Press Release: 09.12.2018

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute C Research Building Completes

ASU Biodesign C
Photo credit: Nick Merrick ©Hall+Merrick

McCarthy recently completed construction of the $120 million Biodesign Institute C research building at Arizona State University (ASU). The building represents the third in ASU’s 14-acre Biodesign Institute complex located on the main campus in Tempe, Ariz.

The new 191,035-square-foot research facility includes five stories, a mechanical penthouse, plus a basement that connects with the ASU Biodesign Institute B building and houses the world's first compact free electron X-ray laser. The project is comprised of approximately 60,000 square feet of flexible lab space for up to 80 lead researchers and 300 support staff who will be supporting ASU’s goal of increasing research revenue to $815 million by 2025. The building’s adaptable design accommodates multiple types of scientific research, including chemistry, biological sciences and engineering research. The building, comprised mostly of wet laboratories and offices, also includes high-bay spaces.

“Arizona State University’s research enterprise is growing at a pace unprecedented by nearly any other university in the nation,” said Tamara Deuser, chief operating officer and associate vice president for ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise Development. “Biodesign C is a phenomenal building designed to attract new researchers to Arizona and bring scientists of all types together to share their knowledge and arrive at health, sustainability and security solutions that will benefit not only Arizona, but the world.”

The project team included architects Zimmer Gunsul Frasca and BWS Architects in addition to general contractor McCarthy.

“This project represents one of the most significant completions for our Southwest division in recent years that required out-of-the-box thinking in order to keep the project on its fast-tracked scheduled,” said McCarthy Southwest Region President Justin Kelton. “Our team is incredibly proud to be part of a world-class research facility like Biodesign Institute C, where researchers will be working tirelessly to bring significant hope for our future and the promise of new discoveries and innovations.”

Biodesign Institute C will house a one-of-a-kind key drug discovery and bioenergy research tool – the world’s first compact free electron X-ray laser – a super X-ray that peers deep inside proteins to better understand both the action of molecules critical to cancer and other devastating diseases, and how plants convert sunlight into renewable energy.

The building’s fifth floor is designed to accommodate Arizona’s growing success in the area of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia research, and is envisioned to ultimately house one of the largest teams of Alzheimer’s researchers in the nation.

Scientists of varying disciplines are housed in the lab’s “neighborhoods,” a layout of close proximity that encourages collaboration. The design was modeled after state-of-the-art research complexes like the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, Calif., which was also built by McCarthy.

Additionally, following ASU’s green building standards, Biodesign Institute C has been designed and constructed to the highest levels of sustainability and includes an innovative HVAC system to limit its energy and environmental footprint. With the completion of Biodesign Institute C, ASU’s total research square footage within the Biodesign complex is now 538,000 square feet.

ASU Biodesign C will celebrate its official grand opening in September 2018.  

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 14th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2018). With approximately 3,700 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee-owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

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