Liberty Bank Building – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, Liberty Bank Building (Seattle, WA).
Civic Space Park is a 2.77-acre open space in the heart of Phoenix and the downtown campus of Arizona State University (ASU). The park is the result of a unique partnership between the City of Phoenix and ASU, to bring vitality to the downtown. A city bond election funded the park, as well as adjacent ASU facilities. Through this partnership there is a formal agreement for ongoing operation and maintenance of the park and buildings. The park supports varied activities, hosting 150,000 visitors for programmed events, and a total of about 2.3 million visitors throughout the year.
Civic Space Park includes multiuse event lawns, shaded seating areas, an outdoor performance venue, the A.E. England Building – a renovated historic car dealership with a large meeting/classroom, a public café, and other spaces. Circulation meanders through the park on diagonals that connect to a transit station at the southeast corner. The integrating concept for the park is that of an “urban weave” tying the park into the fabric of downtown and bringing together a diverse and growing population. The park is actively used by a wide variety of people, drawing surrounding residents, students who attend classes and/or live in the area, downtown ofﬁce workers, and people from other parts of the city as well.
The park is renowned for a prominent Jane Echelman art installation “Her Secret is Patience” which hovers above park, suspended from tall pylons, and night lit to create an icon for the downtown. Many environmentally sensitive features are included in the design, including photo-voltaic panels on shade structures, permeable paving, and underground detention tanks for ground water recharge and a tree canopy that shades over 60% of the park.