Shepley Bulfinch is growing its way to a new home this summer when its moves into the south Rotunda at the landmark Phoenix Financial Center.
For the past five years, the Phoenix architecture office has called The Link, its studio at 1st and McDowell, home. When they started to outgrow the space last year, they knew they were looking for something more than square footage. With its distinctive inverted concrete arches and domed roof, the south Rotunda could not have been a better fit for this design-centered practice.
The opportunity to call this mid-century landmark home was irresistible, according to principal Joe Herzog. “This building will be 50 years old this year. I think there’s some amazing symmetry with us as an architecture firm that’s reintroducing ourselves to the community with this move,” he said.
The design of the interior renovation is now underway, with a move-in date this summer. In the meantime, Shepley Bulfinch is setting the stage for Modern Phoenix week by hosting the Reinvent Phoenix community design workshop in the Rotunda space starting tonight.
“Phoenix Financial Center represents not just a time period for America, but a really important time period in the development of Phoenix,” said Herzog. “I think this can be one of those landmarks that really pushes the edge of what downtown really is.”
The Phoenix Financial Center, comprising the South Tower and two rotundas, was designed by Peruvian-born architect in W.A. Sarmiento and opened in 1964.
Shepley Bulfinch announced Edward (Ned) McKnight, AIA, LEED AP joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a senior member of its healthcare design practice.
His clients over the past decade have included Banner Health, the US Veterans Affairs Administration, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Dignity Health. As a healthcare architect, Ned thrives on the complexity of the projects, the evolving nature of the delivery model, and the satisfaction of creating spaces that support and advance healing. Ned is an advocate for environmentally responsive design and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is a registered architect in the state of Arizona and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State (2004) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign.
Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome healthcare planning and design leader David H. Derr, AIA, as a principal in the firm’s Phoenix office, where he will lead the healthcare practice in the Southwest.
In announcing the appointment, Shepley Bulfinch president Carole Wedge said: “David’s strategic understanding of regional and national healthcare trends are a real strength as we advances our presence in the expanding healthcare markets of the West and Southwest.”
David has led healthcare planning and design projects that span the US and the Middlle East, with experience in expanding firms’ healthcare practices. His notable project work includes a replacement medical center for Kaiser Permanente (San Leandro CA); the flagship ambulatory care center for Group Health Cooperative (Bellevue WA); and a proposed cardiac center in Bahrain.
“As a healthcare architect who is keenly aware of the fundamental impact of design on the quality of care, I’m particularly pleased be helping lead Shepley Bulfinch’s healthcare practice,” said David. “Shepley has the rare ability to bring planning, clinical best practice, design excellence, and execution together in its facilities.”
David is a member of the AIA and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree Ohio University.
Shepley Bulfinch announced that Jeremy Kotter, AIA, has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a leader in residential and mixed-use design.
Kotter joins Shepley after managing his own architecture practice in Wisconsin and Arizona, with portfolio of work for civic, institutional, and private clients and a passion for inherently sustainable practices.
His award-winning designs focus on natural material expression and simple palettes, inspired by his extensive travels around Taiwan, where he undertook a series of pro bono projects.
He received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. He is a registered architect in the states of Arizona and Wisconsin and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Architect Shepley Bulfinch has partnered again with Upward Projects to create Postino East, a neighborhood dining spot in the heart of downtown Gilbert.
The 2,700 SF renovation in the southern end of the former Grainbelt Building is the third locale for Postino Wine Cafe and the second collaboration between Shepley Bulfinch and Upward Projects.
“It means a lot to us to be involved with projects like this,” Shepley Bulfinch principal Joseph Herzog, the project’s lead architect, said. “They help breathe life back into communities and neighborhoods and give people new ways to experience a part of the town’s history that has been long overlooked.”
“Shepley Bulfinch understands our commitment to adaptive reuse projects, and together we have resurrected historically relevant buildings with a modern twist,” said Upward Projects partner Lauren Bailey.
The design juxtaposes the building’s original yellow painted structural steel beams and exposed CMU walls and concrete floors with wood trusses, warm colors, and carefully selected vintage furniture, décor, and tile. Mixing industrial features with warm colors and custom wood furniture defines a contemporary space with an inviting atmosphere. The versatile layout includes a wrap-around patio, and green space for larger events. The design blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. The signature interior-exterior bar draws guests through a 16-foot garage door to the patio, where diners have a view of Gilbert’s iconic water tower.
Postino East opened with a March 17 benefit that supported their community partners, Gilbert Public Schools. Upward Projects and Shepley Bulfinch have since announced their latest restaurant design venture: the adaptive reuse of an iconic mid-century Phoenix bank building designed by Alfred Newman Beadle.