Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

The new Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University brings 223,000 square feet of space to the campus and includes classrooms, television studios, and multipurpose meeting spaces. Construction was helped greatly by the city of Phoenix, which fast-tracked permitting, issuing at one point in the process 28 permits in a single day.

Expressing the satellite dishes--normally hidden away--was a conscious choice on the part of the design team. The rest of the building's south façade is broken up by differences in material and form that denote the spaces within, creating a more subtle transparency of expression. ROOFING - Sarnafil Single-ply membrane roof - - SUNSHADES - KT-Fabrication - Aluminum horizontal sunshading system -

The colored metal of the façade is broken up by smooth aluminum composite panels, glazing, and masonry, all of which are arranged in response to the building's program. Light is allowed to penetrate the façade into classrooms, meeting spaces, and computer labs, but broadcasting studios and other light-sensitive areas are concealed behind the opaque surfaces. EXTERIOR PANELS - Alucobond Aluminum composite flat panel system - - GLAZING - Oldcastle Glass - Exterior glazing - - SIGNAGE - Fluoresco Lighting and Signs - Exterior signage -

The Cronkite School's most arresting façade treatment is its painted corrugated-metal siding. The colors reference the surrounding arid landscape, but the pattern is a riff on the FCC's radio spectrum chart, an allusion to the broadcasting training that happens within. SIDING - Metal Sales Manufacturing - Corrugated Metal Siding - - SUNSHADES - GKD Metal Fabrics - Vertical stainless steel sunshading system -

A strip of vertical glazing on the south façade--fitted with an installation of floating aluminum shards by artist and lighting designer Paul Deeb--is made of double-skinned frosted glass. The tower reveals the main public stair and creates a cooling vent with the movement of air through its double skin. SOLAR CHIMNEY - Vox Manufacturing - Custom solar chimney and illuminated art wall - - MASONRY - Western Block - Exterior masonry system -

The building's main lobby has café tables and seating for informal meetings, as well as an information kiosk. Unfinished concrete ceilings are softened with a system of wood-clad ceiling soffits that conceal HVAC ducts. STOOLS - Steelcase - Scoop stool - - PENDANT LIGHTING FIXTURES - Louis Poulsen - Moser pendant fixture - - DOORS - KT-Fabrication - Exterior aluminum door system -

Dimmable lights and a bevy of A/V systems allow the space to be used for multimedia presentations without disturbing the activities in surrounding classrooms and media labs. A stage allows the speaker to be seen without requiring raked auditorium seating. FLOOR SYSTEM - Tate Access Floors - Raised flooring - - MODULAR CARPET TILES - Shaw Contract - Asphalt - - PAINT - Sherwin-Williams - Interior paint -

A central triple-height space is used for lectures and presentations and can accommodate different numbers with movable furniture. The space engages students and faculty on three different levels, with additional seating on a landing on the internal stairway. LOUNGE SEATING - Carolina Business Furniture - Retrospect seating - - CEILING - 9wood - Linear wood ceiling - - PENDANT LIGHTING FIXTURES - Beta Calco - Belaro reflector fixtures -

A newsroom was created to accommodate students in the print journalism program. Systems furniture by Steelcase allows for multiple users and television monitors to showcase news coverage from a series of sources, which helps the students put together their own news service. COENFERENCE TABLE - Vecta E-Table - - SYSTEMS FURNITURE - Steelcase - Post and Beam - - CEILING - Armstrong - Dune square lay-in ceiling tiles - - CREDENZA - Krug - Nexus - casegoods -

Television studios in the building, complete with professional camera and sound equipment and a green screen for weather reports and other computer graphics, allow broadcast journalism students to hone their skills. The building also houses a studio for the local PBS affiliate. CAMERA SUPPORTS - Vinten - Osprey - Elite camera support - - TASK CHAIR - Steelcase - Leap - - FLOORING - Staticworx - ESD vinyl floor tile -

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