On September 20, Shepley Bulfinch’s move was the subject of a major piece in the Arizona Republic, “Phoenix architects renovate, move in to Phoenix landmark.”
Paired with the Center’s signature ‘punchcard’ tower, the distinctive inverted concrete arches and domed roof of the south Rotunda make the Center one of Midtown’s most prominent landmarks. Inside, a stained glass starburst graces the top of the dome and a series of surfboard-shaped stairs sweeps up to the mezzanine.
With a staff that has tripled in the past five years, the move offered the Phoenix architecture firm room to grow and the opportunity to re-envision the space for its design practice, which focuses on urban development, healthcare, and education.
“Central Avenue is a pulse point for Phoenix. Watching it change tells you where the city is going,” said Shepley Bulfinch principal Joe Herzog AIA. “Midtown is beginning to wake up to its potential, and our new home at the Phoenix Financial Center gives us a great opportunity to help drive its transformation.”
The buzz about the move started in March of this year, when Shepley Bulfinch hosted a series of charrettes for Reinvent Phoenix in the space.
The Phoenix Financial Center, comprising the South Tower and two rotundas, was designed by Peruvian-born architect W.A. Sarmiento and opened in 1964. The Center was the subject of an article in Modern Phoenix in 2011.
Shepley Bulfinch’s Phoenix office is now located at
3443 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012
The Phoenix travel poster print (above) is the work of Venice, California, artist Jason Hill, who fell hard for the Phoenix Financial Center when he lived in Arizona.