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Tempe Transportation Center Model

Tempe Transportation Center

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    • The Center has been organized to balance efficiency with the best possible work environment. Due to the unique positioning and proportions, the building's service functions occur within an expressive core that provides a natural buffer on the west elevation. A simple, flexible floor plate is adjacent to the core, which allows for protected daylight from the south, north and east exposures.

      This relationship of service and served spaces works on all three levels creating efficiencies in plumbing, mechanical and circulation. The simplicity of the office configuration is accentuated with an expressive jewel-like form of the community room. Positioned to be seen from Forest and the intersection of Fifth and College, the community room becomes an iconic symbol for the Tempe community. All glazing on both the office/retail and community room are shaded from direct sunlight.

      This provides an opportunity to create an architecture that expresses its relationship with our specific environment, which also functions well with LEED Platinum goals. The project incorporates the first climate–appropriate green roof and grey system in Tempe. Every form, material, relationship has more than one purpose or function. The goal was to create a Transportation Center that is a wonderful icon for the community, cost efficient and in harmony with our environment.
    • In collaboration with Otak

      Architekton Studio Team
      Nicklaus Astrauskas
      Catherine Britt
      Douglas Brown
      Peter Goldammer
      John Kane
      Michael T. Masengarb
      John-Paul McDaris
      Nick Nevels
      Delicia Orozco
      Bill Osborne
      Joseph Salvatore
      Travis Sheridan
      Eric Watson
      Matt Winquist

    • Project Team
      Owner: City of Tempe
      Collaborating Architect: Otak
      Structural: Brickey Design Associates
      Mechanical/Electrical: LSW
      Lighting: Akali Lighting Design
      Civil: Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.
      LEED: Natural Logic Inc.
      Environmental: SOLARC/Natural Systems International
      Landscape: A Dye Design
      Environmental Graphics: Thinking Caps
      Interiors: Knipp Design Associates, Inc.
      Environmental Artist: Lorna Jordan & Tad Savinar
      CMAR: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
      Photographer: Timmerman Photography, Inc.
    • Awards
      2010 AIA Arizona Honor Award
      2010 AIA Western Mountain Region Merit Award
      2010 City of Tempe Beautification Award
      2009 EPA National Smart Growth Achievement Award
      2009 AIA Portland, Oregon Merit Award
      2009 Valley Forward Environ. Excellence Crescordia Public Bldgs
      2009 AIA Arizona Salt River Project Energy Award
      2009 AIA Arizona Kemper Goodwin Award
      2009 Valley Forward Environ. Excellence Crescordia Urban Plaza
      2009 Southwest Contractor Best Green Project
      2009 Tempe Mayor's Disability Award Event
      2009 AZ Real Estate & Development Best Sustainable Project Award
      2009 Metal Architecture Design Award
      2009 Masonry Guild Honor Award

      Publications
      January 2011, GB&D, "Adapt + Evolve"
      March 2010, Architectural Record, “An urban landmark by Otak and Architekton plays a vital role in a sprawling city’s transit revolution”
      2010, Daily Journal of Commerce
      August 2009, Phoenix Business Journal, “Sustainability”
      June 2009, metalmag, “Green Hub: Metal Panels Help Turn Transportation Center Green"
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