City Center Design

Funded as part of the approved 2012 park bond, the City Center Design Concept will be the first step in the design and development of a distinctive place which will capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa's downtown core.

When developed, the City Center will be anchored by a signature public space that offers programmed and passive space that will encourage informal gatherings, as well as being able to serve as event space. The signature public space will be a key element in the activation of the downtown core and will be a catalyst for high intensity redevelopment surrounding City Center with a variety of uses that activate the public space.

The City Center will be a benefit to the entire City and will improve the quality of life for Mesa residents, businesses and visitors.
To provide design options for consideration, the City has selected three qualified design teams from a total of 18 local, national, and international responses to a Request for Qualifications. Each design team will prepare an illustrative design concept that will function as the central element of an urbanizing downtown core and a catalyst for future redevelopment. In competition format, following completion of the initial illustrative design concept, it is anticipated that the top design concept will be considered for further detailing and refinement.


Meet the Otak Team

Meet the Woods-Bagot Team

Meet the Colwell Shelor Team

City Center Study Area


ASU Placemaking Student Projects

Over the course of a three semester class, ASU graduate students in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture partnered with the City to apply their training to a real world design project. The students produced four design scenarios were created for City Center.

Group A: Pedestrian Bridge

Group B: Event Modules

Group C: The Journey

Group D: Promenade

Community Involvement


You have been patient, but I know you are excited to see the outcome of the valuable input you provided to the three design teams participating in the City Center Design Competition.


Luckily, your waiting is coming to an end! Only four more weeks until the design teams will be in Mesa to present their final design concepts at a Reveal Event that will be held at the Mesa Arts Center.

Please continue your involvement and help spread the word about this exciting project.

Mark your calendars

Mesa City Center Design Competition Reveal Event
August 28, 2014
6:00 PM
Mesa Arts Center,
Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse
Everyone should attend!
RSVP not required
A reception with light refreshments will be held following the presentations.

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Project Office:
55 N. Center Street

Office Hours:
M-T, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Project Contact:
Jeff McVay

Para información en español por favor llame a
Angelica Guevara 480.644.4771

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