Foundation work for the three-story, 42,000-sq-ft concrete and steel building atop an active parking garage was already underway when a new city council requested significant programming changes to accommodate a larger number of employees.
To create contemporary spaces for students and faculty, the team was tasked with designing systems and layouts that fit within the existing 1880s-era Pillsbury Hall—meeting current codes and university standards without affecting the historic value of the building.
Focused on preserving the past, the design and construction team—with more than 800 tradespeople from 56 trade partners—delivered a historic piece of architecture ahead of time and under budget in December 2021.
This 18-level, 290-room downtown Tempe hotel, completed at budget and on schedule October 2021, features the highest open-air rooftop bar in the Valley, a designer lobby suggesting desert canyon walls, a restaurant with an exhibit kitchen, as well as a coffee shop and extensive meeting and event space.
Serving 500-plus students in fast-growing Buckeye, west of Phoenix, the $25.5-million K-8 school is organized with three learning communities operated along traditional age-based grade bands, but the floorplan can flex to an ability-based cohort involving teacher-facilitated learning.