2016 | Phoenix, AZ | Higher Education | 260,000 sq ft | $93 million
The new Beus Center for Law and Society is located in the heart of a resurgent urban Phoenix. Moving from Tempe to the downtown campus provides students and faculty an immediate and important connection with the existing Arizona legal community. The building is a six story facility housing the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the ASU Alumni Law Firm, and the law library. It includes a broad range of state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting spaces, the new Follett’s downtown bookstore and a restaurant/ café. The ground plane is designed to provide a sense of ownership for the community and emphasize the facility is open to the public.
The Great Hall – a 400 seat multi-use lecture space – opens directly to the exterior via a 50’ wide x 25’ tall glass door. Nine months of the year this room will take advantage of the great Arizona climate and be an exterior space – a grand public stair, physically reinforcing the university’s commitment to a vibrant urban realm and to environmental stewardship.
Energy conservation is an integral part of the design. A locally sourced sandstone shell protects a high performance building envelope. Naturally day lit interiors are supplemented by efficient LED lighting with daylight dimming & occupancy controls. The air conditioning of the building will set a new standard in Arizona as heat recovery, demand controlled ventilation, chilled beams and airfloor systems are utilized.
In collaboration with Ennead Architects. Renderings by Atchain.
american institute of architects / arizona