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The Roosevelt Dam Feature

The Roosevelt Dam Feature serves as the centerpiece of The Grand mixed-use development in Tempe. JE Dunn was selected to serve as the general contractor to create this one-of-a-kind masterpiece which includes artwork by Mary Lucking. The feature was designed to celebrate the history of the Salt River Project and the Roosevelt Dam which, when completed in 1911, was the largest masonry structure in the world. It holds a significant spot in Arizona’s history as it has contributed greatly to the prosperity and growth of Arizona.

The amphitheater-style project includes a choreographed water display as a metaphoric replica of the Roosevelt Dam, Roosevelt Lake, and lower lakes of the Salt River. The feature spans nearly the area of a football field and includes a hand tooled architectural stone wall, a reflecting pond, architectural hardscape, stainless handrail art features, salvaged stone blocks from the original Roosevelt Dam for benches, and other site furnishings.

Location
Tempe, Arizona
Client
Papago Park Center
Architect
WET Design and GBTwo
Completion Date
March 2020
220
Feet Long
12
Templates Used to Create the Parabolic Curve of the Structure
20
Pumps

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