CREATE at Arizona Science Center600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Design Achievement - Founded on a mission "to inspire, educate, and engage curious minds through science," the Arizona Science Center wanted its new space to supplement its interactive exhibits and learning programs. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky's renovation of an existing, adjacent space, the former Phoenix Museum of History, creates a "maker space" environment that provides hands-on, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning opportunities focused on K-12 and community education. The flexible space invites visitors of all ages to make, iterate, and build. The design for the spacereflects and inspires this culture of "making" by utilizing industrial materials - the same materials that can be found in the wood and metal shop - and uses them in inventive ways. By taking this approach, simple materials like plywood give the space a dynamic formal expression, while respecting the project budget.
Scope Summary - The 6,682 SF renovation included extensive demolition and reconstruction to allow for an open and accessible relationship to the existing lobby,redifning the entry experience as a gesture inviting visitors from the public plaza beyond. Organized around a central social commons to foster collaborative relationships, the space provides a series of flexible workspaces that can be adapted for a variety of individual, small team, or larger group projects. Three zones can also be set up to allow for several classes to engage in design and "making" challenges as part of the education programming of the facility. More specialized design resource areas housing more sophisticated equipment, such as 3D printing and scanning, robotics, laser cutting, art, sewing, and wood and metal working, open into the workspace environment and provide the opportunity for more focused and self-directed "making." DLR Group|WRL provided architecture, interior design, and MEP and structural engineering services.
DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.