Biodesign C Research Building, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States of America


Biodesign C, ASU

Arizona State University (ASU) is constructing a third research building named Biodesign C in its Biodesign Institute complex in Tempe, Arizona, US. The new state-of-the-art research building will have a total floor space of approximately 188,000ft².

Construction on the $120m facility began in October 2016 and is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

The facility is being built to expand ASU's capacity and capabilities in a number of scientific research areas, including chemistry, biological sciences and engineering. It will house 80 researchers and 300 personnel from the Biodesign Institute, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Master plan of ASU's biodesign institute

The Biodesign C facility is part of ASU's master plan for the Biodesign Institute, which comprises four buildings interlinked with one another spanning an area of 800,000ft².

"Construction on the $120m facility began in October 2016 and is expected to be completed in mid-2018."

Completed in December 2004, the Biodesign A building is a four-story facility that occupies 172,000ft² of floor space. The 175,000ft² Building B is a gateway to the complex. The reception area in the facility consists of a cafe and a theatre for public seminars, in addition to institute meetings. Construction of the building was completed in January 2006.

Upon completion of Biodesign C, the three buildings will occupy a total area of 535,000ft².

Biodesign C research building design and facilities

The Biodesign C building will feature five floors in addition to the cellar. It will include laboratory rooms for scientific researchers, mostly wet laboratories and offices. The facility will be interlinked to the Biodesign B building at the ground level.

Two new centres, namely ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center and the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery, will be part of the new facility.

The basement of the Biodesign C building will house a compact X-ray laser for use by the Center for Applied Structural Discovery. The new X-ray laser tool is the world's first compact X-ray free-electron laser estimated to cost approximately $25m.

The new laser will be a cost-effective drug discovery and research tool accessible to scientists across the US.

Contractors involved

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca and BWS Architects were contracted to provide architectural services for the project.

McCarthy Building Companies was awarded a contract to provide construction services for the building.

Sustainability features of ASU's new research building

The facility is being constructed in compliance with ASU's green building standards with an aim to achieve at least LEED Silver or higher certification. The building will be equipped with a new HVAC system to save energy and reduce its environmental impact.

Future plans for the Biodesign Institute

The Biodesign C is a part of ASU's future plans for its Biodesign Institute. ASU plans to increase its research expenditure to $700m by 2020, with the Biodesign Institute assigned with a target of $100m in research expenditure a year.

The complex is currently half of the planned 800,000ft² of its original master plan and is operating at full capacity. Depending upon the needs of the ASU, future expansions will be made in the institute.

Some of the expansion plans of ASU include the establishment of five new centres, hiring of new recruits, and increase in clinical and industrial partnerships. ASU also plans to collaborate with international universities such as Dublin City University, Mexico and China.