Park Central receives two development awards

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Compiled by Matt Loeschman

PHOENIX – The revitalized Park Central project in downtown Phoenix recently received two major development industry awards for its positive impact on the community.

Park Central won the 2022 Distinction Award for Art in Public Spaces at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards gala held on March 19. The award recognizes the many public art features of the project, including the three major wall installations, large sculptures, the curated collection at the Virginia G. Piper Creighton University Health Sciences Building, and the emergence of the project as an arts and culture hub.

Park Central has already hosted dozens of visual and performing arts events over the past few years and is adding several more key artistic elements in the coming months. Park Central continues to host major arts events in conjunction with Artlink, which curates Park Central’s arts programming and is headquartered there.

The project was also highlighted with the victory of Joan Baron and Gloria Martinez-Granados in the Art in Public Spaces category for their work “Good Trouble Bucket”, which was exhibited in Park Central as part of the exhibition Art of Core 2020.

Inside a crude 35,000 square foot warehouse built in the 1950s in downtown Phoenix, two artists have embarked on a major mixed media art installation-performance. The goal was to raise awareness of issues related to immigration reform, social justice, and behaviors that inspire and create lasting change that benefits and sustains the lives of all.

Additionally, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building on Creighton University’s Phoenix Campus in Park Central recently won the 2022 RED Award for Best Higher Education Building presented by AZRE magazine.

The building measures 195,000 square feet with over 6,000 square feet of simulation space and 10,000 square feet of student collaboration space. The building opened in 2021 and offers nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and medical school programs.

State-of-the-art simulation labs and instruction rooms that will promote learning and growth, plus 16 standardized patient simulation exam rooms equipped with hospital-grade features, trauma simulation room , 10 high-fidelity simulation zones for other specialties, a large outdoor terrace and spaces to collaborate throughout the establishment. Nearly 900 students are expected to be on campus by 2025.

Stan Shafer, chief operating officer of Holualoa Companies, said the recognition is an affirmation of Park Central’s high profile in the community.

“We set out to create something exceptional at Park Central, and these awards demonstrate that we have succeeded in creating a project of exceptional quality,” he said. “We would like to thank Arizona Forward and AZRE Magazine for the recognition we have received at Park Central, and we look forward to continuing to develop and improve Park Central in the years to come.”

Plaza Companies was the developer of the Creighton Building, with Okland Construction as the general contractor. Butler Design Group and RDG Planning & Design were the official architects.

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