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Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 1

Facility Tour – ISTB 1 from ASU Engineering on Vimeo.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 1 (ISTB1) provides flexible laboratories with adjoining work space.

One such laboratory explores “smart” implant devices that will locate and stimulate specific brain regions to help impaired individuals power robotic arms or alleviate seizures in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Other biomedical engineering research efforts include neural, molecular, tissue and cell research to develop artificial organs, biomaterials and therapeutic devices.

The four-story building encompasses 180,000 square feet, containing 34 laboratory suites, 74 laboratory modules and office space.


ISTB1 earned a Gold rating through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.

This building’s green building features include drywells that reduce storm water runoff on the site by 25 percent; reflective pavements and roofing (which reduce the urban heat island effect); natural and drought-resistant landscaping that has reduced the site’s irrigation needs by 50 percent; and waterless urinals and low-flow fixtures that reduce ISTB-I’s water consumption by 37 percent compared to a conventional building. To encourage public transportation, ISTB-I provides the infrastructure for 36 percent of its occupants to store their bikes on site. Additionally, over 60 percent of the waste generated during the construction of this building was recycled, and large portions of construction materials contain recycled content and/or were regionally manufactured.

530 E Orange St
Tempe, AZ 85281