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Arizona State Spends $60 Million on Major Facilities Project


By Dave Lubach Design & Construction
Arizona State

Arizona State University announced the completion of more than 160 projects to improve and build new facilities across various campuses. 

The investments totaled more than $60 million and were completed in time for the fall 2021 semester, according to the university’s website. ASU’s Facilities Development and Management department led the upgrades, which included opening four new buildings at university sites in Tempe, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Repairs to older buildings and enhancements to other areas were also included in the project. 

A sampling of the projects includes: 

The Herald Examiner Building in Los Angeles was a former newspaper printing facility that was refurbished for ASU’s downtown campus. The building houses an institute for design and arts, schools for film, global management and journalism and mass communication, and a college of public service and community solutions. Revisions include a space to accommodate 250 people, a large classroom and breakout rooms and a second floor that includes classrooms and more breakout spaces. 

The other three floors of the Herald building consist of seminar and conference rooms and media newsrooms and production studios. 

Fusion on First is a new residence hall at ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus that covers 283,000 square feet and 16 floors, of which the first three floors are dedicated to academic programs and a food service area. The top 13 floors provide housing for 532 residents in four-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio apartments. ASU hopes to achieve LEED Silver certification for the building. 

The 111,000 square foot Thunderbird School of Global Management will be the home of graduate programs and include faculty offices, hoteling space and other support space. 

The final major project for ASU took place on the Tempe campus at Durham Hall with a renovation that addressed maintenance issues and the upgrade of a six-story, 52,000-square-foot-tower. A second phase of the project added classrooms and new open work areas. 

Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facility Market.

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