Keeping Cool With Copper

August 2, 2017 – The copper cladding on the University of Arizona’s Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building echoes the striated mesa formations of the Arizona desert, while screening the building from the desert sun to maintain cool temperatures inside. MBJ worked with client DPR Construction and the copper fabricator to design a unique cold-formed/steel hybrid framing system to support the building’s remarkable exterior covering. In recognition of its innovative design, the building recently received the 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Award from the Copper Development Association and, also, the 2017 Metal Architecture Judges Award for “the innovative use of regional, recycled and recyclable copper in its inspired and high-performance façade.”

Metal Architecture magazine writes: “To make this sunscreen, the cladding system uses nearly 4,800 formed, bent and perforated copper panels to reflect light and cast shadows that reflect the canyon walls. Installing the copper cladding required more than just industry standard flat-panel installations. To meet the design intent, the panels have custom shapes with custom folds, and the wall assembly was fully engineered for the extreme desert climate.”

Read more about the project at Metal Architecture.