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Our next casual talk and tour will take place at the Beus Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University in Phoenix on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 22. Attendees can earn 0.5 GBCI continuing education credits.

Speaker: Brian Farling, AIA, principal with Jones Studio Architects

Come and learn more about the sustainable features of the campus building. Energy conservation is an integral part of the building's design, which houses the Sandra Day O' Connor College of Law, ASU's Alumni Law Firm, and a law library. The six-story facility includes a broad range of state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting spaces, the new Follett’s downtown bookstore and a restaurant/café.

The ground plane is designed to provide a sense of ownership for the community and emphasize the facility is open to the public. The Great Hall – a 400 seat multi-use lecture space – opens directly to the exterior via a 50’ wide x 25’ tall glass door. Nine months of the year this room will take advantage of the great Arizona climate and be an exterior space – a grand public stair, physically reinforcing the university’s commitment to a vibrant urban realm and to environmental stewardship.

A locally sourced sandstone shell protects a high performance building envelope. Naturally day lit interiors are supplemented by efficient LED lighting with daylight dimming & occupancy controls. The air conditioning of the building will set a new standard in Arizona as heat recovery, demand controlled ventilation, chilled beams and air-floor systems are utilized.

Fun fact: ASU has an app that allows students and visitors to learn more about the building and connect with others in the legal community and stay informed.

Learning objectives

  • Identify design strategies used and systems implemented to reduce the building's energy consumption and achieve a higher standard of thermal performance
  • Recognize ways in which the building's design encourages vibrant connections between Arizona State University, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and the local downtown Phoenix community
  • Discover how a locally sourced sandstone shell protects the building's envelope
  • Identify space-saving strategies used in the design of the Great Hall to integrate MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems with furniture

Lemonade and desserts will be provided by ASU's green catering services after the tour.