Real estate development company, Wexford Science & Technology, enlisted HKS to design their first lab building to serve as a gateway for the northern edge of the PBC and the largest multi-tenant, commercial lab building in Phoenix. Wexford, Arizona State University and the city of Phoenix are partners in this project.
Located within the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Wexford’s Building, known as 850 PBC, expands the downtown biomedical corridor to the northern edges of the urban core. Designed to straddle the line between the academic and professional worlds, the building offers opportunities for meaningful collaboration among the building tenants and the community at large. The building’s design purposefully invites the neighborhood to participate in its success through ground-floor design elements that are visually porous and accessible.
850 PBC was inspired by the saguaro cacti, which are native to the Sonoran Desert ecosystem that straddles Arizona, California and northwestern Mexico. This plant species provides food and shelter for many desert animals. 850 PBC is a modern architectural metaphor of this iconic plant. Like the saguaro, the building façade combats the arid climate conditions with geometric ribs that shade the structure and help mitigate the effects of the extreme solar radiation. Desert temperatures can swing by more than 50 degrees from daytime to nighttime. The materials used for the exterior are primarily concrete, weathered steel and brick, which are slow to warm up during the day and dissipate the heat. Glass is used sparingly.
Meanwhile, the site’s landscape uses xeriscape techniques, eliminating the need for supplemental water from irrigation within five years of construction. The simple design on the outside extends to the interior, creating a rugged aesthetic that reinforces the stark and elegant beauty of Arizona. All decorative design was stripped down, reinforcing the “bootstrap” mentality in the startup world, where some entrepreneurs look to fund their own ventures. User spaces are iterative layouts curated by the users as they like it.
This life and science technology building is part of a projected $3 billion investment in life science and health care projects with the potential to create 7,000 jobs in Phoenix. Up to 40 percent of the jobs at 850 PBC may not require a four-year college degree. In addition, the building supports not only the science and technology community but also the local art scene. 850 PBC integrates public art for both permanent and rotating exhibitions, boosting the local government’s downtown revitalization efforts. The building achieved LEED Gold certification.
Material Used :
- Masonry – Trendwyth/Trendstone
- Formed Metal Panel – Kovach Building Enclosures – K-Wall
- Corrugated Metal – Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp.
- Perforated Metal – Diamond Perforated Metals
- Wall Louvers – Construction Specialties – RSH-5700
- Ground and Polished (Exposed) Concrete
- Dal-Tile – Anchorage, Natural Hues, Keystone
- Johnsonite – Resilient Base
- Carpeting – Tarkett – Nano 04539 Wired 48201
- Walk-Off Matt – Tarkett – Assertive Action 04837 Fusion 26217
- Aluminum – Interior – Wester Integrated Materials
- Hollow Metal Doors and Frames – Curries/AssaAbloy
- Overhead Coiling Doors – Cookson – GH Motor Operated Rolling Door
- Wood Veneer – Interior – VT Industries – White Oak, Rift Cut Clear
- Glazing – 1” Insulated Glazing Units – TriStar
- Glazed Aluminum Curtain Wall Framing System – Kovach Building Enclosures
- Roofing Cover – GAF – EverGuard TPO 60 mil Membrane
- Roofing Pavers – AckerStone - Palazzo
- These are brands only – Finelight, Compass Lighting, New Star Lighting, Luxx Box USA, Vibia, Inc, Lobby Lounge Furniture & CEI Innovation Center both used Atmosphere as their dealer.
- Sossego: Beatriz Lounge Chair w/ Luum fabric
- Coalesse: Millbrea Sofa Lounge w/ Maharam Leather
- Davis: Gingko High Back and Low back Lounge Chairs w/ Luum Fabric
- Davis: Gingko Mid Back Lounge w/Carnegie & HBF fabric
- Arper: Pix Ottoman Lounge with Carnegie Xorel fabric
- Keilhauer: Opt Lounge Chair with HBF fabric
- Tarkett Hospitality Custom Rugs
- David Adler Fine Rugs
Local Public Artists
– Artlink, Inc.
- Christine Cassano
- Kayla Newman
- Jennyfer Stratman