Construction commences of University of Arizona’s Grand Challenges Research Building

WCN Editorial Team 29 Sep 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of Arizona has begun construction of $99m Grand Challenges Research Building (GCRB), which will feature laboratories and research space once completed in February 2024.

Situated on Cherry Avenue between East University Boulevard and East Fourth Street, the ground floor of the new seven-story building will feature public spaces, study spaces and meeting rooms to support student engagement and instruction.

Three floors of the building will be dedicated to research laboratories and offices for centres and cross-campus interdisciplinary programmes.

The 115,000ft2 building was designed by ZGF Architects and BWS Architects and is being constructed by Kitchell Contractors.

This building will link to the Meinel Optical Sciences Building.

University of Arizona president Robert C Robbins said: "Our strategic plan prioritizes building a well-rounded innovation ecosystem, which is one of the ways the University of Arizona is driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution to ensure technological innovation is human-led and human-centered.

“This building will help us expand our interdisciplinary research capacity in areas such as optics, quantum computing, advanced communications and biomedical technologies.”

The GCRB is considered a key component of the "Grand Challenges" pillar of the university’s strategic plan.

The grand challenges feature areas for space exploration, artificial intelligence, the environment and disease prevention.


The University of Arizona officials breaking ground of the new building. Credit: The University of Arizona.

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