The Pier, a proposed two-tower, 23-story development on Tempe Town Lake. The $80M project will be home to 551 apartments, 17KSF of retail, more than 8KSF of restaurant and nearly 4KSF of outdoor dining space.Tempe approved the Pier 202 Masterplan in 2007 to guide development along Rio Salado Parkway between Rural Road and McClintock Drive. The goal for the 10-lot space was to create an urban district with development that promotes pedestrian access and waterfront views. 

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The Pier project will be a major step forward in realizing the masterplan vision. The two towers will be located at the east and west boundaries of the site’s Lot 5, with the east tower to be constructed in the first phase of the development. A three-story bridge that will run parallel to Vista del Lago Drive will function as a gateway to the residential drive and connect phases one and two.

The plan calls for a total of more than 1.3MSF of building space. Residences will consist of 88 studio, 247 one-bedroom, 208 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom apartments. Parking is proposed for 1,106 vehicles, including 45 tandem and 26 compact spaces. Bicycle parking is planned for 626 spaces.

Two retail spaces will serve as anchors to the structures, and a signature restaurant space on the northeast ground floor corner will offer waterfront views.

Most of the building will consist of glass set into continuously wrapping balconies. The base will have stone panels at the pedestrian level. Accents will include anodized aluminum door and window frames, stainless steel railings and white painted steel trellises.

The site design calls for pedestrian access on all sides. The north side will feature retail, a lower pool and waterfall, upper courtyard entries and a restaurant terrace offering tiered outdoor seating. Outdoor dining space will continue along the east edge. A multi-level courtyard will connect ground level retail, amenities, apartment lobbies and parking.

As a signature development, sustainability is a significant consideration in the design. Buildings will feature a green roof ecosystem that will reduce noise into the building, protect the roof from heat and light, manage rain loads and reduce the heat island effect.

The buildings’ balconies will be lined with heavy steel planter boxes featuring productive agricultural, elevation-specific plantings. The south street parking area will be separated from the sidewalk by a trellis structure featuring both horizontal and vertical plantings. The other three sides feature heavy landscaping and pedestrian shading to simulate a garden pathway experience.

– Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

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