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Local Project Making News 8-10-12

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The I-17/Jomax Rd./CAP pedestrian crossing will be open for foot and bicycle traffic this month. The nearly quarter-mile long bridge cost $1.8M and was supposed to have been completed in March. Once electrical work is completed, the bridge will connect trails under development since the 1970s along the CAP canal. A need for an improved fence and an attempt by Phoenix to improve aesthetics delayed construction.

Arizona Commercial Real Estate (AZRE) highlights three projects with Brignall Construction as GC:

  • SmithGroupJJR is in design for the 44K SF Yavapai-Prescott Indian Cultural Center, Prescott. Brignall Construction has been selected as the GC for the museum and cultural education center. No construction start date has been set for the project.
  • Brignall is the GC for the City of Phoenix for currently underway renovation of the Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona buildings, 1636 N. Central Ave. Phase I is an 8,700 SF rehearsal hall with 3,200 SF for storage. Phase II will completely gut the existing 16.8K SF building to allow for new offices, fitting rooms, and other support facilities. Motley Design Group is the architect.
  • Durkin + Durkin Architects is presently designing, a 52.8K SF warehouse-to-black box theater conversion with rehearsal rooms at 2835 E. Washington St. Brignall will start construction when design is completed next quarter.

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Brycon Construction is the GC and Jarratt Architectures did the design for a $3.5M, 12K SF Hopi Assisted Living Facility in Upper Village, Moenkopi. The project will be completed later this year.

Dutch Bros. Coffee is getting ready to offer its patio/drive-through service in a new shop near Greenfield Rd. and Southern Ave., Mesa. Next week’s store opening makes this the second Mesa location, joining one at McKellips and Gilbert roads.  The patio and service area, part of a 1,700 SF footprint with a 600 SF building are similar to the other locations in the Valley. The new facility costs $450K. Other Phoenix locations are underway at 12th St. and Glendale Ave., and on Paradise Village Pkwy, near Cactus Rd. adjoining Paradise Valley Mall.


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Mesa Schools are ready to begin classes at Brimhall Basics School in the old junior high building following a $175K remodeling effort.  More than 1,100 K through 8th students are expected to attend the district’s newest special purpose school.


Photo Credit: Michael Clawson

Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 14200 W. Fillmore St., Goodyear, is adding 24K SF at its Western Regional Medical Center. The more than 12 percent increase to its 213K SF facility alters the hospital’s footprint. The addition will be completed in mid-December. The single story addition is designed to accommodate a future second floor.

A new Aloft Hotel, Speedway Blvd. and Campbell Ave., is replacing the old Sheraton Four Points across the street from Tucson Medical Center (AZBEX, August 3). Linthicum Corp. is funding an extensive renovation of the multi-story property including a second floor pool, multiple lounges and a new restaurant. Demolition started this summer, with an 18 month make-over timeline.

Photo Credit: A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

Herschman Architects, Tucson, has designed a southwest look for a new Hobby Lobby-Stein Mart shopping center at Broadway and Craycroft Rd. for Benenson Capital Partners. There was a Mervyns and a tire shop on the property. Mervyns closed in 2008 and the tire shop was vacant for two decades prior to that.

Engineering News-Record features a story about the construction and extension of the PHX Skytrain people mover portions built by McCarthy Building Cos. and Kiewit Corp. in a joint venture CMAR. The Phase 1a extension will be supported by 55 caissons at depths of 60 to 125 ft. Crews will demolish several small buildings and perform extensive potholing to ensure the extensive site utilities and old foundations are accounted for.  Two existing taxiways have to be extended 80 feet after being demolished and entirely rebuilt to accommodate the extension.

Walgreen’s is renovating one of its Phoenix stores into its first Arizona concept store. The outlet at 40th St. and Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, joins pilot stores in Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas. The single story retail store will expand its pharmacist/nurse practitioner-staffed Take Care Clinic. The remodel will be completed in October.

Rancho Solano Private School started classes Monday at its new campus on Via de Ventura at Loop 101. The school, situated in a previously-empty office complex, has 270 students in grades 6 through 12. The building was converted to classrooms, labs, video production lab, and two cafeterias plus a store. A gym and football field are under construction and expected to be finished in early spring.


Photo Credit: Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

Encantada at Riverside Crossing, 1925 W. River Rd., Tucson, was completed last month with 304 luxury apartment units. The project was designed with more of a hotel or resort feel to appeal to professionals capable of buying a house, but declining to do so.

Summit Builders is the GC building the new Tempe ASU Residence Inn (AZBEX, July 13) across the street from Tempe City Hall, 125 E. Fifth St. LawKingdom Architects, Kansas City, Mo., is the architect for the project. Completion is slated for first quarter 2014.