DPR and Sundt JV Tops Off University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building
Contractors recently placed the final concrete deck, topping off the $136 million Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix campus.
"The concept of the building is to not only build research for us but to bring in partners and industry to help advance discovery," says Judy Bernas, Associate Vice President of University Relations.
The 10-story, 245,000-square-foot research building sits adjacent to the Health Sciences Education Building. Researchers who will work in the structure will conduct research in the areas of health care data analytics, oncology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and thoracic science. The university expects about 360 people will ultimately work in the building, which will have research space, with six floors of wet laboratory space, two floors of dry laboratory space, two 80-seat seminar rooms, and administrative space.
The Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine will be headquartered in the building. Researchers at the center, now located about 20 miles from the campus, have developed a Rapid DNA test to detect early-stage bacterial infections.
The Arizona Board of Regents approved funding for the project in 2014 using Stimulus Plan for Economic and Educational Development bonds approved by the Arizona Legislature in 2008.
Expanding the Campus
The research building is the latest in a series of expansions at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, including an administrative building, a smaller research building, the health education building and a clinical outpatient cancer center. The university has invested nearly $450 million in building projects on the downtown campus and constructed close to 1 million square feet of capital projects. The colleges of public health, nursing and pharmacy are located at the campus.
"The Phoenix Biomedical Campus is part of a City of Phoenix effect to bring biomedical science to the area," Bernas says. "We made a decision 11 years ago to bring our medical school to Phoenix. There was not a medical school in Phoenix."
Since then, the medical school located in Phoenix has become accredited. Currently 321 students attend the medical school and 205 have graduated.
At the topping off ceremony for the biomedical research building, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, said the city and university "are one step closer to our vision of creating a truly world-class and cutting-edge bioscience hub in our downtown."
Great Construction Partnership
CO Architects of Los Angeles and Ayres Saint Gross of Phoenix designed the building. DPR Construction "¢ Sundt Construction, a joint venture, is managing construction of the project. DPR has offices in Phoenix and Sundt in Tempe, Arizona.
Work began in January 2015. DPR "¢ Sundt has used lean planning for scheduling and tracking work as it has progressed, using BIM 360 software. The team began with excavating the full basement and first floor structural packages and did not receive final design documents until October 2015.
"When we first started the design, there were no researchers identified to go into the building," says Kent Bosworth, Project Executive for DPR "¢ Sundt. "The design and construction teams had to develop generic laboratories that would fit most all types of research. It will be interesting to us to see what happens when the researcher goes into the building or will we have to do some tenant improvements. It's quite an interesting project."
DPR "¢ Sundt have collaborated as joint venture partners since the 1990s and on the University of Arizona campus for the past eight years.
"We do compete in a lot of areas, but we bring different strengths to the joint venture," Bosworth says. "We work well together. Operationally we are very similar. We have the same values and that is good."
Bernas called the joint venture amazing.
"It's been going so fast," Bernas says. "We work closely with both companies, and they work together so well."
Sundt self-performs the heavy civil and concrete work, DPR the dry wall and studs. The building consumed 19,964 cubic yards of concrete, 5.4 million pounds of reinforcing and structural steel, and 1.2 million feet of electrical wire.
The building has a concrete frame and is built on a concrete caisson foundation, with about 70 caissons, varying in diameter from 3 feet to 7 feet. They reach a depth of 35 feet to 40 feet. They are dug and then filled with concrete. All of the deck pours occurred overnight, between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.
"The sand gravel layer is down about 15 feet, so these are friction piles," Bosworth says.
The exterior features 325,000-pounds of recycled copper and curtain wall. DPR "¢ Sundt used similar materials on the adjacent Health Sciences Education Building. The entry has a porch that ties to the education building.
"The copper is so iconic in Arizona," Bernas said. "These buildings have a faÃ§ade of copper that really represents Arizona. The design of the copper looks like the layers of a canyon. They are amazing and beautiful."
Construction has progressed safely. Safety is a priority for both companies, and safety officers have worked full time at the job site. The building is scheduled for completion in December and to open in early 2017.
The construction and design teams have worked together on four projects for the university, including the $136 million Health Sciences Education Building, completed in 2012."UA has been a wonderful client," Bosworth says. "We have built buildings that develop future medical doctors in Arizona, and the building we are building now is research oriented. It may be a new medical breakthrough that occurs in that building or maybe a cure for cancer. Not many builders can say they build those types of building. So this joint venture has done a great thing."