In total, 35,000 square feet of stone was utilized in the construction of the building. 88 varying color and size combinations were implemented in the exterior design. The most common size was 2 feet, 6 inches long x 1 foot, 6 inches high x 5/8 inch wide. The colors of the stone include Yellow Multi-Color, Yellow Musk, and Terracotta - all with a natural cleft finish.
Conceptually, when we started the design of the exterior, we wanted it to represent the state of Arizona,” said Steve Ater, Phoenix Convention Center construction coordinator. “The color of the glass represents the water, and the stone represents the stratus of the Grand Canyon - how it comes up through time and changes color. We really tried to get a feel of the state. The convention center is the focal point for out-of-town visitors."
The engineering and installation companies involved devised an integrated, lightweight system that was a structural stud with 5/8-inch cement board. This method lent itself to a rapid application that was required for this fast-tracked project. Six months to design, six months to build is all it took; “one of the most aggressive schedules that we have dealt with”, said Kenneth L. Nessler, Jr. Vice President of the installation company involved, and TAB delivered.