Arizona State University

Biodesign Institute Building C

Half the energy, twice the space.

Arizona State University’s (ASU) Biodesign Institute Building C is a new, multi-functional research facility designed to expand the University's portfolio of laboratory space, attracting high-level research and researchers.

ASU gave the design team a goal to be at least 50% more efficient than their campus research facility EUI average. To help meet that goal, AEI used proven variable volume control strategies in a new energy-saving application for chilled beams, lab exhaust, and high-performance fume hoods. In addition to decoupling ventilation and cooling via chilled beams, AEI’s high-performance design combines general and lab exhaust.

By capitalizing on public spaces and core facilities in adjacent buildings, twice the space in Building C can be allocated for research and collaboration. Following a linear equipment room configuration, a neighborhood organization of flexible labs is supported by cascading ventilation strategy.

The facility provides high-quality wet lab space for chemistry, engineering, and the biological sciences, enhancing interdisciplinary research from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the Biodesign Institute. The basement level of Building C houses the world’s first Compact X-Ray Free-Electron Laser, with environmental criteria of +/- 2.5% RH and +/- 0.4°F.


Tempe, AZ


  • BWS Architects - Architect of Record
  • ZGF Architects - Design Architect

LEED Status

LEED Platinum

Building Size

191,000 square feet


  • 2020 Excellence in Sustainability Award, Lab Manager
  • 2019 North American Copper in Architecture Award
  • 2018 Project of the Year, ENR Southwest
  • 2018 Best Project — Higher Education, ENR Southwest
  • 2018 COTE Honor Award, AIA Los Angeles

The new facility has five above ground levels and one below grade level, and a penthouse that serves as a mechanical equipment room.

kBtu/sf/yr EUI average

Building C predominantly consists of labs, lab support, lab equipment alcoves, write-up spaces, office spaces, conference/meeting spaces, high bay lab spaces, and laser lab space.

more efficient than average

"Powered by intellect, energy and innovation, our researchers believe they can accomplish what others often find impossible.” — Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD, Biodesign Executive Director

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