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ASU Expands into DTLA’s Historic Herald Examiner Building

Tempe, AZ-based Arizona State University signed a lease to open a downtown Los Angeles campus in the historic Herald Examiner building on Broadway at 11th Street. The university plans to occupy 80,000 square feet of office space in the long-closed five-story former newspaper building built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst.

The facility will feature open floor plans, which can be used for classes, community events and other programs. It will house students from ASU’s journalism school, as well as the Herberger Institute and other programs. The move is part of an ambitious multiple-discipline expansion by ASU, which  also has locations in Santa Monica, Washington, D.C., as well as in China, Vietnam, Mexico City and Dubai.

New York-based Georgetown Co. owns the building with the Hearst Corp. and Santa Monica-based Main Street Advisors, an investment partnership that includes LeBron James and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. An affiliate of ASU will also be part-owner through the lease transaction.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.