Arizona State University, Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4


Arizona State University, Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4

An Interdisciplinary Home for Earth and Space Exploration

Arizona State University’s newly formed School of Earth and Space Exploration has found a home in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4). Also home to the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, which has established a new degree program in research geological engineering, the building is designed to meet the needs of diverse program areas including environmental engineering, synthetic chemistry and energy research.

Key features include:

  • Modern and flexible teaching and research spaces help attract students.
  • Interactive kiosk exhibits, an exploration theater and highly visible laboratories show-off science and support the university’s high school teacher enrichment program and K-12 student STEM engagement initiatives.
  • Two floors are open to the public, offering formal and informal opportunities to ignite curiosity in students and visitors alike.  
  • Large, open, “dirty” spaces are used to assemble, evaluate and remodel spacecraft and space-exploration systems, supporting the school’s goal of reaching Mars someday.
  • Vibration absorption in controlled areas support research being conducted at the nano-scale.

The ISTB 4 project was designed using an integrated project delivery process. Team members included  HDR, Ehrlich Architects and Sundt Construction.

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ
United States

285,000 SF (26,500 m²)
LEED Certified Gold


2013 RED Awards
Best Education Project
Arizona Real Estate Magazine
2012 Award of Merit
Higher Education/Research Best Projects
ENR Southwest
2012 Excellence in Structural Engineering
New Buildings Over $10 Million
Structural Engineers Association of Arizona