It was two years ago that a groundbreaking ceremony announced the beginning of the Block 12 project, extending ASU campus west towards Mill Ave. Now, as summer 2014 begins, the first landmark of the project – a fancy new building at the corner of College Ave. and 7th street, just outside the north entrance to ASU campus – is nearly complete. The Del. E Webb Construction program welcomes the new building, marking the largest infrastructure investment in its 54-year history. The building will create additional permanent space along with new, state-of-the-art facilities for students on the ASU Tempe campus.
The building, a $54.5 million construction-masterpiece, will serve as classroom space along with large auditoriums and shaded common-area space for students cruising along College Ave. on their way to or from campus. Plans were announced for a substantial retail space as well, accommodating visiting students and those too far to navigate to the Tempe bookstore located on the opposite site of campus. The development sits in walking distance from the ASU Campus, Sun Devil Stadium, Mill Avenue, and the Tempe Transit Center. The outside of the building itself is consists of a “secondary skin” to help reduce heat from the Arizona sun.
President Michael Crow, a firm proponent of the project, said that it embodied how ASU operates: with purpose, with an objective and by making things happen. “This project has been long and coming,” Crow said. “We said it would get done, and it’s going to get done.”
The project is expected to be completed in the next few months and ready for the next wave of students come August 2014. More building plans extending the campus towards Mill Ave are expected to be announced in the future.