Large Project: Talking Stick Resort
Developer: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Contractor: Chanen Construction Co.
Architect: FFKR Architects
Size: 1.5M SF
Location: 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: April 2010
The newest resort in Scottsdale, the $440M Talking Stick Resort, rises on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Rd. The project includes 497 guest rooms and suites, a 15,000 SF casino, more than 100,000 SF of conference space, 10 restaurants, lounges, a spa, and a 750-seat entertainment venue. The project features a design theme in harmony with the environment, as well as the history and culture of he SRP-MIC. The interior design includes themes from the basketry and pottery for which the tribes are renowned. The project utilized Native American-owned contractors and sub-contractors. The development and construction, as well as the ongoing operations provide a significant economic benefit to the Salt River Nation.
Small Project: The Phoenician Ballroom Expansion
Developer: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Contractor: Perini Building Co.
Architect: Cadiz Design Studio
Broker: Bridgit, Inc.
Size: 50,000 SF
Location: 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: October 2010
It took a team to work through a number of significant challenges to deliver the $40M, 49,000 SF Camelback Ballroom complex on time and within budget. Among the most daunting was maintaining the Five Diamond resort’s reputation while construction was taking place. To add to the complexity of the project, the freestanding structure physically connects to the Phoenician’s existing meeting space. Highlights of the ballroom include 15,000 SF of space divisible into seven separate rooms, a 4,000 SF full kitchen with loading dock, 7,200 SF of pre-function area, and a 7,000 SF lobby and registration area. The ballroom is one of just four luxury properties in the U.S. that can accommodate up to 800 people. At the peak of construction, more than 200 crafts people from 56 firms worked on the project, 95% of which were Arizona based.