Construction projects under way on ASU campuses

August 14, 2012

As the 2012-2013 academic year begins, ASU has just completed construction on several new buildings, including Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 and Villas at Vista Del Sol on the Tempe campus, Century Hall on the Polytechnic campus, and Casa deOro on the West campus.

But the work isn’t done yet. University construction on five other buildings is scheduled to be completed within the next year. McCord Hall Download Full Image

Tempe campus – Manzanita Hall

The Manzanita Hall renovations have been in progress for the last year and are scheduled for completion before the start of the fall 2013 semester. After being in continuous use for 40 years, the residence hall was in need of major restorations and improvements.

The renovation, a partnership endeavor between ASU and American Campus Communities, involves the installation of new infrastructure systems, including an overhaul of the building’s electrical, plumbing and air conditioning.

Manzanita also will receive new room configurations, which are planned to accommodate a total of 816 beds – down from the original 1,000-bed count – as well as new amenities such as a workout room, a small theater, student gathering and meeting rooms, and wireless service. The renovations additionally include new student lounges that connect every two floors as “neighborhoods.”

Tempe campus – McCord Hall

The W. P. Carey School of Business also will have a new building on the Tempe campus with the construction of McCord Hall, set for completion in June 2013. The four-story building emphasizes sustainability, with a minimum goal of LEED silver certification.

McCord Hall will house MBA, executive MBA, MRED, executive education programs, and any other master's programs. The building also will accommodate MBA Administration and Career Management services for graduate students, and undergraduate Carey Academy Suite and team rooms.

The hall will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, as well as specialized industry spaces, executive education facilities, conference/seminar rooms, interview and team rooms, and study areas for undergraduate, graduate and executive students.

Tempe campus – Sun Devil Fitness Complex

The Tempe campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex construction project – a direct response to student demand and input – will create an addition to the existing facility that will feature a large, multiple-court gym, strength and cardio areas, free weights area/small gym, multi-purpose space, wellness space, and a social recreation area. A partial renovation to the existing building will be completed as well. The project is set to be finished by August 2013.

Polytechnic campus – Sun Devil Fitness Complex

The Tempe campus isn’t the only one with new facilities under construction. The Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex is set to be completed in December of this year, and similar to the Tempe addition, is being created in direct response to student demand and input.

The building plans feature a two-story, sustainable structure with a minimum of LEED silver certification. Once complete, students can take advantage of new competition play fields in the form of two soccer fields and one softball field and approximately 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art weight and fitness areas that include cardiovascular equipment, strength machine equipment and free weights.

The facility will accommodate three multipurpose studios for group fitness classes, such as aerobics, boot camp, yoga, and Pilates, and student club use. The building also will house a two-court gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and badminton, as well as a multi-activity gymnasium for campus events, conference space, concerts and indoor soccer.

That’s not all – the structure will house two racquetball courts, expanded Health Services programming, an outdoor leisure pool with lap lanes, and programs and services open during the day, evening and weekends.

West campus – Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Wrapping up in January 2013, the West Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex is planned to be a three-story structure with a minimum of LEED silver certification.

The facility will include a six-acre multipurpose field, a green quad for campus activities, a 10,000-square-foot weight and fitness area, as well as studios for group fitness classes and clubs. The building also will house a two-court gymnasium for sports and campus events, two racquetball courts, wellness space with mediated conference room, demonstration kitchen, fitness assessment area, and three alternative medicine studios.

Students can take a dip in a 5,500-square-foot pool with lap lanes for small swim meets as well as plenty of deck space for socializing and games. The facility also will include a social gaming space with lounge furniture, flat screen video displays with gaming systems, pool tables and ping-pong tables, bike rentals and repairs, a three-lane lane indoor running track, exterior exercise terraces, and new locker facilities.

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute


Faculty member to study sexual orientation in psychotherapy

August 14, 2012

How psychotherapists define and use sexual orientation in talk therapy will be the focus of a study recently awarded $60,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Patrick Grzanka, Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, and Joe Miles, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee, are co-investigators for the study, which was funded by the Science, Technology and Society Program at the NSF. Under Grzanka’s direction, a group of undergraduate students from Barrett – called the Social Action Research Team – will assist with the study. A graduate research assistant from University of Tennessee also will participate. Download Full Image

According to Grzanka, the study will consist of the qualitative analysis of a recently released online archive of 20 educational videos that involve the topic of sexual orientation. The videos contain more than 1,200 minutes of actual psychotherapy sessions, simulated psychotherapy sessions, and documentary-style clips about sexuality and mental health. Professional psychologists developed the films to train other psychologists about sexual orientation issues in psychotherapy, also called “talk therapy.”

Grzanka said the films offer rare insight into how psychotherapists think about sexual orientation as a mental health issue or problem, and how they treat clients who have sought psychological help about sexuality and identity.

The study seeks to contribute to science and technology studies (STS) knowledge about psychology as an applied science. Grzanka and Miles will explore, using rigorous qualitative analyses, how therapists and their clients produce ideas about sexual orientation together, drawing on both scientifically grounded and cultural knowledge about what sexual orientation is and why it is connected to mental health. They also will explore the intersections of sexuality, as an object of psychological science, with other dimensions of identity, including race, gender and religion.

“We think our study will address some important questions in sociology of science, gender studies and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) studies about why sexual orientation has become such an important part of the practice of psychological science in the United States,” Grzanka said, adding that findings from the research also could have the potential to improve training of psychotherapists.

Grzanka said he and Miles will present their initial research findings at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in November in Oakland, Calif., and at an upcoming annual convention of the American Psychological Association. They also will write articles about their research for science and technology studies journals as well as develop a searchable database of relevant literature at

Nicole Greason

Director of Marketing and Public Relations , Barrett, The Honors College