Wexford 850 Phoenix Biomedical Campus (850 PBC)

Wexford 850 Phoenix Biomedical Campus (850 PBC)

Architect
HKS
Location
Phoenix, Arizona, USA | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Universities
Bill Timmerman
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Ottoman LoungeArper SPA
Lounge ChairsDavis Furniture
Sofa LoungeCoalesse
Interior lightingLuxxbox
FlooringDaltile
Keystones, ANCHORAGE, Natural Hues™ Collection
CarpetTarkett
Nano 04539 WIRED 48201, Assertive Action 04837 FUSION 26217

Product Spec Sheet
Ottoman Lounge
Interior lighting
Flooring
Keystones, ANCHORAGE, Natural Hues™ Collection by Daltile
Carpet
Nano 04539 WIRED 48201, Assertive Action 04837 FUSION 26217 by Tarkett

Wexford 850 N 5th Street on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (850 PBC)

HKS as Architects

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. 

photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman

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.

photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman

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.

photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman

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.

photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman

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.

photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman
photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman
photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman
photo_credit Bill Timmerman
Bill Timmerman

Material Used :
Facade cladding: 
- 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

Flooring:  
- 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
Doors:  
- 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

Windows:  
- Glazing – 1” Insulated Glazing Units – TriStar
- Glazed Aluminum Curtain Wall Framing System – Kovach Building Enclosures

Roofing:    
- Roofing Cover – GAF – EverGuard TPO 60 mil Membrane
- Roofing Pavers – AckerStone - Palazzo

Interior lighting:  
- 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

Lobby Rugs
- Tarkett Hospitality Custom Rugs
- David Adler Fine Rugs 

Local Public Artists 
– Artlink, Inc.
- Christine Cassano
- Kayla Newman
- Jennyfer Stratman

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