Urban Retail Oasis at CityScape Offers Visitors and Workers a Calm Respite
Best Retail Project: CityScape Block 77 Retail, Phoenix
Surrounded by high-rises, CityScape's retail block offers visitors a relaxing environment to enjoy the desert climate while stopping in at shops and restaurants. The project consists of two retail core and shell buildings framed in steel and concrete, totaling 120,000 sq ft, atop a five-story parking facility. The structures, which partially enclose a plaza, are clad in a natural color scheme using exposed brick, stone veneer, EIFS and curtain wall systems.
Construction required just-in-time deliveries due to lack of storage space, careful traffic lane management and coordination with other downtown projects. A zero lost-time injury record was maintained throughout the project.
Shade trees and water fountains offer a cool respite in the hotter months, providing an oasis in the middle of a bustling city. The water feature is further enhanced by three computer-controlled pop jet water elements with music and LED lighting.
A structural steel pedestrian bridge connects to an adjacent project, and a cascading metal canopy over the escalators highlights the north building. A dramatic feature elevator adds emphasis through polished block with glow-in-the-dark commemorative plaques, a link to the plaques that were located in the park that previously occupied the site.
Submitted by: The Weitz Co.
Contractor: The Weitz Co., Phoenix
Lead Design: Callison, Seattle
Civil Engineer: David Evans and Associates, Phoenix
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle
MEP Engineer: Glumac, Seattle
Landscape Architect: Murase, Seattle