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ASU breaks ground on 2 research buildings

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Arizona State University broke ground in August on two new research buildings, marking a growing emphasis on integrated science and technology research on the Tempe campus. It also received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents to build a $4.7 million IMAX-style research theater on Mill Avenue.

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Arizona State University broke ground in August on two new research buildings, marking a growing emphasis on integrated science and technology research on the Tempe campus. It also received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents to build a $4.7 million IMAX-style research theater on Mill Avenue.

Interdisciplinary Science and Technology buildings 1 and 2, state-of-the-art facilities projected to cost a total of $92 million to build, will be completed in the next two years: building 1 is slated for completion in January 2006, and building 2 is set to be finished in August 2005.

Many credit ASU President Michael Crow with the host of new projects and a large-scale campus makeover focused on integrative science and technology.

"The state has not invested in research buildings at this university like we're talking about now—ever," Crow told the East Valley Tribune. "And these are the first buildings that are designed for heavy duty research which is why they are expensive.''

The two buildings, which will integrate lab sciences and engineering, are the first research structures to be built on the main campus in more than 10 years. Research done there is expected to seed the small biotech firms that will be housed in the ASU Scottsdale Center for New Technology and Innovation at the former Los Arcos mall site.

Dr. Robert Page, the newly appointed director of the School of Life Sciences, reiterated that the interdisciplinary buildings reflect the trend in sciences towards more collaboration among researchers and fields.

"Life sciences are increasingly complex and the days of researchers sitting in a lab working in isolation are gone. We need to break down those barriers," Page told the Tribune. "Interaction is the future."

ASU also received approval from the Regents to build an IMAX-like research theater in the Brickyard on Mill, where the university houses its technology commercialization offices. The theater, dubbed the Decision Center for the New Arizona, will seat about 20 people, and come equipped with virtual-reality game controllers and a 270-degree rear projection screen. The cost to build the "Decision Center" is estimated to be $4.7 million.


For more information:

"ASU links two research sites," East Valley Tribune, 08/22/2004

"Los Arcos deal done, ASU and Scottsdale plan for tech center," 08/10/2004

"ASU appoints new directors to Life Sciences, Technopolis," 07/19/2004