Renaissance Square

Four architectural firms work to reimagine an entire floor at Renaissance Square

Renaissance Square’s “outdated image” is getting reimagined by four architectural groups, which were selected by the office development’s latest owners to design the entire fourth floor of Renaissance One.

Video courtesy of Oaktree Capital – Renaissance Square from Lee & Associates Arizona on Vimeo.

The redesigns, dubbed “Project Future,” will turn the 18,379-square-foot fourth floor offices into open, collaborative spaces with customization in mind. New bathrooms will be constructed and the elevator lobby and corridors will have a specialized design for the floor.

A joint venture between Cypress Office Properties LLC and Oaktree Capital Management LP purchased Renaissance Square last December for $151.25 million. The office towers have been going through a $50 million renovation since shortly after the purchase.

Building One at Renaissance Square will have a “tech” atmosphere, with a lobby that features a live plant wall with integrated technology for digital signage. (Provided photo)

Each of the four selected architectural groups for the fourth floor renovations will be in charge of a speculative suite. The finished offices will be unveiled this October after the completion of the renovation’s first phase.

The architectural groups were able to randomly select which suite they would work and the industry their designs would zero in on. The architectural groups include:

  • Evolution Design will make the designs with the technology industry in mind for a 6,552-square-foot office space
  • McCarthy Nordburg will design a 2,913-square-foot space geared for the financial industry
  • RSP Architects LTD will reimagine a 5,341-square-foot office with a nonprofit in mind
  • SmithGroupJJR will design a 3,574-square foot law office

“Markets with similar trends to Phoenix, such as Houston and Los Angeles, have successfully experimented with this concept. Renaissance Square and the teams involved created the perfect project scenario to bring collaboration like this to Phoenix,” said Mark Jacobs, managing director at Oaktree Capital Management and concept creator. “We’re not just changing the outdated image of Renaissance Square – we’re showing the community and tenants that existing spaces can offer “blank canvas” opportunities to create new and trend setting environments for today’s workplace, and we’re also allowing leading, local architects free reign to show us what future office interactivity and functionality will be in the next five to ten years.”

Each suite will still offer private spaces, and also include: training spaces, presentation areas and moveable walls.

Building Two at Renaissance Square will feature boutique-style interior finishes, with a warm hospitality feel.

Jacobs selected each of the four firms that will be redesigning the suites on the fourth floor.

The four teams are designing the spaces with flexibility in mind, so future tenants in any industry could operate within the space, said Alissa Franconi, senior associate at RSP Architects LTD.

“Each space incorporates features that have never been seen before, not just from a design stand point, but in how they function as the workplace evolves,” Franconi said.

Phoenix-based Jokake Construction will work as the general contractor for the “Project Future” suites. Renaissance Square’s leasing team is Craig Coppola, Bill Blake, Andrew Cheney, Colton Trauter and Gregg Kafka of Lee & Associates.

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