Cherrybell Clinic

Tucson, Arizona  |  El Rio Health

Current Phase: Construction Documents           

Organized into primary and specialty care “pods” surrounding a common, linear lobby, the building supports El Rio’s new integrated approach to the delivery of comprehensive medical services. The facility provides a healthy, sustainable environment that incorporates natural light and vibrant colors. Butterfly roof monitors bring natural light deeply into the building and the two-story lobby and lightwells encourage interaction between the upper and lower levels. Floor and exterior concrete patterns inspired by swirling winds invigorate the shared public spaces and ceilings that use curved blades provide a measure of acoustic control while providing a dynamic sense of movement.


Gilbert Heritage District Parking Structure

Gilbert, Arizona  |  Town of Gilbert

Current Phase: Construction Documents

This new 600-vehicle public parking structure for the Town of Gilbert will be located in the heart of the booming Heritage District amid thriving restaurants and an emerging nightlife. The project is the second step after an intensive master planning phase and includes the transformation of Hearne Road into a pedestrian plaza, a rework of connecting streets and intersections, and the six-level garage. Using a cast-in-place concrete structural system, the garage incorporates materials already found in the District, such as brick and metal panels, to create an architectural character that is responsive to the context and supportive of the energetic atmosphere of the area. 


Mountain View High School
College, Career & Life Skills Center

Marana, Arizona | Marana Unified School District

A major goal of this project is the integration of special education and mainstream students into a facility that serves both. This new 8,400sf building will accommodate the High School’s special needs program with spaces designed specifically for students with severe/profound disabilities, a life skills learning center envisioned as a model studio apartment complete with kitchen, laundry and other living spaces, and a co-teaching classroom and work area shared by three teachers. The center includes a SPED office that supports one-on-one meetings, IEP reviews, testing, counseling and other critical functions. The project also incorporates a drop-in resource center for parents and students preparing for college or to enter the work force.


Science and Technology Center

Benson, Arizona | Benson Unified School District

The project site for this new Science & Technology Center is located on the consolidated Primary, Middle and High School campus in Benson, Arizona. The 17,000sf building, which is entirely SFB-funded, consists of eight classrooms organized along a “Learning Corridor” spine with a large adjacent covered outdoor classroom space. Sliding glass walls in each classroom can be opened to flexibly allow student groups to expand, combine or flow out for activities. With high ceilings, natural light, magnetic and writeable wall surfaces, and craft sinks, the Learning Corridor is a vibrant space of collaboration and project-based action! The outdoor learning space, which has a concrete slab floor, can be used for a variety of outdoor activities and for special events like science fairs, career days, rocketry, kite building, foursquare tournaments, hands-on mud kitchen activities, physical education and for development of the adjacent student garden.


Vista Alternative High School, Professional Development Center & District Administrative Offices

Yuma, Arizona  |  Yuma Union High School District

Current Phase: Construction

This project intertwines a complex group of programmatic elements onto a single, small, sloping site.  The two-story, 48,000sf Alternative High School consists of a school office area with career center and classrooms for math, English, science, computer science, culinary arts, and fine art. The high school also includes a school within the school – Strategies for Success - which gives struggling students an opportunity to get back on track.   

The three-story, 36,000sf District Administrative Office Building and Professional Development Center includes office space for the many District departments including Curriculum, Human Resources, Federal Programs, Special Education, Business, CTE, Student Nutrition, IT, Superintendent and others. The Professional Development Center contains a large space that can be subdivided into smaller training rooms, includes a kitchen/break room that serves all administrators and those attending professional development or School Board meetings.


Arroyo K-8 School

Glendale, Arizona | Washington Elementary School District

BWS Architects was recently selected to design the new Arroyo K-8 School for the Washington Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team recognizes the tremendous design opportunities at Arroyo Elementary School. As the signature project of WESD’s 2016 Bond, this replacement school project has the potential to positively impact the lives of District students for generations to come. A public school that inspires learning will benefit the students of this community immensely and BWS Architects is passionate about helping WESD create its vision! The project offers the chance to attract new students and staff to WESD and the neighborhood, while challenging competing charter schools in the Valley. New interior environments will make amazing first impressions, foster productivity and efficiency, and provide appropriate levels of security and a new exterior image will reinforce the sense of community pride already found in the surrounding neighborhood. 


Tumamoc Hill Boathouse Interpretive Center

Tucson, Arizona  |  University of Arizona

Current Phase: Schematic Design

Tumamoc Hill is climbed by 1,500 walkers each day and this Tucson landmark receives one half million visitors every year. This popularity, coupled with the long-standing presence of the University of Arizona’s science program on the Hill, presents an outstanding opportunity for community outreach and the chance to create a “new portal of Tumamoc”. The goals and vision of this proposed project include enhancing science communication and sharing the history of place through the creation of an Interpretive Center. The beautiful, historic Boat House, located toward the base of the Hill, will be converted into a Visitor’s Center. The project will also include new science communication outreach offices which will be constructed in place of an existing dilapidated house, limited staff and guest parking, public rest rooms, a shaded amphitheater, and a demonstration garden. The project will also include the preservation of a shrine that bears significant community value. 


South Annex

Duncan, Arizona  |  Greenlee County

Current Phase: Bidding and Award

Located on a site that is approximately half an acre in size, this new 8,000sf building will accommodate administration, courts, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, health clinic, and shared or common functions. The building includes a large public lobby that can serve as a waiting area, overflow space, or community exhibit or display center. The UA Extension and Courts departments interface directly with the lobby, which has easy access to rest rooms and the shared conference room. The UA Extension area includes a demonstration kitchen and opens directly to a shaded outdoor amphitheater and garden so visitors can learn about growing and cooking in one place. 


Maintenance & Operations Center

Marana, Arizona  |  Marana Unified School District

Current Phase: Design Development

Located on 15 acres, this 50,000sf facility accommodates a variety of critical District functions.  The building is designed for both highly public uses and back of house activity. The concept incorporates a covered outdoor plaza that serves as an entryway and overflow space. On the public side, the project includes the MUSD School Board Room, Professional Development Center, divisible into multiple configurations, and key administrative functions, including Food Service, with Test Kitchen, and Printing. On the service side, the facility serves as the transportation hub of the District, providing fleet maintenance for all buses, vehicles and equipment, as well as Dispatch and support spaces such as a driver’s lounge, meeting rooms, storage and laundry. The M&O Center also includes a Warehouse, Facility Department offices, and indoor trade spaces for Carpentry, Paint Shop, Electrical, HVAC, Locksmith, Welding, and Groundskeepers. 


Biodesign Institute Bldg C

Tempe, Arizona  |  Arizona State University

with ZGF Architects LLP

Current Phase: Construction

Biodesign Institute Bldg C will be an expansion of the existing Biodesign Institute on ASU Tempe campus. It will house state-of-the-art research labs, offices, and support spaces. The new building will sit adjacent to the existing Bldg A and Bldg B at the corner of Tyler Street and Rural Road, just north of James Turrell's Skyspace.

Check out the construction cam here!



Supai Clinic & Quarters

Supai, Arizona  |  Indian Health Service

Current Phase: Construction Documents

BWS developed this new clinic to provide dental facilities, general family care, WIC and other childhood services, as well as general community health services, such as nutrition and wellness programs. The two-story, 11,000sf building also includes quarters for visiting medical staff on the second level.  Based on numerous meetings with tribal groups and members of the US Indian Health Service in which options were explored and evaluated, the design celebrates the famous Havasupai Water Falls, so important to the community, through the use vertical blue and green colored metal panels that contrast with horizontal panels reminiscent of the Canyon walls. The project also incorporates a screened in front porch for privacy and terracotta colored, gable roof forms that visually tie to the existing built environment. The materials and personnel transport to the bottom of the Canyon occur via mule, train, or helicopter.


BioScience Research Laboratory

Tucson, Arizona  |  University of Arizona

with ZGF Architects LLP

Current Phase: Construction

The BioScience Research Laboratory (BSRL) consists of new research, clinical research and imaging space on four floors plus a basement immediately adjacent and physically connected to both the Keating and Medical Research (MRB) Buildings in the University of Arizona’s North Campus District. The design of the BioScience Research Laboratory has been developed to provide both short- and long-term flexibility to help the University and the users keep pace with changing research programs and protocols. The top two floors of the building are designed as wet laboratory research areas, but can be flexibly interchanged with dry laboratory uses in increments of two Principal Investigator (PI) modules with minimal renovation and disruption to adjacent research activities. The imaging facilities in the basement have been designed to include a total of six imaging suites, including two small animal MRIs and four suites available to support a range of potential human and large animal imaging modalities. In addition, space has been provided for High Resolution Ultrasound, Optical Scan/Ultrasound, Autoradiography and Micro CT/PET/PET-CT imaging modalities. The design supports the addition of large, complex equipment, such as a cyclotron, in the future.

Projected Completion: Fall 2017


Southeast Clinic

Tucson, Arizona  |  El Rio Health

This exciting project includes the renovation and reconfiguration of the existing, single story 14,000sf clinic and a two-story, 18,000sf addition. The facility incorporates integrated care modules for pediatrics and family medicine, OBGYN, Dental and Behavioral Health. The project contains specialty spaces such as radiology, pharmacy, laboratory, and community programs, including a large multi-purpose room on the second floor with magnificent views through colored glass of the Catalina Mountains to the north.

The building features a centralized entry from which visitors can easily reach their destinations and associated waiting areas. The reception station has visual supervision of all public circulation routes and the linear waiting areas disperse people proportionately throughout the facility to preserve a sense of intimacy and privacy. All waiting areas are directly adjacent to outdoor gardens that provide visual relief and promote a sense of peace and tranquility. Colored glass in these areas brightens the experience.