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Jan. 18, 2013

ASU Plans Groundbreaking on 130 KSF Project in Tempe

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor

Arizona State University plans to break ground Jan. 24 on Block 12, a 130,000-square-foot mixed-use project on its campus in Tempe. Developers target June 2014 as the completion date.

The five-story building will be the new home for the Del E. Webb School of Construction and will house classroom and administrative space. Also planned for the complex are a Grab and Go market, café, bookstore and study space.

According to a detailed presentation by the university architect’s office, Block 12 is slated for LEED Silver certification or higher and will incorporate such features as LED lighting, integrated photovoltaic/solar-thermal technologies and a ventilated façade to reduce exterior surface temperatures.

In addition to Block 12 , ASU’s current projects in Tempe include expansion of McCord Hall, a 129,000-square-foot, four-story building at the W.P. Carey School of Business, notes the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

The business school has doubled in size to more than 10,000 students over the past decade, making expansion an urgent need. “To be blunt, we should have built this 12 years ago,” said Robert Mittelstaedt, the school’s dean.

Photo rendering of ASU’s Block 12, by Architekton / Gensler Architects, courtesy of ASU

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