This state-of-the-art facility is located in downtown Phoenix, serving an integral part of the fabric of ASU's downtown campus. Strategically situated at the corner of Central Avenue and Taylor Street Mall, the six-story, 220,000 sq. ft., 110-foot tall building is taking cues from and energizes the community in which it resides.
The building activates the street and instigates collaboration. ”
Steven Ehrlich, Founding Partner
The complex has ground floor retail spaces. Ample shaded arcades under the building's perimeter foster outdoor seating and cafe' life. The main entrance to the structure is under a three-story high "front porch" facing the civic space. This covered portal is an urban gesture toward Central Avenue, the civic space and the Taylor Street Mall.
To say the student reaction has been positive would be an understatement.”
Christopher Callahan, Dean
Many of the School of Journalism functions on upper levels are oriented toward and have open terraces overlooking Central Avenue. The design pays special attention to visibility to and from the school's busy newsrooms and Central Avenue and the civic space.