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Health Services Building renovation includes green-building practices


May 14, 2012

ASU's Facilities Development and Management completed a major renovation and expansion during March 2012 to the Health Services Building on the Tempe campus. Structure space was added for the first time since 1968, when Tempe campus student enrollment topped 23,000. Today, student enrollment is approaching 60,000 students on the Tempe campus. 

The $10-million project demolished a portion of the building that was built in 1954, and added around 20,000 square feet of new space. Approximately 14,500 square feet of the building constructed in 1968 was fully renovated. Download Full Image

"We’re very excited about the changes," said Allan Markus, director of ASU Health Services. "We created a much more modern, beautiful, and efficient health center that allows more accessibility for all students to health services."

The building’s addition and renovations created space for acute care services that allow more patients to be seen per day and decreases their wait times. Patient wait times for visits that require laboratory testing have decreased by 30-50 minutes on average since building renovations were finished.

The new building offers patients primary care and women’s health services in addition to wellness-care services such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic.

Public spaces at the facility include semi-private indoor and outdoor waiting areas, which double as quiet places for student study.

Concrete from the old courtyard was sawn into blocks and repurposed into the landscaping, and bricks and recyclable materials from the building demolition were salvaged and used in other areas. Facilities Development and Management is applying to the U.S. Green Building Council for the project be certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold.

Health Services also is collaborating with the Herberger Institute’s School of Art Northlight Gallery to exhibit art on the second floor, featuring works by student and faculty artists.

“We wanted the building to be an inviting place,” Markus said. “This is now a place where students would want to go.”

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Downtown Phoenix residency program gives international artists home base


May 14, 2012

The first artists moved into their new living spaces last month at Combine Studios in downtown Phoenix, marking an important milestone for the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program.

Clare Patey (England), Matteo Rubbi (Italy) and Miguel Palma (Portugal) are among the artists currently in residence. Download Full Image

Gordon Knox, ASU Art Museum director, said the residencies are an important aspect of the museum’s work in advancing the role of the creative process of artists across all fields of knowledge and research.

“Having international artists here developing their work, interacting with each other and engaging with community members will provide a range of benefits and outcomes,” Knox said. “Already we have an ASU robotics team working with Portuguese artist Miguel Palma as he develops an image capture and projection vehicle to ‘bring’ the desert back into the city. Italian artist Matteo Rubbi is organizing a massive bicycle swarming project to trace the Hohokam canals, which will work with history, archeology and other community partners.”

The relationships created between the artists and a range of partners here in Arizona will benefit ASU’s students and extend the work of the university through new, on-going relationships that foster a more connected global network linked through the ASU Art Museum as host and convener, Knox explained.

The residency program involves the leasing of six units to house visiting international artists working on projects in partnership with the ASU Art Museum, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Arizona State University. The facility also includes a storefront gallery and classroom space, as well as a shared kitchen, common area and resource library where artists can dine together and meet with project partners and members of the community.

Combine Studios was recently purchased by Phoenix artist couple Matthew Moore and Carrie Marill. Each unit was upgraded and furnished by Moore and Marill to provide a “homey” feeling that also celebrates vintage and mid-century aspects of Phoenix. Each unit includes a complete kitchen, private bath and work/study area.

Moore and Marill had a positive experience at another international residency program, Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, which was established by Knox.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this experience for international artists to downtown Phoenix and to work in partnership with the ASU Art Museum,” Moore said.

The residency program is made possible through a public/private partnership between the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the ASU Art Museum and Combine Studios, LLC, an initiative of Moore and Marill, and with generous support from the Desert Initiative and additional partners.

For more information on the International Residency Program at ASU or the ASU Art Museum, contact Deborah Sussman Susser at deborah.susser@asu.edu.