Arizona Center proposed interim location for Thunderbird School

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An illustration of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, which will be moving to downtown Phoenix by the end of January 2019. (Courtesy of ASU)

The Arizona Center will be the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s temporary home on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus pending approval from the Arizona Board of Regents, the university confirmed Tuesday.

ASU is asking ABOR to approve a five-year lease with the Arizona Center for 60,204 square feet of office and classroom space on three adjacent floors.

Current and incoming Thunderbird graduate students are expected to attend class in the Arizona Center rather than the school’s current location in Glendale starting in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 semesters. Classes will then be relocated to a new building near the Beus Center for Law and Society in 2021.

After the Thunderbird students move into their permanent building, ASU plans to use the leased space for classrooms as the Downtown campus continues to expand, ABOR documents said.

The university is already leasing 35,705 square feet in a separate Arizona Center building for office and classroom spaces as Downtown campus programs have outgrown their existing spaces. This space was initially used as an interim location for the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law during its transition from the Tempe campus to the Downtown Phoenix campus.

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The Thunderbird school primarily offers graduate degrees and certificates in international management and business. The school merged with ASU in 2014.

Thunderbird also offers executive education programs that the school is hoping to integrate with current downtown programs including law, healthcare and public service.

The proposed interim location will be presented to the ABOR Business and Finance committee on Jan. 25. Upon approval, it will be presented to the full ABOR committee on Feb. 8-9 to be officially approved.

Contact the reporter at Stephanie.M.Morse@asu.edu.

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