April 3, 2023

Media Advisory: Applied Research Building grand opening

  • What: Media are invited to take a guided tour of the new University of Arizona Applied Research Building. UArizona Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, UArizona Space Institute Director Tim Swindle, and Associate Vice President for Planning, Design and Construction and University Architect Peter Dourlein will give remarks and be available to answer questions.
  • When: Wednesday, April 5. Guided tour begins promptly at 4 p.m.; remarks at 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Applied Research Building, 1420 E. Helen St.
  • RSVP: RSVP to Nick Prevenas, nprevenas@arizona.edu

TUCSON, Ariz. – Members of the media are invited to get an advance look at the University of Arizona Applied Research Building and hear from university leaders prior to a grand opening celebration for the building.

The three-story, 89,000-square-foot building will provide new research capabilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including a 40-ton thermal vacuum chamber used to replicate the conditions in outer space that is the largest of its kind at any university in the world.

The building was designed to promote collaboration and will bring together several interdisciplinary university programs under one roof. Faculty, staff and students from several colleges, departments, institutes and centers will work together to develop innovations in space exploration and advanced manufacturing. The UArizona Space Institute will also be headquartered in the building.

The Applied Research Building broke ground in 2021 and was designed by SmithGroup, built by McCarthy Building Companies and managed for the university by UArizona Planning, Design and Construction.

After a roughly 30-minute tour of the facility, media will hear remarks from:

  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation
  • Tim Swindle, director of the University of Arizona Space Institute
  • Peter Dourlein, associate vice president for planning, design and construction and university architect

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

Please RSVP to Nick Prevenas, nprevenas@arizona.edu.

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Media contact:
Nick Prevenas
University Communications

The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 50 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2021 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $770 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 66 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually. For the latest on the University of Arizona response to the novel coronavirus, visit the university's COVID-19 webpage.

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