Arizona State University (ASU), together with the officials from the City of Mesa, has broken ground on new $73.5m academic building, named ASU @ Mesa City Center, in downtown Mesa, Arizona.
Located at the northwest corner of Pepper Place and Centennial Way, the three-storey ASU @ Mesa City Center will be open to approximately 800 students and faculty in spring 2022.
The new 118,000ft² building will house programmes offered by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts related to digital and sensory technology, experiential design, gaming, media arts, film production and entrepreneurial development and support.
Mesa Mayor John Giles said: “Mesa is thrilled to be breaking ground on ASU @ Mesa City Center.
“These programs from the Herberger Institute for Design will use augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D modelling and visualisation to develop technology with the potential to impact industries as diverse as healthcare, aerospace, manufacturing and entertainment.
“This building is already attracting interest from Fortune 50 companies interested in the emerging technology.”
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The ground floor of the new building will comprise a large exhibition gallery, screening theatres, production studios, fabrication lab, and a public café while the upper floors will feature a mix of classrooms and innovative spaces for collaborations with community and industry.
ASU president Michael Crow said: “Along with the Polytechnic campus in east Mesa, this new Center will give ASU a stronger presence in one of the most important communities we serve.”
Additionally, the building will feature a 3,000ft² enhanced immersion studio to help create augmented realities and map virtual spaces onto physical environments.
The project is supported by $63.5m by City revenues as well as $10m from ASU. Additionally, ASU will contribute $10m for the interior build-out.
ASU will be responsible for all on-going operations and maintenance costs, which are estimated at $1.3m annually.
Additionally, the City is designing Mesa City Center as part of a downtown innovation district.
Illustration of planned ASU facility in Mesa, Arizona in the US. (Credit: Arizona State University)