Awards & Accolades
1. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona has announced the 2017 Engineering Excellence Award-winning projects. Designees will be honored at an awards dinner Sept. 23 at Phoenix Art Museum. The full list of award winners and their projects are available in the September ACEC of Arizona newsletter here.
2. Beginning in January, Westgate Entertainment District will welcome its first residents when the 76-unit Lofts at Westgate apartments are completed. iStar, owner of Westgate, has started construction on the apartments located on the third and fourth floors of the four-story building above Bar Louie, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant and the recently opened Tavern + Bowl.
3. A Sun City electricity project delayed by weather should be completed soon. Arizona Public Service in April began prep work and placed equipment on the northwest corner of 103rd Avenue and Boswell Boulevard to add a unit at the site. But no additional work has been done since that time.
4. Work is more than halfway completed on the west side of ADOT’s Ina Road/I-10 interchange project. Crews recently poured concrete to create a deck for the first of two new bridges carrying Ina Road over the Santa Cruz River. Supports for girders are in place on the west side of I-10.
5. Half of the boxcars that will house a future dining and entertainment venue on Tucson’s Fourth Avenue have arrived. The Boxyard, at 238 N. Fourth Ave., will feature four restaurants and two bars with communal dining and should be open by year end.
6. As part of the Phoenix Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar, Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that the new, luxury suite experience Curve will be unveiled during the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series semifinal race weekend on Nov. 10-12. Curve is the first element of the modernization project that will be available to fans.
7. Touchmark at The Ranch, a years-long senior living community project being built in Prescott overlooking Highway 69, recently announced completion of its clubhouse. Next up will be the “Grand Lodge,” expected to finish in mid-2018.
8. A beach portion of Bullhead City’s Section 12 park redevelopment project drew raves over Labor Day when it was opened to the public. Construction at the 300-acre park will continue into winter “as time and funds are available.”
9. The first units have begun leasing at Sunrise Hayden Apartments in North Scottsdale. Construction of this 282-unit community, from developer Sunrise Luxury Living, will be complete by the end of the year. TCA Architects designed the project, which is being built by hardison/downey construction.
10. ADOT has announced The Yuma area’s first modern roundabout, as a freeway interchange has opened at the Giss Parkway ramps connecting with Interstate 8. Some work remains on the $2.5M project to replace a T intersection for the on- and off-ramps from westbound I-8. The project also includes improved lighting, signage and drainage, as well as accommodations for cyclists.
11. North Carolina-based Streetside Classics has opened a 53KSF showroom in Mesa at 614 E. Auto Center Drive. It’s the company’s sixth location.
12. Harkins Scottsdale 101 has completed the first phase of renovation and remodeling, which incorporated reclining seats, an in-lobby bar, mobile ticketing, reserved seating and an upgraded interior design. A second phase will include upgrades to the Cine Capri auditorium and museum.
13. Earnhardt Lexus has completed interior renovations. Design upgrades included: A living room-style service waiting area, a new café space and improvements to the reception area. In addition, Earnhardt is offering the space to non-profit groups to use for meetings and events.
14. Patagonia’s new dog kennel features indoor and outdoor cages, drains for easy cleaning, heating and cooling, a sink for washing dogs and a quarantine room for sick canines. The new facility on Costello Drive off State Route 82 is being hailed as “a significant improvement” from the nearby old kennels.
15. After several years of planning, fundraising and construction, Paradise Valley’s newest desert jewel is near completion at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Our Lady of the Angels Church, the new worship center has been built on a county island, at 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in the center of Paradise Valley.