Marina Heights is the single largest office development deal in Arizona history, with five buildings, ranging in size from 6 to 16 stories and spanning 20 acres on Tempe Town Lake. The multi-building design offers retail amenities including coffee shops, restaurants, medical and fitness facilities. The site also features a 10-acre lakeside plaza open to the public. Designed to complement the Tempe skyline, the complex is an iconic landmark developed with a visionary concept that is minimalist, elegant and functional.
“We presented a bold vision for Marina Heights: Five glass and stainless steel tower monoliths that will shimmer in the desert sun― cubist cloud towers floating above the lakefront,” says Principal Architect and Project Designer, Richard S. Drinkwater, AIA. “The towers are minimalist, prismatic forms sculpted with deep insets and terraces strategically incised to create interlocking volumes. Tower heights are differentiated for skyline effect and are clad entirely in clear, reflective and fritted glass and stainless steel, reflecting and refracting the environment. This presents unique, ever changing views of the buildings as one’s vantage point changes. The design also includes a richly landscaped urban plaza, framed by metal podium structures, that engages the lake and park.”
The development’s five office buildings are designed around a central campus plaza space spanning from Rio Salado to the lakefront, which acts as the unifying architectural element of the project. The plaza is designed with trees, shade elements, seating and meeting areas, and open venue lawn areas for special events such as concerts, markets or employee festivities. The plaza links all five buildings and is designed to be a truly memorable and welcoming space. Its clever integration of hardscape, planting, paving and water features reflects the end user’s Midwestern heritage as well as tells the story of the Salt River watershed progression and native regional history - from its origin through canyons and high desert plains - into the agriculture and hydro-electric power generation that has allowed metropolitan Phoenix to rapidly develop into the major ‘desert city’ it has become in the past 100 years.
The office towers are expressed as large, functional masses with 38,000 - 42,000 sf floor plates and 10' ceilings throughout. Full height glazing is utilized to maximize interior day-lighting. Beneath the plaza are two 19-acre floors of below grade parking. The balance of the parking occurs in two above grade seven story structures which are located to the east and west ends of the site. These structures bookend the site and maximizes the central pedestrian plaza around which all of the buildings orient. The parking podium structures, with office towers above, are skinned with metal facades and screen walls to give them a ‘solid’ architectural character in contrast to the ‘cloud-like’ office components.
“It is a great honor for DAVIS to design the Marina Heights office campus. This project is a very important responsibility for our firm – one that goes far beyond the contract work – as a highly visible and very significant piece of our entire community,” says CEO/Director of Design, Michael R. Davis, AIA. “It is imperative to us that it not only succeed financially, but also as the physical manifestation of the end user’s globally recognized, household brand and as the community icon that Marina Heights will be.”
2017 Gold Nugget Grand Award Winner - Best Commercial Project
2017 AZRE RED Award Best Office Project – Buildings 300, 400 & 450
2016 Best of NAIOP – Office Build-to-Suite of the Year – Buildings 300, 400, 450
2016 IIDA PRIDE Award Interior Design Excellence – Commercial Over 25k sf
2015 NAIOP Office Building 500 - Tenant Improvement of the Year 75K sf or More
2015 Best of NAIOP – Office Build-to-Suit of the Year – Building 500
2015 NAIOP Talk of the Town
2015 AMCA Project of the Year
2013 NAIOP Talk of the Town
2013 NAIOP Transaction of the Year