Miller Hull

Student Success District

University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
Redefining student success in a revitalized historic core
Client University of Arizona
Certifications Pursuing LEED Silver Certification
Size 205,000 SF
Completion 2022


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 redefines and revitalizes 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 provides 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.

Project Team

Architect & Interior Design: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP and Poster Mirto McDonald
Design-Build Contractor: Sundt Construction
Civil Engineer: Cypress Civil Development
Structural Engineer: Martin White Griffis
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Acoustical Consultant: Robert F. Mahoney & Associates
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment: Andie Zelnio