ASU Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 1

Tempe, Arizona

Project Info

  • Client

    Arizona State University

  • Size

    178,000 SF

  • Delivery method


  • Role on project

    Architect of Record

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  • Project Budget:


  • DFDG Team Members
  • Darrin Orndorff

    Project Manager

  • Becky Tomasek

    Interior Design

  • Chad Billings


This landmark ASU building was designed and constructed as the inaugural phase of what is now a comprehensive campus dedicated to interdisciplinary research.

In 2003, ASU began to lay the foundation for a new academic research model focusing on the collaboration of various scientific disciplines. Designed to foster this new culture of interdisciplinary research and enhance the university’s ability to attract and retain top-ranked researchers, ISTB1 was the first building of this multi-phase research infrastructure initiative. Located at the core of the main campus in Tempe, Arizona, ISTB1 expands the College of Life Sciences and the College of Engineering housing faculty research in the areas of bioengineering, biogeochemistry, environmental studies, and fluid dynamics.

This attractive and sustainable facility was designed for efficiency and flexibility, and to accommodate a variety of research programs over time.

Movable and reconfigurable laboratory furniture and alternative utility delivery systems provide truly flexible and adaptable laboratory environments that respond to changes in research needs at minimal cost and disruption. Shared support areas such as environmental control rooms, procedure rooms, and equipment rooms are outfitted on each laboratory floor.

Core lab facilities were designed to support the research intended for the building and to augment future phases of the campus research infrastructure.

Designed in association with Perkins + Will.



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“ISTB1 has been of great value to the Harrington Department of Bioengineering, creating quality neural recording space that was not available anywhere else within the Fulton School. The open lab design is possibly the most attractive aspect of the building, allowing flexibility in research program space to meet ever-changing needs.” – Rick Martorano, Facility Project Manager, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University