Arizona State University (ASU) wanted its new College of Arts and Sciences to make an artistic statement: art, architecture and education intersecting in a new home, the Lattie F. Coor building.
The university wanted the building to be completed prior to the transition of presidents, as the building was to carry the namesake of outgoing President Coor, and needed a home for several departments housed in a soon-to-be condemned adjacent building. This required utilization of the newly legislated Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery process to complete the 270,000-square-foot building faster than ASU had ever experienced before for a building of this size and complexity. In fact, Lattie F. Coor Hall was the first public CMAR project in Arizona, giving Sundt the challenge to prove the value of alternate project delivery methods to both the university and the state.
The building – itself a piece of art – incorporates art in the glass façade. Famed artist BJ Krivanek combined text fragments and letterforms etched on the building’s glass façade, creating one of the largest works of public art on campus. Making that vision a reality, however, was another challenge. The team’s solution was to apply the art as a “frit” on the inside of the outer glass pane in the insulated glass unit. The final façade is the result of the owner, architect, artist, contractor and subcontractor working as a team – thanks to the CMAR delivery-method to achieve the desired vision.
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