Gallery: Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading...

A growing biotechnology industry necessitated Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ to expand and build a new facility dedicated to life sciences. Through the expansion, the college had three aims: to incorporate the new building into the fabric of the existing campus, enhance collaboration amongst students, teachers and researchers and finally to respect and celebrate the Sonoran Desert. The Life Sciences Building was designed by Marlene Imirzian & Associates Llc, Architects, and includes appropriate desert architecture and sustainability strategies like rainwater collection, xeriscaping, energy efficient design and use of locally sourced materials. Most notable about the building is a gigantic roof that creates the Big Porch, a shaded zone public meeting areas that were designed to enhance collaboration.

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