On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for General Contractor of the Year was Kitchell.
General Contractor of the Year
Winner of Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Honorable Mention for Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Kitchell’s contracting of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new 11-story pediatric tower enables it to serve its pediatric patients with 168 new beds, as well as high-quality outpatient care in new clinics housed on site. Modeled on a night-blooming desert flower and visible from throughout the Valley, the building is visually striking.
However, it is the inner workings of the hospital that are most remarkable – all designed and built with the highest quality patient care, comfort of patients and families, and proximity of specialties in mind. The project also included a new central plant, renovations, and two parking garages, which had to be built in a highly active environment in a busy metropolitan area. Kitchell also implemented an All-Systems Test that will potentially be a staple in the construction of future structures requiring Fire and Life Safety Reports.
The Phoenix landmark was completed four months ahead of schedule and $48M under budget.
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