The landscape of Arizona’s Antelope Canyon serves as an inspiration for McCord Hall. With regionally sourced bricks, the tone and material echo the surrounding context, complemented by concrete, wood, and indigenous flora. The warm, earth tones help McCord Hall integrate with ASU’s existing campus in the state’s arid geography.
The native plants minimize water consumption and a series of raised pools help to manage thermal comfort. The site is designed to capture stormwater from the larger district, cycle it through retention gardens, and direct it to underground storage tanks beneath the existing sports fields adjacent to the building site.