2016 | Phoenix, AZ | Higher Education | 260,000 sq ft | $93 million

The new Beus Center for Law and Society is located in the heart of a resurgent urban Phoenix.  Moving from Tempe to the downtown campus provides students and faculty an immediate and important connection with the existing Arizona legal community.  The building is a six story facility housing the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the ASU Alumni Law Firm, and the law library. It includes a broad range of state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting spaces, the new Follett’s downtown bookstore and a restaurant/ café.  The ground plane is designed to provide a sense of ownership for the community and emphasize the facility is open to the public.

The Great Hall – a 400 seat multi-use lecture space – opens directly to the exterior via a 50’ wide x 25’ tall glass door.  Nine months of the year this room will take advantage of the great Arizona climate and be an exterior space – a grand public stair, physically reinforcing the university’s commitment to a vibrant urban realm and to environmental stewardship.

Energy conservation is an integral part of the design. A locally sourced sandstone shell protects a high performance building envelope.  Naturally day lit interiors are supplemented by efficient LED lighting with daylight dimming & occupancy controls.  The air conditioning of the building will set a new standard in Arizona as heat recovery, demand controlled ventilation, chilled beams and airfloor systems are utilized.

In collaboration with Ennead Architects.  Renderings by Atchain.



american institute of architects / arizona
Honor Award