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DWL Honored with Two Arizona Masonry Excellence Awards

The Arizona Masonry Guild honored Mesa Community College’s Art Gallery with the Citation Award, in the Non-Residential category, at the 25th Annual Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards Banquet.

Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Equine and Bovine Center took home the Honors Award in the Non-Residential category.

Congratulations Maricopa County Community College District and Midwestern University as well as our Project Teams on these achievements!


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September 26, 2016 0 Comments

NAU Accepts Arizona Forward Award

Congratulations to our friends at Northern Arizona University and our Project Team for winning Arizona Forward’s 2016 Environmental Excellence – Award of Merit – for the NAU Student and Academic (SAS) Building!

[The Award of Merit was received under the category Building and Structures – Commercial & Institutional].

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Banner Health Opens New Health Center in Phoenix at Greenway and Tatum

DWL Architects + Planners is proud to be a part of another exciting Banner Health project. The recently opened 13,700 square foot facility features 14 exam rooms, basic imaging and laboratory services. For more details on how Banner Health is expanding across the Valley, read more here.

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NAU SAS Achieves LEED Gold

Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services (SAS) Building has recently been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building is now among more than 3,600 higher education projects that are certified.

DWL Architects + Planners designed the new 94,000 SF, four-story facility that opened in 2016. The building is home to the University’s new One-Stop-Shop Student Services Center, Undergraduate Admissions and the Lumberjack Mathematics Center. Located in the heart of campus, this facility celebrates the unique attributes of its surrounding and institutional environment.

Some sustainable strategies used in the NAU SAS Building broken down by the LEED categories include:

  • Sustainable Sites: The first floor is elevated above the recorded 100-year
    floodplain to minimize issues associated with potential flooding.
  • Water Efficiency: Utilization of native and adapted plants, along with zoning
    low-water use species together helped reduce total water for irrigation by 74.54%,
    saving more than 97 gallons of water annually.
  • Materials & Resources: 16.09% of the building’s materials and products
    were extracted, harvested and manufactured regionally, within 500 miles
    of the project site.
  • Innovation in Design: The building has two main stairs, with accompanying
    signage that encourages occupants to use the stairs instead of elevators,
    promoting an active environment for all users.


“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The NAU Student and Academic Services Building efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

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Two DWL Projects Proudly Receive AZ Masonry Honor

Midwestern University’s (MWU) Equine and Bovine Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Art Gallery at Mesa Community College (MCC) are both proud project recipients of this year’s Arizona Masonry Guild’s Excellence in Masonry and Architectural Awards program. The Arizona Masonry Guild is a non-profit masonry association formed in 1958, to promote the quality use of masonry materials, workmanship, designs and codes for the residential and commercial construction markets.

To learn more about these two projects, visit their page @


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MWU Equine and Bovine Center – Equine Barns and Pasture

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MWU Equine and Bovine Center – Bovine Shade Structure and Barn

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Midwestern University’s Equine and Bovine Center – Equine Wing

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Mesa Community College Art Gallery – South Elevation

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MCC Art Gallery – Masonry Wall Detail

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MCC Art Gallery – North Masonry Wall Detail

NAU SAS has been awarded two Interior Lighting Campaign Awards

Northern Arizona University’s Student and Academic Services Building was awarded by the Interior Lighting Campaign in two categories: Best Use of Lighting Controls in a single building and Exemplary Higher Education Sector Site.

NAU’s SAS building features LED lighting, extensive energy-saving controls and daylight harvesting.

“The marketplace is seeing a rapid adoption of highly-efficient indoor lighting and green leasing practices, as the price of cutting edge technologies and the risk of creative market approaches continue to decline,” said Kathleen Hogan, DOE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency.


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Read more about this award on NAU’s website.

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