The Applied Research and Development Building brings ecological and biological research departments together with local, innovative small business to create a new hybrid type of University building. The building achieved LEED 'Platinum' status and has become one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States.
The building has a curved form with a full-height atrium orientated to optimise passive solar collection. This heats the building completely by the power of the sun in the winter, and during the summer, a passive ventilation and cooling strategy is utilised to keep the building comfortable. These systems were integrated into the building fabric in such a way to allow students to learn by observing. The building, in this sense, has become a pedagogical, living laboratory.
Local materials such as Navajo Sandstone and Ponderosa Pine were used on the façades to create a contextual and suitable response to the local climate and culture.
We worked with Tucson based firm Burns Wald Hopkins who were the Architects of Record on this project.