The new Applied Research Building (ARB) is envisioned to be a multi-story building that will be a "core facility" providing new and regionally unique capabilities for the University, while consolidating a number of strategic cross campus interdisciplinary programs in one location to meet current research needs while also providing flexibility for future endeavors.
The ARB will focus on applied research programs in support of the University's Strategic Plan, Pillar 2 - Grand Challenges.
The building will have a mix of space types including high bay payload assembly areas, a large scale thermal vacuum chamber, varying types of laboratories, clean rooms, faculty offices, collaboration spaces, and conference rooms.
The ARB will be located at the southeast corner of Helen Street and the Highland Corridor. The Highland Corridor will be improved and realigned as part of this project to provide safer pedestrian and bicycle crossings at Helen Street.
The 85,000 sf structure will house the following facilities:
Controlled Access Facilities
- Applied Research Corporation
- Cyber Operations Facility
- Imaging Technology Laboratory
- Long Duration Balloon Payload Integration Facility
- Cubesat Design and Testing Facility
- Dynamic Testing Facility
- Advanced Manufacturing Facility
The building will be constructed to meet LEED Silver.
The building structure is 3 levels of cast in place concrete with a 4th level of structural steel which houses the facilities mechanical equipment.
The unique curtain wall assemblies combine glass, metal panels with protruding fin walls and masonry veneer to create a unique look tying in the colors and design elements of the surrounding facilities.
The Applied Research Building is a design-build project integrating University of Arizona Research Innovation and Impact (RII), Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C), and the McCarthy/SmithGroup team.
Collaboration with the project partners was an essential part of the design build process and will allow the team to truly bring this one of kind building to life.
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