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RED AWARDS 2014: Most Challenging Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎


Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale
Developer: Autopilot Development Services
Contractor: Johnson Carlier
Architects: Barry R. Barcus Architects and DAVIS
Size: 173,859 SF
Location: 4725 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: Dec. 30, 2013

This sleek, glass-walled Mercedes-Benz showroom involved 100 percent reuse of an existing office building. This project was completed in two phases because of existing tenant timelines, including a fully functioning dialysis center that moved out two months before construction finished. Other challenging features include a car ramp that connects the second- and third-floor showrooms. The building also includes sustainable resources such as an onsite storage of reclaimed water used for car washing and landscaping, rooftop HVAC units to reduce 50 tons of energy consumption by 25 percent, natural and motion sensor lighting, and maximum use of recyclable and local materials to minimize fuel consumption and waste. The dealership is also within close proximity of multi-family developments that require of the dealership and its amenities to have a sensitivity to the creation of unnecessary noise.