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Check out our latest Midwestern University Downers Grove Campus Photography

Little do many know, DWL Architects has been working with Midwestern University since 1995, not only on their Glendale, Arizona campus but also in Downers Grove, Illinois. Throughout the past two decades, we have helped the university grow into one of the nation’s largest Osteopathic medical schools – completing nearly 100 projects on their two campuses. These leading-edge facilities include state-of-the-art practice labs, classrooms, lecture halls and libraries, as well as community clinics providing dental, optical, family medicine, podiatry, behavioral and now veterinary care.

Check out some of our recent photography below, captured by Kyle Zirkus Photography, and learn more about our extensive experience on the Downers Grove campus.



Banner Health Opens New Health Center in Phoenix at Greenway and Tatum

DWL Architects + Planners is proud to be a part of another exciting Banner Health project. The recently opened 13,700 square foot facility features 14 exam rooms, basic imaging and laboratory services. For more details on how Banner Health is expanding across the Valley, read more here.

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NAU SAS Achieves LEED Gold

Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services (SAS) Building has recently been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building is now among more than 3,600 higher education projects that are certified.

DWL Architects + Planners designed the new 94,000 SF, four-story facility that opened in 2016. The building is home to the University’s new One-Stop-Shop Student Services Center, Undergraduate Admissions and the Lumberjack Mathematics Center. Located in the heart of campus, this facility celebrates the unique attributes of its surrounding and institutional environment.

Some sustainable strategies used in the NAU SAS Building broken down by the LEED categories include:

  • Sustainable Sites: The first floor is elevated above the recorded 100-year
    floodplain to minimize issues associated with potential flooding.
  • Water Efficiency: Utilization of native and adapted plants, along with zoning
    low-water use species together helped reduce total water for irrigation by 74.54%,
    saving more than 97 gallons of water annually.
  • Materials & Resources: 16.09% of the building’s materials and products
    were extracted, harvested and manufactured regionally, within 500 miles
    of the project site.
  • Innovation in Design: The building has two main stairs, with accompanying
    signage that encourages occupants to use the stairs instead of elevators,
    promoting an active environment for all users.


“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The NAU Student and Academic Services Building efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

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Two DWL Projects Proudly Receive AZ Masonry Honor

Midwestern University’s (MWU) Equine and Bovine Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Art Gallery at Mesa Community College (MCC) are both proud project recipients of this year’s Arizona Masonry Guild’s Excellence in Masonry and Architectural Awards program. The Arizona Masonry Guild is a non-profit masonry association formed in 1958, to promote the quality use of masonry materials, workmanship, designs and codes for the residential and commercial construction markets.

To learn more about these two projects, visit their page @


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MWU Equine and Bovine Center – Equine Barns and Pasture

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MWU Equine and Bovine Center – Bovine Shade Structure and Barn

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Midwestern University’s Equine and Bovine Center – Equine Wing

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Mesa Community College Art Gallery – South Elevation

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MCC Art Gallery – Masonry Wall Detail

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MCC Art Gallery – North Masonry Wall Detail

NAU SAS has been awarded two Interior Lighting Campaign Awards

Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services Building was awarded by the Interior Lighting Campaign in two categories: Best Use of Lighting Controls in a single building and Exemplary Higher Education Sector Site.

NAU’s SAS building features LED lighting, extensive energy-saving controls and daylight harvesting.

“The marketplace is seeing a rapid adoption of highly-efficient indoor lighting and green leasing practices, as the price of cutting edge technologies and the risk of creative market approaches continue to decline,” said Kathleen Hogan, DOE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency.


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Read more about this award on NAU’s website.

New MWU College of Veterinary Medicine Photography!

Check out our latest photography of Midwestern University’s, College of Veterinary Medicine! Thank you, Kyle Zirkus Photography.

Click below to find out more about these projects:
MWU Equine & Bovine Center – Glendale
MWU Cactus Wren Hall – Glendale
MWU Companion Animal Clinic – Glendale


DWL Partner, Sandra Kukla, Honored with the President’s Award at the 2016 AzAA Spring Conference

Sandra Kukla, a Partner at DWL Architects + Planners, was honored with the President’s Award at the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) Spring Conference this month in Flagstaff, Arizona. The President’s Award is for a special recipient solely selected by the President. The award recipient is someone who has given many hours to the membership or toward to the mission of the AzAA, or someone who has been inspirational and supportive. Previously recognized with the same honor in 2012 as Associate Director of AzAA, Sandra has been involved with the organization for several years.

“As the outgoing President of AzAA, I selected Sandy for her consistent dedication and readiness to take on whatever needs help or commitment to make it happen.  Her positive attitude and composed personality is admired. I appreciated her welcome when I first joined the organization and I am appreciative for her professionalism today. Sandy’s love, not only for the profession but for her family, was another quality and example I wanted to recognize to let her know we all appreciate how she juggles it all.”

– Gladys Wiggins, C.M., Airport Director of Yuma International Airport

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Tucson Int’l. Airport Approves $28M Terminal Revamp

“The Tucson Airport Authority board has approved a multi-phase, $28.3 million terminal improvement project that will expand Tucson International Airport’s security checkpoint areas, add concessions in post-security areas and improve critical infrastructure.”

Read Full Article.  Article by Tucson.Com -Arizona Daily Star

Or to learn more about this project visit our project page @ Tucson International Airport – Terminal Optimization Program


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