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Arizona Burn Foundation Receives ENR Southwest – Merit Award for 2015 Best Projects

ENR Southwest is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Best Projects competition, which is open to projects in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
A panel of seven judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry. These judges selected winners in each of the available categories. The judges also selected a number of merit winners.
All of the winning projects will be covered in more detail in the November 2015 issue of ENR Southwest, as well as honored at an event in Phoenix on Nov. 3, 2015.
Award of Merit: Arizona Burn Foundation Administration Building
Entry submitted by: DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.
General Contractor: D.L. Withers Construction
Owner/Developer: Arizona Burn Foundation
Lead Design Firm: DWL Architects + Planners, Inc.


jguzzon.en. “ENR Southwest Announces 2015 Best Project Award Winners”. Published 8.25.2015.

Mesa’s Riverview Park wins Arizona Forwards 2015 Site Development award

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Located at 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway – Mesa, Arizona, Riverview is home to Sloan Park, the new Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs.

DWL Architects + Planners: Executive Architect. Greey Pickett: Landscape Architect.

Laughlin/Bullhead Int’l Airports’ ARFF Station – Featured in Metal Construction News!

Metal Construction_DWLThe aircraft rescue fire station at Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport is the first building designed with a new master plan for the airport. It sets the character and material palettes for future development including a new terminal.

Steve Rao, president of DWL Architects + Planners Inc., says metals were specified for strength, lightness and durability. “We chose metallic silver for the roof and wall panels to evoke an image of flying,” he says. “In addition, the building was designed as if it emerges from the base of the mountain.”

The 13,000-square-foot fire station is located approximately 50 feet down the side of a mountain and approximately 75,000 cubic yards of material was removed from the site. This led to placing a public entrance on the second floor and airside access on the first floor.

Progressive Roofing installed 6,418 square feet of Rollfab Metal Products’ 24-gauge pre-weathered Galvalume SL-175 metal wall panels, 9,819 square feet of 22-gauge pre-weathered Galvalume MS-200 metal roof panels and 2,957 square feet of 24-gauge pre-weathered Galvalume FP-10 metal panels on the exterior soffit and lobby ceiling. Additionally, the project utilized 828 square feet of Armstrong Ceilings’ Metalworks Welded Wire 2 Cell in Gunmetal Grey on the corridor ceiling.

Rao says metal finishes were adapted to site conditions. “One such example in our project is the perforated panels at the screenwalls and mechani- cal yard; these were powdercoated instead of coil coated to address potential weathering issues at perforations,” he says. Progressive Roofing installed 162 square feet of Rollfab Metal Products’ 24-gauge SL-175 perforated screenwall panels powdercoated to match pre-weathered Galvalume.

The fire station features a command center on the second floor that overlooks the airport and serves as the operations room during emergencies. Metal was used for the walls, roof, ceilings, soffits and screening throughout the interior and exterior of the building. The project was completed in February 2013.

“Using planar forms, the building exudes an aesthetic balance between layers of diverse materials,” Rao says. “Metal roof and panels created such a layer fusing the building to its site, while reflecting the picturesque colors of the Mojave Desert landscape.”

Owner: Mohave County Airport Authority Inc., Bullhead City, Ariz.

General contractor: D.L. Withers Construction, Phoenix

Architect: DWL Architects + Planners Inc., Phoenix

Fabricator/installer: Progressive Roofing, Phoenix

Metal ceiling: Armstrong Ceilings, Lancaster, Pa.,

Metal roof/wall panels: Rollfab Metal Products, Phoenix,

Read Full Article: Aircraft Rescue Fire Station, Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City, Ariz.

Source: Christopher Brinckerhoff. “Aircraft Rescue Fire Station, Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City, Ariz.”. Metal Construction News. Published 5/1/2015.

Arizona Burn Foundation’s new Administration Building Opens

On April 14, 2015, the Arizona Burn Foundation celebrated their “soft opening” with the Project Team and Partners. DWL wishes the Foundation much success in their new building!

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Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility Sets Attendance Record

The Cubs led in attendance for the second straight year in their new park – a collaborative design effort between DWL and Populous – and set a new record for most fans in a spring season. They drew over 222,000 fans this spring to the fabulous, new Sloan Park, an average of over 14,800 per game. A crowd of 15,331 at Sloan Park on Friday, March 6, 2015, was a Spring Training record for both the Cactus League and Grapefruit League, topping the old mark the Cubs set last March 25 for a game against the Angels.  Last year, the Cactus League generated an estimated $632 million in economic benefit for the region, according to the Cactus League Baseball Association.

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March 24, 2015 0 Comments

Mesa mayor: Rail extension will revive downtown

Read full article: The Republic |
source: Polletta, Maria. “Mesa mayor: Rail extension will revive downtown.” The Republic March 24, 2015. March 28, 2015.


March 9, 2015 0 Comments

Modernization work begins at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3

Work has begun at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3 to create a world-class traveling experience for airport visitors. The phased Terminal Modernization Program, led by the Hunt Austin Joint Venture team that includes DWL, will create a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels, an expanded curb for pick-up and drop off and new shops and restaurants.

The first phase of the program is already underway. By the summer of 2016, travelers will enjoy a larger security checkpoint to help them get to their gates faster in addition to modernized, expanded airline ticket counter space to make check-in more convenient.

February 14, 2015 0 Comments

$2M Falcon Field Overhaul to begin

DWL’s Mesa Falcon Field Airport Terminal Renovation project was featured prominently in the Mesa Republic on Saturday, February 2014.

Read full article: $2M Falcon Field Overhaul to begin
source: Polletta, Maria. “$2M Falcon Field Overhaul to begin.” Mesa Republic Feb. 14, 2015.

[Estimated completion date for the renovation is October 2015].

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December 16, 2014 0 Comments

Midwestern University Opens Companion Animal Clinic to the Public

Arizona became home to a new state-of-the-art veterinary facility when Midwestern University opened the Companion Animal Clinic on December 16th at its Glendale Campus. DWL designed the 111,800 square foot teaching clinic is to provide learning opportunities for students as they serve the local community’s pets and their owners.

The Clinic offers affordable high-quality primary and specialty care for small animals, including preventive medicine/wellness, dental care, surgery, diagnostic imaging, senior pet care, and other specialties. The facility includes 14 exam rooms, four surgical suites, two specialty suites, a simulation center for clinical training, and a physical rehabilitation suite with an underwater treadmill.

The walls were decorated with large walls clocks, giving great look to the interior.

source: Midwestern University – Office of Communications

North Scottsdale Park & Ride wins ENR Southwest Award

The North Scottsdale Park has been honored once again in 2014 – this time by Engineering News-Record magazine. The project was awarded Best Project in the Green Category, does sizegenetics really work?. The park and ride lot qualifies as a net-zero facility, with the photovoltaic panel system producing more energy than the site consumes.

Judges were impressed with the effort spent designing and constructing a project type that is often overlooked, with one suggesting this facility could serve as a prototype for other owners. Judges also hailed the project’s canopy “wing” design, which features metal shingles-coated with a special finish that can gently bend, producing an effect that mimics a bird’s flashing feathers

Read full article: Best Green Project: North Scottsdale Park and Ride
source: Author Unknown. “Best Green Project: North Scottsdale Park and Ride.” ENR Southwest Nov. 10, 2015. Print & Online.


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North Scottsdale Park & Ride receives multiple awards from MCA

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) recognized its 2014 Chairman’s Award recipients at the METALCON Tradeshow and Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on October 1. Award recipients were determined based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives. DWL’s North Scottsdale Park and Ride project won the Metal Roofing category.

In June 2014, the North Scottsdale Park and Ride project received the magazine’s Judges Award for the passenger platform’s metal roofing. The canopy is clad in 12,000 square feet of custom-fabricated metal panels coated with PPG Duranar VARI-Cool IR reflective coating. The judges loved the dynamic wing-shaped canopy and how the metal panels gave the architectural element texture and depth. In many ways, the passenger platform reads more sculptural than architectural.

Read full article: On Metal Wings
source: Paul Deffenbaugh. “On Metal Wings” Metal Magazine: Pages 36-37 July 25, 2014. Print & Online.


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September 19, 2014 0 Comments

NAU Breaks Ground for New Student and Academic Services Building

NAU officials, dignitaries, students and friends of the university gathered this week to turn dirt in celebration of the official groundbreaking of the new Student and Academic Services Building. The building will provide a one-stop shop for student services including Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts. It also will be home to the new Lumberjack Mathematics Center, faculty offices and a 154-seat auditorium.

NAU’s President Rita Cheng said this is a big moment in the ongoing modernization of our campus. “Part of helping students succeed is removing obstacles in their path,” said Cheng. “This one-stop shop will go far toward making their lives at NAU easier.”

The building is scheduled to open in January 2016.

source: NAU news

Arizona’s First Veterinary Students Begin Classes at Midwestern University

The future of veterinary education in Arizona began this week as 102 inaugural students started classes at Midwestern University’s new College of Veterinary Medicine, the state’s only four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) program. Students enrolled in the D.V.M. program will be taught in new state-of-the art facilities, including a 78,000 square foot classroom/laboratory building on the main campus, the Animal Health Institute (a 109,000 square foot veterinary clinic), and the on-campus Equine and Bovine Center, providing large animal education.

Read full article: Arizona’s First Veterinary Students Begin Classes at Midwestern University
source: Midwestern University – Office of Communications | 8.29.14

North Scottsdale Park & Ride wins Environmental Design Award

The North Scottsdale Park & Ride has been selected as a winner of a 2014 Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards (SEDA). Based on the SEDA Jury determination, the project received the award because it was aesthetically expressive and incorporated a variety of sustainable technologies.

SEDA is a biennial program. DWL received the Design Award in 2012 for the Appaloosa Branch Library in North Scottsdale.

Cubs Spring Training Facility honored with ACI award

Arizona Chapter of the American Concrete Institute – Excellence in Concrete Award, 2014

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