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  Swan Skyline Office Plaza (Shell)Swan Skyline Office Plaza (Shell)


Burton & Associates Architects
2102 N. Country Club Road, Bldg. 9, Tucson, AZ 85716

General Description

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Feb 2014 Construction Period: Mar 2014 to Mar 2015
Total Square Feet: 37,200 Site: 2.9 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three.
Building Sizes: First floor, 20,188; second floor, 17,012; total, 37,200 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’ 8”; second floor, 18’; total, 31’ 4”.
Basic Construction Type: New Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Steel joist, concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Schneider Structural Engineers - 2980 N. Campbell Avenue, #130, Tucson, AZ 85719
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Advantech Engineering - 3280 E. Hemisphere Loop, #110, Tucson, AZ 85706
Civil Engineer: Stanley Engineering - P.O. Box 1888, Tucson, AZ 85702
General Contractor: Rio West Development & Construction, Inc. - 2440 S. 34th Place, Tucson, AZ 85713

Nestled in the in foothills of Tucson, Arizona at the base of the Catalina Mountains, this three shell building office plaza is located at the intersection of two major streets, Swan Road and Skyline Drive. It is a busy commercial intersection but situated in a predominately residential neighborhood. The challenge given the architect, Burton and Associates Architects, was to create an inviting office atmosphere while still respecting the residential character. A two-story, multi-family complex is adjacent on the north side of the property, and on the opposite side of the property from the west side intersection is a deep wash.

The solution was to place a one-story building on the street side, thereby reducing the scale of the complex, situating a two-story building furthest away from the intersection next to the wash, and siting a step-down partially two-story building on the south side thereby utilizing the fairly steep slope of the property. To further create a more residential feel, the one story building is built at an angle to the street and saw-toothed along its length.

In respect to Tucson's heritage, the design reflects a Hispanic flavor with a combination of masonry and stucco walls, mission tile roof accents, and arches in selective areas to identify building entries. Due to the foothills location, the site has a panoramic view of the city on three sides and a beautiful view of the mountains on the north side. Oversized windows were designed to maximize these views. In order to create flexible tenant options, the three buildings have multiple individual entries directly off the adjacent parking.

Since sound isolation is important in multi-tenanted buildings, the floor construction was designed as a Hambro system of steel joists and concrete slab to minimize interior vibration and noise transmission. The combination of exterior masonry walls with insulated stud furr-outs on the inside face minimizes the exterior sound and allows for excellent thermal performance. Structural columns were minimized to facilitate efficient space planning for tenants.

With construction designed for permanence, a beautiful location, and a timeless design, this office plaza will be an attractive home to Tucson office tenants for many years.

Product Information
Flooring: Hambro System
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Trulite
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp


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