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The District @ ASU

Arizona State University is a New American University, and one of the nation’s premier metropolitan public research universities. Enrolling more than 73,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students on four campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, ASU maintains a tradition of academic excellence in core disciplines, and has become an important global center for innovation, interdisciplinary teaching and research.  ASU offers outstanding resources for study and research, including libraries and museums with important collections, studios and performing arts spaces for creative endeavor, and unsurpassed state-of-the-art scientific and technological laboratories and research facilities.

Arizona State University plans to create a unique mixed-use development on 330 acres at the north end of the Tempe Campus that will celebrate the confluence of the country’s largest university by enrollment, vibrant downtown Tempe, and a set of major amateur sports venues.   This is an opportunity to create an emblematic model for planning and development that will demonstrate the future of creative urban neighborhood design and sustainable development.  Visit ASU’s Global Institute for Sustainability for more information on ASU’s innovation and leadership in sustainability. 

Arizona State University requests statements of qualifications from firms or developers for the planning and development of one of the country’s premiere sustainable urban development opportunities, in an area identified as the University Athletics Facilities District (the “District”). 

The District is approximately 330 gross acres and is located in the geographic and demographic center of the rapidly growing Phoenix Metropolitan Area with its more than three million residents.  It boasts unparalleled transportation access, being 1.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the fifth busiest airport in the country, a quarter-mile from a full interchange of the Loop 202 Freeway and with immediate proximity to the Loop 101 Freeway, fully developed adjacent arterial street systems and the Valley’s 20-mile-long light rail system.   Unique features of the District include its direct adjacency to Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus of 76,000 students, faculty and staff, Sun Devil Stadium, Wells Fargo Arena, lake-front development opportunities upon Tempe Town Lake, and access to unique urban recreational opportunities such as Tempe Butte Park and the 2,000-acre Papago Park.  This combination of location, access and amenities makes the District one of the most viable and exciting mixed-use development opportunities in the Phoenix Metro Area, if not the entire Southwestern United States.

The University’s intent in releasing a Request for Qualifications is to gauge interest in this development opportunity as the initial step in selecting one or more firms or developers for the planning and development of the land in the District.  This solicitation is the first step in a three-phase process. Once a shortlist is created from the review of this Request for Qualifications, teams on the shortlist will be asked to submit a business plan describing how they would plan, finance and develop the District.  The final phase of the process will be an interview of the top respondents to select a development team.  Our hope is to identify the entity (or entities) that have the vision, experience, financial strength and capacity to transform this highly visible and accessible property in a manner that maximizes the financial returns to the University while delivering significant, tangible and measurable environmental, social, cultural and economic impact to the University and the community.

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