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Biodesign Building A

The Biodesign Institute represents one of the largest single investments in research infrastructure in Arizona. It has been master planned as four interconnected buildings of advanced research space, three of which are completed, buildings A, B and C. The institute delivers nature-inspired scientific innovation for the betterment of human health, community safety and global sustainability. Biodesign researchers accelerate discoveries and translate them into useful applications through collaborative, interdisciplinary science.

Virtual tour of Biodesign A

Awards and honors

LEED Certified Gold

#4 ranking of Valley construction projects begun in 2003, Phoenix Business Journal

#9 top Arizona construction projects for 2004, Southwest Contractor Magazine

Award of Merit, City of Tempe Beautification Award

Citation Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Merit Award, AIA Arizona

Citation Award, AIA Western Mountain Region

Citation Award, Arizona Masonry Guild

Honorable Mention, Best of 2005 Awards: Arizona, Southwest Contractor Magazine

Crescordia Awards, Valley Forward Association

#1 for Site Development & Landscape: Large Scale & Community Development
#1 for Buildings & Structures: Office & Retail

Biodesign Building B

The architectural elements of the Biodesign Institute reinforce the idea that science brings illumination, discovery and connection to our future. Within Biodesign Building B, the use of transparent materials represents what is possible, while the use of brick connects the institute to the existing history of Arizona State University. The innovative architectural design of this structure supports the advanced research being conducted at his location and reinforces the Biodesign Institute’s mission of integrating, connecting and accelerating scientific study. The environmentally friendly aspects of the institute’s facility have earned it numerous awards, including 2006 Lab of the Year by R&D Magazine.

Virtual tour of Biodesign B

Awards and honors

LEED Certified Platinum

Laboratory of the Year, 2006, R&D Magazine

AON Build America — Best New Building Award, Associated General Contractors of America

President’s Award, Best of Show, Valley Forward Association

Crescordia Award, #1 for Buildings and Structures: Large Scale & Community Development, Valley Forward Association

Beautification Award, City of Tempe

Honor Award, General Design, American Society of Landscape Architects

Biodesign Building C

The architectural elements of the Biodesign Building C, along with the technical capabilities, energy efficiency and the project delivery have earned it numerous prestigious awards. The iconic copper skin protects the inner thermal wall from the sun, and the mechanical system uses water to maintain the temperature in the space. Designed as a workhorse research building, Biodesign C was built larger than originally planned by managing the total project costs comprehensively, which allowed a great portion of the total project budget to be allocated to building a larger and more space-efficient research building.

Awards and honors

LEED Certified Platinum

Engineering News-Record

ERN Best of the Best Award, Higher Education/Research
Top 3 finalist, Project of the Year in the U.S.
Winner, Southwest Regional Best Projects, Higher Education/Research
Project of the Year, Southwest Regional Best Projects

COTE (Committee on the Environment) Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Los Angeles

Environmental Excellence Award of Distinction, Arizona Forward

RED Award, Education Division Winner, AZRE (Arizona Commercial Real Estate) Magazine

North American Copper in Architecture Award, New Construction, Copper Development Association

Excellence Award, the Arizona Masonry Guild

Lab Design Excellence Award in Sustainability, Lab Manager


Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building I provides flexible laboratories with adjoining works areas, as well as offices, meeting rooms and other administrative spaces that support interdisciplinary research among engineering, liberal arts and life sciences.

Virtual tour of ISTB1

Awards and honors

LEED Certified Gold


Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building II is a research building that provides wet laboratory and high bay spaces in addition to offices and conference rooms.

Virtual tour of ISTB2


Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building III is located on the ASU Polytechnic Campus and is home to research initiatives from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, among other users. It supports research into sustainable alternative fuels such as algae-based biodiesel. In addition to laboratory space, the building includes offices, conference rooms and three garden areas, irrigated with cooling water from a nearby SRP fuel cell.

Virtual tour of ISTB3


Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 is the largest single research building at ASU, at more than 300,000 square feet. Through innovative architecture, the building incorporates various types of laboratory spaces, clean rooms, administrative and office spaces, and high bay spaces. Designed with k-12 and public outreach in mind, the building features glass-enclosed laboratories that allow visitors to see scientists at work, interactive displays and a 250-seat high-definition theater.

Virtual tour of ISTB4


Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building V was renovated in 2007 to integrate state-of-the-art research laboratory features and upgrade infrastructure. ISTB5 is home to faculty research laboratories in chemistry, biochemistry and biomedicine.

Virtual tour of ISTB5


Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7 will be the newest, and one of the largest, research buildings on the ASU Tempe campus. This triangular building will have a courtyard in the center, often referred to as the e-lab. The north wing will be primarily 50,000 square feet of wet lab research and research high bay over five floors, targeting about 55 research groups. The building will also have a 350-seat conference center/auditorium and university classrooms. ISTB7 will be home to the Global Futures Laboratory, Global Institute of Sustainability, Institute of Human Origins, ASU LightWorks, the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and other research groups with the theme of food, energy and water.

The close proximity to a major traffic intersection, and the light rail, and the fact that the building will not have a basement, means that research spaces will not accommodate heavy chemistry, clean rooms, or extreme vibration sensitivity. The research space, a further evolution on the Biodesign C research neighborhood lab concept, will be great space for most of the types of research performed at the Biodesign Institute, as well as life sciences, engineering and other research requiring high-quality general research labs. The target, once fully occupied, is about $15 million in annual research expenditures.

MacroTechnology Works

MacroTechnology Works, located at the ASU Research Park, provides ASU with the ability to advance research in partnership with private industry and to provide advisory, consulting and technical assistance services to businesses. This facility was first constructed and used by Motorola in 1997 for the semiconductor industry. It has clean rooms, wet labs, dry labs, high bay space and office accommodations. In addition to ASU research facilities, the MacroTechnology Works site also houses private industry partners that collaborate with the university.

Health Futures Center

This will be the first building of several on the new ASU Health Futures Campus in north Phoenix. With about 80,000 net square feet of space adjacent to Mayo Clinic Hospital, the building will include collaboration space for Mayo Clinic, a 300-seat conference center, classrooms of a variety of sizes, a teaching kitchen, a wellness/movement studio and a clinical space with consultation rooms and about 15,000 square feet of predominately wet lab space — enough to accommodate about 16 principal investigator groups. The facility will be a home for researchers from ASU’s College of Health solutions and School of Life Sciences. Space has been set aside for an MRI, which can be funded in the future from research grants.

The research expenditure potential for this building is in the range of $3.3 – 4.4 million annually, once fully occupied.


This project is being delivered as a public-private partnership with the developer Wexford, as part of their planned Phoenix Biomedical Campus. ASU has committed to lease 50% of the leasable space in the building, or about 112,000 square feet. The building will include:

  • Basement — ASU core facilities.
  • First floor — Entrepreneurship and Innovation space.
  • Second floor — translational clinic type space and conference rooms.
  • Third and fourth floors — wet lab and wet lab support rooms, PI offices, and write-up space.

The research space will accommodate about 36 research groups, with some additional research group space on the second floor, which includes consultation rooms and an exercise space in addition to a small food preparation area in connection with the clinic space. This building is considered ideal for health-related research due to its proximity with Banner, University of Arizona, TGen and a diverse population. Also, this site is ideally suited to house ASU researchers’ start-up companies. The research potential for this building is $9 – 12 million in annual research expenditures.