The Weitz Company has been named a winner in the 2017 ENR Southwest Region Best Project competition.
The announcement listing The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain was made by ENR on August 10. The project took top honors in the category of Cultural/Worship and will now be judged against the other 12 category winners to determine the region’s project of the year, which will be awarded in November.
The center, which is located on a 14.5-acre site, increases the Girl Scout Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s (GSACPC) capacity to serve more girls with relevant programming ranging from aquatics to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) all year long. It includes approximately 38,000 square feet of new and renovated buildings, and the new Parsons Leadership Center offers spaces for large and small meetings and gatherings; 15, 10-bed sleeping cabins; three activity cabins; a demonstration kitchen and kitchen garden; two newly renovated pools; a Girl Scout museum and shop; staff offices; an expansive play field; archery range; campfire circle; stone amphitheater; and two labyrinths. Areas for tent camping with picnic tables, cooking areas and small grills are also on site.
Formerly known as Camp Sombrero, input from more than 900 girl and adult members helped transform the almost 70-year-old camp property into a leadership center. A desire to expand capacity to serve more girls, especially underserved populations, and to better serve existing members were significant factors.
Weitz, which served as the general contractor, completed construction on The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain on April 5, 2017. The architect was Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects.