Uniting town and gown
Located in downtown Phoenix, the new
280,000 ft2 Beus Center for Law and Society provides an exemplary new education facility to meet the demands of a changing law school program. To accommodate growth in enrollment numbers, the building offers modern, flexible learning environments over eight stories. Classrooms, research clinics, and an extensive library are all equipped with the latest technology to support students and staff.
A key consideration for our client was increasing engagement between the law school and the wider community by including shared amenities such as the café, library, public plaza and Alumni Law Group, which is the first organization of its kind to be associated with a law school. Our team had to consider how the building layout would accommodate these requirements.
An additional challenge was the tight timescale in which the building needed to be completed, which required close collaboration between teams to devise an efficient delivery program.
Our team responded to our client’s ambitious schedule with an integrated approach to design, informed by extensive computer modeling to coordinate the engineering disciplines within the design team. This ensured efficient, accurate solutions were developed to support a seamless construction program.
The overarching goal of realizing a facility that combines low energy use with high occupant comfort was achieved through input from our specialist energy analysis group, which created tools to test and improve designs early on in the project. High performance HVAC systems, such as chilled beams and air displacement systems, will also increase the energy performance of the building.
The work carried out by our specialists resulted in a landmark piece of architecture, designed to serve the educational needs of the university, and the social needs of the community for generations to come.
Services and approach
When we integrate our specialist teams around an approach, the benefits to the client multiply