Glendale picks 2 firms to lead $70M project to revitalize downtown campus

May 19, 2022, 4:05 AM

(City of Glendale Photo)...

(City of Glendale Photo)

(City of Glendale Photo)

PHOENIX – The city of Glendale announced Wednesday it has selected an architect and a construction company to lead a nearly $70 million project to revitalize the West Valley suburb’s downtown campus.

“We think the team we have brought together with Holly Street on the architectural side and Okland overseeing the construction aspects is a winning combination of expertise and past successes for this important asset for our community,” City Manager Kevin Phelps said in a press release.

Holly Street’s recent work includes the ASU Creative Futures Lab at Mesa City Center. Okland Construction was responsible for major renovations at Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.

The aim of Glendale’s Downtown Campus Reinvestment Project is to modernize the facilities and turn the complex at Glendale and 59th avenues into a true community centerpiece.

“Our main goal is to make this revitalization project a point of civic pride for Glendale which is reflective of our historical roots and innovative future that will elevate our brand as a choice community in the Valley,” Eddie Garcia, the city’s principal architect, said in the release.

“Both Holly Street and Okland Construction clearly recognized our aspirational goals. Not only did they embrace this opportunity, but they challenged us to bring fresh ideas to this project.”

More than half of the overall price tag, $39.8 million, is for a full renovation of the City Hall building.

The next largest expenditure is $10.5 million to upgrade the adjoining outdoor amphitheater with fixed seating, a shade structure and other amenities.

The plan also includes improvements for Murphy Park ($4.5 million), council chambers ($4.1 million) and the campus parking structure ($2.8 million).

On top of the capital costs, the city estimates it will take about $6.8 million to ensure continuity of operations and service to residents over the course of the project. Work is expected to begin later this year and conclude by March 2025.

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Glendale picks 2 firms to lead $70M project to revitalize downtown campus