1. Construction officially began June 8 on The McMillian Mesa veterans home facility in Flagstaff, during a groundbreaking hosted by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS).
2. Ground recently broke on phase II of Sagewood, a northeast Phoenix community for seniors who want to age in place, which is jointly owned by Life Care Services Corp. and Westminster Capital Inc. The plans for Phase II of construction will cost $100M and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The architect is Todd & Associates, while the project is being built by The Weitz Co.
3. Evergreen Devco Inc. announced it has recently begun construction for its development of the 36KSF Point @ Eastmark, located at Signal Butte Rd and Warner Rd in Mesa. The project is expected to be completed in November 2019.
4. American Care Concepts held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 3 for the construction of the 105KSF, 89-unit American Groves Senior Living project at 941 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert. The project is expected to be complete in Spring 2020. Layton Construction is the general contractor and architectural services were completed by Allen + Philp and Partners.
5. The Empire Group of Companies last week broke ground on the 184-home Village at Pebble Creek. The single-family rental community is located at the SWC of Pebble Creek Pkwy and West Virginia Ave in Goodyear and is expected to open in December. LSH is the general contractor and Felten Group is the architect.
6. Casino del Sol has completed the first phase of its hospitality project — a new event center at Casino of the Sun and an expansion to the existing conference center at Casino del Sol. Both are part of a larger hospitality project that includes a new 90-space RV park, scheduled to open in late June, and a new 151-room hotel, scheduled to open this November. The general contractor is McCarthy Building Cos. The architect is Cuningham Group.
7. Great Wolf Lodge Arizona provided an exclusive sneak-peek of the resort and released details for an all-new slide called Diamondback Drop making its world debut at the family-friendly resort. Great Wolf also announced that the 350-room resort is set to open earlier than expected, on September 27.
8. Members of the Yavapai Nation hosted a topping-out ceremony at the location of the new We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, 10424 N. Fort McDowell Road, Fountain Hills. The ceremony also marked the debut of the new name We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort (formerly Fort McDowell Casino) and the new logo. The structural phase of the building remains on schedule to open the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort in the summer of 2020. Thalden Boyd Emery is the architect and Kitchell Construction is the general contractor.
9. Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the country’s leading provider of kidney care products and services, announced plans to open a 40KSF office at 1650 S. Price Rd. this fall. The project, currently under construction, will be an important tenant for the 170-acre mixed-use business park called Park Place.
10. McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has topped out construction on the new $20M, five-level, 293KSF Oregon Street parking garage for the City of Chandler, which includes a road realignment along Oregon St as well as intersection improvements at Arizona Ave and Chicago St. Upon completion in November 2019, this will be Downtown Chandler’s largest garage with 932 parking spaces.
11. The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Big O Tires, 35 S. Idaho Rd, Apache Junction.
12. Sundt Construction, Inc. and its joint venture partner Stacy and Witbeck recently completed the Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension in Mesa. The project added 1.9 miles to the existing 26-mile Valley Metro Rail system.
13. Crown Center Redevelopment Corp recently completed construction on the $2M, 22KSF Crayola Experience at 3111 W Chandler Blvd, in Chandler Fashion Center. Bleck & Bleck Architects was the architect and A.R. Mays Construction was the general contractor.
14. Kitchell Development recently completed the build-out of the $8M Mountain Vista Marketplace at 1224 S. Signal Butte Rd, Mesa. The 48KSF retail center includes the construction and buildout of a 30KSF Sprouts Farmers Market and construction of two other retail buildings. Butler Design Group was the architect for the shell while Fitch Inc. was the architect for the Sprouts. A.R. Mays Construction was the general contractor.