JUNE 16, 2017

Project Update : YUHSD Groundbreaking

Yesterday was the groundbreaking ceremony for the new District Services building and Vista Alternative High School and Learning Center!  Construction is ready to start and representatives from the district, design team, and community came together to celebrate in anticipation of what will be two incredible additions to the district's facilities.


JUNE 1, 2017

Project Update : Biodesign Bldg C Last Slab Pour

The last concrete floor slab was poured this morning at Biodesign Building C. There is still some steel work to be done before the project is completely topped out, but you can see the form of the building really taking shape in these gorgeous early morning shots, courtesy of McCarthy Building Companies.


APRIL 3, 2017

Project Update : HealthOn Broadway Grand Opening

El Rio's newest clinic opened today, the HealthOn Broadway collaboration with TMC is now operational and accepting patients. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild attended the opening and accepted the honor of cutting the ribbon alongside the El Rio Board of Directors. The party included guided tours of the facility, touting the clinic's cutting edge care model.


DECEMBER 8, 2016

Project Update : New El Rio Health Center Groundbreaking

This morning the groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new El Rio Health Clinic at Kino Parkway and 22nd St.. Representatives from El Rio and BWS were joined by Mayor Johnathan Rothschild, along with representatives from Congressman Raul Grijalva and Governor Doug Ducey's offices. Construction on the new clinic is scheduled to be complete in late 2018. 


NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Project Update : C.A.T.S. Construction Time-lapse

Construction on the new C.A.T.S. Academic Center at the University of Arizona is now complete, but you can take a quick look at the entire process with a construction time-lapse video created from the construction web-cam. Check out the video here.


OCTOBER 19, 2016

Project Update : ASU Biodesign Institute Building C Ground Breaking Ceremony

Yesterday the Biodesign Institute at ASU hosted a ground breaking ceremony at the construction site for the now under construction Bldg C. Robin Shambach and Steve McKnight represented the office and helped celebrate the start of construction. The Institute's website has posted an exposé on the new Bldg C highlighting the advanced research and exciting technology that the building will soon house. The article also includes an interview with Gary Cabo, Principal at ZGF, where he shares some of the design motivations for the project. Read the whole article here.


OCTOBER 10, 2016

Arizona Alumni Magazine : C.A.T.S. Academic Center

The Fall 2016 edition of the Arizona Alumni Magazine features an overview of the nearly completed C.A.T.S. Academic Center. The article give an overview of the services and programs that the new facility will support. Read the whole article here.


OCTOBER 3, 2016

INSPIRE : MUSD Newsletter Features Gladden Farms and Picture Rocks

The Marana Unified School District's Fall 2016 edition of the inspire newsletter features an article on the two new schools in the district: Gladden Farms Elementary and the expansion at Picture Rocks Intermediate School. The article includes some pictures of the schools, which opened to students this fall, in use and busy with student activity. Read the article here.


AUGUST 24, 2016

Mission Garden in the Spotlight

Yesterday's New York Times featured a wonderful exposé on the rich and exciting culture of food in Tucson; we were delighted to see our friends at Mission Garden featured for their amazing work preserving the agricultural history of the region. We have been working with the Friends of Tucson's Birthplace on renovations and improvements to the garden to support and expand the educational functions and other garden activities. The two new structures and other improvements are scheduled to be complete early 2017.

Read the full article here!


AUGUST 17, 2016

Foothills News : Valley View expanded and ready for students

Today's edition of the Foothills News features an article on the newly completed expansion at Valley View Early Learning Center. The new classrooms welcomed their first students last week, and we are so excited to see the classrooms filled with smiling faces! You can read the whole article here to learn a little more about the facility.


AUGUST 8, 2016

Site Visit : C.A.T.S. Academic Center

Last Friday the BWS team took a field trip to see the construction progress at the C.A.T.S. Academic Center, our cohorts from Phoenix even came down to join the tour. The project is looking great and we can't wait to see it complete! Check out some shots of the construction and get a sneak-peak of the new facility. 


AUGUST 5, 2016

Project Update : C.A.T.S. Cold Pools Open for Start of Football Season

U of A Football held their first practice of the season yesterday and tested out the brand new plunge pools at C.A.T.S. Academic Center. The main building is still under construction, but the pools have been completed in time for the start of the season. The Arizona Daily Star has some coverage of the season starting and the opening of the pools in today's sports section - read the story here.


JULY 28, 2016

AIA Arizona Visits Flagstaff

The July meeting of the AIA Arizona Board of Directors was held in Flagstaff. The Board, including BWS principal Robin Shambach, took the opportunity to meet with City of Flagstaff Council Member Coral Evans, with whom they have worked on several advocacy efforts during the last legislative session. We were excited to see the group featured in the latest AIA Arizona News update - read the whole newsletter here.


JULY 21, 2016

Project Update : Gladden Farms Video Tour

For those who could not attend yesterday's grand opening of Gladden Farms Elementary School, here's another way to take a look at the newest school in Marana. Chasse Building Team has put together a video of the project where you can see some awesome drone shots of the facility while learning a bit about the construction and the school. The video is hosted by Chasse's own Bob Harrison who was the project superintendent for construction of the school. 


JULY 20, 2016

Project Update : Gladden Farms Elementary Grand Opening

This afternoon Marana Unified School District hosted a fantastic grand opening for Gladden Farms Elementary School. The school has just finished construction and everyone getting ready to open the doors for it's first class this fall. It was wonderful to see the turn-out from the district and community to celebrate this beautiful project; all of the children, and parents, looked excited for the new school year!

The Arizona Daily Star was on site, you can see photos from their coverage of the event here, and learn a little more about the school here.


JULY 18, 2016

Project Update : ASU Bidodesign Institute Bldg C is on Camera

Construction has just started at Arizona State University's new Bidodesign Institute building, Bldg C will join the two existing Biodesign Institute buildings on the ASU Tempe campus in housing the Institute's state-of-the-art research labs. The site is adjacent to James Turrell's Skyspace which you can see along the right-hand edge of the view. Check out the construction webcam here


MAY 19, 2016

Project Update : Valley View Early Learning Center Playground Time-lapse

The playground at CFSD Valley View Early Learning Center is almost complete! This time-lapse video, from Concord General Contracting, Inc., shows the construction of the playground and the new classrooms of the expansion getting finished up in the background. 


APRIL 20, 2016

Project Update : Picture Rocks Expansion Takes Shape

Construction at Picture Rocks is progressing beautifully and you can really see the space taking shape. These pictures from yesterday's construction site visit show the exterior and the lobby starting to show it's character.


APRIL 8, 2016

Site Visit : Gladden Farms Elementary School

This afternoon the entire BWS team took a field trip to see the construction progress at Gladden Farms. It was barbecue day at the job site and a bunch of teachers and administration folks from MUSD came along as well to make it a very special day. Chris Pinkerton, project architect, gave everyone a fantastic tour of the building. The teachers were very excited to see what will soon be their new classrooms and we were excited to see the building we had only seen in drawings coming to life!


FEBRUARY 15, 2016

Project Update : C.A.T.S. Academic Center Ground Breaking

Construction has officially begun on the new C.A.T.S. Academic Center at the University of Arizona following last Friday's ground breaking ceremony. In Saturday's paper the Arizona Daily Star covered the ceremony and highlighted the project and the generous donors who are making it possible - read the stories here and here. The story was also covered on KVOA News 4 during Friday night's news - watch the video with footage of the ceremony here.


FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Project Update : Valley View From Above

The team from Concord has taken a new perspective on the ongoing construction at CFSD Valley View Early Learning Center. This drone video was shot recently on site and offers a special overview of the expansion. The two new classroom wings extend out from the original school building and partially enclose what will soon be the greatly expanded playground.


JANUARY 6, 2016

Project Update : University of Arizona BSRL is on Camera

Construction has begun on the new BioScience Research Lab on the University of Arizona campus and there is a live high-definition webcam will let you watch it's progress every step of the way! Check out the feed here.


DECEMBER 14, 2015

El Rio Community Garden First Planting Day!

Yesterday a team of 35 volunteers from the Menlo Park neighborhood, which surrounds the El Rio Health Clinic, came together to plant two dozen heritage fruit trees in the clinic's on site community garden.  This garden was donated by El Rio Health to the neighborhood as part of the clinic's goals to support sustainable buildings and communities. We are so excited to see the garden taking root!


DECEMBER 12, 2015

Arizona Daily Star : Picture Rocks-area schools are merging

Today's edition of the Arizona Daily Star covered the merger of Picture Rocks Intermediate School and Desert Winds Elementary School. This consolidation is made possible by the new building expansion at Picture Rocks Intermediate School. Read the article here.


DECEMBER 8, 2015

Arizona Daily Star : Construction Day Slide Show

Students at CFSD Valley View Early Learning Center participated in a Construction Day to learn hands-on about the construction happening at their school. The Arizona Daily Star captured some of the fun and smiles - see the slide show here!


NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Project Update : Gladden Farms Elementary School is on Camera!

Chasse Building Team, the contractor building Gladden Farms Elementary School, has set up an OxBlue camera on site to watch the progress of the building. The camera takes a picture only every few minutes, but if you click the time-lapse button you can see the walls going up in seconds! Check out the feed here.


OCTOBER 15, 2015

Sue Gray joins BWS

BWS Architects is pleased to welcome Sue Gray, AIA, to the firm as a Project Manager. With a broad range of educational, civic and public sector experience, she will be actively involved in projects throughout Arizona and will lead the Phoenix office.  

Sue comes to BWS Architects with established versatility in all phases of the architectural practice from programming, space planning, project documentation, construction administration and culminating with project management and strategic planning with her teams. Robin Shambach states that “Sue is a seamless fit with our firm and will help grow our practice and presence in Arizona. With her breadth of experience and understanding of educational design, we are proud to welcome her to our firm.”

In business for 24 years, BWS Architects has earned a reputation for quality design resulting from a very collaborative process and the firm possesses a proven record of meeting client budgets and schedules. For these reasons, BWS Architects received the prestigious 2014 AIA Arizona Firm of the Year Award! BWS enjoys a culture that encourages the discussion of design ideas and technical issues during the course of project development and allows for creative collaboration to serve its clients with professionalism and personal attention to detail. Sue will be supported by an energetic staff that consists of engaged principals, experienced cost estimators and specifications writers, seasoned project architects, dedicated construction administrators, and enthusiastic graduate professionals all committed to the success of the firm’s projects and the satisfaction of its clients.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Project Update : Valley View ELC is Underway

The expansion at Catalina Foothills Valley View Early Learning Center is in construction, and everyone involved - including some smiling faces watching eagerly through the construction fence from the playground - is excited to see the progress! In these new photos from the construction site you can see the outlines of what will soon be beautiful new classrooms.


AUGUST 6, 2015

El Rio Health Clinic : LEED Gold® Certified

BWS Architects is excited to announce that the El Rio Health Clinic has achieved Gold level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® green building program!

El Rio Community Health sought LEED® certification for their new clinic to serve as a community model for sustainability, as well as to further their mission of promoting healthful environments and practices. Several of the credits achieved serve these ends: providing space for a community garden where irrigation is supplemented by site drainage; providing a park-like, shaded seating area on the site for patients and visitors to enjoy their natural surroundings; the use of all low-VOC, benign, and non-toxic interior materials; and using a large proportion of recycled-content and local materials.

Review the project's LEED scorecard here.

The LEED® Certification trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used with permission.

MARCH 11, 2015

Cornerstone Building Foundation : 2015 Architecture Firm of the Year

At last night's annual Cornerstone Building Foundation Awards Banquet BWS Architects was honored with the 2015 Architecture Firm of the Year Award. 


MARCH 9, 2015

AIAS Spring Faculty/Student Mixer

This past Friday, BWS and the American Institute of Architecture Students from the University of Arizona's College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture hosted a cocktail hour mixer for students and educators at BWS's offices in downtown Tucson. The event offered an opportunity for students to interact with local architects and see their office.


JANUARY 21, 2015

Arizona Daily Star : Biz Awards - Building at PCC’s NW campus on honor list

Today's edition of the Arizona Daily Star highlights PCC Northwest's new Science Building Expansion and it's inclusion in American School & University's 2014 Architectural Portfolio. Read the article here.

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JANUARY 8, 2015

TREND report : An Interview with Architect Robin Shambach

BWS Principal Robin Shambach is interviewed by TREND report's Lucinda Smedley in the magazine's January issue. Robin reflects on what has brought the firm success thus far, and her outlook for the new year. Read the interview here.


DECEMBER 16, 2014

Robin Shambach Receives 2014 SAAEMA Career Achievement Award

The Southern Arizona Architects & Engineers Marketing Association (SAAEMA) has recognized BWS principal Robin Shambach with their 2014 Career Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding, long-term contribution to AEC professional services marketing in Southern Arizona and provided guidance to peers, firms, and the industry (architecture, engineering, and construction, or in related supporting disciplines like graphics, printing, public relations, etc.).  The judging criteria includes leadership in the community, improving the image of A/E/C Marketing, long-term commitment or contribution, and mentoring or teaching marketing colleagues. Congratulations Robin!


DECEMBER 10, 2014

Arizona Daily Star : Biz Awards - AIA Arizona 2014 Firm of the Year

Today's edition of the Arizona Daily Star highlights local business award recipients including BWS Architects, the 2014 recipient of the American Institute of Architects Arizona Firm of the Year award. See the article here.


NOVEMBER 25, 2014

2014 Architectural Portfolio : Pima Community College Northwest Campus New Building Expansion

American School & University releases it's 2014 Architectural Portfolio in this month's issue and highlights the Pima Community College Northwest Campus New Building Expansion as an Outstanding Design for post-secondary educational facilities. See the full article here.


NOVEMBER 17, 2014

McKale Memorial Center : Time Lapse

This incredible time lapse video showing the newly renovated McKale Memorial Center in its element was taken last Friday at the University of Arizona Wildcats Men's Basketball victory over Mount St. Mary's.

CREDIT : Liam Fredrick Photography

OCTOBER 25, 2014

Arizona Daily Star : Robin Shambach on her Favorite Place

BWS Principal Robin Shambach talks about her favorite place in Tucson, the University of Arizona's Main Gate in her contribution to the Arizona Daily Star's series "My Favorite Place." Read how the this Tucson landmark influenced Robin in her article here.


OCTOBER 16, 2014

Chris Pinkerton Joins BWS

BWS Architects is pleased to welcome Chris Pinkerton, RA to its firm.  Chris, formerly with NTD Architecture, brings nearly sixteen years of varied experience to his new position as Project Architect with the company.  He has worked on projects of all types – from small renovation/tenant fit-ups to complex ones like the new Aquatic Center at Northern Arizona University.  Currently serving as Project Architect on the McKale Memorial Center Renovations, he is busy full time meeting the demanding schedule for this complicated $30,000,000 renovation and new construction project, due to be complete in December of this year.  Chris also brings long-term expertise with Building Information Modeling systems, having served as BIM manager at his previous employer.  We look forward to a lasting collaboration with Chris!


OCTOBER 9, 2014

TREND report : Frank Slingerland on Educational Environment Design

BWS Principal Frank Slingerland contributes to the October 2014 issue of Arizona real estate magazine TREND report with his article "What's New in the Design of Educational Environments?" sharing his insights on design for the modern classroom. Read the article here.


OCTOBER 6, 2014

San Xavier District Administration Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The 37,000 sf administration building for the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation recently achieved Gold Certification through the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.  This achievement recognizes the sustainable qualities of the construction, such as energy and water efficiency, use of local and recycled content materials, use of non-toxic and benign materials, and a high performance envelope.  A grant also enabled the installation of a photo-voltaic generating array which provides more than 25% of the needed power for the building.

It was important to the District that the building be representative of their respect and connection to the earth and the natural environment through incorporation of such “green” measures.  The building also integrates into the landscape by following the shape of the hillside upon which it sits just west of Mission San Xavier, and by using naturally derived materials such as concrete, masonry, and rusting metal, all in tones which blend with the surrounding desert.  This minimizes it presence on the site from the exterior, but provides engagement from the interior of the building with the site for its occupants through large windows and balconies.

The building also recently received an Honor Award from the Arizona Masonry Guild.

This successful project, planned by the district council for more than 20 years, will serve for the next century as a solid testimony of the importance of the natural environment to the present-day tribal members and their future generations.

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DECEMBER 31, 2013

Dave Burns has retired from BWS Architects after 22 years with the firm. 


NOVEMBER 22, 2011

David Wald-Hopkins has retired from BWS Architects after 20 years with the firm.