Phoenix Human Services Department Receives Award for Best Construction Project

Oct. 17, 2012

Helen Drake Center

The city of Phoenix Human Services Department has received the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Best 2012 Projects award for the construction of the new Helen Drake Senior Center.

ENR’s southwest regional competition recognizes projects serving the best interests of the construction industry and the public.  The Helen Drake Senior Center was one of the projects recognized and was awarded the Best Small Project under $10 million.

Named after Helen Drake, a pioneer and visionary for aging services for the city of Phoenix, the new 12,766 square-foot center is built in a residential neighborhood, replacing its previous home in an outdated local strip mall.  The new design fulfils the project’s function by creating a safe, accessible, warm and comfortable environment, not only for seniors but also for everyone.  Interior spaces revolve around a large multipurpose room, kitchen, activity rooms, computer lab and craft room.

“This award acknowledges the hard-working, dedicated staff of the Human Services Department and other city departments who made this vision for a new kind of senior center a reality,” said Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela, District 5. “This project created jobs in our construction industry and created something special for our seniors - what could be better than that!”    

“The Helen Drake Senior Center provides a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.  Center members already consider the building a point of pride.  This demonstrates how well incorporating cutting-edge, ‘green’ technologies can work when everyone is committed to a project,” said Human Services Department Director Deanna Jonovich.

Helen Drake Senior Center is a $4 million development built and designed in collaboration with the city of Phoenix, Brignall Construction Company and Holly Street Studio Architects.  

ENR is a weekly magazine providing news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide.

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