The core focus of the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Health and Learning Center is the fundamental consolidation of student recreation and health programs supporting academic success. The building consolidates five previously dispersed but connected facilities into one cohesive, independent student learning environment. The result is a facility that COST PER SQ FT$288.14CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities increased collaboration, learning and communication, and has become the most relevant student experience on campus.
Throughout all four levels and 287,000 square feet of the building, common spaces of two- and three-story vertical voids are placed to connect student, faculty and staff experience in a way that enhances chance encounters and supports learning everywhere, all the time. Natural light floods all spaces within the building, and large expanses of properly oriented glazing enable students to connect activity simultaneously from the inside out and outside in. The building also offers two floors of state-of-the-art learning labs, creating a transformative 21st-century learning and activity space.
The project incorporates numerous sustainable features, including a high-performance building skin to optimize energy needs and solar panels. The building is pursuing LEED gold certification.
"Wonderful integration of existing and new spaces. Very well-composed formally with friendly, warm spaces inside."--2011 Jury