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  Page 60 July August 2001 IssueFountains Plaza Medical Offices
CDG Architects, LTD. 
345 East Toole Ave., #202, Tucson, AZ 85701

Tucson, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 15,000
Construction Period: Sep 1998 to Nov 1998

Construction Team
General Contractor: BFL Construction Co., Inc. - 140 South Euclid Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
Structural Engineer: Turner Structural Engineering Co. - 3444 North Country Club, #104, Tucson, AZ 85716
Electrical Engineer: Kevin Marschke - 345 East Toole Ave., #200, Tucson, AZ 85701 
Mechanical Engineer: Professional Engineering & Technology, Inc. - 4500 East Speedway, #20, Tucson, AZ 85712
Landscape Architect: TMHS Associates, Inc. - 196 West Simpson St., Tucson, AZ 85701
Cost Estimator: BFL Construction Co., Inc. - 140 South Euclid Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719

CDG Architects, Ltd. worked in conjunction with BFL Construction Co., Inc. on this 15,000-square-foot design/build project in 1998. The Fountains Plaza Medical Office Building consisted of Phase II in a medical office development located northwest of Tucson, Arizona. Medical office space has become a growing necessity in this area of Tucson due to a population influx within the past five years. Collaboration between architect, contractor and the project developer resulted in a functional site and traffic circulation plan, exterior building finishes that were reasonably priced, durable and easy to maintain, and a practical floor plan that is adaptable to a wide variety of medical office tenants. The simplicity of the one-story building design allows for ready access to the building for seniors and the disabled.

The site itself had numerous constraints. It was small for the scope of the building planned as well as irregular in shape with a sloping topography. Six feet of fill was required at the west end of the site to provide a level building pad. The topography of the site required considerable attention to drainage issues. The slope and size of the planned building required the construction of a small, deeper than usual retention area to accommodate on-site drainage. Also due to constraints, the landscaping for the project was done mainly around the perimeter of the site.

Apart from site work, the project involved only the construction of the building shell. Only minimal finishes were done on the interior of the building and no HVAC ductwork was included. It was the developer's intention to allow incoming tenants to customize their own leased spaces.

The building is set on a rise facing south; while the view over the valley and the city of Tucson is desirable, windows were configured and tinted so as to minimize solar impacts on the interior offices. A brightly colored facade with free-standing concrete "wings" and cantilevered canopies catch the attention of passersby and serve to distinguish this building from the others in the office development. Visual interest of the building exterior is also enhanced by providing areas of stucco to contrast in color and texture with the colored CMU and by providing attractive tinted windows and doors at the building entrance.

Exterior Walls - EIFS: Dryvit; Insulation: CertainTeed.
Roof - Built-Up: Johns Manville.
Floors - Carpet: Patcraft; VCT: Armstrong; Vinyl: Johnsonite.
Interior Walls - Paint: Dunn Edwards; Window Treatment: HunterDouglas; Lighting: Lithonia.

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