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The University of Arizona Lowell-Stevens Football Facility

Situated at the north end of the historic Arizona Stadium, the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility project completes the stadium seating bowl first begun in 1928 and houses all of the University of Arizona collegiate athletics football operations.

For football fans, the 187,000 square foot facility includes expanded and enhanced chair seating for 4,200 spectators, including over 500 premium loge seats with private dining and TV monitors at each individual box seat, the addition of much-needed restroom and concessions stands, and a new concourse level that, for the first time, provides a single level connection for access to the entire stadium. A new kitchen and cafe is open year round providing students and the public with on-campus dining and spectacular city, campus, and stadium views.

The Lowell-Stevens Football Facility provides a central home for the UA athletic football program with amenities that place them in the top tier of PAC-12 and other national collegiate programs. In three floors of dedicated space for football operations, the new building includes space for strength training and conditioning, equipment handling, nutrition, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, locker rooms, players’ lounge, team meeting rooms, coaches and administrative offices, auditoriums for athletes and the media, and a central lobby highlighting the history of UA football.

As part of the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainable design, the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility is registered with the US Green Building Council and has LEED Gold status.

M3 provided local architectural project management and construction administration services as well as complete civil, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical engineering services.


The University of Arizona Student Recreation Center

Funded by students, the new expansion of the Student Recreation Center at the University of Arizona excels in providing student objectives for increased capacity, additional recreational program offerings, and building for a sustainable world.

The three-building, 54,000 sq.ft. expansion doubles the existing capacity for weight training and cardio exercise, increases the presence of the Outdoor Adventures program providing students, faculty, and staff opportunities for off-campus recreational expeditions, and adds a gymnasium for additional court space, not only for traditional sports such as basketball and volleyball but also for new recreational offerings such as indoor soccer with the addition of a dasher-board system surrounding the interior courts. Exterior courtyard spaces formed by the three buildings are fully utilized for recreational activities including sand volleyball and rock climbing and provides shaded spectator space for viewing these activities.

As the first LEED™ Platinum student recreation building in the United States, designed in collaboration with Sasaki Associates, the building’s relationship to the site is the essential element in reducing its impact on energy consumption and environmental pollution. Reducing the building’s environmental impact was achieved by integrating sustainable principles with the building’s design concepts such as proper positioning of opaque and transparent building elements that reduce heat gain while maximizing access to daylight and views. An innovative solution for controlling storm water pollution was also implemented by combining outdoor program activities with storm water retention, where the permeable character of the soft landing surfaces underneath both sand volleyball and rock climbing are used for retaining storm water on site.

The University of Arizona Herring Hall Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation of Herring Hall for use by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences not only unites one of The University of Arizona’s oldest colleges with one of its most historic buildings, but also provides a permanent home that will allow the Herbarium collection to continue to grow and serve the University and worldwide research community for the next 100 years.

Herring Hall, built in 1903 as the Men’s Gymnasium, is the second oldest building standing on the University of Arizona campus and is listed in the National Register of Historic places as a stand-alone building and as part of The University of Arizona Campus Historic District.

This project represents an achievement in the preservation of the building’s historic integrity, scale and volume while providing for the modern requirements and systems of the Herbarium. Preservation of the historic building fabric while incorporating new elements easily distinguishable from existing construction and designed to provide a glimpse into the building’s past is what makes Herring Hall interesting and unique. It is this sense of fun and eye-catching contrast of new interior building materials and systems with the original fabric that make the Herring Hall design a success.

The University of Arizona Old Main Renovations

Old Main was the first building to be erected at the University of Arizona and now stands as the University’s iconic building situated at the heart of the campus defining the axial planning for the remainder of the campus.  Originally constructed in 1889, Old Main has served many purposes over the course of the past century.

The project required complete renovation of the first floor to accommodate new programmatic elements and building system improvements.  In the design and construction process, the building’s original character, hidden behind layers of renovations, was revealed and brought back to life.  Careful attention was made to material finishes and for the layout of spaces that respect the strict symmetry of the original design while providing a modern facility for the Office of Admissions’ purpose of student recruitment and orientation.

Exterior renovation includes a new entrance plaza and ramps that provide, for the first time, meaningful “front door” access to the first floor.  On axis with the campus mall, the dual ramp scheme maintains the inherent symmetry of the original structure while opening up views to the first floor entrance hidden behind the grand exterior staircase to the upper level. To maintain the emphasis on this grand staircase, the space between the dual ramps creates a plaza platform to land the grand staircase.

The University of Arizona Nugent Hall Renovations

Peeling away years of discord in a multitude of interior remodels, the renovation of interior spaces for all three floors of Nugent Hall brings new occupants and life to one of the historic buildings on the University of Arizona campus.

Exposing openings long covered up and the intervention of modern materials, such as all glass partitions, help create a contemporary open environment that respects and highlights the original design.

The University of Arizona Steward Observatory Mirror Lab

The University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab has the capability of producing lightweight honeycomb telescope mirrors up to 8.4 meters in diameter. Within the facility is a mirror casting lab, polishing lab, integration lab and test tower all designed to provide the mirrors a clean, stable and climate controlled environment.

For more than a decade, M3 has provided ongoing architectural and engineering services to the mirror lab and assisted in the development and growth of the facility. We have continuously worked with mirror lab personnel in developing various expansions to the labs and upgrading the mechanical and electrical systems. The latest project involved the replacement of the existing steel test tower inside the polishing lab with a new structure providing greater versatility and capabilities to this operation. The new tower was designed so it can be erected within the space while the lab remained in operation.

The University of Arizona Hazardous Waste Facility

The University of Arizona Hazardous Waste Facility, located on the campus of the University of Arizona, provides a central location for the collection, consolidation, and short-term storage of hazardous waste generated at multiple locations across the university campus. The challenge of this project was creating a safe environment for the handling of chemicals within a dense campus environment. To accomplish this, a completely new facility was constructed that separated office type environments from hazardous environments. The project’s success was dependent upon M3 understanding the function and risks associated with creating an environment to handle such materials.

The hazardous environments had to conform to the strict requirements of the International Building Code’s ‘Hazardous’ occupancy designation. This was manifest in the utilization of explosion control, specialty fire suppression systems, spark-proof electrical construction, and containment pits to hold accidental hazardous waste spills and fire water. The completed project combines both life safety and functionality to create a facility that allows the workers to operate in a safe environment and maximize their operational efficiency.

The University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center                                                              

Significantly upgrading the research and outreach capabilities of the current University of Arizona agricultural program in Yuma by replacing existing facilities, the design of the Yuma Agricultural Center is organized to provide efficient use of laboratory space and regularization of building systems that will serve the current research needs, allow for ease of maintenance, and provide for future flexibility in adapting to changes in laboratory use.

Fitting within an existing shell of a faceless metal building, the design of the Yuma Agricultural Center was developed to minimize re-work of the exterior envelope by providing an independent public façade in the form of a curving entry screen that becomes the iconography of the building, metaphorically representing the adjacent rows of agricultural fields and undulating Colorado River, prefiguring the curve of the main organizing “way finding” wall internal to the facility, and becomes the backdrop for landscape elements and building signage.

Pima Community College Aviation Technology Center

The Pima Community College (PCC) Aviation Technology Facility at the Tucson International Airport is unique for PCC in that it is the first independent building constructed off site from any of the College’s campuses.

Changes in the certification of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aircraft technicians necessitated a new facility that allows the Aviation Program to meet the many new training markets. The curriculum is organized around students receiving instructions in the classrooms and moving into the lab and hangar spaces to work on their individual projects for heavy hands-on coursework. The use of transport category aircraft and components in an educational environment mirrors the look and feel of the industry.

The new facility is designed to house a large Boeing B737-200 transport category aircraft for use as training aids. Large fuselage sections are placed around the aircraft for use by the Composites, Structures, Interiors, Avionics, and Aviation Mechanics labs. This facility gives the students a real industry setting with direct hands on instruction.

The administration area, classrooms, and research lab is oriented at an angle to the front of the hangar set around an open court area providing a campus environment. It also announces entry approach for the visitor. A large west facing window wall provides direct views into the hangar and has a large overhang canopy along with an extended “wing” feature designed to provide shade.

The University of Arizona Steward Observatory Optical Test Tower

This optical test tower is a vibration isolated, vertically oriented, optical bench located inside the polishing lab of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory (SOML).

The project consisted of removing the existing 75-foot tall tower structure, and replacing it with a 97-foot tall steel framework suitable for testing the 8.4 meter Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) primary mirrors. The original foundation, air bags, free floating concrete base and concrete piers all remained intact. The interior and exterior of the tower enclosure known as the “thimble” also required modification. The interior volume was increased to accommodate the required tower frame size and access to the top of the structure.

M3 provided a structural and natural frequency analysis of a steel-frame optical test tower for SOML. The tower is a braced frame structure consisting primarily of square rectangular tube steel members. There are four stationary platforms for test equipment and three hanging “baskets” for instruments capable of moving in both horizontal directions. The baskets each have a payload capacity of 8,000 pounds. At the top of the tower a 12,000 pound mirror cell is supported and transmits a light path envelope to a mirror at the base. A retractable floor is required above the fourth level and used to access the laser tracker plus a hoist system.

The success of this project is attributed to a team effort of SOML, The University of Arizona, the contractors and M3 all working together on this very unique structure built inside the polishing lab that remained operational during construction. M3’s BIM steel fabrication drawings using Tekla Structures allowed fabrication, erection and fit up to the existing columns without any problems.

Chandler Gilbert Community College Aviation Hangar

The new Aviation Hangar facility for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, (CGCC) at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona supports the college’s aviation maintenance program. CGCC’s Aviation program is Maricopa Community College District’s primary response to the needs of the aviation & aerospace employment sector in Maricopa County providing initial and recurrent training for individuals in the aerospace manufacturing / maintenance organizations.

The building design reflects the district’s support of the arts and arts education and creates a highly visible symbol of CGCC’s aviation programs. The design concept is to attract interest and showcase these programs. Consideration is given to compliment the surrounding hangar facilities while clearly distinguishing this hangar as part of the CGCC campus at Williams-Gateway Airport.

The hangar spaces are used for the college’s fleet of aircraft and a transport category twin engine aircraft such as a Boeing 737 or MD80. There are several offices, storage, and other special spaces within the facility. Future planning will add classrooms and other specialized spaces to the facility.