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Learn about galaxies at ASU Earth & Space Open House


February 11, 2014

ASU’s Earth & Space Open House is set to take place from 7 to 10 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Visitors to the free event can attend a public lecture, gaze at the sky through telescopes, watch science demonstrations and explore the interactive displays in ISTB 4, which is located at the corner of McAllister and Terrace. Download Full Image

The theme for this open house is galaxies, and it will feature a public lecture by School of Earth and Space Exploration astrophysics doctoral candidate Teresa Ashcraft. The lecture, titled “The Universe’s Menagerie of Galaxies," will be held at 8 p.m. in the Marston Exploration Theater. Ashcraft will begin the exploration of the Universe by examining Hubble Space Telescope images of nearby galaxies.

Lectures are 45 minutes long, followed by a 15-minute Q-and-A session. Seating is on a first-come basis.

There will be two 3-D planetarium shows in the Marston Exploration Theater at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Telescopes will be set up from 8 to 10 p.m. next to Skyscape art installation (new location).

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance of ISTB 4, located on the building’s north side.

The monthly open house is partially sponsored by the School of Earth and Space Exploration, GeoClub and AstroDevils: ASU Astronomy Club. The final two open house dates for the spring are March 28 (featuring EarthScope – An Earth Science Program) and April 25 (featuring Mars and Curiosity). 

For more information, visit http://astopenhouse.com/.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Nikki Cassis

marketing and communications director, School of Earth and Space Exploration

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Green and healthy: ASU Health Service Building awarded LEED platinum


February 11, 2014

The Health Service Building on Arizona State University's Tempe campus has earned a LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Health Service is the second ASU building to receive a platinum certification, which is the highest USGBC green building ranking under its LEED (Leadership in Excellence in Environmental Design) program. The Health Services Building is also the 38th ASU building to be LEED certified. exterior view of ASU Health Service building Download Full Image

The Health Service Building underwent a major renovation and expansion that was completed in March 2012 by ASU's Facilities Development and Management unit.

“This dynamic project has enabled ASU both to provide an inviting health care environment for our students, and to embrace sustainable design and technologies,” said Bruce Jensen, interim associate vice president, Facilities Development and Management.

The building now features solar energy panels, recycled materials, and sustainable design and construction in both interior spaces and exterior landscaping. The Health Services Building earned points under seven sustainability categories that judged the building design.

"LEED criteria look at how well the building conserves energy, the building’s water efficiency, what kinds of construction materials were used and whether the building site enhances sustainability and indoor environmental quality, to name a few,” said Ken Taylor, the ASU project manager who managed construction.

Building waste was sorted carefully and diverted from landfills. Concrete from the old courtyard was sawn into blocks and repurposed into the landscaping. Bricks and recyclable materials from the building demolition were salvaged and used in other areas.

“I was thrilled to learn of the platinum rating for the building," said Dr. Allan Markus, director of ASU Health Services. “It’s the result of a team effort that reflects ASU’s collaborative culture and leadership on issues of clean energy and environmental sustainability.”

The project transformed the aging Health Service Building into a modern facility more suitable for use by the more than 60,000 students enrolled at the ASU Tempe campus. Structure space was added to the building for the first time since 1968, when Tempe campus student enrollment topped 23,000.

Okland Construction was the construction manager on the project, and design firms Lake Flato and Orcutt-Winslow were the architects. The project was financed through support of an ASU student health fee.

Eric Jensen, eric.jensen@asu.edu
ASU Facilities Development and Management

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group

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