Tempe Transportation Center

Location: Tempe Arizona

Completion: 12/08

Size: 40,300 sf

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.

Project Facts

Client | City of Tempe

Sustainability | LEED Platinum

Cost | $21.8M

Contractor | Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Type | CMAR

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2010 AIA Arizona Honor Award

2010 Western Mountain Region Merit Award

2010 City of Tempe Beautification Award                                                                                                               

2009 Portland Merit Award                                                                                                                                       

2009 US EPA National Smart Growth Achievement Award

2009 Metal Architecture Design Award                                                                                                              

2009 Masonry Guild Honor Award

2009 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award Public Buildings

2009 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award Urban Plaza

2009 AIA Arizona Salt River Project Energy Award

2009 AIA Arizona Kemper Goodwin Award

2009 Southwest Contractor Best Green Project

2009 Tempe Mayor's Disability Award Event

2009 AZ Real Estate & Development Best Sustainable Project Award

2008 Southwest Contractor Best Green Award


Joseph Salvatore

John Kane

Catherine Britt

Doug Brown

Nick Nevels

Tom Brown

Michael Masengarb

Bill Osborn

in collaboration with Otak


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