HSEB Wins AZRE’s Most Challenging Project Award

by Peter Berg

AZRE (Arizona Commercial Real Estate) Magazine hosted the 8th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix On February 27 to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2012 and the construction and design teams involved. Our Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) team was awarded AZRE’s RED Award for Most Challenging Project in 2012 for exhibiting team commitment to lean construction, world-class quality and design during one of the most extreme economic downturns in history. This was selected from more than 100 projects submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. View all the 2013 RED awards winners and honorable mentions here. We are honored to receive this award, along with the entire team!

The six-story HSEB on the Phoenix Biomedical campus serves two end-users; the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Northern Arizona University College of Health and Human Services. By accommodating two end users—the University of Arizona College of Medicine from the south and Northern Arizona University Physical Therapy School from the north—it unites both ends of the state while addressing a growing need for educating healthcare professionals to mitigate a critical physician shortage, nationwide. In addition to two end-users, the project included: two owners, the City of Phoenix and Arizona Board of Regents; two architects, design and executive architect, CO Architects, and associate architect and master planner, Ayers Saint Gross; and DPR and Sundt Construction, Inc. in a joint venture.

To learn more about the HSEB project, read "Two Owners, Two Architects, Two Contractors" from the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of our newsletter, DPR Review.

Sidenote: This is my fifth ground-up LEED® project (it's seeking Gold-NC certification).

Photo by Keven J. Siegert

Photo by Bill Timmerman

Photo by Bill Timmerman