus structures.