This isn’t your parents’ downtown Phoenix anymore. Until the 1950s, residential neighborhoods flanked the downtown core where citizens flocked for work, shopping, dining, civic and other services. However, by the end of the century downtown lacked activity outside the work hours of 9 to 5. Today, Phoenix is experiencing growth, particularly in dense multi-family projects that are impacting the skyline and contributing to the active pedestrian oriented 24 -hour city. Shepley Bulfinch is honored to have a major part in the evolution of a vibrant downtown.
In the last four years, Shepley Bulfinch has broken ground on five major high-rises in downtown Phoenix that have created an entirely new residential district in the core of the city. Three of these projects include:
- The Link, a 30-story residential tower that is the second tallest residential building in Arizona
- 700 North 4th street, a 26-story high building neighboring to the east of The Link
- 811 N. 3rd St, a 24 story multi-family mixed use project that recently broke ground
Currently under construction, the 811 N. 3rd St high-rise residential tower is the newest of Shepley’s Phoenix developments. It overlaps the southern edge of the Roosevelt Row Artists District and provides a connection to the central business district only blocks away. The infill development stitches together the urban fabric by activating vacant land and providing continuity along the pedestrian-level streetscape. Adding local boutique café and social art space between the adjacent existing businesses and buildings, the tower augments the already bustling and vibrant arts community.
These projects incorporate sustainable design strategies like permeable paving, shading, highly insulative building envelopes and ample bicycle parking. The buildings also promote active lifestyles with state-of-the-art gyms, yoga rooms, community kitchens, dog-walking areas, swimming pools and activated retail on the ground floor. The three projects provide nearly 900 new homes on roughly 2 acres of land. With the high demand for housing in metropolitan Phoenix, the projects serve as a model for responsible urban development.
As we continue design work on four new towers to be completed in the next four years, Shepley Bulfinch is proud to be a significant contributor to the continued development of downtown Phoenix. After all, the design team behind this project is quite knowledgeable about perseverance and the impact of change. Design work for some of these current and future projects commenced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in our Phoenix-based team working remotely from programming through permitting. Taking this challenge in stride, our entire team adapted quickly and worked efficiently with city officials to ensure we developed a more connected future of downtown Phoenix.