On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.
Developer: Peoria Unified School District
Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Architect: Emc2 Architects Planners, PC ; Fanning Howey
Size: 96,500 SF
Completed: June 2014
Learning is different for every student. That’s why the Peoria Unified School District and the community sought a more flexible learning environment for the $16.5M Sunset Heights Elementary School. These spaces can include retractable walls, glass walls, large windows for natural light and wheeled desks and chairs. The design of these rooms are meant to foster large group, small group and individual learning opportunities. The idea was so popular among the community that when the school opened, 150 more students than the expected 700 were enrolled. The district, which had seen crowding at its three nearby elementary schools, had to hire more teachers to meet the demand. The campus features a media center, two STEM labs, a courtyard, baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, grade-specific play areas, solar-power generating shades, a multipurpose building and a cafeteria and gym that can be divided into two functional spaces.