University of Arizona Health Sciences Center for Sleep, Circadian and Neuroscience Research


Award of Merit, Small Project

Submitted By: Kitchell

Owner: The University of Arizona

Lead Design Firm: Sears Gerbo Architecture

General Contractor: Kitchell

Structural Engineer: Martin, White & Griffis Structural Engineers

MEP Engineer: GLHN Architects & Engineers

Interior Design: Within Studio

To create an interdisciplinary research space that will enhance research into sleep and circadian rhythms, construction began on a 11,460-sq-ft facility in January 2022. Located in the basement of a building built in 1968, the center features five functional zones: community interface, sleep suites, testing rooms, laboratory support and administrative staff.

Partnering with trades, the contractor started with exploratory, selective demolition-at-risk to inform the design team of conditions above the ceiling that could not be demolished. Early estimating provided a cost-benefit analysis of demolishing an existing concrete wall or removing it to allow for a wider office corridor. The electrical subcontractor’s extensive knowledge of the building allowed the team to avoid costly electrical work.

With such close proximity to sensitive research programs and clinical areas, the project required extensive dust and debris control and noise mitigation strategies. Crews also utilized infection control barriers and noise/vibration monitoring devices while working off-hours to mitigate impacts on building occupants. Construction ended on time and within budget in February 2023.