Redefining student success in a revitalized historic core
Client University of Arizona
Certifications Pursuing LEED Silver Certification
Size 205,000 SF
Located at the heart of the University of Arizona (UA), the Student Success District is a groundbreaking addition to the university’s urban fabric that will redefine and revitalize the Main Library, Bear Down Gymnasium and Science-Engineering Library to provide seamless connections and space for student engagement in the outdoor areas surrounding them.
This project creates a single, unified district from previously disconnected buildings and disparate academic programs. The design team developed a concept based on creating connections, which increases the porosity of the existing buildings by introducing both indoor and outdoor shared study and lounge spaces in a student-centric, unifying character.
The Student Success District will provide spaces for tutoring, active learning, hands-on fabrication and research, and holistic health and fitness areas — all while remaining flexible to allow for shifts in functionality as trends and pedagogies change in coming years.
The complex project includes a new 55,000-square-foot Student Success Building and renovations of three existing buildings from different eras with different uses, elevations and floor-to-floor heights. Early involvement with the very diverse stakeholders and user groups was critical to understanding priorities and possibilities for the district and develop a clear path to achieve the end goal of this multi-phased project.
Currently in construction, the project is scheduled for completion in 2021.