ASU Breaks Ground for $129M Law School Building
- Nov 17, 2014
Arizona State University recently broke ground for a $129 million addition to its law school. The project encompasses 280,000 square feet of space, 18 classrooms, a large lecture hall for undergraduate education and two levels of underground parking. In addition, the building will feature first-floor retail, additional space for the ASU Alumni Law Group, two think tanks and various cross-disciplinary centers.
Dubbed the Arizona Center for Law and Society, the project is located on a site bordered by Taylor Street on the North, 1st Street on the West, Polk Street on the South and 2nd Street on the East. The groundbreaking ceremony included dignitaries such as retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, ASU President Michael Crow and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
“What you’re seeing here today is the launching of America’s great model for a new law school of the future,” said Crow in a statement. “The older models of university engagement have run their course. This is the new way and we’re forging the new way. We’ve planted our flag here and we’re only going to advance.”
“Leaders will be coming out of this building, including some of the top lawyers, future Supreme and State Court justices,” Stanton added.
Funding for the project has been obtained from the City of Phoenix, which provided the land and $12 million, construction bonds through ASU, and private and public donations such as $10 million from Leo and Annette Beus. The Arizona Center for Law and Society has raised more than $30 million toward its $50 million target.