The Weitz Company wins ENR magazine’s 2014 Best Project in Southwest

The Weitz Company, a leading national full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager, announces its winning entry in the Landscape/Urban Development category in Engineering-News Record (ENR) magazine’s 2014 “Best Projects” competition for the Melrose Gateway Monument in Phoenix, Arizona.

“The Weitz Company is thrilled to once again be recognized for our work by ENR,” said Mike Bontrager, executive vice president, The Weitz Company. “The Melrose Gateway Monument provided a valuable opportunity for us to not only contribute to the enhancement of the community, but also to collaborate with outstanding partners in the process, including Bell Steel, Gensler and the Melrose District.”

Located at the threshold of the Melrose Neighborhood District in Central Phoenix, the new Melrose Gateway Monument creates a contemporary icon with an authentic mid-century modern aesthetic prevalent throughout the community. The monument is designed with an abstracted organic floral pattern made of more than 175,000 plasma cuts in half inch steel plate. Weighing more than 55 tons, the monument was erected to span the six lanes of 7th Avenue just north of Indian School Road using two cranes in a single lift. A time-lapse video of the monument installation is available on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1tAxYe5).

Gensler was the lead design firm on the project, with The Weitz Company serving as general contractor. The project was developed by the City of Phoenix.

The Weitz Company is ranked 120th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 400 Contractors.