LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
NAU Student Academic Services Building
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
LEED Gold 2016
The Student & Academic Services (SAS) Building on Northern Arizona University’s campus is a 94,444 square foot, LEED Gold certified, four-story structure abutting the existing parking garage on campus. The condensed site is located in the heart of the NAU campus in close proximity to public transportation and centralized building utilities. The facility houses a one-stop shop for current and prospective student services, which include Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts, among others. It is home to the Lumberjack Mathematics Center, including in-class and multimodal laboratory instruction, mediated classrooms, a testing center, conference rooms, study areas, a 154 seat auditorium and 156 faculty offices.
The architectural character celebrates the unique attributes of its surrounding natural and institutional environments. The building’s exterior draws its aesthetic inspiration from the biologic forms of Northern Arizona’s ponderosa pine forests and the architectural character of the existing campus. Internal spaces employ distinctive volumes, natural forms, inductive circulation and local colors to foster a sense of place that is unique within the academic environment. Each element has been selected for its capacity to fulfill the project’s established program goals for its functional, aesthetic and sustainable properties.
The NAU SAS Building has been recognized for its unique use of materials and sustainable attributes. The LEED Gold certified building’s sustainable strategies were greatly influenced by green building criteria requirements, building location, constraints of the site and the unique climate of Northern Arizona.