By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Congregation Beth Tefillah has submitted plans for a 16,242SF synagogue at Shea Boulevard and 65th Place in Scottsdale.
The masonry and steel structure will replace a vacant single family home on the property and share parking with the Chaparral Labyrinth Christian Church located immediately to the west.
To ensure the new synagogue fits in the existing residential area it will feature a Contemporary Southwestern design. Exterior walls will be beige block with dark brown accent trim. The roof will be enclosed by a parapet except for the sanctuary area, which will be a variation of a standing seam metal roof. Elevations will include shade arbors, metal trellises and recessed windows for visual appeal.
Green building considerations will be a factor in the building’s design, according to the plans. Exterior lighting will be LED and shielded to cut off the light at the property line and conform to dark sky requirements.
Property landscaping will protect existing trees already in place and complement them with palo verde, olive and mesquite, among others.
A definitive timeline for construction has not been set, but planning staff at Berry Riddell, which is handling the zoning application process for the congregation, estimated approximately eight months for the plan review and permit issuing processes to be completed.
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