The University of Arizona

Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB)

Active chilled beams in wet labs.

Located on the 30-acre, city-owned Phoenix Biomedical Campus, the University of Arizona’s Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) fosters collaboration among research scientists, healthcare providers, and private companies. The $106.8 million BSPB was programmed, designed, and constructed by the same project team as the Health Sciences Education (HSEB) Building immediately to the south, and completed in just 27 months.

AEI’s approach to optimizing building performance includes active chilled beams throughout the facility – not only in open office areas and conference rooms, but in wet labs, made possible through control strategies based on space temperature and humidity sensors. Exhaust air passes through centralized, roof-mounted energy recovery run-around loops. Primary air to the chilled beams is provided by individual DOAS air handlers located on each floor, allowing maximum flexibility for reconfiguration and preserving open space essential to interactive, interdisciplinary research. Mechanical systems are housed at the windowless east and west ends of the building, avoiding occupant exposure to desert sun.


Phoenix, AZ


  • Ayers Saint Gross - Design Architect
  • CO Architects - Architect of Record

LEED Status

LEED Silver

Building Size

245,000 square feet


  • 2018 American Architecture Award
  • 2017 Best Higher Education Project
  • 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Award

AEI’s prior work on the adjacent HSEB project contributed to efficiencies in the delivery of the BSPB, including shade analysis that informed the structural composition of overhangs and setbacks resembling desert rock formations. Both buildings are clad in a distinctive copper skin and the space between them is landscaped as a shaded canyon floor.

BSPB is home to: The Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine; The Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory; Dr. William Cance Research Lab; The Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine; and, The Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Laboratory.

27 months
programming to occupancy

Project Leaders