ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, BARRETT THE HONORS COLLEGE
Barrett Honors College is a 531,000 SF complex comprised of seven residential communities, housing 1,730 students. Also included is a 37,000 SF multi-use facility with lounges, activity rooms, computer labs, a fitness center, and a 550-seat dining center that is subdivided into an array of different sized spaces. The 13-station servery provides fresh, high-quality food daily.
The faculty wanted to create a collegiate environment while still maintaining a youthful atmosphere. This project was made unique by giving attending students the opportunity to voice their needs and wants regarding the new facility. The resulting design offers a small, liberal arts college environment that nurtures collegiality through communal dining, focused social activities, and small classes that encourage lasting bonds between students and their professors.
Sustainable design was a common theme in the students’ requests for the new facility. Environmentally responsible measures and features were incorporated throughout the project including the three-story Sustainable House at Barrett (SHAB) outfitted with low-consumption plumbing fixtures, in-room energy monitoring systems, and a green roof organic garden for students choosing to live a sustainable lifestyle. The project achieved LEED® Gold certification.
Mark Jacobs, dean of Barrett Honors College, has called the new campus “…the first purposefully designed, four-year, live-in honors college in America.” Keeping a client-first perspective and emphasis on real collaboration where all voices were heard, and the best ideas implemented is the overriding reason for the project’s ultimate success. At DWL, we feel diversity brings unique perspective, creativity and tremendous value to the design table.
DWL’s prior knowledge of the University’s organizational goals and culture, allowed for the framing of timely discussions around experience, function and performance. Because construction is such a costly endeavor, the responsibility for stewarding the significant investment required to develop this project was undertaken in close partnership with ACC, the project’s owner/ developer. As a trusted adviser and partner, our team helped ASU to realize its expectations for the student experience and health, overall building sustainability, and operational performance.
SECTOR: HIGHER EDUCATION
SECTOR: 521,000 SF | 1,730 beds
DELIVERY METHOD: CMAR
National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Pillars of the Industry Award: Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community, 2010
National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Pillars of the Industry Award: Best Mixed-Use Community Site Plan, 2010
Arizona Masonry Guild – Excellence in Masonry Award, 2010
American School & University Outstanding Design: Post-Secondary, 2010 Architectural Portfolio