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Health Services Building, Arizona State University by Eurico R. Francisco, AIA Project Health Services Building, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.  Client Arizona State University  Architects Lake|Flato Architects (Design Architect) and Orcutt|Winslow (Architect of Record) Design Team Ted Flato, FAIA; Andrew Herdeg, AIA; Joseph Benjamin, AIA; Bill Sheely, AIA; John Cantrell, AIA; Marie Segura, AIA; Graham Beach, AIA; Amy Garcia Photographer Bill Timmerman


arvard has the Yard; the University of Virginia has the Lawn; The University of Texas at Austin has the South Lawn; and Arizona State University (ASU) has Palm Walk. The main campus of ASU, in Tempe, Ariz., is home to more than 59,000 students. Located within the Phoenix metropolitan area, it is also situated in the arid Southwest, where the skies are wide and summer temperatures are not for the faint of heart. Palm Walk, a 0.4-mile pedestrian way, is the most recognizable feature on campus. Lined with more than 100 Mexican fan palms that were planted between 1916 and the 1930s, it is the central north-south artery of the campus. The palms reach up to 90-ft tall, and the walk, which can be clearly seen from an airplane, serves as a local landmark. ASU students use Palm Walk to get from one place to another, as a jogging trail, as a meeting spot, and as a place to see and be seen. sits at the north end of Palm Walk. The site is significant, not only due to the prominence of the allée of desert palm trees, but also because of the building next door. Affectionately known as Old Main, that structure traces its origins back to the 1890s, when the campus was founded as Tempe Normal School. How does one design a building within such a rich context? And how, exactly, should a university health services building function and present itself to the student body? Lake|Flato Architects, in collaboration with Phoenix-based Orcutt|Winslow, started the task of designing this building by doing the right thing: The team members listened to the client. They studied the

The new ASU Health Services Building

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