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The Cronkite School building is a $71 million, six-story state-of-the-art facility that is unparalleled in journalism education. The 223,000-square-foot building features four television studios and a combined 17 newsrooms and computer labs with more than 380 computers.
The building also is home to Arizona PBS, which is operated by the Cronkite School and features a digital video plant with transmissions reaching 1.9 million households.
Opened in 2008, the LEED Silver-certified building features the First Amendment Forum, a large two-story public forum with balconies for formal events. The building also includes a 150-seat theater-style auditorium and the Cronkite Gallery, the school’s journalism museum featuring hundreds of historical items. A 77-watt solar system was installed on the roof of the Cronkite building in December 2011 and includes 322 solar panels. The system generates approximately 122,335-kilowatt hours of electricity annually and reduces greenhouse emissions by 153,000 pounds per year.
The Cronkite School building also has won an International Architecture Award, which is conferred on the world’s most significant new buildings and urban or landscape developments by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in conjunction with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.