Arizona State University Health Services Building
The design concept for the ASU Health Services Building envisions an inviting destination for students, one that creates a sense of wellness and health within an efficient, functional and timeless design. The vicinity of the health center reinforces the campus fabric and compliments the historic core of ASU’s prominent Tempe location, while taking advantage of the high traffic volumes of the noted Palm Walk entry. The building is also 69% below ASHRAE minimum, which exceeds The 2030 Challenge requirements for 2010 buildings. This puts the facility on track for a LEED Platinum Certification.
The design engages Palm Walk by creating a transparent Entry Pavilion that increases the presence of the facility along the important campus corridor. A pavilion and garden become the “front door” of the Health Center and are visible to approaching students. The entry sequence is framed by a vine covered steel structure that acts as a shaded oasis from the harsh Arizona sun, and draws visitors to a clearly defined entry point.
The facility draws upon best practice strategies within today’s experience markets through the implementation of concierge locations/services, electronic and social networking alerts, personalized sequencing and hospitality-driven operation and efficiencies. A central Concierge Desk welcomes and directs patients to their respective clinics, and acts as a wayfinding node to both traditional and alternative treatment spaces. This high volume space is flooded with natural light and provides venues for wellness and healthy living information in both digital and print form.
The 32,000 SF allows this New American University to:
- Create better efficiencies and connectivity of the various clinics within the HSB to allow flex that meets surge demands and increased student volumes
- Maintain the University Drive frontage and open space connection to the alumni lawn
- Reduce infrastructure upgrade costs by replacing oldest portion of the building
- Increase Building Density/Maximum use of space by replacing single story with two stories
- Offer connections to outdoor healing and seating pods/porches to reinforce the nurturing spirit of the facility’s intent
- Promote wellness and healthy living with access to both traditional and alternative health amenities
- Celebrate the assets of a “living building” that will contribute to the campus environment over time
- Integrate the character of ASU’s campus into the progressive services and demands of today’s student