Facility Overview

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University represents the largest single investment in research infrastructure in Arizona, and has generated impressive returns for the community. It is master-planned as four interconnected buildings that will comprise 800,000 sq. ft. Currently, two buildings (350,000 sq. ft.) are complete and house nearly 600 faculty, staff and students. 

Biodesign was the first facility in Arizona to earn platinum-level LEED certification from the US Green Building Council for environmentally friendly design.

Facility Facts:

Building A

  • 172,000 square feet
  • $69 million for Building A + $4 million in ancillary improvements (Source: ASU capital funds)
  • Opened December 2004
  • Gold-level LEED certified

Building B

  • 175,000 square feet
  • $78.5 million (Source: State Research Infrastructure funding)
  • Opened January 2006
  • Platinum-level LEED certified


The environmentally friendly aspects of the institute’s facility have earned it numerous awards, listed below. Special honors include 2006 Lab of the Year by R&D Magazine and earning Arizona's first platinum-level certification from the U.S. Building Council for Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED). Learn more in the building design section.