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ASU Health Service / Lake Flato Architects

  • Architects: Lake Flato Architects
  • Location: 451 East University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Lake Flato Architects
  • Architect of Record: Orcutt Winslow
  • General Contractor: Okland Construction
  • Civil: Evans, Kuhn & Associates
  • Structural: Caruso Turley Scott
  • Area: 34500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bill Timmerman

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© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

From the architect. ASU’s Health Services Building sought to clearly define a healthful, non-clinical, welcoming identity. The project included the partial demolition of existing facilities, the renovation of the original facility and the construction of a new wing that transformed the identity of the facility.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Along with creating an efficient and welcoming interior, the building now engages ASU’s historic Palm Walk, the campus’ primary pedestrian spine. Integrated into a smaller-scale wing that steps out towards the Palm Walk, the new front door welcomes patients through a landscaped courtyard and shady porches. The remainder of the addition matches the scale of the original facility while incorporating a similar material palette that creates a unified facility and a clearly defined landscaped edge.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Working off the existing lobby, the interior public circulation is located on the east side paralleling the Palm Walk. A series of two-story bays punctuate the linear public circulation providing intimate and private waiting areas for patients. These lower scaled bays frame a series of private landscaped courts that serve as exterior waiting areas, allowing well patients to be segregated from sick patients while engaging with the outdoor spaces.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

While the glazed bays face due east, the glazing is primarily oriented south providing self-shading by adjacent bays’ broad overhangs. The intimate scale, natural materials, abundant natural daylighting, and strong link between the interiors and the landscaped courts contribute to a healthful and welcoming facility that engages the historic campus fabric.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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