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The College Avenue Commons building on ASU’s Tempe campus. Photographer: Tim Trumble.

College Avenue Commons has earned another accolade for its architecture and design.

The new ASU building that serves as home base for the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and the Del E. Webb School of Construction, recently won a Distinguished Building Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Western Mountain Region organization.

The annual regional awards recognize excellence in architectural design, planning and construction of projects involving AIA architects registered and licensed in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Gensler, Architekton and Okland Construction companies collaborated on the design and building of College Avenue Commons. Dozens of ASU construction management and engineering alumni were on the building team for the project.

Comments from judges who gave the regional award to the architects of College Avenue Commons included:

  • “The muscular form and strong cantilever gesture over the street pack a dense mix of student spaces within. The large scale, tough, and dynamic gray exterior louver expression, while architecturally familiar, feels appropriate in this arid urban setting and is complemented by nice moments of material warmth and intimacy in spaces to gather.”
  • “There is a commendable rigor and joy in how the program and site are addressed, which produces a welcomed grain.”
  • “Great contrast in scale: weight in mass yet thin and elegant. Surprising diversity in materials that hold together, well detailed inside and out if a little “off the shelf,” even moments of refinement and simplicity such as the auditorium opening to the landscape. Nicely varied at each face in response to context.”

The building was also recently recognized with a city of Tempe IMPACT Award for its beneficial environmental impact on downtown Tempe.

Read more about other awards won for the project.


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