Pima Medical Institute

  • area / size 50,000 sqft
  • Completed 2018
  • Within Studio¬† and Seaver Franks Architects collaborated to transform a former middle school into one large campus for medical training at Pima Medical Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

    Pima Medical Institute’s flagship campus is the former site of Townsend Middle School. The 50,000 sq. ft. building is organized around a beautiful courtyard that encompasses approximately 25,000 sq. ft. The exterior of the former Tucson Unified School District building has been preserved and updated , while the interior has been completely remodeled to give it a collegiate look and feel. Every aspect of this project was touched by a local company, from landscape and graphic design to flooring installers and even the project photographer. It was this collaboration, clear communication and overall dedication that helped create the flagship campus Pima Medical Institute dreamed of. Pima Medical Institute consolidated its six Tucson-area campuses and relocated 130 employees to the new site. Pima Medical Institute was founded in Tucson in 1972 and since then has built a reputation as one of the best medical career colleges in the western United States. The school now has 17 campuses in eight different states.

    A common thread throughout the design is the crossing lines. These lines represent the different careers the PMI students will be trained in. Their paths cross now and will cross again in the future. Graduates are trained in fields including dental assistant, phlebotomy, occupational and physical therapy, x-ray technician, healthcare administration and respiratory therapy.

    Design: Within Studio
    Architect: Seaver Franks Architects
    Contractor: Rio West Development & Construction
    Photography: Dominic Bonuccelli