New Chandler City Hall design has urban edge look

Posted By Mike Padgett

Nov. 7, 2008

SmithGroup is designing the City of Chandler’s new $51 million city hall complex that will serve as the anchor for a major redevelopment of the downtown area.

The new city hall design will be pedestrian-friendly and feature a 4,000-square-foot art gallery on the ground floor that will double as a community room. The 131,000-square-foot facility at Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street will replace the leased space city employees have occupied for nearly 20 years.

Construction is to begin in April 2009. The general contractor is Sundt Construction.

The new city hall complex will offer nearby parking and first-floor access to the departments that have the most contact with residents, such as city clerk, neighborhood resources, community services, and utilities, says SmithGroup Principal Mark Roddy.

A covered terrace above the city clerk’s office and under the office tower portion of the building will offer a shaded area for outdoor events.

The new council chambers, clad in glass, will glow at night. A central breezeway will be an extension of the main lobby. The overall design promotes pedestrian connections to the A.J. Chandler Park to the north, the civic campus to the east and a future mixed-use development to the west.

Nov 7th, 2008

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