ASU continues planning Phoenix Biomedical Campus expansion

Parts of two buildings on the Arizona State University Biomedical Campus Sept. 13, 2017. The campus will expand soon, and early plans were unveiled Oct. 11, 2017. (Nicole Neri/DD)
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Early draft plans for the expansion of the Arizona State University Biomedical Campus were unveiled Tuesday.

Arizona State University officials shared the plans and continued to gather community feedback for the future expansion of the campus.

The goal of the expansion is to create a multidisciplinary medical innovation space that not only benefits university student and professors, but also community members.

“They’re really community focused spaces so that it isn’t ‘If I’m not a professor’ or ‘If I’m not a student’ I don’t need to be there,” said Linsey Graff, associate with Ayers Saint Gross Architects. “They really are community focused spaces and have relation to what’s going on upstairs in the labs.”

In May 2015, the Phoenix City Council approved an expansion proposal from ASU to develop new biomedical research programs in partnership with NantWorks. After this partnership fell through, ASU is looking to move forward with a new plan.

The land for the expansions is located north of Fillmore between Garfield, Fourth and Sixth streets.

To make sure these spaces are community focused, ASU representatives held a visioning event on June 20 and attended community meetings to gather ideas and find out what community members wanted to be a part of this new development.

Some of the most common responses were shade, bike lanes, public spaces with purpose, affordable housing and art.

ASU took this feedback and developed early draft plans. Phase one includes a seven-story lab building, a parking garage with 600 spaces and a pocket park, all located between Fourth and Fifth streets near Garfield Street.

The draft plans for phase one also had several temporary land uses including an area planted future district trees, an event space with food truck parking and an urban farm. These features would later become medical buildings and parking as a part of future expansion phases.

ASU also plans to include first floor retail and event spaces in many of the buildings to encourage community members to make use of the development. The university also wants to make the expansion pedestrian friendly by including shade, walkways and bike lanes.

Based on the agreement ASU has with the city, the first building and parking structure will be finished in 2019 and an additional 2,000 square feet will be added every 30 months after that, according to Rick Naimark, associate vice president for program development planning at ASU.

ASU and Graff asked for feedback from the community members and city of Phoenix officials present at the meeting. They will be continuing to attend community meetings to get feedback.

People can also email ASU Office of Government and Community Engagement Executive Director Ruben Alonzo at ruben.alonzo@asu.edu to provide ideas and feedback.

Contact the reporter at Stephanie.M.Morse@asu.edu.

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