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Muscular Dystrophy Association Corporate Office Addition


Tucson, AZ

16,000 SF



AIA Nevada, Merit Award, Built, 2012
ENR Southwest Contractor, Best Projects, 2012
Southwest Contractor, Best Small Project Award, 2011
AIA Nevada, Citation Award, Unbuilt, 2010

Muscular Dystrophy Association needed to expand its existing Health Services, MVP, Advocacy, Community Program, and Research departments. Initially, they wanted to demolish their parking structure and repeat their existing architecture in a 16,000 SF, two-level office addition. After analysis and design exploration, we elected to preserve their existing structure by developing the new office addition just north in an abandoned wash. The new addition complements the existing entrance sequence by introducing a field of northern, vertical glazing that reflects the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The east wall of the addition has a refined version of their existing stone cladding that draws you toward the covered entrance and provides donor naming opportunities. A desert roof or “green roof” enhances the idea of laying low on the land, a “repurposing” nature utilized by the footprint, considering the effects of the heat island effect, and providing a deck that may be used for fundraising events.

This project is LEED Silver Certified.

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