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Creating a space that’s as environmentally friendly as it is usable, all while paying homage to its desert home, results in an award-winning design.


The University wanted a high-performance, energy efficient, LEED Platinum, multi-disciplinary building sited on a prominent stretch of city street alongside the main campus. The building would serve diverse groups from several interrelated disciplines and the campus as a whole with lecture halls and meeting rooms. It all had to be done within strict budget constraints.


GLHN’s multi-discipline design team recreated a shaded slot canyon between the north and south-facing building wings. We integrated and controlled rainwater, condensate, and reclaimed water. The building contains chilled beams, underfloor air distribution, and controlled LED lighting. We also worked in partnership with the University to create and implement a measurement and verification plan to improve energy performance over time. The result is not only an attractive and engaging environment for students, faculty, and other users, but also the University’s flagship sustainable building and the largest LEED Platinum building in the state of Arizona.

Project Performed with richard+bauer

Role: Architect & Engineer of Record
Size: 155,000 SF
Cost: $52M
  • Award of Merit - Higher Education/Research
  • Award of Merit - Illumination Design Award
  • Green Building of the Year and Peoples Choice Award
  • ASHRAE Technology Award for New Educational Facilities