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DESIGN-DRIVEN, GREEN BUILDING FOR LUXURY MULTI-HOUSING IN ARIZONA DESERT ONE SCOTTSDALE DEVELOPER, WIDELY CREDITED AS PIONEERING MODERN, SUSTAINABLE MULTIFAMILY RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN ARIZONA 15 YEARS AGO, IS DEBUTING THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF THE COMPANY’S AWARD-WINNING, GREENBUILDING DESIGN AT ITS NEWEST LUXURY CONDOMINIUM TOWER THAT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND NOW SELLING IN NORTH SCOTTSDALE. Optima, an award-winning real estate development firm with in-house development, architecture, design, building, management, sales and leasing, is now underway with the third and fourth luxury residential towers, including 7180 Optima Kierland, that will be the most elevated offering within the $500 million, multi-tower enclave of Optima Kierland Center. This master-planned community embodies the hallmark design of esteemed architects David Hovey, Sr. FAIA, Optima’s founder and CEO, and David Hovey, Jr. AIA, Optima’s president, who create cuttingedge, residential buildings that have been nationally recognized with over 50 prestigious awards for the company’s commitment to design, innovation and sustainability. Diligently working to be at the forefront of the industry and evolve its first-to-market practices, Optima has set a new standard for multifamily green building in Ariz., with the recently completed 7120 Optima Kierland and 7180 Optima Kierland that opens in late 2020. As part of the next evolution of Optima’s innovative design, 7180 Optima Kierland features will include: • Next-Generation Vertical Landscape System: Optima’s signature vertical planting system, with selfcontaining irrigation and drainage, enables a palette of vibrantly colored plants at the edge of each floor to grow both up and over the edge of the building. The integration of enhancements to the vertical landscape

and architectural shading systems protect homes from the sun and create additional privacy, while filtering the air and lowering ambient temperature. • Modular Façade & Efficient Shading System: The dynamic, undulating façade with perforated panels and sun screening louvers creates shade and shadows, voids and textures, punctuated by the desert sun. The sun is effectively filtered with strategically placed louvers and curved, perforated panels in front of the floor-to-ceiling glass. The result is an uplifting effect of filtered sunlight to the open living spaces, enhancing a sense of well-being. • Technologically Advanced Building Materials: Several components are made from local and recycled materials these extend the building lifespan and ensure enduring quality. Durable and resilient, materials include a post-tension concrete structure, aluminum infill window wall system, aluminum sun screens and louvers. • Energy Efficiency & CO2 Emission Reduction: The building is energy efficient as a result of the highperformance glazing, overhangs, building configurations, plant material and exterior shading louvers and screens, which are engineered to produce a zero-energy performance index (zEPI) of 49.8. The project is expected to use 10.4 percent less energy than a codecompliant building based on ASHR AE 90.1 2010. • Water Conservation from Plumbing Fixtures: Indoor water use will be reduced by 28 percent of baseline plumbing fixture flush and flow rates as set by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 1992. • Excellent indoor Environment Quality, Air Filtering and Reduced Material Emissions: The robust landscaping throughout the community, both on the ground and vertically, helps filter carbon emissions in the air. Low emitting materials are used to improve the indoor air quality. • Park-Like Setting: More than six acres of landscaped open space on the ground level creates a parklike setting for the community and reduces ambient temperature mitigating the heat-island effect. Optima worked closely with Dr. Chris Martin from Arizona State University to develop and refine a plant palette

that thrives in the desert climate and is sensitive to the water demands. All the landscaping creates a microclimate that lowers the ambient temperature from five to nine degrees. All parking at Optima Kierland Center is underground to maximize open, green space and reduce the heat island effect. “We’ve always been focused on pushing the envelope with each Optima development when it comes to sustainability, design and technology. It’s the right thing to do for 21st Century residential housing,” said David Hovey, Jr., AIA. “We put an emphasis on minimizing hard materials like blacktop, roads and parking lots surrounding our buildings to create more open, lush green space. We have committed ourselves to the Architecture 2030 Challenge, with the mission of being carbon-neutral by the year 2030.” Optima Kierland Center has been named a pilot project for the City of Phoenix’s newly adopted International Green Construction Code (IGCC). A few miles south, Optima Sonoran Village was similarly chosen as the pilot project for the City of Scottsdale’s IGCC. For more information about Optima and 7180 Optima Kierland, now selling and priced from the mid-$400s to over $2 million, visit



on April 22 that enacted a statewide ban on handheld cellphone use while driving. The ticketing of drivers will not start until Jan. 1, 2021 but officers can issue warnings to drivers immediately. Violating the distracted driving law is a primary offense, which means that officers can pull over drivers for that reason alone. The law prohibits drivers from any kind of cellphone use while driving -

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including to talk, text, type or browse social-media sites - unless they are using the device in a hands-free mode. The following cellphone use is allowed when driving: • Swiping a phone screen to make or accept a phone call. • Talking on the phone if using an earpiece, headphone device or device worn on a wrist. • Using a GPS system.

• Using a handheld cellphone while stopped at a traffic light or stop light. • Using a handheld cellphone to call 911.

The National Safety Council estimates that one in every four collisions is due to distracted driving. To prevent further tragedies, please put your devices down while driving and concentrate on the important task of getting to your destination safely.

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With each issue, The Scottsdale Standard direct mails our community newspaper all 20,000 homes in the 85254 zip code of Scottsdale, Arizona.