Lake|Flato Architects designed ASU Health Services Building, sought to clearly define a healthful, non-clinical, welcoming identity. ASU Health Services Building included the partial demolition of existing facilities, the renovation of the original facility and the construction of a new wing that transformed the identity of the facility.

Photography by © Bill Timmerman

Along with creating an efficient and welcoming interior, ASU Health Services now engages ASU’s historic Palm Walk, the campus’ primary pedestrian spine. Integrated into a smaller-scale wing that steps out towards the Palm Walk, the new front door welcomes patients through a landscaped courtyard and shady porches. The remainder of the addition matches the scale of the original facility while incorporating a similar material palette that creates a unified facility and a clearly defined landscaped edge.

Photography by © Bill Timmerman

Working off the existing lobby, the interior public circulation is located on the east side paralleling the Palm Walk. A series of two-story bays punctuate the linear public circulation providing intimate and private waiting areas for patients. These lower scaled bays frame a series of privately landscaped courts that serve as exterior waiting areas, allowing well patients to be segregated from sick patients while engaging with the outdoor spaces.

Photography by © Bill Timmerman

While the glazed bays face due east, the glazing is primarily oriented south providing self-shading by adjacent bays’ broad overhangs. The intimate scale, natural materials, abundant natural daylighting, and strong link between the interiors and the landscaped courts contribute to a healthful and welcoming facility that engages the historic campus fabric.

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Project Info:
Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
Location: Health Service Building, 451 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, United States
Architect of Record: Orcutt Winslow
Area: 34500.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Bill Timmerman
Manufacturers: Armstrong Ceilings, Armstrong Flooring, Chicago Faucets, Daltile, Delta Light, Focal Point Lights, HAWS, Kohler, Moen, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Owens Corning, Shaw, Sika, Steelcase, Wilsonart, ThyssenKrupp, Prescolite, Comex, Philips, Target Commercial Interiors+ 15
General Contractor: Okland Construction
Civil: Evans, Kuhn & Associates
Structural: Caruso Turley Scott
Project Name: ASU Health Services

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