Health Services Building renovation includes green-building practices

May 14, 2012

ASU's Facilities Development and Management completed a major renovation and expansion during March 2012 to the Health Services Building on the Tempe campus. Structure space was added for the first time since 1968, when Tempe campus student enrollment topped 23,000. Today, student enrollment is approaching 60,000 students on the Tempe campus. 

The $10-million project demolished a portion of the building that was built in 1954, and added around 20,000 square feet of new space. Approximately 14,500 square feet of the building constructed in 1968 was fully renovated. Download Full Image

"We’re very excited about the changes," said Allan Markus, director of ASU Health Services. "We created a much more modern, beautiful, and efficient health center that allows more accessibility for all students to health services."

The building’s addition and renovations created space for acute care services that allow more patients to be seen per day and decreases their wait times. Patient wait times for visits that require laboratory testing have decreased by 30-50 minutes on average since building renovations were finished.

The new building offers patients primary care and women’s health services in addition to wellness-care services such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic.

Public spaces at the facility include semi-private indoor and outdoor waiting areas, which double as quiet places for student study.

Concrete from the old courtyard was sawn into blocks and repurposed into the landscaping, and bricks and recyclable materials from the building demolition were salvaged and used in other areas. Facilities Development and Management is applying to the U.S. Green Building Council for the project be certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold.

Health Services also is collaborating with the Herberger Institute’s School of Art Northlight Gallery to exhibit art on the second floor, featuring works by student and faculty artists.

“We wanted the building to be an inviting place,” Markus said. “This is now a place where students would want to go.”

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


The way we do science: saving America's knowledge enterprise

May 14, 2012

Editor's Note: Future Tense is a partnership between ASU, the New American Foundation and Slate Magazine that explores emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy.

The way we do science in the United States will be the subject of an upcoming Future Tense forum – "How to Save America's Knowledge Enterprise from Tight Budgets, Primitive Myths & the Shadow of Albert Einstein" – scheduled for 12 to 5:30 p.m., May 21, at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. Download Full Image

There will be a live webcast of the event via ASUtv. (More details on how to access the webcast.)

Science and technology in America have been guided by the same set of ideas for more than half a century. The conventional wisdom is that if we feed more money and more scientists into our existing "knowledge enterprise" complex, society will derive proportionately more benefits. In the face of the global economic downturn, political disarray at the national level, and protracted challenges to the nation's public health, environmental quality, industrial base, and energy system, this simplistic
 assumption is long overdue for a reckoning.

Today's challenges demand new ways of thinking about science and technology, and the government's role in advancing them. The problem, any honest inquiry will suggest, isn't always money, or the number of scientists, but the very way we do science.

ASU's Dan Sarewitz, the director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at ASU, and professor of science and society, will give the first scheduled talk of the event at 12 p.m., titled "Just Trust Us: The Postwar Golden Era and Why We Cling to It."

Sarewitz joins other scholars, including George Poste, chief scientist of ASU's Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, and founder and former director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU; Jonathan Koppell, director of ASU's School of Public Affairs and dean of the College of Public Programs; and ASU President Michael Crow.

Crow will give the event's closing talk, titled "Redesigning the Cold War University."

More information on the event can be found here.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library