We are excited to announce that the design of the APS substation has moved into its final phase.
When did this effort begin?
This effort began in 2018 with a series of open houses.
What was the purpose of the open houses?
To get community input on the site for the new substation.
How many possible sites were selected by the community for us to analyze?
Fourteen possible sites were selected.
Was the current site one of them?
No, the current site was not as it was a Shell Gas Station at that time.
What happened when it became available?
The neighbors overwhelmingly urged APS to purchase the site at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Roosevelt.
This effort began in 2018 with a series of open houses to get community input on the site for the new substation. Fourteen (14) possible sites were selected by the community for us to analyze, the current site was not one of them as it was a Shell Gas Station at that time. When it became available, the neighbors overwhelming urged APS to purchase the site at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Roosevelt even though the site was ¼ acre smaller than was required for the substation and public space.
In 2018, along with the site selection, the results of the site analysis were provided in public meetings and additional community input was given on what elements should be included in the façade and the public spaces surrounding the new substation. That exercise included nine (9) boards of images on art, landscape, lighting and other urban streetscape elements from which the community made suggestions. In 2018, we also came back with a conceptual site plan for a previously selected site and received specific design comments for that site.
Public Input –
Public Input –
In 2020 we submitted for City Staff review and DRC approval of the site plan and elevations. APS chose to celebrate the arts, events and vitality of Roosevelt Row and made it the theme of the art elements of the streetscape. Again, we reached out for public input before the hearing.
Public Input –
In February 2021 we met with Evans Churchill and Roosevelt Row boards to provide an update on the City approved construction documents and review our next steps. We also used this meeting to get feedback on the first set of artistic elements – artistic signage and wayfinding.
In April 2021 we met again with the Evans Churchill and Roosevelt Row boards to provide an update on the changes to the artistic signage and share the metal artwork concepts.
Public Input –
Now In 2021 we have completed the construction documents for the building including full landscape plans, civil improvement plans, lighting plans, structural plans and an artistic signage package. We have contracted with Caliente Construction who is already underway with the basement site work. The substation and nearly $4 million in artistic streetscape enhancements are set to be completed by fall 2022.
This will be one of the largest private installations of public art in Phoenix. At this time the location, size, and budget for each of the artistic elements has been set and approved by the City. We have engaged the following topic specialists to complete the artistic components for this project:
Woodward has created lighting effects for restaurants, resorts, churches, museums, and commercial projects throughout the southwest, including a large glass art installation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the water slide tower at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch. He has been responsible for creating a vibrant, restaurant like, pedestrian streetscape on all three facades. His physical design work is complete and included in the approved construction drawings.
His work includes:
Phoenix Center for the Arts recommended Artlink to lead the mural art facilitation and installation. They will be assisted with the technical installation and coordination by the Urban Land Institute’s 2D Project. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives and has facilitated the installation of public art in private settings for over 32 years in Downtown Phoenix. ULI2D has recently completed a multi-mural installation in Mesa, the Guerrero Park Mural District with 13 artist 5 apprentices and several hundred neighborhood volunteers installing a quarter mile of murals.
Together their work here will include:
Lasch’s team’s work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York and the Heard Museum in Phoenix. They will oversee the design of the metal artwork on site.
Their work will include:
Winter’s has his office on Roosevelt Row, teaches landscape architecture, and has intimate knowledge of the APS safety and security issues around landscape. He will oversee the design of the landscape and hardscape artistic elements on site.
His work will include:
Cowgill has been responsible for iconic and wayfinding signage in master plan communities and urban settings. She will oversee the design of the artistic signage and wayfinding elements on site.
Her work will include: