Arizona State University Polytechnic Academic Buildings

Green Project Award-Winning Project
  • Client Arizona State University
  • ArchitectsRSP Architects Ltd.
    Lake/Flato Architects Inc.
  • Owner Arizona Board of Regents
  • Location Mesa, Arizona
  • Duration 17 months
  • DPR Office Phoenix, Arizona
  • Core Markets Higher Education
    Life Sciences
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This fast-track, 248,000-sq.-ft. three-building campus houses 14 teaching laboratories, 44 academic classrooms, 273 faculty offices and related ancillary space required for the growth of four distinct, but interrelated, academic colleges: College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Morrison School of Management & Agribusiness, School of Educational Innovation & Teacher Preparation and College of Science & Technology. Additionally, the campus includes a 7,500-sq.-ft. remotely located facility for storage and handling of hazardous waste.

The buildings achieved LEED®-NC Gold Level Certification.

Sustainable features of the buildings include $3.5 million of dual-pane, low-E exterior glass, which provides natural daylighting and views, and perforated metal screens that shade the buildings. Approximately 50 percent of the complex’s hardscape is stabilized decomposed granite, chosen to reduce the “heat island” effect, and a large retaining wall was made of recycled concrete. DPR also demolished, crushed on-site and reused 4,400 tons of asphalt and concrete for the sub-base of the fire access loop road. In fact, about 90 percent of the site’s waste was either reused on-site or diverted from landfills.

Green Features

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ELEMENTS

The buildings achieved LEED®-NC Gold Level Certification.

  • River rock on the campus were used to make some of the gabions (rock walls) in the courtyard
  • Over 3,500 tons of asphalt and concrete was recycled to re-use as underlayment for the walkways and fire road loop
  • 5,000 square feet of recycled concrete are now benches and retaining walls in the courtyard of Santa Catalina
  • 40,000 square feet of stabilized decomposed granite helps reduce the heat island effect by keeping walkways natural
  • Waterless urinals and dual flush water closets in restrooms help reduce water use
  • Showers are available at each building for use by those riding bikes or walking to work
  • Buildings were completely flushed with 100% outdoor air prior to move-in to help the air quality for the users
  • Roofs are a bright white EPDM membrane to reflect sunlight away from the buildings
  • Solar energy powers the icon team room on Santan Hall; the panels cover the tower's observatory roof and the solar cell components are easily seen. Panels were donated to the project by the ASU Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory

CONSTRUCTION FACTS

  • 8,200 cubic yards of concrete were used, which is the same volume as 1.8 million gallons of water
  • Large fans provide ventilation in the Atrium and aid passive cooling of pedestrians
  • 1.75 million feet of electrical wiring, 350,000 feet of conduit and 650,000 feet of phone/data cable were installed below floors, in walls, in the ceiling and underground
  • The academic complex houses: 12 wet and dry labs, 44 university classrooms and 273 offices F

The buildings achieved LEED®-NC Gold Level Certification.


Awards

  • AIA Distinguished Building
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona Chapter
  • Best Public “Green” Building in Arizona
    Engineering News-Record (ENR), Southwest Contractor Magazine
  • AIA Kemper Goodwin Award - The Collaboration Award
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona Chapter
  • AIA National Merit Award Educational Facility Design
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education
  • Best Redevelopment Project in Arizona
    AZRE | Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine
  • Best of NAIOP LEED®-NC Certified Building of the Year
    NAIOP Arizona Chapter
  • Best of the Best - Best Green Building in the U.S. (2008)
    Engineering News-Record (ENR) Magazine
  • Crescordia Environmental Excellence Award- Buildings and Structures: Public Assembly
    Valley Forward Association
  • Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Merit Award
    American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.
  • Merit Award in Structural Engineering
    Structural Engineers Association of Arizona

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