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Tempe-based Evolution Design Wins National ASID Award For White Tank Branch Library

 

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) honored Evolution Design of Tempe with the national Elevate Award for best Institutional Design for the White Tank Branch Library in Waddell.

Surrounded entirely by pristine Sonoran desert, the 29,000 SF library and nature center, winner of the 2011 RED Award for Most Sustainable Project, is designed to serve both library and park visitors.

Beyond efficient functional planning, primary concerns were energy efficiency, water conservation, passive solar design and returning the site to its native appearance – all of which helped it become the fourth public library in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum certification.

Design services encompassed programming through construction administration, including furniture specification. The library has 12-inch thick tilt walls, integrally colored in shades of green, exposed on the interior expressing interpretations of the petroglyphs that are present on-site at the park.

Accent colors of fuchsia, marigold and fire-brush red contrast the sage green backdrop and reflect the library’s natural setting. River rock stone inlays form a natural entry path to the building. In order to maximize the exterior views, library shelving stacks are kept low, providing visitors with 180-degree vistas to the desert beyond.

The overall layout of the building, completed in November 2010, follows the radial pattern of the exterior fins, again maximizing the views from all vantage points.

A dozen ASID chapters submitted more than 100 award-winning entries from around the U.S. The event was held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The black tie event included a silent auction and ASID acknowledgement of the 2013 Class of ASID Fellows which included the contemporary design legend Barbara Barry.

Developer of the project was the Maricopa County Library District; general contractor was Mortenson Construction; and architect was DWL.

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Patient Experience Simulation Lab Inspires Conference Attendees

Attendees of the 2012 Healthcare Design Conference held recently at the Phoenix Convention Center were privy to a unique showcase: the first “Patient Experience Simulation Lab” allowing small groups of designers, hospital administrators and other healthcare stakeholders to experience a virtual tour of unfriendly design features compared to an actual tour of a “patient-empowered room.”

The full-scale model was the result of a design competition that the Institute for Patient-Centered Design held to gather best practice ideas from healthcare designers. The winning submission, created by Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater, came to fruition with the help of DWL Architects + Planners which created the construction documents, i-Frame Building Solutions which provided the walls for the room model, and Kitchell which built the mock-up.

“We are empathetic builders – looking at each project by putting ourselves in the patient role,” said Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth. “That’s why participating in this project was so intriguing.”

The project was built in two short days in a 2,000 SF space, leaving room for facilitated discussions and a virtual experience alongside the model. The popular workshops, which took place throughout the conference, engaged a diverse group of patients, designers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders in a collaborative exchange for improving the patient environment of care.

Featuring color selections indigenous to Arizona – even a back-lit picture window that emulated a grassy hospital courtyard area — the room allowed participants to experience the inpatient room from the perspective of the end users, moving about the space while assuming the role of the patient or family member in a pre-determined scenario. Feedback from the sessions will be included in ongoing research that will result in new evidence-based design tools for patient room design.

“This room is not the patient room of the future; but, rather a laboratory for examining the impact of design features on the patient experience,” said the Institute’s Tammy Thompson. “We were able to usher through those who are responsible for building hospitals and share patient insights in a collaborative environment, providing powerful feedback from practicing nurses, real patients and their families.”

 

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Best Redevelopment Project 2011

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

West Terminal Expansion, Phase 1

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport West Terminal Expansion, Phase 1Developer: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
Contractor:
Sundt Construction
Architect:
DWL
Size:
25,000 SF
Location: 6033 S. Sossaman Rd., Mesa
Completed:
November 2010

The West Terminal Expansion project epitomizes the growth and rising popularity of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport during the past 15 years as a redevelopment civilian-use airport. It is a prime model for the successful collaboration effort that drove the redevelopment of a former military base, Williams AFB, which closed in 1993. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Authority’s planning and forward thinking are credited for guiding the project from a shuttered facility to the Southeast Valley’s top destination for a burgeoning aerospace industry and higher education. The area is also home to the ASU Polytechnic Campus, EV Institute of Technology and Chandler-Gilbert CC. The project includes a new, 25,000 SF building, a remodel of the existing passenger terminal, and expanded arrival/departure roadway and convenient parking. A unique amenity is the post-security courtyard, where passengers can linger in shaded landscaped gardens connected to the new building’s food and beverage concession and patio seating.




Honorable Mention: Cowley Companies Warehouse Office

Honorable Mention: Cowley Companies Warehouse OfficeDeveloper: Cowley Companies
Contractor:
Cowley Companies
Architect:
ODA (Office of Desert Architecture)
Size:
8,960 SF
Location:
1242 E. Jackson St., Phoenix
Completed:
May 2010

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Most Sustainable Project 2011

White Tank Branch Library and Nature Center

Most Sustainable 2011: White Tank Branch Library and Nature CenterDeveloper: Maricopa County Library District
Contractor:
Mortenson Construction
Architect:
DWL
Size:
29,000 SF
Location:
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Rd., Waddell
Completed:
November 2010

The White Tank Branch Library and Nature Center has set and achieved aggressive energy conservation goals. Among them: it is pursuing LEED Gold certification and it has documented a 50% reduction in energy usage beyond a typical code-compliant building. About 25% of the building’s energy is generated on site by a 53.58 KW DC/43.8 KW AC photovoltaic array. The project’s design team also was conscious of water usage, and all fixtures are “low flow,” contributing to a 30% reduction of water beyond a typical library. Other features that contribute to a large reduction in energy usage include the library’s sweeping panoramic windows, concrete shade fins, R30 foam roof insulation, and R13 foil-faced batt insulation to minimize the impact of the desert’s harsh temperature swings. The library is enhanced by its pristine desert location and the inclusion of the park’s nature center, where visitors can combine a trip to the library with lessons learned about their environment.




Honorable Mention: CREST Specialty School

Honorable Mention: CREST Specialty SchoolDeveloper: Paradise Valley Unified School District
Contractor:
Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect:
DLR Group
Size:
14,000
Location:
3950 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix
Completed:
October 2010