Located in downtown Phoenix, the new LEED Silver, six-story, 225,000 sq. ft., 110-foot tall building has become an integral part of the fabric of ASU’s energizing downtown campus and a harbinger of Phoenix’s redevelopment. Ground floor retail spaces and ample shaded arcades foster outdoor seating and café life. The main entrance to the structure is under a three-story high “front porch” facing the civic space, and includes a large, scrolling, electronic news ticker highlighting the most current headlines. As truth and honesty are guiding principles to journalism and the legendary Walter Cronkite –so are they to the design of the building. The architecture is specifically expressive of function and materiality. The exterior is clad with glass, masonry and multi-colored metal panels -the pattern of the panels is inspired by the Radio Spectrum. The Cronkite School occupies all of the second and third floors and a portion of the fourth and sixth floors. The airy, multi-tiered First Amendment Forum is the heart of the school. By day, students gather between classes, and in the evenings, the grand hall transforms into a public forum where students and industry leaders discuss the most critical issues facing today’s news media. The Cronkite News Watch and KAET Channel 8 Public TV both transmit live from their state-of-the-art studios on the sixth floor. Satellite dishes from transmission are housed on the roof; they are specifically not screened and directly express the building’s function as one of communication.