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The Building of America

Bioscience High School

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The Owner’s Perspective

with Patrick Prince, Division Manager of Construction and Facilities Services, Phoenix Union High School District #210

Q: What is the most unique or important feature of the facility (or of the design/construction process)? PP: The layout of the new three-story building with science labs, classrooms, rooftop outdoor lab space, “Town Square” multiuse space, an art room, fitness room and ground-level parking garage. Q: What is the most innovative aspect of the project (or of the design/construction process, financing, environmental)? What could others learn from? PP: We utilized the construction manager at risk alternative method of construction for this project, allowing the school district to select the general contractor as the construction manager early in the design. This helped to assist the school district and the architect in the design of the project. Q: What were the greatest challenges encountered on this project? How, specifically, were they overcome? PP: The greatest challenges were related to various off-site issues to resolve with the City of Phoenix. The team worked closely with the City of Phoenix to overcome the various challenges encountered. Q: How did the strengths and experience of the project team contribute to the success of the project? PP: The architect brought to the team their vast experience in high school projects, knowledge of the downtown Phoenix environment and

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Union High School District

the ability to create a unique design that would provide the students [with] a first-class learning environment to be able to prepare them for college and science-related industries. Q: Were there any innovative strategies involving improved quality, cost-effectiveness or cost reductions? PP: Through the construction manager at risk process, the school district was able to hire the general contractor in the early stages of the programming design phase, thus allowing the team to develop strategies for constructability options, value engineering and cost estimating reviews at various design stages of the project.

4502 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85012 602-764-1100

Phoenix, Arizona

Facts & Figures Owner: Phoenix Union High School District #210 Type of Project: A new high school focused on math and science Size: 52,000 square feet (new building); 9,300 square feet (existing building; to be renovated in the future) Cost: $12,387,010 (total, excluding furniture and equipment) Construction Time: June 2006 - October 2007 The Need: A magnet school with an emphasis on math and science to promote growth and learning in these areas The Challenge: Working on a small project site, and meeting the parking requirements

Bioscience High School

Gold Medal Award-winning Team Members orcutt | winslow Architect Concord General Contracting, Inc. Construction Manager at Risk Carlson Glass, Inc. Glazing Contractor

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Sitting on two acres in down-

Union High School District #210.

the facility by a majestic grand stair-

town Phoenix, Bioscience High

“The new school blends in with the

case that is suspended from the

School is located within the Phoenix

redevelopment of the downtown

structure above

Biomedical Campus at Copper

Phoenix area and the surround-

The high school was conceptual-

Square, and celebrates both math

ing bioscience research facilities,

ized as a leading educational institu-

and science in a facility that would

downtown university development

tion with a niche academic empha-

rival the most technical research

and bioscience industry. We believe

sis. By incorporating the physical

institutions in the country.

that this new school will provide a

materials of the building into the

Part of the Phoenix Union High

rich learning environment for our

learning process, the architectural

School District’s small schools initia-

high school students that have an

design is not only decorative, but

tive, the new high school will house

interest in science-related, post-

also serves a purpose. Stephen Paine,

400 students in grades nine through

secondary opportunities. The loca-

superintendent for Concord General

12. The 52,000-square-foot, three-

tion of the school provides unique

Contracting, Inc., the project’s con-

story building sits on the previous

opportunities for students by posi-

struction manager at risk, explained

site of an alternative school, which

tioning the site in the bioscience

how the architecture lends itself to

has since relocated to a new site in

footprint of Phoenix.”

student education. “[The] exposed

the district. However, the existing his-

Included in the new school are

structural systems make this a true

toric school building remains and will

seven labs, one of which is out-

laboratory setting where students

be renovated in the future to pro-

doors; nine classrooms; four stu-

learn about science and math,

vide offices, conference rooms and

dent studio spaces; an art room;

[as well as the] different material[s]

additional classroom spaces for

a fitness area; and a cafeteria. A

that are incorporated into the facil-

the school.

unique space within the school is

ity,” he said.

“We are very pleased with the

the 35-foot-tall Town Square, which

“The exterior walls have large

new school,” said Patrick Prince,

serves as a presentation space, a

castings of fossils that teach [the]

division manager of construction

cafeteria and a meeting space. It

geological timeline,” said Russ

and facilities services for Phoenix

is connected to all three levels of

Sanders, AIA, associate, project continued on page 6

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gold medal award winner

The Architect’s Perspective

with Russ Sanders, AIA, Associate, Project Architect, orcutt | winslow

Q: Describe the project in relative detail, incorporating what you think makes the project unique, innovative, important or sets it apart. How does the design complement the overall mission of the facility/owner? RS: Phoenix Union Bioscience High School is a comprehensive high school with a science and math focus located on a two-acre site in downtown Phoenix within the Phoenix Biomedical Campus at Copper Square. The project is part of the district’s small schools initiative and will house 400 students in grades nine through 12. The project consists of a 57,000square-foot, three-story facility that houses seven lab spaces (including an outdoor lab); nine classrooms; four student studio spaces; music, exercise [and] art [rooms]; and [a] cafeteria…. The facility will help educators prepare students for a future in the sciences, and the site will afford rare opportunities for internships at nearby facilities such as [the] Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Q: What were some of the drivers behind the design? What design materials or concepts were used? RS: The school is designed to encourage collaboration between students and faculty. Classrooms are open; students can gather in small and large groups to suit the learning objectives of the team-based curriculum. The building [is] responsive [to] its context in the desert Southwest through its use of opaque walls facing east and west and generous amounts of glass facing north. The south elevation offers views of the historic McKinley Hall building on site, downtown Phoenix beyond, and opens to a courtyard via large operable glass doors. The 35-foot-tall “Town Square” space serves as a presentation space, a cafeteria and a meeting space, and is connected to all three levels of the facility with a grand stair that is suspended from the structure above. Structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and data systems are exposed and serve as teaching tools. The exterior walls

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have large castings of fossils that teach [the] geological timeline. Solar hot water, desert landscaping, low-water plumbing fixtures, and an outdoor lab space all add to the teaching opportunities. Q: What were some of the lessons learned from this project? RS: We learned that architecture can support the educational goals of a school district when the district is truly visionary as was certainly the case with this project. This is a school unlike any in the area; students and educators will interact in powerful new ways to prepare students for the challenges of the future.

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architect for orcutt | winslow, the

The new building combines stan-

Carlson Glass, Inc., a glass instal-

parking below the building helped

project’s architect. “Solar hot water,

dard cast-in-place concrete footings

lation and glazing company, was

provide the necessary parking while



and concrete tilt panels, concrete

instrumental in the project. Ben

allowing for a bigger footprint for

plumbing fixtures and an outdoor

masonry, precast concrete, struc-

Carlson, president of Carlson Glass,

the school building.

lab space all add to the teaching

tural steel and steel studs, and win-

said Bioscience High School was a

But the project’s challenges didn’t

opportunities,” he said. The struc-

dow wall panels. The floors were

great project to be a part of. “The

outweigh the lessons, which Sanders

tural, mechanical, electrical, fire pro-

constructed using metal decking

general contractor and architect

discussed in terms of his personal

tection and data systems are also all

with concrete topping slabs. An

brought us on at the design stage,”

work. “Architecture can support the

exposed, allowing students to see



he said, and Carlson gave them sev-

educational goals of a school district

their internal components and how

incorporated, according to Paine,

eral options to keep the costs down.

when the district is truly visionary

they function.

with two floors of instructional class-

Once on site, the team finished

as was certainly the case with this

rooms above.

the job ahead of schedule and

project,” he said.


With state-of-the-art labs, the school



navigates away from a traditional

Early on in the project, the con-

“achieved the look the architect

Bioscience High School is an archi-

academic setting. Classrooms are

struction and design teams coor-

wanted without going to an extreme

tectural triumph and a testament to

open and designed to foster collabo-

dinated how the precast concrete

cost,” said Carlson.

learning. But without the commit-

ration between students and teach-

would work with the tilt-up panels,

Despite the project’s successful end

ment of a team, the school would

ers. Tom Klinkert Jr., project manager

which led to the structural steel

result, there were challenges along

still simply be an idea. Said Paine,

for Concord General Contracting,

system in the project. According

the way.

“The overwhelming commitment to

said, “The most unique and important

to Klinkert, the building materi-

Working on the two-acre site was

quality product and efficient pro-

feature of Bioscience is the open class-

als remained intact and were left

tough. “In order to maximize the

cesses by all stakeholders from initial

room atmosphere.” Within the open



construction space, we used the

concept design through budgeting

learning environment, the “exposed

concrete, steel was kept exposed,

surrounding lots for staging,” said

and throughout construction set

systems” are conducive to facilitating

and all of the glass lets light flow

Klinkert. Additionally, meeting the

the foundation for partnering and

a cognitive learning environment,

into every part of the building,”

parking requirements on the tight,

teamwork.” n

he added.

he said.

urban site was a difficult task. At-grade


— Megan Merritt

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gold medal award winner

The General Contractor’s Perspective with Tom Klinkert Jr., Project Manager, and Stephen Paine, Superintendent, Concord General Contracting, Inc. Q: What is the most unique or important feature of the facility (or of the design/construction process)? TK: The most unique and important feature of Bioscience is the open classroom atmosphere, exposed structure, and the large amount of natural light and automated lights that have been installed for energy-management efficiencies. At-grade parking located under the building was built in order to meet the parking requirements of the city and to allow for a bigger footprint of the building. There are large corridors that look down on the Town Square/multipurpose area, which gives the space an open feel at all levels. SP: The two-story “Town Square” space with suspended staircase is the hub of all activity. From this central area the entire facility is accessible via the “Grand Staircase.” From the “Town Square,” the outside environment is brought in through three large overhead doors. This open concept is carried throughout the project. The traditional style of classroom with walls was replaced with an open concept with studios where instructors can comingle with other faculty and students. This provides a stimulating environment for cross-education methods. Q: What were the greatest challenges encountered on this project and how, specifically, did you overcome them? SP: The greatest challenges were related to sequencing and coordinating phases of construction. Because there was limited space available for staging and storage, it was critical to manage many disciplines to accomplish just-in-time deliveries. Q: How did you work with the architect and owner to save time and/or money on the project? How was value engineering applied to your responsibility? TK: Concord and orcutt | winslow worked together early in the project to discuss the building systems and how they work together to provide the best flow of construction possible. We coordinated how the concrete precast would work with the tilt-up panels, which led to the structural steel system in the project. Details were discussed long before the placing [of] systems so all would work together to achieve the desired look of the structure. SP: The overwhelming commitment to quality product and efficient processes by all stakeholders from initial concept design through budgeting and throughout construction set the foundation for partnering and teamwork. The architect and design team relied on the construction team to make field decisions in real time, saving costs related to delay and lost opportunity. Partnering among all disciplines, [including] the architect, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering and the City of Phoenix allowed the team to expedite the construction process. Q: What were some of the lessons learned from this project? SP: Get all the design and construction team [members] involved and buy into the project in the beginning. Enlist their involvement and expertise; this saved time and money. QA/QC process must start from the beginning.

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Construction Communications Gold Medal Edition - Arizona's Bioscience High School