The envisioned program is a research-oriented, mixed use five-floor facility slated to accommodate departments for the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth (ISPE), Institute of the Environment (IE), School Natural Resources (SNR), Geography and Regional Development, Atmospheric Sciences and Office of Arid Lands Studies (OALS). With an interdisciplinary culture, this building supports program space for a visualization lab, GIS labs, 150 seat auditorium, cyber cafe and computer commons, administration and faculty offices, interaction nodes and specialized program space.
Laboratories and communal spaces are organized about the courtyard, a café opens to the ground level court, providing the social and interaction space as a catalyst for interaction. The high occupancy meeting and auditorium spaces are located on the ground floor of the building to provide easy access as well as animate the ground plane. Flanking office blocks are organized on accessible flooring systems for flexibility and adaptability over the lifespan of the building.