Most Challenging Project 2011

Awards & Events | 1 Feb, 2011 |

Soleri Bridge and Plaza

Most Challenging Project 2011: Soleri Bridge

Developer: City of Scottsdale
Howard S. Wright
Douglas Architecture and Planning
Bridge with 22,000 SF plaza
Location: Camelback and Scottsdale roads, Scottsdale
Completed: December 2010

The Soleri Bridge and Plaza is more than just another construction project. It is a signature piece of art built by a construction team (Howard S. Wright), incorporating the vision of the artist/architect, Paolo Soleri. The project has a number of special features that required the combination of standard construction techniques and artist’s touches to produce such items as drip walls, pre-cast panels, and stainless steel pylons. The pedestrian-only bridge provides a scenic viewpoint over the 60-foot wide water conveyance channel and includes a 22,000 SF plaza. Although HSW was not required to employ sustainability measures on the project, all steel and metal excess and scrap was separated and delivered to a local salvage yard for recycling; as was all demolished concrete.

Honorable Mention: Maricopa County Security Building

Honorable Mention: Maricopa County Security Building, SmithGroup

Roof Repair/Renovation

Developer: Maricopa County
Contractor: The Weitz Company
Architect: SmithGroup
Size: 1,350 SF
Location: 401 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Completed: September 2010

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