Arizona State University
While most students escape the summer heat to enjoy a much-deserved break, Arizona State University makes a host of needed enhancements to its campuses between May and August. By aligning the many departments that work to improve and repair campus facilities, classrooms, residence halls and laboratories, ASU successfully wrapped up nearly 150 projects totaling more than $35 million in investment to ready all campuses for the start of their 2019 fall semester.
One of the projects included expansion of its CHP facility, a recent winner of ENR Southwest Project of the Year, designed to provide reliable power to the research community on the Tempe campus for years to come. A new turbine offering uninterrupted power to critical research facilities, while the expansion is more energy-efficient and cleaner as it uses natural gas and steam.
“We know summer is a major opportunity to work on projects that will improve the experience and meet the expectations of our students and faculty,” said Bruce Nevel, associate vice president of Facilities Development and Management. “We have approximately three months to make the necessary strides to elevate our campuses before the bustling return of a new semester, which greets us each fall. FDM is the center of architects, engineers, groundskeepers, maintenance technicians and contractors all working in unison to complete projects within this small window.”
The Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses all were beneficiaries of this summer ritual of improving university buildings and common areas. Below are some project examples completed over the summer: