RED Awards 2012: Most Sustainable Project, DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters

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 Most Sustainable Project was DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters.

Most Sustainable Project

DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters

Developer: DPR Construction
Contractor: DPR Construction
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Size: 16,533 SF
Location: 222 North 44th St., Phoenix
Completed: October, 2011

DPR ConstructionSustainable is an understatement when it comes to DPR Construction’s Phoenix Headquarters. The Net-Zero building produces as much energy as or more than it consumes. This is done via the largest solar chimney that rests atop the facility’s roof. It  releases pre-cooled air and lowers air density. Enormous ceiling fans produce maximum air without the necessary speed to reduce energy usage. Arizona’s constant sunlight led to DPR’s inclusion of solatubes. Led by SmithGroupJJR’s research, these solatubes are implemented to provide natural lighting throughout the building, which was a retail building constructed in 1972. An additional sustainable highlight is the vampire shut-off switch that disconnects 90% phantom loads after each workday. The project utilized more than 32% recycled resources and exported 78% of recycled materials. DPR made use of several sustainability techniques to participate in the Energize Phoenix efforts while also serving the community through its convenient location to Sky Harbor International Airport and the METRO light rail.

Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Developer: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: HKS
Size: 760,000 SF
Location: 1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
Completed: October, 2011

Video by Cory Bergquist

RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

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