City of Phoenix


Arizona State University, College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Phoenix, Arizona

84,000 GSF, 7,804 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Award of Merit -- Buildings & Structures: Institutional, Environmental Excellence Awards, Best Educational Project, RED Awards (Arizona Real Estate Development Awards), Best of Higher Education/Research, Best of 2010 Awards

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“SmithGroupJJR is top notch -- I am convinced that I could not have had a better, more exceptional team with whom to complete my awesome nursing and health innovation building.”

—Bernadette Melnyk, Past Dean ASU Nursing


This award-winning, five-story glass and copper structure claimed not only critical interest when it opened but it also met an aggressive schedule through integrated project delivery (IPD) with partner DPR Construction. The catalyst for the expansion was rapid growth at Arizona State University at a new downtown Phoenix campus, which made way for a larger College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

The 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.

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