Psychology Building Renovation

The 81,900 gross square foot Psychology Building was constructed in 1972. The three-story building required upgrades to all building infrastructure systems to meet program requirements and current building and life safety codes.

The scope of work included demolition of original flooring, walls and ceilings. The original mechanical/HVAC systems was replaced with energy-efficient systems that meet recommended air changes for laboratory functions.

Construction work included new walls, ceilings, handrails and guardrails. The project installed fire sprinklers and fire alarms, and enhanced data, security, audio-visual, building management, electrical, and plumbing systems. Exterior building surfaces were repaired to provide a weather-tight enclosure. 

Existing original restrooms were upgraded to comply with ADA accessibility requirements, and dedicated custodial closets were added. The lower level equipment room was renovated to provide separate electrical and mechanical equipment rooms in compliance with current codes. The original electrical switchgear and distribution panels in the building were replaced. A new electrical distribution system was installed to support continued research growth. Renovations create a central utility core with a vertical chase for data communication systems. The project enhances the emergency generator system by connecting backup power to support behavioral neuroscience facilities.

Campus: Tempe
Gross Square Footage: 81,900
Total Project Cost: $22,700,000
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Construction Team: Holder Construction Group LLC
Project Start Date: August 2014
Project End Date: August 2015