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In keeping with its commitment to continue the trajectory of excellence in Thunderbird School of Global Management and as a reflection of its strategic importance to the university, Arizona State University has made the decision to invest in new facilities for the School and move it to the university’s downtown Phoenix campus.
The new building will have between 85,000 and 95,000 square feet of classroom, meeting, enclave and office space and will be home to both Thunderbird’s graduate degree and its world-class executive education department. It will be ASU's 6th college on the downtown campus and will be located directly south of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law between 1st and 2nd Street on Polk Street. Plans will include room for Thunderbird’s iconic pub and other archival features that reflect the history and unique qualities of the original school which was built in 1946 on a military air base.
Plans are to move Thunderbird from its existing campus no later than January of 2019 into interim space in downtown Phoenix with a move into the new building by the time Thunderbird celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2021.
The move will bring Thunderbird into the professional hub at the center of the America’s fifth largest city, the capitol of a state vigorously engaged in seeking international trade and business opportunities as well as non-profit organizational activity. Thunderbird CEO & Director General Allen J. Morrison calls it, “an exciting new chapter in the history of a transformational institution.”
Thunderbird’s existing 140-acre campus at North 59th Avenue and West Greenway Road will be redeveloped in a collaborative effort led by ASU Enterprise Partners, a not-for-profit organization. The efforts will be designed to catalyze economic development in the West Valley and accelerate the pace of growth and diversification of economic opportunity.