It’s the kind of project Wespac Construction employees might find themselves returning to long after the building is finished.
The construction firm, with offices in Phoenix and Flagstaff, recently completed a three-story glass-enclosed structure linking two newly renovated office buildings built in the late 1970s. Called the LINK, the new space serves as a common area for office tenants and the public in Uptown Phoenix's Seventh Street corridor at 711 East Missouri Avenue.
The solarium’s main attraction is the second location of Provision, a specialty coffee roaster, cocktail bar, and eatery that started in the Arcadia neighborhood. Unique elements of the almost 4,000-square-foot restaurant include a 3-story floor-to-ceiling glass atrium and natural wood finishes. Local artist Lucinda Yrene Hinojos of La Morena Art previously created murals on the east and west walls of the original brick buildings that are now the interior walls of the atrium.
The Provision team introduced Glasstender Bar Die structure units, which use chaseways built into the structure to conceal all soda, beer, electrical, and plumbing lines. “The Glasstender die wall is the best system I have used," Steven Crofoot, Wespac project manager, says. “These modular walls allow access to those usually permanently enclosed areas, while the stainless-steel shroud doubles as an easy-to-clean surface and sophisticated industrial addition."
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This article originally appeared in the bimonthly Arizona Contractor & Community magazine, Jan/Feb 2023 issue, Vol. 12, No. 1.