'Parasol' dental center to rise on Oracle

2013-07-08T00:00:00Z 'Parasol' dental center to rise on OracleArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Construction will begin this month on a $4 million-plus dental complex at 5834 N. Oracle Road.

Called the "parasol building," the planned Smile Perfection Dental Office was designed by Mark Harris Architects of Colorado for Dr. Sharad Pandhi.

The design, inspired by the shade canopy of the velvet mesquite tree, has a photovoltaic canopy that will act as shade and its own renewable solar-energy source, said a news release from D.L. Withers Construction.

D.L. Withers will construct the LEED Gold Certifiable project.

At just more than 9,000 square feet, the building will also include "bridge frames allowing the building to cantilever over the site on a series of pylons and minimal concrete foundations," according to the news release.

About half of the building's space will be available for lease.

Construction is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2014.

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