Our Arizona office got a special treat this fall with a day out in the field to tour various AndersonBaron projects! The day began with a (very) large party bus picking us up from the office and off we went to tour 6 different project locations. This was a great opportunity for Andy, Brett, and some of our other senior staff members to explain to the team how the planning and design process of what we do is translated through final construction. We were able to tour the ASU Gammage Parkway project, Liv Northgate, Eastmark (and the neighborhood parks), had a quick stop at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, for which we’re currently doing some master planning work. After lunch we stopped at Church Farm, which is still under construction but we got to see the construction phases of Parcel 1 and The Living Room Park, and rounded the trip off with a stop at the Bridges at Gilbert. and neighborhood parks. On our way back to the office we did a quick drive through glance at Vaquero Ranch as well. Construction has been moving forward so much in the past year with our projects that there are so many others we could have stopped to see as well. For this first office project site tour day, we were able to stick to the east valley but hope to see more in the future.
It was a very beneficial experience for all, and it was nice to hear someone say how projects look so different in real life than on construction documents. It’s great for our team to see how and why things are designed, point out design features or plants that all have specific meaning behind their locations when most end-users don’t think of or understand what goes into the process. Big thanks go out to Andy and Brett for taking everyone out of the office for a day and sharing their knowledge and experience with the team! Check out some of our pictures below!
The team listening as Brett describes the ASU Gammage Parkway design
Exploring Everton Terrace at Eastmark
The Living Wall at Liv Northgate
Ted and Tom were challenged to a game of Bags/Cornhole
Andy describing one of the lake features and bridges at The Bridges at Gilbert
Troy and Keith testing out the durability of the swings at the Bridges at Gilbert park!