Scottsdale – Civic Center Plaza


3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ


City of Scottsdale


Dig Studio, Ardurra


9 Acres
Parks & Recreation, Campus, Featured, Municipal


Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza consists of nine acres of pristine open public space constructed over 50 years ago in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. With a bond-funded $27.5 million budget, the Civic Center Plaza Renovation Project upgrades the utility infrastructure, grading and drainage, and the landscape and provides a new decorative hardscape. Improvements include new structural elements, such as two multi-functional stages, restroom facilities, a children’s play area with a mist-fog system, and a play area with a shade canopy.  

The scope of this project was extensive. With a complete overhaul, the site’s new layout is designed so that all nine acres of the plaza can be utilized throughout the year. The existing hardscape was removed, and an extensive grading operation lowered the grade by as much as six feet in some areas. Several hills were moved to enhance the view of the park. New decorative hardscape and pedestrian walkways—a combination of concrete and pavers—made this linear civic space more inviting to users and visitors. Our team took steps to protect trees and shrubs, erecting barriers from T-posts and safety fencing, adding mulch, and installing temporary irrigation. Four thousand two hundred shrubs, 2,300 accent plants, and 162 trees were planted on site. 

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