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Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Phoenix, AZ United States

HDR Architecture

 

Project Description

Metal Sales™ creates a stunning metal envelope for Arizona State University’s distinguished Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, AZ.

The 223,000 square foot, six-story, multi-level facility is home to offices, retail space, restaurants, 17 media-equipped classrooms, seven computer labs, and seven professional newsrooms. The building also houses one of the country’s largest PBS stations, KAET Channel Eight. Its state-of-the-art technology and smartly designed space are unparalleled in journalism education, and the Metal Sales-supplied façade does its part to create a stand-out impression on the school’s campus.

One notable design element is its three-story core known as “The First Amendment Forum,” a multi-tiered common area at the building’s center. This space celebrates the connectivity of communication, thus yielding functional form in the interior as well.

 

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Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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  • Design Consultant: Ehrlich Architects 
  • General Contractor: SUNDT Construction 
  • Metal Installer: Gen3 AZ, LLC 
 
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Specified Products

Metal Sales T13-A - Wall panels, T23 - Wall panels

Metal Sales’ T23 panels feature a 3” vertical rib, giving the envelope an eye-catching texture in a tri-color pattern of Colonial Red, Terra Cotta and Copper Penny, modeled from the campus’ desert surroundings. The panels are situated to reflect the FCC’s Radio Frequency Spectrum Allocation chart, which plots nationwide wireless communication allotment for outlets like cell phones, Wifi, broadcast TV/Radio, etc. – thus appropriately emulating the facility’s purpose. This form-meets-function approach is further achieved by a section of the building that is clad in horizontally ribbed Metal Sales T13-A panels in Metallic Silver, and supports a row of satellite dishes.

From the outside, the commanding metal façade harmonizes with its urban Phoenix environment. Metal was chosen for this impressive LEED Silver-Certified building both for its sustainable recycled content, and for its capacity to be applied quickly, efficiently and economically.

Metal is a very popular choice for projects of this nature, owing to its long-lasting durability and inherently eco-friendly composition. Metal Sales offers supreme panel products that hold up well in the extreme Arizona heat. And with a 45 year paint warranty, they are guaranteed to maintain their visual appeal even after decades of wear. Additionally, with all Metal Sales standard colors ENERGY STAR® listed, their highly reflective nature may actually help a facility to lower its cooling costs.

 
 

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