ASU Biodesign Institute

The institute has attracted more than $740 million in extramural funding from competitive grant awards as well as support from philanthropic and industry sources. This has resulted in more than 722 inventions since inception, resulting in 112 patents issued, 56 licensing agreements and 24 spin-out ventures.  This project is the first LEED Platinum building in the State of Arizona and provides ASU with 175,000 square feet of research space.

In this project the design team selected material for laboratory space pressurization and air flow control manufactured by Phoenix Controls in conjunction with airflow monitoring by Ebtron and pressure monitors from Critical Room Controls. Due to their changing research requirements, maximum flexibility is required of the spaces. Control products must be able to respond in under one second to demands for pressure and flow changes in critical spaces.

This building also utilizes the Aircuity for Demand Control Ventilation [DCV]. The DCV systems allow the project to measure certain components of the supply air entering the space and, if the space is deemed clean, the airflow rates in to the space can be reduced to a minimum flow rate from the design. If a spill or other event happens causing the air to become contaminated, the airflow rates are automatically raised to increase dilution and protect the investigators. Application of Aircuity technology in this building and many other lab facilities on the ASU campus has resulted in significant annual energy savings. In addition, this space is equipped with space pressurization monitors from Phoenix Controls and MSA gas and refrigerant detectors used in various labs. This building opened in 2006.