RED Awards 2012: Best Public Project, Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities

AZ Big Media events | 15 Feb, 2012 |

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Public Project was Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Best Public Project

Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities

Developer: ABIL
Contractor: CalibeR Construction
Architect: Baldinger Studios
Size: 45,000 SF
Location: 5031 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Completed: November, 2011

Virginia G. PiperThe Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center was designed to fit the needs specifically for persons with disabilities and demonstrate the many possibilities achievable through exercise. As a result of ABIL, CalibeR Construction and Baldinger Studios, this facility completes the development of Disability Empowerment Center for Arizona. It is the first campus in the West that centers on the recreational and convalescent essentials for persons with disabilities. It maintains comfort and security of not only those utilizing the center, but also offers the public the opportunity to contribute to this non-profit organization. Amenities includes an indoor arena with seating for 700 spectators and a 1/10th-mile elevated running track. In addition to serving the disabled community, the center adheres to various energy-saving components. Some include a high-efficiency heating and cooling central plant, interior/exterior lighting systems and condensing the use of VOC materials.

Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower

Developer: Maricopa County
Contractor: Gilbane Building Company in association with  Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Architect: Gould Evans Associates/AECOM
Size: 700,000 SF
Location: 175 W. Madison St., Phoenix
Completed: November, 2011

Video by Cory Bergquist

RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

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