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Gallery: ASU breaks ground on new Mesa building

The long-awaited project brings the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to downtown Mesa

ASU at Mesa City Center groundbreaking

Steven Tepper, the dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (second from left); President Michael Crow; city of Mesa Mayor John Giles; and Mesa Councilmember Jen Duff, along with staff from the University and the city of Mesa, break ground on the ASU at Mesa City Center building on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in downtown Mesa.

ASU broke ground on its new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts building in downtown Mesa Friday, with Mesa Mayor John Giles and University President Michael Crow at the center of the event. 

The over $70 million Creative Futures Laboratory, which is scheduled to start holding classes in Spring 2022, will house over 750 students and faculty. 

The lab will host a number of programs, including digital and sensory technology, media arts, gaming and more. 

The new programs will use virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling and other technologies to "impact industries as diverse as health care, aerospace, manufacturing and entertainment," according to Mesa's website. 

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The building will be over 115,000 square feet and will stand next to another new project, The Plaza @ Mesa City Center, which will be a two acre community area. 

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Alex Gould is one of the editors of the photo desk. He is also currently working with The Arizona Republic as an intern photographer, Cronkite News as a visual journalist and working on assets for Arizona PBS.

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