Creating a contemporary education facility from a blank slate often is considered an art form. But the architect and Phoenix School of Law had their work cut out for them while transforming floors 13 to 20 of One North Central Tower in downtown Phoenix into a state-of-the-art campus. With 205,000 square feet of former office space to work with, the COST PER SQ FT$65.22FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation needed a modern, accessible facility to become the physical expression of its unmatched commitment to student achievement and exemplary academic success.
The school emphasized creating an innovative learning environment for its students, so great care went into the design of not only the public and private learning centers, but also the open areas that stimulate collaboration and growth. The building has intimate, high-tech classrooms with large urban backdrops, a fully functional mock courtroom and a sprawling two-story library. A beautiful spiral staircase (existing), student lounge, private study spaces and rooftop deck have clean, functional lines and were designed with durable materials to support the stresses of constant use.
But most compelling, "Knowledge Bars" were created outside classrooms and in gathering spaces using functional walls and modern technology to provide students an alternative to the traditional study space—space that enabled students and teachers to be accessible and open for spontaneous learning and impromptu collaboration.
Emphasizing groundbreaking learning environments and enhanced accessibility to students and faculty highlights the true pioneering spirit of the school and is a key component to creating the next generation of community-minded lawyers in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Given the limitations of traditional office space and the abundance of open spaces required, the architect and Phoenix School of Law went above and beyond in creating a striking urban campus for students and the downtown Phoenix community.