Location & City (major crossroads/exact address): 260 Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona
Size (SF): 497,000 SF
Estimated start and completion dates (by month or quarter): June 2014 / December 2015
Project Description/Additional Information: Situated on a 3.69-acre site adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, the high visibility development consists of 264 Class A market-rate apartments in four stories of wood framed structure with two levels of parking below grade. The podium will be elevated approximately four feet above grade which will enhance the characteristics of its architecture in addition to lessening the potential of subterranean water issues due to the proximity of the project to the existing lake. The site is currently vacant and is part of the Hayden Ferry Lakeside Master Plan, near Arizona State University and the Mill Avenue Entertainment District.
Diamond Children’s Medical Center at University Medical Center
Developer: University Medical Center Contractor: Kitchell Architect: NTD Architects Size: 100,000 SF Location: 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson Completed: September 2010
The Diamond Children’s Medical Center at UMC in Tucson is a “family centered” pediatric facility that serves young patients throughout southern Arizona. Providing construction services on an existing campus was a challenge, but Kitchell worked closely with various entities, and the interactions became the basis of work plans that evolved over time. The design of the hospital accommodates families’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Following designs of NTD Architecture, Kitchell built 36 NICU beds, 20 PICU private rooms, and a pediatric emergency department, to name a few components. There are also murals, a canopy, a large telescope and stage, and children’s library.
Honorable Mention: Ryan House at St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Developer: St. Joseph’s Hospital Contractor: Kitchell Architect: Orcutt-Winslow Size: 25,107 SF Location: 110 W. Merrell St., Phoenix Completed: February 2010
Developer: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Contractor: Sundt Construction Architect: DWL Size: 25,000 SFLocation: 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.
Developer: Children’s Museum of Phoenix Contractor: Perini Building Company Architect: Ganymede Design Group Size: 37-foot tall interactive exhibit constructed of 50 tons of steel Location: Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix Completed: April 2010
The Schuff Perini Climber, a 50-ton wild maze of steel, is the newest and perhaps most unique interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. It is the largest and most creative climber in the U.S. With 981 pieces of steel all placed at an angle and no design repetition, the structure was comparable to erecting a complicated building. Adventuresome climbers (it is intended for youths 10 and under) have four options to ascend the structure. Children can crawl, walk and climb on tube steel columns and beams, a water-park slide lined for traction, a ladder, plywood ramps and see-through fiberglass grating. As part of the design/build team, Schuff Steel spent more than 400 hours inputting each piece (all 981) into AutoCAD. Perini Building Company and its subcontractors built and attached all of the super-sized appendages, laid plywood, painted, and enclosed the structure with wire netting. Approximately 75% of the climber was donated, with Schuff and Perini the major contributors.
Developer: The Plaza Companies Contractor: Summit Builders Architect: DAVIS Size: 735,651 SF Location: 23005 N. 74th St., Scottsdale Completed: March 2010
Vi at Silverstone is a new, continuing care retirement community on a 35-acre campus. It consists of a 4-story, 467,857 SF main lodge building with 203 independent living units, an underground parking structure, a 2-story care center with 60 units and 67 residential villas. Common areas include formal and casual dining rooms, a lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, gym facilities, a theater, and an 18-hole putting course. Vi was “fast-tracked,” with the first phase completed 3 months ahead of schedule and the second phase completed one month ahead of schedule. Traditional materials, classic architectural and attention to detail placement are components of the distinct styling of the community. Vi’s purpose is to provide older adults with a superior living environment.
Honorable Mention: Sagewood, Phase 1
Developer: LCS/Westminster Partnership IV Contractor: The Weitz Company Architect: Todd & Associates Size: 878,559 SF Location: 4555 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Completed: November 2010
Developer: Musical Instrument Museum Contractor: Ryan Companies US Architect: RSP Architects Size: 190,000 SF Location: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Completed: April 2010
As the first global musical instrument museum, the 190,000 SF ground-up project houses more than 12,000 instruments and objects representing musical traditions. The museum’s modern massing and modest mix of simple forms and materials blend with the desert landscape. MIM includes a state-of-the-art, 299-seat theater. Much of the façade was constructed of sandstone imported from India. The lobby/atrium space, known as “El Rio,” is finished in Venetian plaster and Italian porcelain tile. Sustainable features were integrated, including the use of fly ash in the concrete, 25,000 SF of photovoltaic solar panels on the second-story roof areas, a chemical-free chiller water system and extensive xeriscaping.
It’s no surprise that Sundt just celebrated its 120th anniversary. It is one of Arizona’s most respected businesses and among the 100 largest general contractors in the U.S. The company was founded in 1890 by Norwegian ship carpenter Mauritz Martinsen Sundt and has prospered and thrived ever since.
The company has gained and kept the respect of its clientele because of the quality and service it provides. Sundt employees take pride in their work, because they not only work for Sundt, they own it. The company is 100% employee owned.
The high-caliber work Sundt performs can be seen through many projects in Arizona, around the U.S. and abroad. Sundt has completed projects for the U.S. military, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the Metro Light Rail, Sea World and condominiums in Saudi Arabia, to name a few.
Sundt prides itself not only on the relationships it develops with its customers, but also its relationship with the community. Sundt’s community service includes work with Habit for Humanity and participating in various walks for different organizations.
Through Sundt’s many years in the business, it has created a core philosophy: we are only as good as our people. This motto has helped it achieve the respect of the community, clients, and fellow contractors.
Developer: City of Chandler Contractor: Sundt Construction Architect: SmithGroup Size: 125,000 SF Location: 175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Completed: October 2010
Chandler City Hall is a low-to-mid-rise complex consisting of administrative offices, a public TV studio and Council Chambers. City Hall is a modern, efficient and environmentally appropriate building. The complex is designed with open space and shaded walkways. Flexibility within the building allows for change as both the community and the city’s technological needs evolve. The space within the building is multi-functional, able to accommodate individuals, small social groups and large gatherings. Space also includes bicycle storage and changing rooms. Above all, the new Chandler City Hall is not just another office building. It creates a sense of place and identity, giving the residents of Chandler a destination that serves as the city’s new community center.
Honorable Mention: Mercy Medical Commons
Developer: Irgens Development Partners Contractor: Okland Construction Architect: Architectural Nexus Broker: Grubb & Ellis Size: 47,000 SF Location: 3645 S. Rome St., Gilbert Completed: September 2010
Sedona-Oak Creek Red Rock High School Performing Arts Center
Developer: Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies Architect: Orcutt-Winslow Size: 23,000 SF Location: 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona Completed: August 2010
Red Rock High School’s new Performing Art Center combines sustainable building strategies and state-of-the-art technology for students and the community, while embracing the character of Sedona-Oak Creek. The arts center is the final portion of the construction and renovation project initiated by the school district and the community to expand educational and cultural resources. The 750-seat performance hall is on target to earn LEED Gold status. The project also includes a 850 KW solar component, which is among the largest school-related solar plants in the Southwest. The project also features the use of natural light, including large windows and skylights.
Honorable Mention: Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus
New Saguaro Building and Palo Verde Renovation
Developer: Maricopa Community Colleges Contractor: Johnson Carlier Architect: SmithGroup Size: 36,995 SF Location: 7110 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa Completed: August 2010
Developer: 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
Developer: Paradise Valley Unified School District Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction Architect: DLR Group Size: 14,000 Location: 3950 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix Completed: October 2010
Winner of Best Public Project: Musical Instrument Museum
Since 1978 RSP Architects has been creating spaces nationally and internationally. With offices in Phoenix, Minneapolis, Rochester, Minn., China and India, RSP employs more than 200 people — and one penguin. The firm has worked with companies around the globe and has a diverse portfolio ranging from the spectacular Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale to work with the U.S. military.
RSP’s No. 1 goal is to provide excellent service to its clients. RSP not only designs the space, it understands the space. This can be seen in the corporate environments it creates where it makes the environment more productive, yet still comfortable; or in the museums it designs where it makes sure the acoustics are just right; even in the schools it creates with an environment to spark curiosity and inspire students to achieve.
RSP architects not only strive to make it’s building beautiful and useful, but also sustainable. The firm believes “sustainable design is inherent within any good, smart building design.” RSP is committed to the 2030 Challenge, which requires architecture firms to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. RSP also has completed 12 LEED certified projects.
With more than 30 years of experience, RSP Architects has developed key criteria when working with a client. RSP believes stewardship, discipline and adaptability will create results.
Developer: RED Development Contractor: The Weitz Company Architect: Callison Architecture Broker: CB Richard Ellis Size: 1.12M SF Location: One E. Washington St., Phoenix Completed: April 2010
CityScape is Downtown Phoenix’s newest, urban mixed-use development. CityScape added needed (and desired) retail uses and jobs in the downtown core and linkages to development on adjacent blocks. The project addresses the significant lack of retail/commercial space in Downtown Phoenix. That need was met through the completion of 200,000 SF of new retail shops. Retail and office space is more than 90% leased in the 28-story building. Tenants include Lucky Strike Lanes, Gold’s Gym, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona, Alliance Bank, Urban Outfitters and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Rounding out the mix is the 242-room, 4-Star Kimpton Palomar Hotel, which is scheduled to open later this year. CityScape’s construction includes the use of high-efficiency glass.
Honorable Mention: Gila River Indian Community, District One Service Center
Developer: Gila River Indian Community Contractor: W.E. O’Neil Construction Architect: DLR Group-KKE Size: 30,347 SF Location: 15722 N. Toki Rd., Coolidge Completed: June 2010