Monday, April 2, 2012


Saturday, March 31 - We continued our college campus visitations today by touring the Arizona State University, in Tempe.


We normally look for an architectural theme, liking when the buildings conform to a particular design. Not present here, but the campus was unified by beautiful landscaping and greenery. A beautiful campus!



They have the most unique lighting. Blends in with the

Our first stop was the Sun Devil Stadium.


This facility is uniquely positioned between two mountains.


Students often are seen climbing these mountains to get a free seat for a football game. There is even a paved path, full of switchbacks, leading up the backside of the mountain.

We then walked over to the famous Gammage Auditorium designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. An interesting building but unfortunately locked so we couldn't see inside.


The Hayden Library is actually underground. This photo is taken looking down into the patio area.


We continued our stroll through this beautiful campus passing the Student Center, the College of Education, the Engineering Schools were putting on an Engineering Day for kids, the athletic facilities, the Arts Departments, and numerous dorms. A nice way to spend a gorgeous day.

The Old Main building. Out front was the engineering event.

Music building.
music bldg

Coor Hall was the most unique building on campus. Text fragments and letterforms, etched on the glass façade of Lattie F. Coor Hall, are one of the largest public art projects on campus. Chicago artist BJ Krivanek, commissioned by project architects Gensler and Jones Studio, selected letters from several Latin-based, Native American and Asian languages, as well as numbers and punctuation marks, to represent the universal potential of language




Why has Arizona State University installed six parapet wind turbines on the roof of the recently remodeled Global Institute of Sustainability building? Wind turbines generate electricity from a free and clean renewable resource. They don’t add to global warming. And unlike solar power, the wind is often available both day and night.

Under average conditions, the six turbines produce enough electricity to power about 36 computers, thereby reducing ASU’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources by that amount.


The campus seemed somewhat deserted to us. We thought the students were probably on Spring Break. We stopped a Campus Policeman to ask about the total enrollment (about 50,000) and he said, “No it's not spring break. It's just the fact it's Saturday. Kids are still in bed (at 11 AM).” Ha Ha! It really was surprisingly deserted.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Doesn't surprise me at all that they were still in bed at 11:00 or at least not moving yet. My 25 year old doesn't move on Saturday's either. Those wind turbines definitely get a work out here in the desert.

  2. Yes, the turbines are sure active in the desert and especially so this year. Our park was looking at a proposal for solar power, but found out (1) we'd have needed to cover six acres with solar panels, and (2) the main reason a lot of companies use solar is for tax benefits, and we are a not-for-profit group, so we'd foot the entire bill. No one has proposed wind turbines here, and I hope they don't.

  3. Very pretty and interesting campus.

  4. What a neat place, and great photos! I can still remember my Birthday spent in a "not too delightful" motel in Tempe a few years ago. We were down there to watch the Oregon Ducks take on those Sun Devils. They knocked our quarterback out of the game, and we've been mad at them ever since! Petty, aren't we?

  5. Aha! My love of staying up until 1 or 2 am then sleeping until 10 or 11 am is because I have a young mentality! :)

  6. Enjoyed the tour of the campus. You folks continue to stay so busy! Enjoy yourselves and be safe.

  7. Have never considered campuses as a sightseeing destination, but why not? Really liked what they did at Coor Hall.

  8. It is beautiful! That's where Terry's father worked and retired from.

  9. very interesting and great pics thanks for sharing


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