Project Description

University of Arizona Medical Research Building

MWG provided structural engineering for the Medical Research Building (MRB), a new 152,000 square foot research facility that is on a shared site with a proposed Institute for Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology Building (IBSB).  The 4-story above grade and 1-story basement structure features laboratories and support spaces, private offices and administrative support. Basement-level program includes mechanical and electrical equipment, laboratory storage space, and a connection to the shared vivarium facility, biological storage, and shell space for a future NMR suite to be constructed as part of the IBSB Phase 1 project.

The structural system for the building is cast in place concrete frames with shear walls for the laboratory area, and long-span steel frame construction for the office and administrative spaces. The building is predominantly clad in brick and sandstone tile, with aluminum curtain wall and aluminum framed windows with metal sunshades. A massive steel tube sunshade covers the courtyard between the IBSB and MRB buildings.