Buildings that turn the lights on and off for you? That regulate temperature and air flow by sensing current conditions and adjusting accordingly? What once sounded futuristic is very much in the now with the new wave of “smart” buildings that are being designed and constructed.
Sundt is a leader in research facility construction. We recently completed two state-of-the-art smart facilities: the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
ISTB 4 – ASU’s single largest research building – “has the highest functionality and lowest cost of any comparable laboratory built in the Arizona university system,” says Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s science and technology group leader. HSEB, which is used by researchers at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, is also a model of what was once considered impossible: buildings that provide instantaneous feedback to researchers while optimizing energy use.
Read more of what Ryan had to say about the smart building trend in this recent article in the Phoenix Business Journal.