Psychology Building Renovation

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

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

Planned construction work includes new walls, ceilings, handrails and guardrails. The project will install fire sprinklers and fire alarms, and will enhance data, security, audio-visual, building management, electrical, and plumbing systems. Exterior building surfaces will be repaired to provide a weather-tight enclosure. This renovation project is targeting the LEED Silver certification standard.

Existing original restrooms will be upgraded to comply with ADA accessibility requirements, and dedicated custodial closets will be added. The lower level equipment room will be renovated to provide separate electrical and mechanical equipment rooms in compliance with current codes. The original electrical switchgear and distribution panels in the building will be replaced. A new electrical distribution system will be installed to support continued research growth. Renovations will create a central utility core with a vertical chase for data communication systems. The project will enhance 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