University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building

The new Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) is an interprofessional, multidisciplinary medical and health education training, research and simulated practice…

Reimagining Curriculum & Pedagogy to Train Future Healthcare Workers

University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building

Tucson, AZ

The new Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) is an interprofessional, multidisciplinary medical and health education training, research and simulated practice facility. Supporting the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, as well as clinical skills and the Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC), HSIB enables integrated education among teams of health professionals, students and faculty.

The wide variety of program spaces distributed throughout the building vary in scale and are linked by stairs to promote health, activity and interaction. The program includes a clinical skills and simulation center, classrooms and flexible team learning areas, research labs, and social and collaboration spaces. It is LEED Gold certified. CO Architects: Executive & Design Architect; Swaim Associates: Associate Architect.

Inspired Hollywood sound stages, the “Simulation Deck” is an
immersive healthcare and augmented reality training space that
mimics realistic, multi-sensory experiences. An upper-level public
viewing gallery allows students, staff, faculty, and visitors to observe
the training.

Project Name

Health Sciences Innovation Building

Size

230,000 GSF

Client

University of Arizona

Completion Date

2019

Services

Programming
Simulation Planning
Architecture
Interior Design

Location

Tucson, AZ

“We’re reimaging medical education, merging new technology, innovative curriculum and leading-edge design to provide our students with the most comprehensive training, knowledge and resources they need to be successful, team-oriented health professionals.”

Leigh A. Neumayer, M.D., M.S., FACS, Former Interim Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, University of Arizona

Awards

  • Architizer, 2022 A+ People’s Choice Award – Higher Education & Research
  • AIA California, 2021 Honor Award
  • AIA|LA, 2021 Merit Award
  • Interior Design, 2020 'Best of Year' Honoree
  • World Architecture News, 2021 WAN Awards Shortlist
  • The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design, 2020 American Architecture Award
  • Architecture Masterprize, 2020 Honorable Mention 
  • AIA Arizona, 2020 Distinguished Architecture Award