Tempe Center for the Arts Model

Tempe Center for the Arts

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    • The design is based on the Anasazis' Chaco Canyon Pueblo Bonita Great House plan. An outer protective wall holds the rooms within. The spaces between the kivas (rooms) become the streets and plazas (corridors and lobbies) for the village. Vertically the design is based on the dramatic earth forms of Monument Valley nearby the Chaco Canyon villages. The fly tower thrusts through the earth and the tectonic plates pushed out of the way lean against the monolith, sheltering it thermally and acoustically. The performing and visual arts center's 88,000 sf program includes a 600-seat main theatre, 200-seat flexible theatre, gallery, multipurpose room, cafe, and arts park.

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      Tempe Center for the Arts is a featured project in the online magazine, Archinnovations

    • In collaboration with Barton Myers Associates, Inc.

      Architekton Studio Team
      Douglas Brown
      Tom Brown
      Justin Gubler
      Carrie Head
      John Kane
      Christoper Kelly
      Gregory Lambright
      Matthew Pridemore
      Mark Roddy
      Joseph Salvatore
      E.J. Sandoval
      Amit Upadhye
    • Ownership Team
      Owner: City of Tempe
      Community Services Director: Tom Canasi
      Cultural Services Director: Jody Ulich
      Facility Manager: Don Fassinger
      Project Manager: Andy Goh
      City Council Member in Charge: Barb Carter
      Community Leader in Charge: Gail Fisher

      Design Team
      Architect: Architekton (Tempe) + Barton Myers Associates (Los Angeles)
      Structural Engineer: Arup (Los Angeles)
      Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineer: Arup (Los Angeles)
      Landscape Architect: Design Workshop (Tempe)
      Theater Design: Theatre Projects Consultants (South Norwalk, CT)
      Acoustic Engineer/Sound Systems: Arup Acoustics (San Francisco)
      Civil/Survey/Site Structural Engineering: Stantec (Phoenix)
      Geotechnical Engineer: GEC (Phoenix)
      Lighting Designer: Arup (Los Angeles)
      Building Envelope: Simpson Gumpertz Heger (San Francisco)
      Life Safety/ADA: Rolf Jensen Associates (Phoenix/Washington DC)
      Fire Protection: Rolf Jensen (Phoenix) / Arup Fire (Los Angeles)
      Graphics/Wayfinding: AdamsMorioka (Beverly Hills)
      Cost Consultant: Davis Langdon Adamson (Los Angeles)
    • Program Management Team
      Program Manager: Kitchell CEM–Dan Mills (originally Rick Pfannestiel and Karen O'Conner)
      On-site Program Manager: Ed Weis
      On-site Program Management Team: Justin Peters; Matt Chappel, Diana Gravett

      Construction Team                                                                   
      General Contractor: Okland Construction (Tempe)
      Concrete Contractor: Okland Construction (Tempe)
      Steel Fabricator: Able Steel (Mesa)
      Mechanical Contractor: Conwest/HACI (Phoenix)
      Electrical Contractor: RML Electric
      Roofing Contractor: Elward
      Wood Finishes: ISEC
      Curtainwall: Padilla Glass
      Theater Systems: Texas Scenic
      Sound Systems: Pro Audio
      Public Artists: Ned Kahn—Entry Marquee and Fountain Reflections, Ramona Sakiestewa—Lobby Carpet, Mayme Kratz and Mark Ryan—True North Fireplace
      Photographer: John Edward Linden Photography, Michael T. Masengarb–Architekton, Architekton
    • Awards
      2010 City of Tempe Beautification Award
      2008 National Council of Structural Engineers Association: Excellence in Structural Engineering Award–New Building $30-$100 Million
      2008 United States Institute for Theater Technology Merit Award
      2008 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award
      2008 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Design Award of Merit–Site Development and Landscape
      2007 AZ Real Estate & Construction Review Gold Medal Building
      2007 United States Institute for Theater Technology Award of Merit
      2007 ACI Arizona Chapter: Award for Structural Design Innovation
      2007 CISCA West Region Overall Construction Excellence Award: Best of Competition
      2007 Southwest Contractor Best Steel Project
      2007 AZRE + AIA Arizona Chapter Arizona's 150 Greatest Architectural Achievements
    • Publications                                                                                             
      May 2010, Architecture News Plus
      January 2008, Architecture Record, "Civic Identity: Fashioning an Aural Architecture"
      Winter 2006, Item, "On the Waterfront–Tempe Finds its Artistic Center as it Moves Forward into a Very Promising Future"
      Winter 2001/2002, COMPETITIONS, "A Cultural Icon for Arizona–The New Tempe Arts Center"
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