PERA Training and Conference Center
Salt River Project

Tempe, Arizona

Project Info

  • Client

    Salt River Project

  • Size

    47,512 SF

  • Delivery method

    CMAR

  • Role on project

    Prime Architect

  • Project Completion:

    2020

  • DFDG Team Members
  • Michael Schmitt

    Project Director

  • Jim Lloyd

    Project Manager

  • Nicki Jensen

    Interior Design

SRP’s desire to “build a better tomorrow” is exemplified in its PERA Club campus.

Sitting at the edge of Phoenix’s stunning Papago Park, the PERA Training and Innovation Center (PTIC) is a vital addition to the campus, providing expansive views of the stunning desert landscape, while infusing health and vitality into functional, open, and inspiring spaces.

The building’s design celebrates SRP’s work and connection with water through a design concept honoring Arizona’s dams, which store this essential, life-giving element. The large two-volume space on the north face of the structure is designed to emulate the crystalline nature of Arizona’s large upstream lakes, using carefully positioned glazing designed to bring in large amounts of natural light and ample views to the adjacent landscape. A wood and glass balcony on the second floor helps to draw the eye through the space to the wood ceilings with distinctive lighting connecting the variety of diverse spaces.

The first level boasts a great hall, which serves as a pre-function area for the ballroom and training rooms designed to provide both SRP and other community groups ample space for events and conferences.

Flexibility was key to the design of the banquet and training rooms. Ensuring the space could flex both aesthetically and functionally between such a wide range of uses. These rooms include sliding glass walls allowing for ultimate flow between spaces, as well as to the south patio with neutral, yet dynamic finishes.

A private bar and lounge on the second floor maximizes views of the Papago Buttes, while providing solar protection from the western sun. Historic photos are hung in multiple locations throughout, as well as old plaques, salvaged stone, and other company artifacts that display SRP’s rich and storied western history. A fitness center allows 24-hour access to employees, who can also enjoy the commanding views of the area

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