Check out this bright, contemporary renovation of an old, 1960s nursing building.  The renovation was led by the design team of Lord, Aeck & Sargent and Gould Evans Associates; they’re anticipating LEED Silver certification and did it all with a $6 M budget.  Now complete, it will be used for Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability and a newly formed School of Sustainability.  In terms of performance, the Institute is anticipated to save 18.7% on energy and 50.3% on water use compared with its baseline usage — plus, it's been outfitted with six, hard-to-miss, state-of-the-art AeroVironment parapet turbines. 


AeroVironment Architectural Wind turbines are all the rage these days, but in addition to sourcing energy from small wind, ASU plans to add a 24 kW solar array to the roof to provide additional, on-site green energy. 

The salvaged structure first went through asbestos abatement and various other systems upgrades to bring it up to code.  After that, the renovation team went with a bevy of green strategies, including some of the following:

  • Installed an efficient, sensor-controlled lighting system
  • Opened up the interior to allow more natural light
  • Removed old louvers and replaced single glazed windows
  • Installed sunscreens to reduce glare and heat gain
  • Cleaned out and modified the mechanical systems
  • Specified waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing
  • Installed automatically monitored irrigation
  • Surrounded the site with pervious paving
  • Opted for GREENGUARD certified furniture
  • Incorporated recycled content products and healthy materials

The 49k square foot building now beams with interior natural light and an upbeat style.  It is being used for the School of Sustainability's admissions office, as wells as for other administrative, faculty, and graduate student offices, conference rooms, open areas, and classrooms. 




[+] Former Nursing Building Undergoes Green Renovation [PitchEngine]

Photo credits: (c) 2008 Mark Boisclair Photography.