Arizona State constructing green student pavilion, biodesign buildings

Arizona State constructing green student pavilion, biodesign buildings

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Northeast of the Memorial Union on the Arizona State University-Tempe campus lays a hulking 74,650-foot construction site, where the Student Pavilion will be completed by August 2017. 

The structure will feature a new event space and office spaces for the student government, student organizations and classrooms, according to a report by ASU Now.

ASU has also set in motion the construction for the Biodesign C building by excavating a spot just east of the original Biodesign complex. Biodesign C will stand five stories tall and house labs for research. The project started in June 2016 and will be completed in June 2018, according to ASU Business and Finance.

Joanne Wamsley, the vice president for ASU's finance and deputy treasurer, said both the buildings were funded using green bonds.

“Green bonds are a method for funding projects that are sustainable,” she said. “The (sustainable) projects that ASU has done to date are energy efficient building projects.”

ASU advertises that the Student Pavilion will feature “net zero energy,” “zero waste” and “90 percent project diversion.” 

Patricia Olson, the architect senior for the Office of the University Architect, said ASU President Michael Crow made Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, platinum a goal for the Student Pavilion project. 

Olson said the building will have electric panels on the rooftop that will provide renewable energy to the building.

Pedro Chavarriaga, the senior project manager for the Student Pavilion, said ASU’s zero waste program is all about finding ways to recycle or reuse material instead of throwing it into a landfill.

“When things arrive on site that are not going to be needed, something as simple as a cardboard box, instead of throwing away that cardboard box in a dumpster that goes to a landfill, we’re recycling that cardboard box,” he said.

Chavarriaga said the phrase “90 percent project diversion” means an average of 90 percent of the waste is being reused and recycled.


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