University of Arizona Celebrates Construction Milestone on Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building


PHOENIX — DPR Construction • Sundt Construction, Inc., Joint Venture (DPR-Sundt, JV) and the University of Arizona College of Medicine celebrated a construction milestone on March 3, when the final beam was placed atop the new 10-story Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix.

Located on the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix campus, the 245,000-sq.-ft. research building will be a hub for healthcare and scientific innovation when it opens in early 2017.

“This building will foster collaborations with scientists that will lead to more cures, better treatments and bring more federal and private dollars to Arizona,” said University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart. “All are central to the goals of the Never Settle commitment at the University of Arizona.”

“Phoenix and U of A are one step closer to our vision of creating a truly world-class and cutting-edge bioscience hub in our downtown,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building will be a vital piece of that plan that will take translational research, healthcare, medical education and our economy in exciting new directions.”

The Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine will be headquartered in the building. Researchers at the Center are already making cutting-edge discoveries, such as the Rapid DNA test, which detects early-stage bacterial infections. The Center’s interdisciplinary approach aims for early diagnostics of human diseases.

“Completion of this Biomedical Sciences building will allow the University of Arizona to pursue expanded partnerships with industry that we hope will lead to groundbreaking discoveries in the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular and thoracic science,” said Hart.

Funding for the $136 million building was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2014 using Stimulus Plan for Economic and Educational Development bonds. Nearly 500 jobs in design and construction were created during the buildout, and another 360 permanent jobs are expected to be created in healthcare, education and biosciences once the building opens next year.

The joint venture DPR-Sundt Construction, Inc., managed construction for the project, which was designed by CO Architects of Los Angeles and Ayres Saint Gross of Phoenix.

The building is the seventh development in the steady expansion of the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) and expanding academic medical center built by DPR Construction.  In 2012, the award-winning sister building to the BSPB, Health Sciences Education Building opened, housing health education for the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.