Union Tempe

  • Location:

    Tempe, Arizona

  • Client:

    Opus Development Company

  • Construction Value:


  • Delivery Method:

    Design-Build/Public-Private Partnership

  • Year Completed:


  • Specialties:

    Mixed Use, Multifamily Housing

Features & Highlights

  • 806,081-square-foot, 407-unit, two-tower mixed-use development
  • Nontraditional owner-architect-contractor relationship and proactive communication with the city allowed for better collaboration and expedited schedule
  • Robust, targeted safety plan resulted in 0.51 incident rate for 783,120 total man hours
Project Overview

For this unique project in downtown Tempe, Sundt transformed an entire city block from a parking lot into a 407-unit residential and retail mixed-use space. Union Tempe features two towers; the first is 20 stories, and the second is 12, both with primarily studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The second tower includes walk-up city homes and flats wrapping around the first four stories. The development also includes more than 31,000 square feet of prominent retail, restaurant and office space.

Residents have access to top-of-the-line amenities, including a shared fifth-floor outdoor space which includes a fire pit lounge, VIP Cabanas, a resort-style pool including cabanas, a barbeque area, as well as a yoga area. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center, a think-tank business center, a dog park, a pet bathing station, and a bike workroom with storage for more than 450 bikes to support Tempe’s bike-friendly community. Residential and public parking are available in a four-level podium that houses an 800-stall parking garage.

The challenges in completing Union Tempe were many, involving working in a tight lot in a densely populated area, and on an extremely short 19-month timeline. However, our skilled team of employee-owners implemented a fast-track approach, breaking the project into packages, and they were able to meet the required delivery date. Union Tempe is an iconic development that showcases Sundt’s capacity as a builder, and the new space expands the downtown Tempe community to be more walkable, bikeable and economically diverse.

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“Any project this size brings complexity, and I appreciated Sundt’s willingness to plan, execute and problem-solve along the way. Most importantly, we developed a real rapport—based on open communication and shared vision.”

Lawrence (Larry) Pobuda, Senior Vice President, Opus Development Company