Cronkite Building Fact Sheet

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007


Overview: Six stories, 110-feet tall, 223,000 square feet $71 million cost, part of $223 million bond issue approved by Phoenix voters Ground floor retail facing Central Avenue, First Street and Taylor Street Mall Shaded arcades under building’s perimeter to foster outdoor seating “café life” Main entrance on Taylor Street Mall under a three-story high “front porch,” “an urban gesture toward Central Avenue, the civic space and Taylor Street Mall” Exterior materials include glass, metal and masonry. “The composition is kinetic and dynamic – symbolic of journalism and the media’s role in our open society” Satellite dishes on roof placed to be clearly visible to express the building’s communication function Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: All of floors 2 and 3 and parts of floors 4 and 6; 102,592 square feet Large two-story public forum with balconies for formal events and informal gatherings, the central element of the interior’s design Spacious glass-enclosed student lounge/reading room off of forum Five working newsrooms to house full immersion professional experiences for all forms of journalism and communications – TV, print, radio multimedia and PR Two TV studios with adjoining state-of-the-art digital control rooms for daily newscasts and satellite feeds Homes for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, the New Media Innovation Lab and a new center for new media entrepreneurship Eight other digital computer labs for classes A 150-seat theater-style auditorium, seven conference rooms and four other fully mediated classrooms Eight/KAET – Arizona PBS All of floor 5 and parts of floors 4 and 6; 76,323 square feet Digital video plant with 1.5 GB HDTV transmission reaching 1.7 million viewers Two TV studios, including one that spans nearly 6,000 square feet, located on the 26-foot high top floor State-of-the-art production and audio control rooms, editing suites and transmission center Home to Horizon, ASSET and KBAQ production studio Terrace and conference rooms overlooking Taylor Street Mall General University: Five classrooms (460 seats) on first floor; seven classrooms (210 seats) on fourth floor; 23,015 square feet Source: Design-Build Team of Steven Ehrlich Architects of Culver City, Calif., HDR Architecture Inc. of Phoenix and SUNDT Construction Inc. of Tempe