Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus

Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus

Project Details

Building Type:



    Mesa, Arizona

Square Footage

    219,000 sf

Project Type

    Energy Analysis; LEED Energy Analysis

Project Team


Arizona State University


Lake Flato and RSP Architects


Energy Systems Design


Energy Systems Design


DPR Construction

CX Agent:

Engineering Economics

Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus

Five new academic buildings more than doubled the academic space at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, adding 245,000 sq. ft. The new buildings integrate with the existing facilities to create a cohesive complex. The five new buildings are linked by courtyards, open-air atriums, portals and arcades, taking advantage of the seasonally temperate climate for exterior circulation.

The new facilities house four distinct but interrelated academic colleges, the schools of Agribusiness, Science and Technology, Education, and Humanities. The campus addition provides laboratory and classroom space for engineering, physics, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, science, technology, and math education.

The design of the ASU Polytechnic Campus uses strategic shading, efficient lighting, and energy efficient heating/cooling systems and has earned LEED Gold certification with a total of 42 points.  RSP Architects (Architect-of-Record) with San Antonio-based Lake-Flato (Design Architect) worked together to create a modern campus addition with a rugged feel, each working strategically with the site to reduce water, energy and waste burdens.

The strategic placement of each of the buildings provides shading to one another based on their juxtaposition which is the first of several measures in place to reduce the solar load.  Also, the smartly integrated vertical and horizontal features of these buildings make use of daylight while incorporating outside shading to minimizing heat gain.

The overall lighting system is 10% better than ASHRAE code. Occupancy sensors are used to further reduce lighting energy.  The VAV air handlers are equipped with variable speed drivers are served by two 600 ton variable speed water-cooled chillers to regulate air temperature. Demand control ventilation further optimizes energy use in the HVAC system which greatly contributes to the 32% savings on the regulated energy cost when compared to ASHRAE standards. Due to the energy efficient designs, the ASU Polytechnic Buildings will save 1,318,000 lbs in CO2 emissions each year.

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