Arizona State University, College of Nursing & Health Innovation
SmithGroup's design solution supports healthcare learning and research for more than 3,000 students while delicately balancing the needs of a multi-pronged client structure. The City of Phoenix -- which owns and leases the building -- envisaged an urban gesture that would add character to an evolving downtown core. The university saw the opportunity for an elegant icon to draw attention and students, but it also focused on a tight budget and very short, 18-month schedule.
As for the College, the priorities included modern spaces to support cutting-edge research and learning, as well as a world-class facility to promote its own high-profile program. Since it opened, the building has shared credit for helping boost enrollment by as much as a third.