Embracing the influx of tech companies in the 1970s, the city envisioned building a new and iconic city hall as a modern complex and gathering destination. So it saved funds scrupulously for 20 years, issuing no bonds and incurring no debts for the construction of the planned project.
SmithGroup worked with Chandler to redevelop an existing urban site, promoting density and pedestrian connections, and "leading by example" for future economic development. Housing new council chambers, administrative offices, a public television studio and a 330-space parking structure, the new city hall facilities celebrate Chandler's heritage, yet deliver a rich and exciting mix of aesthetics: pyramidal acoustic ceilings, a shaded mezzanine for receptions and events, and a daring kinetic sculpture adorning the entirety of a street-facing facade, altering the Hall's appearance with the sun's movement. The resulting highly sustainable complex was one of the first LEED-Gold city halls in the nation.