Facility Tours

Front and back-of-house facility tours are an illuminating part of the World Workplace learning experience. Nothing brings the FM story to life better than seeing workplace strategy and creative problem-solving in action. Discuss processes and challenges with fellow tour participants. Take away practical tips and new perspectives on managing unique spaces.

Held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., each tour is only US$49 per person and within walking distance of the Phoenix Convention Center. Facility management and building operations teams will show and tell their O&M systems and plants, sustainable/energy-efficient features, restoration projects and state-of-the-art upgrades.

Please check in by 12:45 p.m. near registration on Oct. 15, 2019. Tours will depart the Phoenix Convention Center promptly at 1 p.m. (Group will walk to the venue). Please plan to wear closed-toe, flat shoes.

Phoenix Convention CenterPhoenix Convention Center – 2019 Host Venue

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (tour time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Explore the award-winning Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) with a behind the scenes guided tour. Participants will learn about our unique features, such as our district cooling plant, rooftop solar power plant and our utilidor tunneling system. Inspired by the Sonoran Desert, the architecture of the Phoenix Convention Center makes it one of the most beautiful and sophisticated convention centers in the United States. It is an interconnected campus which includes three ballrooms, 12 large exhibition halls, 99 meeting/breakout rooms, Executive Conference Center and a 2,300-seat Symphony Hall. In total, the Convention Center is responsible for maintaining 2,500,000 square feet of infrastructure, which includes the LEED-silver certified awarded West Building.

Biomedical CampusThe University of Phoenix Arizona Biomedical Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (tour time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University are part of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), a city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. The State of Arizona and City of Phoenix, as well as other vital community partners, continue to be strong supporters of the campus, intent on developing the Phoenix Biomedical Campus as a major biosciences hub and premier academic health center. The campus also serves as a major economic engine: At full build-out the Phoenix Biomedical Campus is anticipated to generate an economic impact of $2.1 billion annually.

The heart of the developing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, HSEB has amassed a dozen awards from a variety of organizations that recognize the significant architectural design aspects of this facility, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Campus Management & Operations team, earned two (TOBY Awards in 2017) BOMA’s The Outstanding Building of the year award in the Historic Building and Public Assembly (HSEB) category.

The Health Science Education Building, 268,000-sq.-ft, six-story facility consists of administration and faculty offices, lecture halls, learning studios, flexible classrooms, student and faculty services, clinical skills suite, simulation suite, gross anatomy facilities, class laboratories, learning resource center, cafeteria, student lockers, group study rooms, conference rooms and miscellaneous building support. HSEB and future research buildings are connected by a north-south structure that houses public functions and spaces for the occupants of these facilities as part of an effort to ensure that educators, researchers, students, and teachers meet and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research.

Orpheum TheatreThe Orpheum Theatre

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (tour time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Now in its 90th anniversary season, the Orpheum Theatre is the last surviving vaudeville movie palace in the greater Phoenix area and is widely considered one of the most significant theatrical structures in the West. An atmospheric theatre, built in a Spanish Revival style of Spanish Baroque architecture, intricate murals and moldings were an integral part of the design, all meant to give patrons the impression that they were enjoying the shows "al fresco." It was designed by architects Lescher & Mahoney, with Hugh Gilbert associated, and built for owner-operators J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace and included a unique early form of air-conditioning.

In the 1940s the Orpheum was purchased by the Paramount Pictures chain and renamed, "The Paramount." In the 60's Nederlander purchased it to add it as a stop on the Broadway circuit. Throughout the '60's until its restoration, it was renamed Palace West. Throughout the late '70's and early '80's, the theater was leased to a local Mexican family, the Coronas, who presented Hispanic events and movies. At one point all the murals and moldings were painted black when the Orpheum was used to show Spanish films. It was thought that such decorations would detract from the films. After falling into disrepair for some years, the Orpheum Theature was purchased in 1984 by the City of Phoenix, which then began a 12-year, $14 million restoration. The Conrad Schmitt Studios created the transformation and the Orpheum reopened on January 28, 1997, with a performance of Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing. The Orpheum was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

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