The BioSciences Partnership Building (BPB) will be located north of the Health Sciences & Education Building on the 30-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) at the University of Arizona in downtown Phoenix. PBC is home to the global headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC). At buildout, the PBC will include six million square feet of biomedical-related research, academic and clinical facilities. The 10- storey, 245,000 SF BPB building is the latest expansion of the campus’ biomedical research emphasis. It is also the first privately funded project on the campus. It will house a mix of computational and bench research as well as a number of spaces requiring low vibration and low EMI environments in core lab spaces that promote interdisciplinary engineering research. The exterior of the facility includes a feature ‘canyon space’ that will be used for special events requiring comfortable climatic conditions and low levels of background noise.
Novus was retained by CO Architects to provide consultation on acoustics, noise, vibration, exhaust re-entrainment, wind and thermal comfort for the design of the facility. This included wind tunnel tracer gas testing to evaluate exhaust re-entrainment and pedestrian wind comfort as well as site measurements of noise and vibration for development of the acoustical design of the facility.