Arizona State University’s $160-million Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV is starting to come out of the ground on the Tempe campus and has been steadily progressing since starting construction in March. The project was previously on hold due to the state budget crisis.
The 294,000-sq-ft structure will be home to the School of Earth and Space Exploration and will include space for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. It will house more than 160 labs, 60 faculty offices and a 250-seat auditorium. The building combines elements from an interactive science museum with those of a high-tech research facility, with such features as the 4,300-sq-ft Earth and Space Gallery.
The project re-teams HDR, Ehrlich Architects and Sundt Construction, which successfully completed the Cronkite School of Journalism two years ago for ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. Targeting LEED silver minimum, the project’s completion is expected by spring 2012.