The Institute

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University represents the largest single investment in research infrastructure in Arizona

The Biodesign Institute is master-planned as four interconnected buildings that will comprise 800,000 sq. ft. Currently, three buildings (554,000 sq. ft.) are complete and house over 1,300 faculty, staff and students. Biodesign was the first facility in Arizona to earn platinum-level LEED certification from the US Green Building Council for environmentally friendly design.

The environmentally friendly aspects of the institute’s facility have earned it numerous awards, listed below. Special honors include 2006 Lab of the Year by R&D Magazine and earning Arizona's first platinum-level certification from the U.S. Building Council for Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED). Learn more in the building design section.

Facility Facts:

Building A

  • 172,000 square feet
  • $69 million for Building A + $4 million in ancillary improvements (Source: State Research Infrastructure Funding)
  • Opened December 2004
  • Gold-level LEED certified

Building B

  • 175,000 square feet
  • $78.5 million (Source: State Research Infrastructure Funding)
  • Opened January 2006
  • Platinum-level LEED certified

Building C

  • LEED Platinum certification for environmental quality and design (pending).
  • Gross Square Footage: 191,035
  • Net Square Footage: 104,730
  • Total project cost: $120,000,000
  • Architect: ZGF Architects LLP/BWS Architects
  • Construction team: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Project start date: June 2016
  • Occupied date: April 2018
  • Project end date: June 2018
  • 4 ft. thick, 36,000 pound lead shielded door, complete with motorized interlock system, to seal powerful X-ray laser vault
  • Vibration proof flooring; poured as an entirely free-standing 4-6 ft. thick concrete pad
  • 90 tons of lead bricks line the vault
  • 17,000 cubic yards of concrete make up the structure of the building
  • The third floor is supported by over 200,000 pounds of concrete encased steel transfer beams
  • The project’s manpower peaked at over 400 workers on site per day with almost 600,000 man-hours of work for the entire project
  • World’s first compact X-ray free electron laser facility in basement
  • Rooms free from magnetic energy; degaussed vaults complete with radiation and nuclear resistant epoxy paint, making it resistant to powerful x-ray laser pulses and radiation
  • Copper screen on exterior of building keeps primary building skin shaded and saves energy. Biodesign C is expected to save over $500,000 annually in utilities compared to ASU’s best energy performing research buildings