On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.
Encore on First
Developer: Urban Development Partners & PacifiCap Development
Contractor: Okland Construction
Architect: SERA Architects
Size: 92,000 SF
Location: 25 W. 1st Ave., Mesa
Completed: Nov. 15, 2013
Encore on First is one of downtown Mesa’s first private sector investments in nearly three decades, Squire Sanders reports. It is an 81-unit, transit-oriented apartment community for independent seniors who desire a walkable lifestyle. The site is all about location, which is benefited by several civic amenities such as a library, three museums and the Mesa Arts Center. The building mixes the urban landscape setting with metal wall panels, colored glass landscape panels and white steel elements with a more tranquil rural look with a pocket park and reflecting pool. The building is built to attract residents and to catalyze future developments on the building and the surrounding area. Some other sustainable resources include a 60 KW solar plant located on the roof that is tied into the City of Mesa’s downtown power grid, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting and high-performance windows and appliances.