Awards & Accolades
1. Meritage Homes hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of its 100,000th home. Founded in 1985, Meritage has grown from a small startup homebuilder in Scottsdale to the seventh-largest national homebuilder in 2015.
2. Construction has begun on the Interstate 10/Ina Road Interchange reconstruction in Tucson. Sundt-Kiewit, a joint venture of Sundt Construction, Inc. and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., is widening I-10 to four lanes in each direction and Ina Road to two lanes in each direction, from Silverbell Road to Camino Martin.
3. Valley Metro and City of Mesa hosted an Oct. 15 groundbreaking event and community fall festival at Stapley Drive and Main Street in Mesa to mark the start of construction on the Gilbert Road light rail extension. Rail service will be extended an additional 1.9 miles on Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. A 3.1-mile extension to downtown Mesa opened in August 2015.
4. El Rancho II began its transformation from a blighted and underutilized apartment and office building into a new community hub. The groundbreaking took place Oct. 17 at 659 E. Main St. in Mesa. The property will consist of 47 units serving low-income households with a preference for families with children. Community Development Partners developed the LEED Gold-certified project.
5. The new street lamps in Florence’s long-awaited “streetscape” improvement project arrived last week and were being installed by a crew from AJP Electric. The new lamps are approximately 20 feet high, considerably taller than the old-style “acorn” lamps they replaced. New benches, bike racks and trash receptacles, and removal of the overhead utility wires, will complete the new “streetscape.”
6. McCarthy Building Companies recently broke ground on the new $120M Biodesign C Research Building, the third building in ASU’s Biodesign Institute complex at Arizona State University. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, along with BWS Architects, were selected as architects for the project. This project is scheduled for fast-track completion in spring 2018.
7. Construction has begun on the San Carlos Apache Tribe’s new Apache Sky Casino in the Dudleyville/Mammoth area in southeastern Pinal County. The tribe anticipates that the casino will have about 200 employees. Completion of the project is slated for January 2017.
8. PhoenixMart developers expect to have up to 275KSF of concrete poured at the construction site by early next week. Concrete trucks have been visiting the site near Casa Grande in recent days to pour at night. The company expects to have all 1.6MSF poured in the coming months.
9. Green Ideas Building Science Consultants recently completed LEED certification for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) Broadway Academic Building. Green Ideas is proud to announce that the project is their 13th to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest level possible in the Green Building Rating System. The project is the flagship facility for the Tempe, Arizona based campus and emphasizes the college’s commitment to sustainability.
10. Insurance company, Oscar has officially moved into The Circuit in Tempe and is gearing up to take full advantage of its 90KSF of true creative office space. The Circuit was purchased and redeveloped in 2014 by a joint venture between EverWest Real Estate Partners and CarVal Investors.
11. LGE Design Build has completed construction on a corporate headquarters, warehouse and distribution center in Phoenix for Modern Flames, a leading manufacturer of electric linear fireplaces. Modern Flames occupies about 23KSF of the 43KSF building, 3525 E. Atlanta Ave., Phoenix.
12. Arizona State University is opening its first co-working space in Scottsdale this month; the new 7,200SF space, called 1951@SkySong, is the first of a proposed series of co-working spaces the university will look to replicate at its campuses in Tempe and Phoenix.
13. Updates were completed last week at the Discovery Center at Lake Pleasant Regional Park in Peoria. The $1.4M project included an expansion of its trail system to just over 15 miles, septic system upgrades, renovation of several restrooms, and improvements to the Desert Tortoise Habitat.
14. Officials from the U.S. Navy, federal government and a power company gathered in the middle of the desert plains just outside of Tonopah last week to celebrate completion of the first phase of the 4,000-acre Mesquite Solar Complex. The plant is scheduled to come online in four stages. The first group of solar panels is up and running and the other three should come online by the end of the year. Once it is fully operational, the facility will send 210-megawatt hours of electricity to military bases in California, enough electricity to power roughly 69,000 homes.