Science and Health Building
Northern Arizona University constructed the five-story, $71.9 million Science and Health Building in July 2015. Due to increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrollment, and a desire to improve the University's research facilities, NAU needed more space for instruction and labs. It replaced Wettaw as the location for chemistry and biochemistry classes.
The structure is unique with its copper-colored metal covering, making it a striking campus landmark. The shapes and design of the building--there are very few square corners--are meant to mimic the natural irregularities found within crystals and minerals. The Science and Health Building received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, which recognizes it as being environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and sustainable.