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RED AWARDS 2014: Merit for Iconic Development

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.‎

Manzanita Hall
Developer: American Campus Communities
Contractor: hardison/downey construction
Architect: Studio Ma
Size: 218,000 SF
Location: 600 E. University Dr.
Completed: October 2013

manzyThis merit award winner can be appreciated by all the locals who have had generations of their families get the Sun Devil experience among the halls of this dormitory…To add to its local significance, this building also happens to serve as an underground pull box that feeds utilities from an underground tunnel system to ASU’s public safety and IT departments as well as the State DPS radio loop.

Honorable Mention:
Melrose Gateway Monument
Developer: City of Phoenix
General Contractor: Weitz
Architect: Gensler

Gensler_City of Phoenix_Melrose Final Rendering_night The 80-foot steel Melrose Gateway Monument, arched above the threshold of the Melrose Neighborhood District in central Phoenix, was fully fabricated and constructed in Phoenix. The steel was made from recycled content, its design abstracted from an organic floral pattern that strives to give a brand identity to the mid-century modern influences apparent in the neighborhood and its businesses.


Hardison/Downey Construction, Inc. Completes Manzanita Hall Remodel

hardison/downey construction inc. (h/dc) recently celebrated the completion of Arizona State University’s Manzanita Hall, a nearly three‐year project that included a full gut and remodel of the historic 15‐story building on University Drive.

Interior of Manzanita Hall.

Interior of Manzanita Hall.

Nicknamed “Manzy,” the dorm was originally constructed in 1967 to accommodate 1,000 female students, towering over other campus buildings. The remodeled, 218,000‐square‐foot building now offers a total of 241 two‐ and three‐bedroom/one bathroom, and four‐bedroom/two‐bathroom units for 816 co‐eds.

Students enjoy a spacious lobby, mail and computer rooms, shared student lounges on every other floor, a modern fitness facility, basketball courts and a sand volleyball court with new landscaping.

Manzy Square, the student dining facility, was also remodeled on the first floor.

“It’s always difficult to work within the boundaries of a tight, active campus, but with the team’s diligence and tenacity we were able to blend the design intent with the architectural requirements of ASU to deliver another outstanding project,” said h/dc Senior Project Manager Russ Myers.

Interior of Manzanita Hall.

Interior of Manzanita Hall.

Most of the students housed at Manzy are in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the building was designed to encourage students to live and study together.

hd/c was the general contractor of the building for owner American Campus Communities. The project was designed by Studio Ma with Solomon Cordwell & Buenz and was built to LEED® Silver standards.