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CO’s design for these iconic, copper-clad education and research “sister buildings” on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus is featured this month in Metal Construction News. Learn why CO chose copper for the Sonoran Desert-inspired design of the Health Sciences Education Building and Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building for the University of Arizona- Phoenix.

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Located on the northern border of Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, sits a new medical research building for the University of Arizona. The 10-story Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) joins CO’s preexisting Health Sciences Education Building on the Biomedical Campus. The design of the building’s facade is intended to blend into the Arizona desert landscape with folded and perforated copper panels.

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Shriners Hospitals’ desire to meet California’s new CalGreen sustainability requirements while still creating a striking architectural statement in a high-seismic zone led the designers of the Shriners for Children Medical Center to the obvious choice: steel.

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Facades+ San Francisco  |  Thursday, February 7, 2019

We are excited to announce that Design Principal Arnold Swanborn and COworker Ben Bye will be speaking at Facades+ in San Francisco! Join us for their talk “Reinvention of the Norm: Dynamic Facades that Perform,” where they discuss the shifts in the programs of buildings, transformations in the skins of buildings, and engineering marvels.

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A glazed box revealing floors wrapped in a terracotta screen forms part of this new academic facility, designed for the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Built on the site of a former parking lot, the Health Education Building is located on a prominent corner in the University of Kansas Medical Center campus. It serves as the primary educational facility for the institution’s medical, nursing and allied health programs.

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We are excited to announce that the University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building received the 2018 Best of Design – Healthcare Award from the Architect’s Newspaper.

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We are excited to announce that the University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building received a 2018 Honor Award from the AIA Western Mountain Region.

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