City of Chandler

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Chandler City Hall

Location
Chandler, Arizona

Size
137,700 GSF, 12800 M2

Services
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming, Urban Planning and Design

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Awards
Award of Merit -- Art Scrim, IES Illumination Awards, Award of Merit -- Council Chamber Lighting, IES Illumination Awards, Award of Merit -- Energy & Environmental Design, IES Illumination Awards

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“SmithGroupJJR was invaluable to the entire project team in keeping the focus on the ultimate end product, delivering a complex that met, and in many ways exceeded, our original design goals.”

—Marian Norris, City of Chandler

Description

While other communities concentrate development in growing areas, Chandler, Arizona chose to preserve and restore the significance of its downtown, showing remarkable foresight for this community. Embracing the influx of tech companies in the 1970s, the city envisioned building a new and iconic city hall as a modern complex and gathering destination. So it saved funds scrupulously for 20 years, issuing no bonds and incurring no debts for the construction of the planned project.

SmithGroupJJR worked with Chandler to redevelop an existing urban site, promoting density and pedestrian connections, and "leading by example" for future economic development. Housing new council chambers, administrative offices, a public television studio and a 330-space parking structure, the new city hall facilities celebrate Chandler's heritage, yet deliver a rich and exciting mix of aesthetics: pyramidal acoustic ceilings, a shaded mezzanine for receptions and events, and a daring kinetic sculpture adorning the entirety of a street-facing facade, altering the Hall's appearance with the sun's movement.

Furthermore, the resulting highly sustainable complex is designed to be one of the first LEED-Gold city halls in the nation.

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