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Arizona Projects 09-29-17

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Awards and Accolades

1. The City of Peoria was awarded the Traffic Engineering Council Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers for designing an innovative pilot program that archived intersection video footage to aid police investigations.

2. McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division was recently designated a “STAR Site” for its construction work on the Biodesign Institute Building C project at Arizona State University. The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health presented McCarthy with the award as part of its Construction Voluntary Protection Program. Companies, general contractors and job sites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems.

3. Arizona forward announced the new Liberty Wildlife campus took top honors – the President’s Award – in Arizona Forward’s Environmental Excellence Awards presented by SRP. Jurists also named the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation the first-ever recipient of the Diane Brossart Legacy Award. Among the special awards presented were the: Governor’s Award for Arizona’s Future; Northern Arizona University Environmental Education & Communication Award; Vitalyst Health Foundation Award for Healthy Communities, and SRP Award for Environmental Stewardship. Arizona Forward and SRP presented 14 first-place Crescordia Awards and 26 Awards of Merit.


4. Development has begun on Phase 1 of a large, upscale community in Norterra. Phase 1 will involve 309 single-family homes only, with no retail. Later development will feature restaurants and shopping along a Main Street and lofts above stores. Also planned is a recreation center with pool, a community park and a hotel.

5. A large, empty parcel owned by Sunbelt Holdings at Main Street and Hibbert in Mesa, a longtime spot for downtown auto dealerships, has been cleared and existing buildings are being demolished. No new development is immediately planned for the site.

6. Work has started on a $9.1M project to improve access to water in several Navajo communities. Navajo President Russell Begaye signed legislation last year to fund dozens of water and sanitation projects across the reservation.

7. Six companies, including two from Arizona, began Tuesday to construct prototypes of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Crews broke ground on a strip of land near the border in San Diego.

8. Work began this week in Somerton on a public walkway along Cesar Chavez Avenue that will serve walkers, runners and others seeking exercise opportunities.

9. Hines recently broke ground on the Offices at Chandler Viridian and announced that Stantec will locate its Southwest regional office there. The six-story, 250KSF, Class A office building will be the tallest multi-tenant office building in Chandler upon completion.

10. LGE Design Build has begun renovations on the former Livewire space in Old Town Scottsdale, transforming the space into a Mexican eatery and bowling venue.

Progress Reports

11. The Glendale Star recently published an overview of developments going on in south Glendale. Projects include: Olive Garden, Aloft Hotel, Dutch Bros. and The Lofts at Westgate.

12. Demolition of the Phoenix Trotting Park, a massive, horse-racing track near Interstate 10 and Loop 303 in Goodyear, which has been vacant for more than 50 years, began this week. The property is not currently listed on the market nor under contract.


13. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s brand-new $22M STEM Education Center has just started seeing use by students and faculty at the start of this school year.

14. The newest Mountain Park Health Center clinic has opened on the corner of Broadway and McClintock in Tempe. In its fifth clinic project for the healthcare provider, SmithGroupJJR has transformed a former 30KSF boat dealership into a vibrant health center in an underserved community.

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