Creighton University Health Sciences Building Wins Award

March 14, 2022
Architecture Interior Design College & University Health Science Education Healthcare

Creighton University’s Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Science Building was awarded Higher Education Project of the Year by AZRE Magazine. 

AZRE Magazine honored Arizona’s top commercial real estate projects during the magazine’s annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. The program, which took place on March 10, 2022, recognizes the top commercial real estate projects completed the year prior, as well as the companies and teams that made each project possible. Finalists were chosen from more than 100 nominations across 14 categories and based on factors such as project size and location, construction challenges and opportunities, architecture and design, and community and economic impact. 

Creighton University’s Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Science Building was among the projects awarded, along with the project team of RDG Planning & Design, Plaza Companies, Okland Construction, Butler Design Group, Complete Fire Protection, KONE Elevators, Kovach, Lifetime Plumbing Solutions and Sun Valley Masonry.  

The Creighton University Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Science Building in Omaha, Nebraska by RDG. Photo by Michael Robinson.

Located along Central Avenue in midtown Phoenix, Creighton’s Health Sciences Building marks a significant expansion of the University’s presence in Arizona and reflects its commitment to meeting the growing need for healthcare professionals locally and across the country. Taking inspiration from Creighton’s education ethos, “Cura Personalis” (care for the whole person), design for the 185,000-SF building uses active learning spaces and simulation labs to engage the mind, interconnecting staircases to promote physical movement, and natural views, daylighting and open communal spaces to support emotional and social health. The building brings sustainable design elements to midtown Phoenix, including a high-performance facade and outdoor well-being spaces that respond to the natural beauty of the surroundings. 

This year’s awards event saw a return to an in-person format after two years of being virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director