The newest addition to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus opens in 2020
Artlink Inc. is pleased to join Wexford Science & Technology, LLC in the announcement of three artists who have been selected to create art installations for “850 N. 5th St.,” the newest addition to Phoenix’s Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. Following a statewide open call to artists and a competitive review process, Christine Cassano of Mesa, Kayla Newnam of Phoenix and Jennyfer Stratman of Phoenix will be commissioned to create ceiling and wall installations for the multi-use lobby of Wexford’s 227,000 square foot building scheduled to open in October 2020.
Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus adjacent to Arizona State University’s Phoenix Campus, in the Evans Churchill neighborhood and the Roosevelt Row Arts District, 850 N. 5th St. is designed by Wexford to function as an innovation hub, combining ASU research, entrepreneurial activity, corporate engagement, workforce development, and integration with the dynamic local arts community.
“Mixing scientific inquiry and artistic expression produces better innovation,” said Doug Woodruff, Wexford’s senior vice president and western executive. “We intentionally sited the first building of our ASU-anchored Knowledge Community to create a physical connection to Roosevelt Row and the local arts community.”
The artists were selected as part of an Artlink-facilitated request for qualifications (RFQ) in which Arizona artists with ties to the downtown Phoenix arts community were invited via an open call to submit their portfolios for review by an eight-member panel of Wexford representatives. From 86 total submissions, five accomplished artists were selected as finalists and presented outstanding proposals: Cassano, Newnam, and Stratman, as well as Jane Goat and Mary Shindell, both of Phoenix. The installations will be installed this summer.
The building’s architecture draws inspiration from the saguaro cactus, native to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, which acts as a metaphor for both sustainability and community. The interior program developed by HKS Architects is about an experience of placemaking that celebrates the DNA of life and creativity, setting the stage for artworks that dynamically reflect these themes.
“It was challenging to select only three installations due to the substantial artistic talent in the Phoenix area and the high quality of all of the submissions,” said Kyle Jardine, Wexford’s development director. “We are excited to make the vision of Christine, Kayla, and Jennyfer an integral part of the life and interaction of 850 N 5th Street, as it opens later this year.”
Anchored by Arizona State University, Wexford’s 850 N. 5th St. is a 227,000 square-foot research and innovation building designed as the first phase in developing a Knowledge Community that will continue to expand ASU’s research footprint in downtown and facilitate the growth of private sector biomedical, life science and health technology companies on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and across the greater Phoenix region.
The seven-story building will be anchored by ASU and Maricopa Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), and include common event space, a restaurant, and space for bioscience-related private businesses. The top three floors and the restaurant space are currently available for lease. Contact Kyle Jardine at (480) 779-7181.
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About Wexford Science & Technology, LLC
Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, is a real estate company exclusively focused on partnering with universities, academic medical centers, and research companies to develop vibrant, mixed-use communities. Wexford’s communities are built on a foundation of discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurial activity that creates visible outcomes in the form of substantial economic growth, new and diverse jobs, and community transformation. Wexford targets strategic opportunities with top-tier research universities that are directly on or contiguous to dense, urban campuses. Presently Wexford has developed fifteen Knowledge Communities across the United States. For more information about Wexford, visit www.wexfordscitech.com
The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Wexford Science + Technology (“Wexford”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 14 , 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
Wexford is interested in working with artists to creatively address the lobby of the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus building.
Project: Wexford/ASU 850 N. 5th St. Lobby Installations RFQ
Address: 850 N. 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Budget: $14,000 per installation (two wall installations/one ceiling installation)
Overview: Located adjacent to ASU’s downtown campus, 850 N. 5th St at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) expands the downtown biomedical corridor to the northern edges of the urban core. Designed to integrate research, entrepreneurial activity, and corporate engagement, the building offers opportunities for meaningful collaboration with the building tenants and community. 850 N. 5th St serves as a bridge between the surrounding neighborhoods, the academic community and the professional community.
The building’s design purposefully invites the neighborhood to participate in its success through the first floor program elements that are visually porous and accessible. As part of a specific place, the building architecture draws inspiration from the saguaro cactus as a metaphor for sustainability and community. The saguaro has thrived in the local bioclimatic conditions with a symbiotic relationship to wildlife across its long life. The architecture for 850 N. 5th St creates a hub for the Phoenix downtown biology science and technology knowledge community to thrive.
Subtle references to the saguaro are embedded in the modern architecture of the building creating an elegant solution that is appropriate to its space building and interior space orientation, as well as the directionally systemic relationship between glazing and shading systems are critical in the design, as well as performance.
The visual references of the Sonoran Desert and the Saguaro’s iconic form plays on your senses because you can also interpret the patterns and shapes as a story about electrical connections found in biology and technology. Holistically, the interior program is about the experience of place that celebrates the DNA of life.
Note: This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona; have the ability to produce exemplary art; and have personal connections to the downtown Phoenix community.