Press Releases

Avondale, AZ
Maricopa County to Seek Proposals on $19M Justice Center Project
Bids for a GC are expected to be sought at the end of summer for the $19.2M Maricopa County Southwest Justice Center, which is in the design development stage for 105th Avenue and Van Buren in Avondale. The architect is Architekton, the landscape architect is Moore/Swick Partnership and the civil engineer is Dibble Engineering. more...
Paradise Valley, AZ
Phoenix Country Day School unveils new pool complex
Phoenix Country Day School recently unveiled its $8.8 million aquatic center, which includes two heated pools and shaded seating. The complex, funded by donations, replaces an older facility, which has been covered. "We've had that for 40 years. It's a great facility but it was showing its age," said Patrick McHonett, director of admissions and marketing at the Paradise Valley private school. more...
Tempe, AZ
ENR Southwest Announces 2014 Best Projects Winners
ENR Southwest is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 Best Projects competition, which is open to projects in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. A panel of 10 judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry —from a recently promoted project manager to senior architects. These judges selected winners in each of the available categories. The judges also selected a number of merit winners.
Tempe, AZ
Teaching Construction in An Uncommon Setting
The $54-million College Avenue Commons project on the campus of Arizona State University is in many respects a typical university project. The 130,000-sq-ft steel building, located on College Avenue between 6th and 7th streets in Tempe, connects the city and the university. It has a bookstore and a team shop and provides students with a place to meet and serves as a venue for hosting community meetings. more...
Tempe, AZ
Architekton Names Senior Associates
In conjunction with their 25th year anniversary, Architekton is pleased to announce that they have named John Cahoon, John Williams and Harold Gebhardt to Senior Associate status. After 25 years of practice, this is one of the first in a series of celebratory events that coincide with the firm’s silver jubilee. Founded June 1, 1989, the firm is known for award-winning, creative solutions to complex projects that balance functionality with aesthetics, and for the firm’s ability to manage strict client budgets and produce high quality architecture. more...
Tempe, AZ
Architekton at 25, Kicks Off a Yearlong Celebration of Community-based
Design Services to Arizona

After 25 years of practice, Architekton kicks off a series of celebratory events for the firm’s silver jubilee in June! Founded June 1, 1989, the firm is known for award-winning, creative solutions to complex projects that balance functionality with aesthetics, and for the firm’s ability to manage strict client budgets and produce high quality architecture. more...
Mesa, AZ
ASU Grabs Gold Medal for Sustainable Fitness Facility
The Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex has earned a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The complex is the 23rd ASU building to receive a gold certification, which is the second highest green building ranking under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. The Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex is the 39th ASU building to be LEED certified. more...
Maricopa, AZ
Maricopa Copper Sky Recreation Complex Filled with Amenities
When Maricopa has the grand opening of its $20 million Copper Sky Recreation Complex on Saturday, March 15, the 10-year-old city hopes to become a destination. Residents and non-residents will find a state-of-the-art multigenerational facility and a regional park with amenities that include fishing, swimming, tot lots, dog parks, skate park, fitness center, child-care center, professional catering kitchen, picnic ramadas with grills, party and meeting rooms, space for piano and guitar lessons, ballfields, a gym and an indoor walking track. more...
Maricopa, AZ
Copper Sky Builds Maricopa's Profile
So you’re ready to visit Copper Sky? The Maricopa Monitor got a sneak peek at the impressive, 98-acre complex during a tour Wednesday with recreation manager Travis Karlen. The facility opens to the public for tours this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are some of the highlights. more...
Maricopa, AZ
Copper Sky Recreation Complex Opening Mid-March
With less than 60 days before the Copper Sky Recreation Complex opens off of SR 347 and Bowlin Road, community excitement is building. The complex is comprised of the Copper Sky Multigenerational/Aquatic Center and Regional Park. It features extensive recreational activity options including; a full fitness center, two indoor basketball courts, two pools, eight multi-purpose fields, a five-acre fishing lake, dog park, skate plaza and so much more! more...
Tempe, AZ
$450M USA Place Breaks Ground in February
The capital of Valley infill development is Tempe. Just about any undeveloped parcel is being spec’ed, explored or planned for development. “Tempe is the happening place for urban development,” says Susan Eastridge, CEO of Concord Eastridge. She’s readying a February groundbreaking of USA Place, a $450M unique mixed use development with retail, office, residential, hotel, events center and the headquarters of USA Basketball.

The project is on ASU property, leased to the joint venture team for 99 years. The USA Place LLC team is Eastridge; Michael Hallmark, principal of Future Cities; and Robert Harris, CEO of Harris Sports & Entertainment. The project is being designed by Future Cities, Architekton and Miller-Hull Partnership, LLP. It’s being built by GC Turner Construction Company. more...
Las Vegas, NV
Architect Outlines Las Vegas Design Game Plan
Arizona architect John Kane recently spoke to UNLV students, as part of the Klai Juba Lecture Series, about using collaborative design for creating authentic, integrated pedestrian experiences for urban desert environments. Kane is co-founder of Architekton, a Tempe-based award winning architecture practice, known for its thoughtful balance between daring and deference, simplicity and originality. more...
Tempe, AZ
Going Up: Architekton Farmer Studio II Uses Light Rail to Increase Density
“We’re just about doubling the size of our building,” says Doug Brown, principal with Tempe-based Architekton. “With parking credits from light rail, we’re able to
increase our floor space substantially." more...
El Mirage, AZ
El Mirage Breaks Ground On Northwest Valley Family YMCA
Dignitaries from around the Valley joined El Mirage officials and residents to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new 26,500 square-foot Northwest Valley Family YMCA to be constructed at the city’s southern end adjacent to Gateway Park. The state-of-the-art recreation facility will serve the entire northwest region of the Valley including Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Youngtown, El Mirage, as well as portions of Peoria and the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. more...
Tempe, AZ
Work wrapping up on guide for Tempe's future growth

The finishing touches are being put on the first draft of Tempe’s General Plan 2040, a guide for the city’s growth and development for the next 30 years that is expected to be unveiled next month. The draft is the culmination of about six months of study by Tempe’s General Plan 2040 Community Working Group, which includes 24 residents with expertise in areas such as architecture, transportation, business development and neighborhood preservation. more...

Mesa, AZ
Polytechnic boat team earns spot in upcoming challenge
Sailors, Vikings and construction workers were just some of the interesting costumes students wore for the first-ever boat race at the Fitness Center Aquatic Complex at the Polytechnic campus. Twelve teams composed of students and faculty competed Thursday afternoon for the opportunity to represent the Polytechnic campus in the upcoming Sixth Annual Sun Devil Fitness Cardboard Boat Challenge. more...
Tempe, AZ
ASU breaks ground on $54 million building to serve construction school                                                                                                        Arizona State University has broken ground on a $54.5 million multi-purpose facility at Tempe campus that will serve the Del. E Webb School of Construction. The College Avenue Commons, to be located on the corner of 7th street and College Ave. in Tempe, will house the construction school, a two-story bookstore, and a 200-seat auditorium to be used during campus tours. more...
Tempe, AZ
ASU breaks ground on Block 12                                                                 ASU President Michael Crow, city officials and University department heads broke ground Thursday afternoon on the new College Avenue Commons at the Tempe campus. The project will be approximately 137,000 square feet and will be constructed on the corner of College Avenue and Seventh Street. The five-story facility will house six different operations, including the Del E. Webb School of Construction, the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the Office of Global Outreach and Extended Education. more...
Coolidge, AZ
Back in business: Pence Center state of the art after $6.9M renovation SIGNAL PEAK, One year and roughly $6.9 million after it was closed for renovations, Central Arizona College’s Don P. Pence Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is ready for its grand reopening Oct. 27. more...
Maricopa, AZ
Public Input Sought on Multigenerational Facility                                       They’ve heard it all—and they want to hear more. Brent Billingsley and Maria Billingsley from the city of Maricopa and Brie Smith from Architekton, a Tempe-based architecture firm, have been meeting with stakeholders to learn the community’s views about what the new $16.2-million multigenerational center and aquatic facility should include. more...
Maricopa, AZ
8th Annual Fishing Derby Draws 150 Young Anglers                              More than 150 anglers participated in the 8th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday...Another addition to this year’s event included the appearance of Joseph Salvatore, CEO of Architekton, the company who recently was awarded the contract for Construction Manager At-Risk Design services for the Multi-Generation/Aquatic Center project. more...
Phoenix, AZ
ASU West Campus Gets $25M Rec Facility                                         Arizona State University’s West campus is getting a $25 million recreation and wellness facility. The 63,800-square-foot project will open in January 2013. Haydon Building Corp. broke ground on the project last month. Architect is Architekton + 360 Architecture. more...
Phoenix, AZ
West Campus to Add Recreation and Wellness Facility                            A state-of-the-art recreation and wellness facility will open in January of 2013 to serve students, faculty and staff on ASU’s West campus. The $25-million facility, funded by a student government-endorsed facility fee, will feature amenities such as weight and fitness equipment, fitness studios, an outdoor pool and fields, gymnasium, racquetball courts, and wellness service space including a demonstration kitchen for healthy food preparation. more...
Mesa, AZ
New Poly Facilities to Open Next Fall                                                               Vacant lots and dirt roads on the Polytechnic campus will soon be transformed into new housing, dining and the student-inspired student recreation center. “In a year, the north campus is going to be completely redefined,” said Brie Smith, project manager for Architekton, the firm responsible for designing the SRC. “This is going to be a big shift for the Polytechnic campus.” The housing and dining halls and SRC are scheduled to open next fall, according to a June ASU press release. more...
Tempe, AZ
University’s Older Architecture Contributes to Unique Campus Feel and Significance                                                                                                   Two weeks ago, I wrote that the Tempe campus is an architectural oasis. This week I will add to that statement: It is also a living museum. As the 2006 ASU Comprehensive Development Plan on the University’s Facilities and Development Management website says, “ASU has been a major force in the development of the Tempe area.” The University’s role as a catalyst for city growth and center of activity can best be seen in some of its older buildings. more...
Tempe, AZ
Lake Residence/Architekton                                                                       The 21st century ecologically sensitive Lake residence designed by Architekton is sympathetic to its 20th Century neighbors and is a mix of reverence and daring. The 3,500 sf home was specifically designed for a family of four (and two beagles and a cat) on an 8,200 sf lot in the first lake community in Arizona. The new home was built on the last vacant lot in the 30-year-old Lakes Neighborhood in Tempe Arizona. more...
Tempe, AZ
[OVER]fill/Architekton                                                                                    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Flip a Strip competition challenged designers around the country to re-imagine the suburban strip mall as an urban typology, proposing an alternative to the ubiquitous developments which have emerged as an economic response to a rapidly outward expanding residential market and the availability of inexpensive land. more...
Tempe, AZ
Tempe Transportation Center/Architekton                                           Architekton’s Tempe Transportation Center is a place designed for interaction and community. The architectural form reflects the special nature of gathering spaces juxtaposed against the efficient, rational organization of uses that serve city residents and the Phoenix metropolitan region. The Tempe Transportation Center is the centerpiece of Tempe’s award-winning transportation program, geared to becoming the social and transportation hub. The complexities of this triangular urban site include a busy light rail platform, Hayden Butte, ASU Sun Devil Stadium and the Tempe Police/Courts/Jail complex. more...
Tempe, AZ
Tempe Center for the Arts/Architekton                                                   The new Tempe Center for the Arts, designed by Tempe Arizona’s Architekton is a 90,000 sf arts center designed to support community performing and visual artists. Under the protective roof, individually expressed venues consist of a 600 seat proscenium theater, a 200 seat studio theater, a 3,500 sf gallery and a multi-purpose lakeside room. Each venue opens up to a central “city room” with dramatic views to the North. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Science Center Phase III/Architekton                                       Architekton’s new addition to the Arizona Science Center is focused on inspiring, educating, and entertaining people about science. The Center is located in Heritage and Science Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Home to over 350 permanent hands-on exhibits, the Center is able to provide their 400,000 annual visitors with interactive experiences. Aside from the permanent exhibitions, Arizona Science Center has featured a number of nationally traveling exhibitions.  more...
Chandler, AZ
Chandler Gilbert Community College Ironwood Hall/Architekton          Architekton’s design for the new Chandler-Gilbert Community College Ironwood Hall is formed by three parallel bars of differing lengths, which are positioned to interact with surrounding buildings and existing pedestrian pathways. This layout allows for the creation of a central courtyard, which is protected from the sun by a 250-foot-long shade canopy. The project adds much needed new space to the rapidly growing campus and provides a distinctive, exciting and welcoming gateway to the North campus. more...
Tempe, AZ
Beauty in Tempe Architecture                                                                      As the never ending freeways and suburbs are the fingerprints of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, it’s always nice to take a stroll through downtown Tempe. Not to mention you’ll find yourself surrounded by some kick-ass architecture when strolling the streets. Historical landmarks, Frank Lloyd Wright projects, upside down pyramids, and multiple Architekton originals all make up a built environment of synergetic creativity. more...

25th Anniversary Retrospective                                                               Over the last two months, the Metal Architecture editorial staff spent hours pouring over past issues, trying to identify our favorite projects. While picking favorites was no easy task, we enjoyed re-experiencing the variety, excitement and beauty of the projects that have graced the pages of the magazine over the last 25 years. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Civic Space Park Wins National Urban Excellence Award                      Civic Space Park was given a 2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence last week for contributing to Phoenix’s urban community, a biannual national award earning the park $10,000 to be used for improvements. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Audi Urban Future Initiative Envisions Cities of Tomorrow                        With urban population growth experiencing a rapid rise, both in Phoenix Arizona and globally, architects, engineers, designers, and other forward thinkers are looking towards re-conceptualizing the urban environment.  Whether it is the remarkable and multi-use Tempe Center for the Arts building designed by Phoenix Valley area architectural group “Architekton”, or the multi-city spanning Valley Metro Lightrail system, Phoenix Arizona and urban areas nationwide are rethinking the nature of the urban space, from the cafes to the educational institutions to the mass transit systems.  But where does the automobile come into play? more...
Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon University Campus Getting Extensive Additions, Upgrades                                                                                                         Nearing completion of $60 million in construction projects on its Phoenix campus, Grand Canyon University already is starting a new $150 million project to add dorm rooms, classrooms, parking spaces, a bowling alley and fast-food restaurants. GCU also applied for Division I status so it can compete head-to-head in college athletics with Arizona State University and other major schools. more...
Spring 2011
Scottsdale, AZ
Couture 2011—A Design Team's Perspective                                           As part of the design community, the couture is something we looked forward to attending. Rachel Usher joined Architekton over two years ago as a designer who could really help us push the integration of architecture and interiors to the next level. After John Kane was invited to be a judge at the 2010 Couture event, we saw an opportunity to put ourselves out there, make connections in the interior design community, and show what we could do from a creativity standpoint. As a result, John, Rachel, myself, and Brie Smith formed a team to take on the challenge. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Bold, Sleek Metal Paneling For GCU                                                               Metal Sales provides 47,500 square feet of TLC1 and 7/8'' Corrugated metal paneling to the interior and exterior of the new Grand Canyon University Student Recreation Center in Phoenix, AZ. The facility houses a fitness center, three professional-quality practice courts, and a dance studio. Sleek metal paneling acts as a canvas to reflect the radiant Arizona sun, while also providing decades of durable protection. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Arena Topping-Out Ceremony Draws Big Crowd                                     As a few hundred students and staff looked on, the final two steel beams for Grand Canyon University Arena were hoisted into place by crane shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. The ceremonial topping-out marked a historic occasion for the University and the 5,000-seat facility, tentatively scheduled to open on October 1 as the home of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Arena also will host concerts and other productions. more...
Louisville, KY
Metal Sales Brings Strength and Style to New University Recreation Center                                                                                                  LOUISVILLE, KY…Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the building and construction industry, provides a total of 47,500 square feet of bold, sleek metal paneling for both the interior and exterior of the new Grand Canyon University (GCU) Student Recreation Center in Phoenix, AZ. more...
People To Know’s Top Industry Leaders of The Year Announced AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine’s latest edition of Top People to Know (PTK) in Commercial Real Estate has just been published, and last night the winners of the PTK Top Industry Leaders were announced at a special event. PTK showcases the most influential people working in commercial real estate in Arizona in the categories of developers and investors, brokers, architects and engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, financiers and accountants, attorneys, city planners, property managers, and economic developers. more...
Casa Grande, AZ
CAC Ready to Build, Renovate                                                                      SIGNAL PEAK—Central Arizona College is ready to use bond money for construction and renovations on its campuses. Voters approved the $98.9 million bond issue in November 2008. Construction on two new campuses will begin later. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Architect Honored For Commitment To Community, Professional Efforts                                                                                                             John Williams has been practicing architecture since he was a child. Though his willing­ness to take on new proj­ects led him across the country, he returned to his native Arizona in 2004. Last month, Williams became the fifth recipient of the American Institute of Architects-Arizona Chapter’s Kachina Award, which recognizes architects who display outstanding commitment to their surrounding community and seek to improve the profession. more...
Chandler, AZ
The Building of America: Ironwood Hall at Chandler-Gilbert
Community College                                                                                            In order to support enrollment growth and also provide flexible spaces for curriculum needs, Chandler-Gilbert Community College completed construction on Ironwood Hall, a new two-story academic building. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Nineteenth Annual Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards           The 19th Annual Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards honored its award winning buildings during a special awards banquet held Friday, October 15, 2010, at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center. The program honored 7 projects for outstanding masonry design, workmanship and creativity with the use of brick, block, or stone. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Student Recreation Center Opens at Grand Canyon University           The biggest users—both literally and figuratively—of the new student recreation center at Grand Canyon University (GCU) got an opportunity to check it out at today’s media day for the Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Valley Forward Presents Top Environmental Award To Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center

John Kane, founding partner and design principal of Architekton, served as lead judge for the program. more...


Southwest Contractor's 2010 Top Design Firms

This year’s ranking is based upon 2009 revenue as voluntarily reported by the 100 largest architects and engineers of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. The top 100 firms reported $1.3 billion in design work for 2009, a 10.7% drop from 2008. Arizona firms fell more than 20% to $675 million while Nevada dropped 14% to just over $300 million. New Mexico was the lone bright spot: design revenue for projects located in New Mexico rose more than 25% to $323 million in 2009. Information was gathered through an online survey. more...

Phoenix, AZ
John Williams Wins Architecture Institute's Kachina Award

The American Institute of Architects Arizona Chapter handed out its annual awards Sept. 25 at the Phoenix Art Museum with John R. Williams, senior project manager at Architekton, receiving The Kachina Award. more...

Chandler, AZ
Grand Canyon University’s New College of Education Building Unites South Campus                                                                                                   The new home of the College of Education will create unprecedented instructional opportunities and also be a structure that unifies the south end of campus. more...
Phoenix, AZ
Valley Forward Selects Judges For 30th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

John Kane, founding partner and design principal of Architekton, has been named lead judge for Valley Forward’s 30th annual Environmental Excellence Awards, Arizona’s oldest and most prominent competition of its kind. Held in partnership with SRP, the program recognizes outstanding contributions to the environment in seven broad-based categories. more...

Tempe, AZ
MCCCD Projects Win Building of America Awards

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) recently announced that two of their projects have been honored as Gold Medal Winners in the Building of America Awards. more...

Phoenix, AZ
GCU Basketball Teams Getting a New 5,000-Seat Home

Bob Machen worked for the Phoenix Suns for 37 years and was very involved in the construction of US Airways Center where the Suns play. He also had a hand in the construction of Chase Field, where the Diamondbacks play. Now he’s sharing what he learned to help Grand Canyon University build the centerpiece of the school’s $60 million expansion plan—a 5,000-seat Event Center that will be the new home of the Antelope basketball teams. more...

Tempe, AZ
House With a Big Yard and a Four-Car Garage On a Relatively Small Lot

The Lakes Residence is designed by Architekton for a family of four. It is the 3,500 square feet home that occupied a relatively small lot of about 65' x 125'. Inspire of that there is a quite big exterior yard with a pool and the adjacent lake near by. more...

Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon University Breaks Ground on Events Center

Grand Canyon University broke ground today on a 5,000-seat event center at its Phoenix campus, part of a $60 million expansion. GCU CEO Brian Mueller said the 135,000-square-foot center will host men’s and women’s basketball games, concerts, conferences and other athletic events. more...

Phoenix, AZ
GCU Celebrates Event Center Groundbreaking                                           Over 300 Grand Canyon University staff and guests celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Event Center Friday morning. The 5,000-seat facility will be the new home for GCU's men's and women's basketball games and will accommodate mid-size sporting events, musical performances, speaking engagements and conferences. more...
Chandler, AZ
Building of America Awards Announces Chandler-Gilbert Community College Ironwood Hall Chosen for Gold Medal Feature

From hundreds of nominated projects, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Ironwood Hall (submitted by Architekton), has been selected as a Building of America Award project and will be a featured Gold Medal Winner on the home page at more...

Surprise, AZ
Building of America Awards Announces Communiversity @ Surprise Chosen for Gold Medal Feature

From hundreds of nominated projects, Communiversity @ Surprise (submitted by Architekton), has been selected as a Building of America Award project and will be a featured Gold Medal Winner on the home page at more...

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Center for the Arts was designed by Barton Myers Associates (BMA) with partner firm Architekton. more...

Chandler, AZ

Tempe, Arizona’s Architekton has completed Ironwood Hall for Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. The $17.9 million, 58,500-square-foot classroom building includes facilities for programs ranging from science and engineering to ceramics and general education, as well as faculty offices. more...

Phoenix, AZ
Winning Companies at AZRE's 2010 RED Awards 3/04/2010

On March 4, AZRE hosted the 5th Annual Real Estate & Development Awards to recognize the most notable Arizona public and private commercial projects completed in 2009. more...

Phoenix, AZ
Entrance to Arizona Science Center Gets a Facelift!

After three years of planning and thanks to a voter-approved, 2006 City of Phoenix bond award for much needed facility and safety improvements, Arizona Science Center is excited to announce the start of construction on a new entrance and lobby, beginning Tuesday, March 9. more...

Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Science Center Revamping Entryway

The Arizona Science Center is kicking off construction on a new entrance and lobby that will make the downtown Phoenix venue more accessible. more...

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Transportation Center

With its expansive footprint and vast web of highways, the Phoenix metropolitan area is nearly impossible to navigate without a car. That could eventually change. In December 2008, residents in the Valley of the Sun celebrated the inauguration of a 20-mile starter line for a new light-rail system. The festivities included the opening of the Tempe Transportation Center, the first facility of its kind in Arizona. more...

Chandler, AZ
Local Project Wins National Award: Affordable, Energy-Efficient Design Was Key

The Ironwood Hall in Chandler, AZ was recently recognized as one of the most innovative Heavy Commercial projects in the country. The honor was presented as part of the ICF Builder Awards, an international competition designed to showcase the advantages of building with Insulated Concrete Forms, commonly called ICFs. more...

Chandler, AZ
CGCC Celebrates Opening of Ironwood Hall on the Pecos Campus

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is celebrating the opening of Ironwood Hall on the college's Pecos Campus with a grand opening ceremony on Thursday, February 11. The official ceremony will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by tours and classroom demonstrations. more...

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Transportation Center

The Tempe Transportation Center (TTC), between Forest and College Avenues, is the showpiece of this award-winning transportation program for the city of Tempe, located just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the middle of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The project was initially conceived as a multimodal transportation center and evolved into a 43,000-ft², three-story, mixed-use facility. more...

Tempe, AZ
EPA Recognizes Communities for Smart Growth Achievements

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today recognized four diverse communities that are models of how to grow in ways that protect our nation’s air, land, and water; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; provide safe and affordable housing; and strengthen local economies. more...

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Transportation Center by Architekton, United States

The Tempe Transportation Center was designed by Architekton is located in Tempe, United States. The project architecture design began as a multimodal transportation center, with support retail and has evolved into a project of 40,000 m² mixed-use city said the offices, an office room and a leasable area community service. more...

Phoenix, AZ
McGraw-Hill Construction Announces National Best of Best Awards

McGraw-Hill Construction today announced the winners of its second annual Best of the Best Awards, a national competition that recognizes design and construction excellence based on the winners of McGraw-Hill Construction’s 10 regional publications’ Best of 2009 Awards. more...

Tempe, AZ
Barton Myers Associates + Architekton—Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is a unique collection of intimate venues within an iconic, protective envelope. Underneath the flight path of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the sculptural shed roof not only provides the first level of acoustic protection, but also shelters its patrons and performers from the harsh desert sun. The roof is multi-referential, with inspiration from: monument valley; nearby Hayden butte; origami; and even stealth fighter design. more...

Phoenix, AZ
Sustainable Design Honored at Architecture Awards

Sustainable design was celebrated Saturday night at the 2009 Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. more...

Phoenix, AZ
2009 AIA Arizona Imagination Cube Winner Revealed

Celebrating 50 years, the Arizona component of The American Institute of
Architects announced the winner of the 2009 Imagination Cube Competition, a competition showcasing imaginative investigation and creative design by creating a shade pavilion with materials from BEMO USA, the competition’s main sponsor. more...

Phoenix, AZ
AIA Arizona Announces 2009 SRP Sustainability Award Tempe Transportation Center

The Arizona component of The American Institute of Architects announced the 2009 SRP Sustainable Award, recognizing the importance of sustainability and energy efficient buildings through excellence in design, planning and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in the State of Arizona on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Celebrate Architecture gala in the Phoenix Convention Center. more...

Phoenix, AZ
2009 AIA Arizona Special Awards Recognize Service in the Field of Architecture: Arizona Project, Firms and Individuals Honored

Celebrating 50 years, the Arizona component of The American Institute of
Architects announced the 2009 Special Award Winners, recognizing excellence and commitment to the architecture profession. With a variety of categories, 13 recipients were honored Saturday, September 26, 2009 at
the Celebrate Architecture Gala in the Phoenix Convention Center. more...

Gilbert, AZ
Panel Paves Way for New Mormon Temple in Gilbert

The Gilbert Planning Commission got its first look Wednesday at a temple that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans for the
southeast corner of Pecos and Greenfield roads as it approved a series of zoning changes to pave the way for its construction. more...

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Transportation Center: Signature for US Transit—2009 WAN Awards 2009 Urban Design Entry

The project brief began as a multimodal transportation center with supportive retail and evolved into a 40,000 sq ft mixed use project that added city offices, leasable office space and public community room. The relatively small 2.7 acre site at the base of Hayden Butte reconciled over 10 feet of fall between the light rail station and street level, incorporating eight onsite bus stops and the positioning of the building to maintain views of the butte. more...

Peoria, AZ
Peoria's Rio Vista Park and Recreation Center Wins Nickelodeon Award

Peoria's Rio Vista Park and Recreation Center has won the Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award for best Phoenix-area playground or park. more...

Surprise, AZ
New Campus in NW Valley Opens Doors for First Year

A one-stop learning center for higher education debuts today in the northwest Valley, with a name that reflects its cutting-edge concept. more...

Tempe, AZ
Haven Opens for Bicycle Riders

Bike enthusiast John Romero wants Southeast Valley residents to know that giving up your four-wheeled transportation is about to get easier. more...

Scottsdale, AZ
PVCC to Open North Campus in Partnership with Community

Paradise Valley Community College takes a major leap this month in serving the needs of residents living in north Phoenix and Scottsdale. more...

08.06.2009        Tempe, AZ
Tempe Center for the Arts Launches Virtual Tour

The Tempe Center for the Arts is launching a 360-degree, virtual Web tour of the facility that provides views of its performance and meeting spaces, still photos, weblinks, video and more.

Surprise, AZ
Surprise Opens New City Hall

Surprise opens a $62 million City Hall today, moving from a cramped, former shopping plaza into a four-story building that offers residents "one-stop" services and a community gathering place. more...

Tempe, AZ
Tempe Transportation Center

City of Tempe, Ariz., architects and engineers are no strangers to sustainable building design. The $46.8 million East Valley Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility, which is owned and operated by the Arizona cities of Tempe and Scottsdale and Valley Metro, achieved two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council following its summer 2007 opening. more...

09.08.2008        Gilbert, AZ 
Gilbert Arizona Temple

Architekton has been awarded the design services for a new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple project... more...

Tempe, AZ
Kane and Reiter Honored as Fellows of the American Institute of Architects

John F. Kane and Wellington Reiter were elevated in May 2008 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at investiture ceremonies at the Old South Church in Boston, MA. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member and recognizes not only the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the professional those architects who have made significant contributions to the profession. Out of a membership of more than 81,000, there are fewer than 2,600 AIA members distinguished with the honor of fellowship. more...

Tempe, AZ
Barton Myers Associates and Architekton Unite Nine Local Arts Groups Under One Dramatic Roof

Tempe is one of nearly two dozen suburbs in the ever-sprawling Phoenix metropolis. Its historic downtown, the Mill Avenue District, is dominated by chain stores and restaurants, condominium complexes and mid-rise office towers— the result of a redevelopment plan hatched in the 1990s. Spurring this revitalization was the creation of a 2-mile-long artificial lake on the district’s northern edge. more...