CITY

Glendale selects firms for $70M downtown revitalization project

Expected to start later this year, end in 2025

Posted 5/18/22

The city of Glendale selected Arizona-based companies Holly Street Studio and Okland Construction as the primary teams to lead the $70 million Downtown Campus Reinvestment Project.

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Glendale selects firms for $70M downtown revitalization project

Expected to start later this year, end in 2025

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The city of Glendale selected Arizona-based companies Holly Street Studio and Okland Construction as the primary teams to lead the $70 million Downtown Campus Reinvestment Project.

This project encompasses the revitalization of City Hall, and the adjacent amphitheater and parking structure as well as Murphy Park. The Glendale City Hall campus was originally built in 1984.

“This was a highly competitive process where we had outstanding local and national firms offering their vision for this transformative project,” Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps shared in a  statement. “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.”

The city reviewed qualifications and proposals from six construction and design firms and then shortlisted those down to three finalists each. Following interviews, Holly Street Studio was selected by the review committee to serve as the lead designer.

Holly Street’s work can be seen with the Glendale Community College Automotive Technology Center. Earlier this year, Holly Street also completed the ASU Creative Futures Lab at Mesa City Center. This 118,000 square-foot-building houses programs offered by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Sydney Poitier New American Film School.

“We are so pleased to team-up with Holly Street Studio and Okland Construction on this momentous project for our city,” Glendale Principal Architect Eddie Garcia stated. “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.”

This artist’s rendering depicts how City Hall in Downtown Glendale could modernize.
This artist’s rendering depicts how City Hall in Downtown Glendale could modernize.

Okland Construction, a fourth-generation family-owned company, was selected for the construction project. Recently Okland Construction completed the renovation of Footprint Arena, home to the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.

The city’s revitalization project will begin later this year and is expected to be completed by March of 2025.

In total, it is estimated that the downtown campus renovation will cost close to $70 million. That cost includes $21 million of previously adopted Capital Improvement Project money from city coffers.

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