The new education center is in a growing industrial area and positioned as a prominent gateway into Phoenix. The building acts not only as a strong connector to the existing campus, but also projects a sense of high technology to the community.
The two-story building is L-shaped and organized around a central courtyard. This configuration responds to the northern ASSOCIATED FIRMKahler SlaterCOST PER SQ FT$112.00CITATIONLouis I. Kahn CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized edge while opening itself to the existing campus. Much of the building’s mass is composed of laboratories and medical classrooms, which are designed to simulate actual healthcare environments. The facility will create a mirror image of a functioning hospital.
As a counterpoint to its mass, a glass and aluminum two-story wing of faculty offices shifts forward to take advantage of mountain views. Sun protection is expressed on the exterior through a cantilevered aluminum sunscreen. Horizontally and vertically proportioned windows are punched into masonry wall bays. At night, the building will be punctured with seemingly random slots of light. The entry lobby also becomes an illuminated beacon for nighttime occupation and use.
"A modern building that matches the surroundings...building responds well to its program"—Architectural Portfolio 2000 Jury
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