The University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building is a new multi-story research facility at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The building features a striking four story sun shade supported on four slender tree structures. The 16” diameter primary columns of the structures feature Cast Connex Architectural Taper + Universal Pin Connectors (ART+UPC) at the bases and Architectural Tapers (ART) at the tops. By reducing the diameter of the top of the columns, the ARTs improve the aesthetic at the connection where the six branches meet the trunk of the tree. The connections on the 8” diameter branches of each of the tree structures include Cast Connex Universal Pin Connectors (UPCs) on both ends.
During the tender process, Able Steel identified Cast Connex connectors as the preferred solution to bring this incredible architecturally exposed steel structure from dream to reality.
Owner: University of Arizona
Architects: CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross
Structural Engineers: John A. Martin & Associates and Holben, Martin & White
General Contractor: DPR Construction
Steel Fabricator: Able Steel