Chandler City Hall
Chandler, Ariz. Region ENR Southwest
Owner City of Chandler
Architect SmithGroup Inc., Phoenix
General Contractor Sundt Construction, Tempe, Ariz.
Engineers Dibble and Associates, Phoenix; Caruso, Turley and Scott, Tempe
An elegant design, highly detailed construction plan and integral community involvement were just a few of the reasons judges raved about the first city hall built for this Phoenix suburb. An LED-lit kinetic sculpture graces the front of a six-story office tower that is supported laterally by unusual cast-in-place, exposed concrete K-braces. Of all the LEED Gold-certified building's sustainable features, none is more visible than the parking garage's waterfall, which aids in cooling the mechanical system's condensate water and irrigates the xeriscaping. Using lean construction scheduling methods along with building information modeling made available on the jobsite via tablet-based mobile office devices, the project team shaved almost $4 million from the original budget.