1. Students and staff from the Academy of Building Industries High School, Friends of the Bill Williams River and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges, and Refuge staff members recently came together to rebuild the wildlife viewing platform at Beal Lake in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends organization donated more than $2K to purchase the materials needed for the project.
2. Topock Elementary School’s baseball field is about to be transformed into a park open and available to all community members thanks, in part to a nearly $169K donation from the BHHS Legacy Foundation. The remaining $100K is the target of a cash and in-kind fundraising campaign by area community members and businesses.
3. Phoenix officials have announced a Fall 2017 start for The Grand Canalscape Project to revamp 12 miles of trails along the Grand Canal. The first phase includes the north bank between 15th Avenue and 16th Street and the south bank between Garfield and Van Buren streets.
4. Caliber – The Wealth Development Company has partnered with one of the nation’s leading Net Zero Energy (NZE) developers, MODUS Development, on their second project, Eclipse, which officially broke ground and has begun development. This is Scottsdale’s newest environmentally sustainable townhome community.
5. Mesa Artspace Lofts, a 50-unit residential/workspace combo, broke ground last week. The project is a joint effort between the City, Mesa Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation and Artspace, a non-profit organization that develops live-work spaces for artists.
6. Construction is scheduled to begin “soon” on the future Caterpillar HQ near downtown Tucson. Sundt was awarded the contract. Smith GroupJJR and its partner WSM Architects Inc. are designing the building.
7. Aerospace parts supplier Turbo Resources will break ground this week on a new 247KSF global headquarters in Chandler.
8. A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 24, at 2850 East Drexel in Tucson for a new 300KSF manufacturing and distribution center for the Chamberlain Group.
9. Underground power lines on SR 347 and Honeycutt Road are being installed, and old overhead lines are being removed to accommodate pending construction of a new freeway overpass.
10. Scottsdale Plaza Resort has closed Remington’s Restaurant as part of its $15M renovation. The space will be converted into a special event venue.
11. The last concrete beam has been placed atop Optima Kierland in North Scottsdale, signaling the culmination of this phase of construction. Optima Kierland’s structure is now complete. Move-ins for the first residents are scheduled for early 2018; completion of all residences is set for August 2018.
12. The first piece of steel was installed for the new grandstand structure as part of the $178M Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar. The beam featured a special message “Best Wishes from Daytona,” signifying a symbolic passing of the torch from Phoenix Raceway’s partner facility Daytona International Speedway, which also recently completed a significant redevelopment project – DAYTONA Rising.
13. The Mayo Clinic School of Medicine is scheduled to open in July with an initial class of 50 students.
14. Construction is slated for completion in mid-to-late on a new 1,500SF room has underway at the Apache Junction Public Library. The work was funded by a $35K grant from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Record.
15. The Banner University Medical Center Emergency Department, at McDowell Road and 10th Street in Phoenix, is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. June 27 and will hold more than twice as many patients as the old department.
16. The Vig will open its fifth location on June 5 near McDowell Mountain, off the corner of Bell Road and Thompson Peak Parkway, called The Vig McDowell Mountain. The 13KSF space is the company’s largest location, to date.