Arizona State University, home of the world's first school of sustainability and the first university-issued sustainability degree, wanted a new building to act as an eye-catching gateway to its Tempe campus. In addition to making an impressive visual statement, the facility needed to set a new standard for sustainability, as well as provide space for ever-advancing scientific research and discovery. ASU turned to architect and design firm ZGF to develop a facility that could grow with the university’s research efforts, while serving as a “living laboratory” and a role model for sustainability.
The resulting building, Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute C, is the winner of Lab Manager’s Excellence in Sustainability prize, given as part of the first annual Lab Design Excellence Awards. Biodesign Institute C was submitted to the Lab Design Excellence Awards by ZGF of Los Angeles. The project team also included BWS Architects (associate architect), McCarthy Building Companies (general contractor), Jacobs Consultancy (laboratory planning), Affiliated Engineers (MEP and fire protection engineer/environmental designer), KPFF Consulting Engineers (structural engineer), Advanced Structural Engineering (associate structural engineer), Dibble & Associates Consulting Engineers (civil engineer), TrueForm Landscape Architecture Studio (landscape architect), Colin Gordon Associates (acoustical consultant), VitaTech Electromagnetics (EMI consultant), Capital Projects Group (cost estimating), Mott Manufacturing (laboratory casework and fume hood manufacturer), and Goodmans (furniture dealer). The total project cost was $120 million. The university announced in October 2019 that Biodesign Institute C had earned LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.