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Chandler City Hall Complex, 175 S. Arizona Ave.

Chandler City Hall Complex 

Chandler's new municipal complex offers convenient access to the most used City services, creates long-term cost savings for taxpayers, brings new energy to Historic Downtown Chandler, and serves as a source of pride for the residents of this great community!

Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave.   
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Chandler City Hall is downtown on the north side of Chicago Street between Arizona Avenue and Washington Street. Several other buildings are in the municipal complex, including the City Council Chambers and Vision Gallery, and a public parking garage and additional office space on the south side of Chicago Street.

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City Hall Departments and Services:
175 S. Arizona Ave.

Additional Departments and Services in the Municipal Complex:


Turbulent Shade

Awards We Have Won:

  • Top Ten Green Projects for 2012
    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE)
    The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants, and reduce negative environmental effects through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable construction materials, and designs that improve indoor air quality.
  • American Crown Community 2011
    American City and County Magazine
    The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding leadership in local government. The magazine recognized Chandler for the City Hall Complex.
  • Best of the Best Project Award - Best Government/Public Building
    Engineering News-Record (ENR) Magazine, National
    This national competition recognizes design and construction excellence based on regional winners of ENR's seven regional publications' Best Projects 2011 Awards (see below).
  • Project of the Year
    ENR Southwest Magazine, Regional
    The best overall project among 130 construction projects in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico according to Engineering News-Record, Southwest Region
  • Best Government/Public Building
    ENR Southwest Magazine, Regional
    "Suburban City Hall Has an Urban Heart," according to the magazine.
  • Award of Excellence Finalist for 2011
    Urban Land Institute, North and South America Region
    Presented to projects that demonstrate creativity and best practices in land use and property development.
  • Crescordia - Environmental Excellence Award - Outstanding Civic Building/Structure
    Valley Forward Association, September 2011 - Press Release
    Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious competition focusing exclusively on environmental initiatives.
  • Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design (International)
    Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Awards, 2011
    Special Citation for Creative Lighting of an Art Piece (Turbulent Shade) and published in LD+A, Magazine of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, August 2011
  • Awards of Merit (4)
    Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Awards, 2011
          1. Outdoor Lighting – Building Façade and Courtyard
          2. Outdoor Lighting – Art Scrim
          3. Interior Lighting – Council Chambers
          4. Energy and Environmental Design – Daylighting and Energy Efficient Design
  • Honor Award
    American Institute of Architects (AIA), Western Mountain Region
  • Construction Excellence Award - Silver - Interior Finishes - Council Chambers
    Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA), West Region, 2010
    Presented for the acoustic ceiling in the Council Chambers, and published in Acoustic Interior Construction Magazine, spring 2011. Video
  • P.R.I.D.E. Award
    International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Regional
    Design Excellence for a Public Facility
  • Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award
    Arizona Masonry Guild
  • Exposing the Best in Concrete
    American Concrete Institute, Arizona Chapter, 2011
    Presented in recognition of excellence in structural and architectural concrete, including excellence in pre-cast, cast-in-place, and masonry concrete construction, as well as unusual use of concrete and concrete producing materials.
  • Best Office Project
    RED (Real Estate and Development) Awards 2010
    Presented by AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine. The awards recognize the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects in the Valley for 2010, and the construction teams involved.
  • Project of the Year
    Associated Minority Contractors of America (AMCA), Arizona Chapter
    Presented in 2010 to an Arizona project that created opportunities to small minority contractors, vendors, and suppliers.
About those "silly" signs in the City Hall restrooms:

You may have heard or read about some signs inside the restrooms at Chandler City Hall. They've been mentioned on national media outlets such as Countdown with Keith Olbermann and NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

Our environmentally-friendly City Hall recycles water from the HVAC cooling tower to water plants, create courtyard fountains, and flush the toilets and urinals in the restrooms.
Normally, when using this “grey” non-potable water, regulations require that it be dyed green or blue. Chandler asked for a waiver to keep the City Hall grey water clear, so that it could be used without staining the landscaping and water features.
Without the dye, the City is required to post signs everywhere this grey water is accessible to the public to tell people not to drink the water. That is why there are "Do not drink" signs on the fountains and even signs in the restrooms that read, "Urinals and toilets are served with grey water. Do not drink."
We think saving/recycling water and enjoying courtyard fountains are worth a little bit of mockery for the simplistic wording we were required to place on the signage.

Chandler City Hall Complex Map - Small
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Nearby Municipal Buildings:
Chandler Center for the Arts
Community Center
Courts (City of Chandler)
* Courts - Justice  (County)
Fire Department
Police Department
Senior Center
Transportation & Development
Downtown Information:
* Downtown Chandler
Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Key Project Dates:
* Chandler City Hall Site 
   Selection Study Approved:
      May 2006
* Design Contract Approved:
      Dec. 13, 2007
* Construction Contract
      April 6, 2009
* Groundbreaking Ceremony: 
      May 8, 2009
* Public Opening: 
      Oct. 25, 2010
* Dedication Ceremony: 
      Nov. 15, 2010

Key Budget Figures:
* Original Project Budget
      $80 million (see below)
* Original Construction
      Estimate: $51 million
* Guaranteed Maximum Price
   Construction Bid:
      $47 million (Sundt Const.)
* Additional Savings Realized
   During the Project:
      $6 million
Final Project Cost Estimate:
      $70 million
The project budget included: land acquisition, demolition, remediation, and business relocations; plan review, permit and inspection fees; professional service fees (architect fees, construction management fees); furniture, furnishings and equipment (FFE); Information Technology services (broadband, phone and video equipment); and some contingency funds.

City Hall Complex - Design and Features:

  • Urban Edge Design
    The footprint of the buildings in the complex were moved to the edges of the property. This improved pedestrian access, generated a more dynamic, urban environment along Arizona Ave., and created a quiet, open courtyard in the center of the complex for enhanced social interactions.
  • Pedestrian Friendly Campus
    It is estimated that pedestrians can reach any location on the Historic Downtown square, as well as the Community Center, Senior Center, Library, and Transportation and Development buildings in an easy walk of five minutes or less.
    Arizona Avenue Streetscape Improvements

    The complex and an award-winning sidewalk and street improvement project along Arizona Ave. helped to enhance the downtown area.
  • Sustainability Elements
    Sustainability elements include air quality monitoring and control, high efficiency HVAC systems and thermal controls, the use of materials with recycled content, water conservation elements, the "harvesting" of daylight, use of high-efficiency windows, and aesthetic and artistic shade features.
  • LEED Certification
    Chandler City Hall is also designed to support the City’s “Green Building” initiative and incorporate as many sustainability and energy efficient features as possible to save long-term operations and maintenance costs. Chandler officials anticipate that the project will receive gold-level certification within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
  • Municipal Arts Fund
    Public Art in the City of Chandler is funded through a one percent for art ordinance, which allocates 1% of project construction dollars of new buildings and parks to the Municipal Arts Fund. One of the art pieces in the new City Hall complex also serves an important function, acting as a natural light filter for the office windows. The artwork “Turbulent Shade” created by artist Ned Kahn incorporates approximately 1,000 perforated stainless steel panels (6-by-21-inch) that are suspended on rods across the entire western facade of the building. The artwork reflects light, moves with natural wind currents and is lit from above and below with low energy use LED lighting that adds a warm glow to the artwork, while providing colorful illumination to the building. The eastern façade also includes the same art over a smaller area.