The groundbreaking, 230,000 GSF Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) is an interprofessional health sciences teaching facility supporting the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health.

Rethinking The Future Awards 2023
Third Award | Institutional (Built)

Project Name: Health Sciences Innovation Building
Category: Institutional (Built)
Studio Name: CO Architects

Design Team:

Scott Kelsey, FAIA, Principal in Charge
Jonathan Kanda, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal for Programming & Planning
Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal
Alex Korter, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Director
Crystal Martinez, CID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Senior Interior Designer

Area: Tucson, AZ, USA
Year: 2019
Location: 1670 E Drachman St, Tucson, AZ 85721

Swaim Associates, Associate Architect
Affiliated Engineers, Inc., MEP Engineer
John A. Martin & Associates, Structural Engineer
Environmental Engineering Consultants (EEC), Civil Engineer
Wheat Design Group, Landscape Architect
KGM Architectural Lighting, Lighting Consultant
NV5, Acoustical
NV5, IT/AV/Security
Rider Levett Bucknall, Cost Estimator
Kitchell, General Contractor

Photography Credits: Bill Timmerman Photography
Bill Timmerman,,  602-403-1441

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The innovative program collocates traditionally siloed disciplines into an interdisciplinary curriculum for medical students and the allied health science professions.

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Evoking its surroundings and history, HSIB reflects Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, identified by the saguaro cactus and the craft and resource-consciousness of Native Americans who made the desert their home.

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To assure longevity and resource stewardship, HSIB is flexible and adaptable to support the ongoing evolution in curriculum, pedagogy and technology by providing two major functional zones – the Loft and Porch.