The Biodesign Institute, housed in the Biodesign A and Biodesign B buildings, is Arizona’s largest investment in biosciences infrastructure to date. Completed in 2004, this institute has unlocked many doors to discovery, including the ability to study and construct systems at the nanoscale—a size 1,000 times smaller than a human hair.
Home to 10 research centers, the Biodesign Institute is a conduit for Fulton Engineering researchers in environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, allowing them to merge their expertise with other ASU scientists. Research includes disease prevention and cures, reduction of injury-induced pain and physical limitations, and renewable and sustainable resources.
The Biodesign Institute is master-planned as four interconnected buildings that will comprise 800,000 square feet. Currently, two buildings (350,000 square feet) are complete and house nearly 600 faculty, staff and students.
These facilities are designed to promote interaction and agility. Lab areas flow together with large windows onto a central atrium, allowing high visibility throughout the building. Within Biodesign Building B, the use of transparent materials is reflective of 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 this location and reinforces the Biodesign Institute’s mission of integrating, connecting and accelerating scientific study.
An architectural landmark with more than 20 awards, the facility was named 2006 Laboratory of the Year by R&D Magazine and became Arizona’s first building to earn platinum-level LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is no wonder the Biodesign Institute has attracted more than $300 million in external funding since its inception, including competitive grant awards and support from philanthropic sources.
Building A earned its LEED Gold certification through minimizing its urban heat island effect, reducing its water use by 30 percent, using recycled and regionally available building materials, maximizing indoor environmental quality, implementing a green cleaning program and contributing to the restoration of its local natural habitat. Both buildings A and B also support a 150 kW solar photovoltaic roof system, which will generate 10 percent of its electricity, as part of the ASU Solarization Initiative.
The Biodesign Institute’s Building B is the first building in Arizona to earn a Platinum rating through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. Platinum is the highest rating awarded through the LEED system.
Building B earned its LEED Platinum rating by reducing its urban heat island effect, reducing its water use by more than 40 percent, diverting 50 percent of waste generated by its construction from the landfill, using recycled and regionally available building materials, maximizing indoor environmental quality, implementing a green cleaning program and contributing to the restoration of its local natural habitat.
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