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Shepley Bulfinch honored for planning in urban context

Friday, 20 December 2013

The development of new zoning in a sensitive central district adjoining the University of Arizona in Tucson was one of nine Pima County projects honored by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance at its annual Common Ground awards earlier this month. The Main Gate Overlay District received top honors in in the Public Policy category.

The new district establishes a zoning overlay that preserves historic structures within its boundaries while allow new growth and development with the density necessary for the project to succeed. The rezoning, developed as part of the planning and design for the Next and Level student housing developments, was critical to allowing the completion of the two residential towers, which Shepley Bulfinch designed for clients CA Student Living (formerly Campus Acquisitions).

The recognition highlights Shepley Bulfinch’s strategic approach to urban context in its planning and design work for CA Student Living. The firm’s student housing projects now underway in Eugene, Oregon; West Lafayette, Indiana; and Lincoln, Nebraska, are reanimating the urban fabric around them with lively streetscapes and community amenities, while using materiality and scale to connect the new structures to the environment around them.

At the December 6 Common Ground awards, Shepley Bulfinch was part of a team of honorees that included the City of Tucson, Campus Acquisitions, the Marshall Foundation, the University of Arizona, the West University Neighborhood Association, ARC Studios, WUZAB, and the City/County Historic Review Board.

Street view - Level, Tucson

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