The LEED Gold certified Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 at Arizona State University (School of Earth and Space Exploration) is a clearly organized laboratory building that enhances the research, science and educational programs within.
The 285,000-square-foot, seven-story (plus a basement level) structure locates the office block component to the North, capturing ambient light and dramatic views, and the laboratory block to the South.
The ground level houses a public educational outreach gallery that is connected to the building's entrance lobby.
With a highly-mediated state-of-the-art 250-seat auditorium, large arcades and shaded entry, this is an important gathering place to communicate the exciting activities within to the larger community.
The goals of collaboration were paramount to the design. Scientists and engineers meet within the five-story, naturally-lit atrium (starting at the third floor) on a series of "living rooms in the sky".
The atrium serves as a bridge between labs and offices, encouraging chance encounters. This vessel of natural light connects all of these floors visually, psychologically, and physically with open stairways, lounges and meeting spaces.
Arizona State University’s latest science and technology building may be [their] most complex commission yet. ”
The School of Earth and Space Exploration was contracted as a CM at Risk project - however, based on the team's successful Design-Build collaboration on the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism - Sundt Construction, HDR Architecture and EA all collocated and delivered the CMAR as though Design-Build.
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Arizona State University
Sundt Construction, Inc. Executive Architect: HDR Architecture
2013Arizona Masonry Guild - Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award