Designed specifically for undergraduates in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Tooker House is a seven-story, co-ed living and learning community on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.
Built for engineers
The Fulton Schools Residential Community at Tooker House is a seven-story, 1,600-person, co-ed living and learning community for undergraduate students in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
The “dorm built for engineers” features on-site digital classrooms, state-of-the-art makerspaces complete with 3D printers, laser cutters and soldering tools, and a computer lab with all the software and design tools needed for a broad range of engineering courses and projects. Tooker House is fully Wi-Fi accessible with enough bandwidth to accommodate four devices per resident.
Engineers like to see how things work. That’s why much of the building’s infrastructure has been purposefully exposed so that students may study the electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other primary systems within the building.
Outside, students can learn from the building’s most striking feature, hundreds of vertical perforated louvers on the south façade. Each is positioned according to a sophisticated algorithm, ensures daytime sunlight control unique to each window’s location.
“Alexa, tell me about ASU.”
Arizona State University and Amazon bring first-of- its-kind voice technology program to the Tooker House.
Students at Arizona State University this year are taking part in a first-of-its- kind immersive voice technology program on a university campus, with support from the Amazon Alexa team.
As part of the project, students moving into Tooker House will have a new Amazon Echo Dot and become part of the first voice- enabled, learning-enhanced residential community on a university campus.
In addition, students can sign up for courses that teach new concepts focused on building voice user interfaces, including Alexa skills. Incoming freshmen engineering students will be able to build their own Alexa skills and join the growing community of voice developers.
Tooker House features at a glance
- Fully furnished quad apartments with adjoining bathrooms.
- Hardwood-style flooring.
- Quartz stone countertops.
- Microwave and mini-refrigerators in each suite.
- Ceiling fans.
- Access to full-service community kitchens.
- Capacity: 1,600 residents.
- Full service,14,000-square-foot, 525-seat dining facility.
- Recreation center with modern student lounges, billboards and ping pong.
- Modern fitness center with cardio machines and strength equipment.
- On-site laundry facilities with Bluetooth washers and dryers that notify students when cycles are complete.
- Academic success centers with private and semi-private study lounges.
- Convenience store.
- Courtyard with outdoor pavilions and covered terraces.
- Gated community with 24-hour campus security and front desk services.
- Live-in residential staff.
- Targeting LEED Gold certification.
- Exterior, mathematically-positioned louvers provide calculated sunlight control for each window.
- Specialized window glazing allows daylight while maintaining comfort.
- Roof-top water harvesting for nourishing desert-adapted landscapes.
- High efficiency hot water systems and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
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Photographer: Charlie Leight, Arizona State University. Gary and Diane Tooker photograph courtesy of Gary and Diane Tooker.
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Namesakes – Gary and Diane Tooker
Tooker House, a new Arizona State University seven-story, co-ed living and learning community, is named for ASU alumni and long-time supporters Diane and Gary Tooker.
Diane Tooker is an alumnus of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (BAE ’61) and Gary Tooker is an alumnus of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (BAE ’62). She is a former elementary school teacher and business owner and he is former chairman and CEO of Motorola. Download PDF about Diane and Gary Tooker
A legacy of Sun Devil support
The Tookers’ contributions in support of the advancement of ASU and the New American University mission and charter include generous gifts made over the course of 34 years to the Fulton Teachers College, Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona PBS, Educational Outreach and Student Services, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sun Devil Athletics and other programs. In addition, the couple has led numerous ASU advancement efforts through programs including the ASU Foundation’s Women & Philanthropy and President’s Club engagement groups.
Gary is an ASU trustee, served on the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1992 to1994 and from 1994 to 1997, served on the board of the ASU Research Park in Tempe and served on the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board.
Together, the Tookers have advanced ASU through the President’s Club as lifetime members, serving as co-chairs from 2011 to 2013. Diane and Gary have invested both as individuals and through the Tooker Family Foundation to create endowed scholarships for students, supporting the ASU Medallion of Merit Scholars Program, President’s Club scholarships, and endowed scholarships in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
In late 2007, the couple endowed the Diane and Gary Tooker Chair and Professorships in Effective Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The multidisciplinary appointment combines their areas of undergraduate study and their passions: using science and engineering to improve education.
Gary received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1983, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1996 and an Engineering Excellence Award in 1999.
Also in 1999, Diane and Gary were joint recipients of ASU’s James W. Creasman Award of Excellence.
Gary Tooker joined Motorola in 1962, rising to chief operating officer in 1988, president in 1990 and vice chairman and CEO in 1993. He retired from Motorola after serving as chairman of the board from 1997 to 2000.
In addition to serving on Motorola’s board of directors, Gary served on the boards of Eaton Corp, Avnet Inc., ARCO, and Axcelis Technologies, Inc. He also served as a board member and Chair of Board on a number of industry association boards, including the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the American Electronics Association, the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and the Chicago Junior Achievement board. He has served on the Business Roundtable and the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, and as a director of the National Alliance of Business . Additionally, Gary was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1996.
Gary’s contributions to fostering Arizona’s tech sector were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in 2012.
American Campus Communities
Tooker House was built by American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), the nation’s leading student housing company. In 2006, ASU formed a partnership with American Campus Communities designed to improve students’ on-campus living options while minimizing costs to the university and to taxpayers.
Projects have included apartment-style mixed-use housing serving upper-division undergraduates, a complete mixed-use honors college with housing, food service and academic faculty space; freshman housing and dining facilities on West Campus; redevelopment of an iconic campus landmark; and a residential village for the Greek life community (Greek Living Villages).
In total, American Campus Communities has developed 7,719 beds for ASU, all without financial burden to the university or to taxpayers.