Award of Merit, Higher Education: ASU Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4, Tempe, Ariz.

Photo by Bill Timmerman Photography
A five-story atrium links offices and cutting-edge labs.

As Arizona State University's most sophisticated research facility, this 298,000-sq-ft, eight-story building brings together the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with the School of Earth and Space Exploration to enhance interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. The sleek exterior of the structural concrete building is clad with aluminum panels, face brick and glass curtain wall. Inside, a five-story atrium links offices and cutting-edge labs. Efficient mechanical systems and fume hoods keep occupants safe while saving energy in this LEED-Gold building. Designers analyzed 36 different floor plates to balance functionality and life-cycle costs with the ability to modify labs quickly. Visitors can view a meteorite gallery, science displays and a planetarium.

Key Players

Contractor: Sundt Construction Inc., Tempe, Ariz.

Owner: Arizona State University,Tempe, Ariz.

Lead Design: Ehrlich Architects/HDR Inc. (JV), Phoenix

Structural Engineer: Paragon Structural, Phoenix

Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering, Phoenix

MEP: HDR Inc., Phoenix

Subcontractors: Dynamic Systems Inc.,Chandler, Ariz.; Elward Construction, Tempe, Ariz.; ISEC Inc., Mesa, Ariz.; KT Fabrication, Chandler, Ariz.

Submitted by Sundt Construction Inc.