Architect(s) : Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
Address : 555 N Central Ave, PHOENIX-ARIZONA, United States
Latitude/Longitude : 33.453771,-112.073505
Photographs : Bill Timmerman
Executive Architect : HDR Architecture Inc
Design Builder : Sundt Construction
Area : 225000.0 m²
Manufacturers : GKD Metal Fabrics
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, this new state-of-the-art facility is located in downtown Phoenix. Strategically situated at the corner of Central Avenue and Taylor Street Mall, it is an integral part of the fabric of ASU’s downtown campus. The six-story, 220,000 sq. ft., 110-foot tall building is taking cues from and energizes the community in which it resides.
The complex has ground floor retail spaces. Ample shaded arcades under the building’s perimeter foster outdoor seating and cafe life. Under a three-story high “front porch” that faces the civic space, there is the main entrance to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. An urban gesture toward Central Avenue, the civic space and the Taylor Street Mall is the characteristic of this covered portal. Many of the School of Journalism functions on upper levels are oriented toward and have open terraces overlooking Central Avenue. Visibility to and from the schools busy newsrooms and Central Avenue and the civic space was given special attention in the design process.