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.


Awards

2017

american institute of architects / arizona
Honor Award