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‘Square’ to be Mesa Community Showpiece

Award-winning architect Bing Hu designed 12KSF community center

Credit: H&S International

Source: Harvard Investments

It’s exciting—and rare—to find an internationally recognized architectural firm applying their expertise to an intimate, primary home community. Often these groups are booked solid serving resorts, five-star hotels and exclusive second home destinations.

So when Harvard Investments approached Bing Hu, architect and principal of H&S International, to design their Community Center amenities at Cadence at Gateway, he quickly realized Harvard’s commitment to create a special place at Cadence, one well-suited to his renowned architecture and style.

“I’ve known the Harvard Investments team for years and really respect their work. When Craig [Krumwiede], Chris [Cacheris] and Tim [Brislin] told me about this idea … I was intrigued,” Bing Hu, Principal of H&S International. “Designing something that’s best-in-class and appeals to young families, those with teens, empty nesters— pretty much everybody— without being cost-prohibitive— that’s an exciting idea! I said, absolutely!”

Harvard Investments, parent company The Hill Companies of western Canada, and GTIS Partners LP are collaborating with H&S in designing The Square — a 12KSF community center set in a town-square style environment at the heart of Cadence at Gateway.

Hu’s projects have received dozens of international, national and regional design awards, including PCBC Gold Nugget Awards and Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards. Bing has completed over 300 projects as founding principal of H&S International. He holds a graduate degree from Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s prestigious School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Hu is designing all the buildings at The Square at Cadence at Gateway including a Café, Visitors Center, Community Center, Fitness Center, indoor/outdoor meeting spaces, events center and more.

Other amenities at The Square include resort-style pools, tennis, bocce and basketball courts, shaded play areas, dog park, garden and a lifestyle director that will activate The Square with engaging indoor and outdoor activities for all residents. His vision is to provide residents with beautifully designed, yet functional spaces to pursue fun, fitness, and enriching memories with family and friends.

Groundbreaking is slated for mid-2016 with the first homes being available in late 2017.

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