By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Owner Parkway Properties will add two levels and 300 new parking spaces to the US Airways parking garage at 201 S. Ash Ave. in Tempe under a proposal currently under review by the city.
The streetscape will not change, as the expansion is vertical only. The building’s current 51-foot height will increase by 10 feet, for a total area of 354.6KSF. When completed available parking will increase from 1,770 to 2,070 spaces.
Materials used in the addition will match those currently in place, with the exception of using steel beams in place of concrete to minimize strain on the foundations. The steel frame’s exterior finish will match the exposed concrete and brick veneer currently in place. There will be cable guardrails with perforated metal panels at the perimeter of the ramp for portions extending beyond the sixth floor.
Benefits stated in the staff analysis include making the area more attractive to potential office tenants and providing additional shade on Ash Avenue.
Parkway Properties is the owner. DAVIS is the architect. Requests for information on the general contractor and construction timeline were not returned by press time.