ASU LEEDs the way at USGBC Arizona chapter awards event

March 3, 2015

Arizona State University received four LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) awards from the Arizona chapter of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) for the outstanding design, planning and construction of its campus buildings. The 2014 Heavy Medals awards luncheon was held Feb. 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center West in downtown Phoenix.

The Arizona chapter is the USGBC’s third largest in the nation and consists of three branches: central, northern and Sonoran. P. Olson and E. Soltero pose with a USGBC Heavy Medal award Download Full Image

Between April 1, 2013 and Aug. 30, 2014, the USGBC awarded 259 LEED certifications to projects throughout Arizona. Only 40 building projects received Heavy Medal awards. There are 10 Heavy Medal award categories, including: LEED for schools, (K-12); retail; education; and institutional and health care.

For building projects completed during the April 2013 through the August 2014 time frame, ASU received four Heavy Medal awards: three in the education category and one in institutional and health care category:

ASU Health Service Renovation – Tempe campus LEED Platinum certification
The Sun Devil Fitness Complex – Polytechnic LEED Gold certification
• The Sun Devil Fitness Complex – West campus LEED Gold certification
• Verde Dining Pavilion – West campus LEED Gold certification

“Winning these awards in the Platinum and Gold certification categories demonstrates ASU’s dedication and commitment to incorporating many sustainable models – such as water and energy conservation – and the reduction of landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions in our buildings, both in existing structures and new builds,” said Ed Soltero, ASU assistant vice president and university architect.

The ASU Health Service Renovation is the second ASU building to receive a LEED Platinum certification. The university achieved the state’s first LEED Platinum certification in 2007 for the Biodesign Building B on the ASU Tempe campus. As of November 2014, ASU has 42 LEED-certified buildings, two Platinum, 26 Gold, 13 Silver and one certified.

“LEED Silver certification is our minimum target for all new construction across all four ASU campuses,” Soltero added.

According to Bruce Nevel, associate vice president of ASU Facilities Development and Management, the buildings for which these awards were given all affect ASU students and their quality of life.

“Our principal and overriding goal at ASU is our commitment to our students; not only while they are here in providing a healthier environment, but as they move to the next steps in their life after graduation,” Nevel said. “We are equally committed to preparing our students for the emerging green market, including future architects, project managers, researchers in future technologies and future employment.”

Michele Peters, 480-965-1748
ASU Facilities Development and Management

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Longtime ASU photographer to exhibit works at ASU Gammage

March 3, 2015

Tim Trumble, a photographer who has been documenting ASU arts and community outreach events for almost 20 years, will be featured in an exhibition at ASU Gammage March 5 through May 20.

Starting in 1996, he was hired as the university’s sole staff photographer, working closely with ASU Gammage and the many art and theater companies to capture the spirit and the impact of these programs on students and the university. man and woman dancing on stage Download Full Image

He covered the 2004 Presidential Debate, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” tour at ASU Gammage, President George H.W. Bush’s campus visit, Barry Goldwater’s funeral and Pat Tillman’s memorial service.

Trumble left ASU in 2005 and began his own business, Tim Trumble Photography, but still has very close ties with the university. He is currently a corporate sponsor of the ASU Gammage program, and donates his efforts and skills to covering ASU Gammage’s many performances and community outreach events.

Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays, or by appointment. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.

The street address is 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Parking is available at meters around the perimeter of ASU Gammage. Entrance is through east lobby doors at the box office.

Media Contact:
Brad Myers
Art Exhibit Coordinator