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Creative Futures Lab & The Plaza at Mesa City Center

City of Mesa | Arizona State University Creative Futures Lab & The Plaza at Mesa City Center | Mesa, Arizona

Arizona State University Creative Futures Lab (CFL) at Mesa City Center and The Plaza at Mesa City Center consists of a three-story, 117,795-sq.-ft. new building and 1,500-sq.-ft. of commercial space.

Project Details

CFL will be an academic building housing program offered by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts related to digital and sensory technology, experiential design, gaming, media arts, film production, and entrepreneurial development and support. These programs will utilize augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3-D modeling and visualization to develop technology with the potential to impact industries as diverse as healthcare, aerospace, manufacturing, and entertainment.

The ground floor will contain a large exhibition gallery, screening theaters, and a café. Floors two and three will include production studios, fabrication labs, flexible classrooms, and innovative spaces for collaboration. A unique aspect of this building is the 2,800-sq.-ft. enhanced immersion studio where students can create augmented realities and map virtual spaces onto physical environments.

The Plaza at Mesa City Center is a two-acre gathering space, located just south of the CFL building, with a large open community space, amphitheater-style grass seating, water features, and seasonal ice rink. With a Light Rail exit next to The Plaza, there are many opportunities for community involvement and interaction.

Image courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson & Holly Street Studio.