The engineering behind the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building at University of Arizona

Construction is complete on the tallest addition to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, serving as a hub for healthcare science and research. The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) is a new 10-story 245,000 square foot clinical research building located on the 30-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus, that was programmed, designed, and constructed in only 27-months.


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This $106.8-million laboratory complex allows University of Arizona research scientists to collaborate with local healthcare providers and private companies to find new medical cures and treatments. The new facility is connected to HSEB and core labs at the basement level. The BSPB provides flexible, open space for interdisciplinary, interactive research maximizing opportunities to reconfigure lab and office space in response to changes in technology and research priorities. The building will also house offices, support space, conference rooms and specialized core facilities.

Mechanical systems are designed for staff safety, reliability, ease of maintenance and energy efficiency. DOAS air handlers located on each floor will provide primary air to chilled beams. Exhaust air will pass through an energy recovery system before discharging at the roof. The 12.47 kV electrical service will be via the University of Arizona primary service that has been established on the campus. Multiple engine/generators will support the research functions taking place in the building.

What really sets this building apart is the façade. As one can discern, its façade is similar to the adjacent Health Sciences Educational Building and brings with it a southwestern desert look. Furthermore, the footprint of this building is not a rectangular box; it has texture and layers like rock formations of the southwest. Affiliated Engineers completed an analysis of that building to help the architects determine how much of a south overhang external shading would be feasible for the south-facing windows. This building also incorporates active chilled beams to reduce the amount of conditioned outdoor air to the space.

The LEED Silver certified building institutes various sustainable features, such as copper paneling made of 95% recycled materials, passive orientation, cascade air supply system, chilled beams in labs and open offices, and LED lighting throughout.

Affiliated Engineers provided the following services:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Electrical Engineering Design
  • Energy Modeling
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Piping/Plumbing Engineering Design