Master Plan

The Biodesign Institute is master-planned as four interconnected buildings comprising nearly 800,000 sq. ft. Buildings A, B and C are complete and house more than 1,300 faculty, staff and students.

The rendering below show bringing 554,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art research space to the 14-acre site. The new Biodesign Building C began construction in June 2016, and was completed in June 2018.  Future construction on Biodesign D will be initiated as need and funding dictate. 

Building C

The facility's visitor entrance is at the north end of building B.

buildinga.pngBuilding A

Building A was completed in December 2004 and includes 172,000 square feet on four levels.


buildingb.pngBuilding B

Completed in January 2006, Building B has 175,000 square feet. It faces Tyler Street and serves as the main entrance to the Institute. The lobby features a small café open to the public and an auditorium for public seminars as well as Institute meetings.


BuildingCBuilding C

Biodesign Institute Building C will include critical lab and research support space designed specifically to promote and enable the creation of cutting-edge, collaborative research clusters. The facility’s design will leverage the university’s investment to maximize the opportunities for research growth.

Biodesign C, which will be located just to the east of Biodesign B on the Tempe campus, is a five-story-plus-basement complex. The building will include laboratories, casework and office layouts that will feature maximum flexibility, adaptability, and expansion based on needs.

Biodesign C will house research from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and the Biodesign Institute. It will provide high-quality wet lab space for chemistry, engineering, and the biological sciences.

The building is designed to meet specifications for LEED Silver at a minimum, with intentions of achieving a higher certification.

  • Campus: Tempe
  • Gross Square Footage: 188,000
  • Total project cost: $120,000,000
  • Architect: ZGF Architects LLP/BWS Architects
  • Construction team: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Project start date: June 2016
  • Project end date: June 2018