Arizona State University

The Biodesign Institute

Tempe, AZ

Lord Aeck Sargent, in collaboration with Gould Evans Associate Architects, designed this multiphase interdisciplinary research facility project, which brings together life science and engineering to pursue biotechnology, bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Building A of the Institute houses interdisciplinary laboratory space for nano-research, optics, lasers, microbiology and bio-informatics. The basement level is designed to house highly sensitive research tools with tight vibration criteria and shielding requirements. By designing the facility to meet various “zones of sophistication”, a long-term adaptability was achieved without breaking the University’s bank. In addition to “quiet” research space, the lower level also houses class 100000 cleanrooms. The upper floors, first, second and third, are designed to house flexible laboratory and research space.

Building B of the Institute continues and expands upon Arizona State University’s aspirations to create a world-class institute that facilitates cutting-edge research. The facility is connected to Building A through the use of light and landscape, and is comprised of high-tech laboratories – including BSL-2 and BSL-3 containment  – as well as support facilities and light-filled office areas.

Both buildings are designed to promote dynamic interaction and collaboration between disparate scientific fields, and use flexible modules in the research and office areas to allow utility and architectural systems to be easily modified over time and across various scientific disciplines.

The Biodesign Institute was envisioned not only as a state-of-the-art science facility, but also as a world-class demonstration of sustainable design. The Institute features a broad range of green design features ranging in scale from site to interior finishes. The institute has garnered the highest designation for environmentally friendly design and construction from the USGBC, with a LEED Platinum Certified Building B, and a LEED Gold Certified Building A. In addition the complex has won numerous design awards, including R&D Magazine Laboratory of the Year distinction in 2006.


Practice Areas

Academic Research
Biomedical Research