College Avenue Commons

U.S. Green Building Council member emblemCollege Avenue Commons is a mixed-use facility located on College Avenue one block north of University Drive. The 137,000 gross-square-foot, five-story building was designed for the ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the Sun Devil Marketplace. The facility provides mediated classrooms, offices, labs and collaboration/study spaces for Del E. Webb School of Construction, Construction Engineering, the Alliance for Construction Excellence, and the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering department.

The Sun Devil Marketplace, a next-generation campus store, links the street level to the interior of the building by integrating pedestrian activity with a dynamic marketplace experience. A series of interior pavilions house small specialty stores for major retailers, as well as ASU apparel, gifts, books and student supplies, along with a Grab-And-Go market for meals and snacks and a shaded outdoor patio with a variety of seating. The second floor features a highly adaptable community room that floats above the marketplace and can be converted to host events, screenings and meetings, serving as a connection between the university and the community. The community room and the neighboring 200-seat auditorium will primarily serve as venues for prospective student orientation and presentations. The second floor also features a coffee and wine bar, with terrace seating overlooking the plaza.

Overall, the marketplace serves as a recreational destination as well as a book and technology store. The primary goal of the marketplace design was to rethink the traditional campus bookstore, establishing a comfortable, welcoming environment for students, faculty and the community.

The university achieved LEED Gold certification for College Avenue Commons in keeping with ASU goals to achieve campus-wide carbon neutrality and zero waste. Sustainable design features include daylighting, water use reduction, construction waste diversion, and recycled and low-emitting building materials.

Campus: Tempe
Gross Square Footage: 137,000
LEED Certification: Gold
Total Project Cost: $54,500,000
Architect: Gensler/Architekton
Construction Team: Okland Construction
Project Start Date: February 2013
Project End Date: July 2014