ASU's 'chicken coop' transformed into bright, open sustainability school

February 01, 2009 |


A once dreary, vintage '60s-era building on the Arizona State University campus has undergone a renovation that has turned it into bright, open, eco-friendly facility targeting LEED Silver from the U.S. Green Building Council. Described as a "chicken coop" by Jonathan Fink, director of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, the former nursing building now serves as a "bright and airy collaborative environment" for the Global Institute of Sustainability and School of Sustainability.

Designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Atlanta, and Gould Evans Associates, Phoenix, the renovation incorporated a number of energy- and water-efficient features, including six wind turbines on the eastern edge of the roof and increased daylight by removing brick on the northeast and southeast corners of the top two floors. Each turbine is projected to provide 1,000 watts of power to the Arizona Public Service grid. The building is anticipated to save 19% on energy use and 50% on water use compared with the original building's baseline usage.

The Building Team included construction manager Johnson Carlier, Tempe; MEP engineer Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers and structural engineer Paragon Structural Design, both based in Phoenix.



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