Awards & Accolades
1. Mark-Taylor’s San Palacio community is the first in the state to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certification. Built in 2005, the development has 372KSF of floor area and 352 apartments. The company is looking to transition four more properties to ENERGY STAR status in the coming year.
2. VanTrust Real Estate recently started construction on Peak 16, a 233-unit multifamily development at North 16th and East Colter streets in Phoenix. Designed by ORB Architecture, the four-story, wood-framed, podium deck development sits on nearly four acres and is slated to be finished in March 2018. Wespac Construction Inc., Phoenix, is the general contractor on the project.
3. First Place AZ will host a groundbreaking Dec. 6 for its new property First Place-Phoenix). First Place is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that provides housing options for people with autism and other special abilities. The property features three main components: First Place Apartments – 56 studio, one-, two- and four-bedroom units for lease by residents; First Place Transition Academy – A two-year, tuition-based residential training program, and First Place Leadership Institute – A national training center for professionals, direct service support providers and medical personnel, and robust site for research and public policy advancements. Hardison/downey is the general contractor and RSP Architects of Tempe is the architect.
4. Ryan Companies, US Inc. this week broke ground on a new 271KSF two-story twinned office complex at the Chaparral Commerce Center. The facility will be the new regional headquarters for McKesson Corporation, a healthcare services and information technology company. Ryan was joined by executives from McKesson Corporation, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Salt River Devco, and members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Upon completion in 2017, the new building will be home to McKesson’s existing Scottsdale-based workforce of more than 1,400, with room to accommodate nearly 2,200 total jobs over the next five years. Ryan is providing development, construction and financing services.
5. Multifamily developer Housing Trust Group has closed on financing and broken ground on Aviva, a new $63M multifamily development in Mesa, Arizona. The luxury gated community, located at 8350 East Baseline Road, will consist of 325 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, a large state-of-the-art clubhouse, a 150-foot resort-style pool, and extensive green space. Monthly rents will range from $1050 to $1500. Aviva was designed by Biltform Architecture Group. Chasse Building Team is the general contractor.
6. Work has begun on the 1.9 mile Main Street Light Rail extension in Mesa. The project is estimated for completion in late 2018.
7. Work is progressing on Tucson’s AC Marriot hotel, which is expected to open in the summer. The eight-story hotel will have 130 rooms, six suites, two-to-three ground-level businesses and a rooftop pool. Swaim Associates and FORS Architecture partnered to help design the hotel, which is being developed by downtown Tucson developer Scott Stiteler.
8. The $41.9M overpass at Bell Road and Grand Avenue opened Nov. 22 after more than seven months of construction. Next steps will be completing ramps connecting Grand Avenue to and from the new Bell Road bridge and to finish traffic lanes for eastbound Grand. Both directions are now sharing what will ultimately be the westbound lanes.
9. A $4.1M, 73-unit hotel project has been announced for 9095 S. Rita Road in Tucson. Seaver Franks Architects Inc. is the contractor.
10. Dave & Busters has pulled a $971k building permit for a 30KSF restaurant. The Dallas-based restaurant and video arcade will be located in the Tucson Marketplace, near Park Avenue and I-10. It is expected to open in the spring.
11. Various projects in Tucson include a new $8.3M, 61KSF Casa de los Niños family center located at 1120 N. Fifth Ave.
12. A $1.5M assisted living center has been announced at 7700 S. Vivaldi Court, near Old Spanish Trail and Lazy R Ranch Road.
13. Other projects with building permits recently issued in Tucson include: a 142.2KSF Worldview facility on Aerospace Parkway; a 60KSF Raytheon building at 3301 E. Global Loop; a $2.3M, 57KSF store for Hobby Lobby on North Oracle Road; a $1M CVS Pharmacy, also on Oracle Road, and a 21KSF TJ Maxx in Continental Ranch Retail Center.
14. A soft opening will be held in February for the American Eat & Market indoor food court and market in Tucson at 1439 S. Fourth Ave. Developer The Common Group will spend $1.2M to renovate the 8KSF space.
15. The three-year, $5.6M restoration of the Elks Theatre on Gurley Street in Prescott was completed this month. Components included an interior restoration and a $1.8M overhaul of the building’s brick exterior. Frank DeGrazia was the architect, and Haley Construction Co. was GC.
16. Barnone, Joe Johnson’s 11-business mix of restaurants, shops and service providers is complete in Gilbert’s Agritopia complex.
17. 973 storage units on 108KSF has been opened by Omni Capital Management LLC in downtown Phoenix near Chase Field. The property is being managed by CubeSmart.
18. The landmark Farmers & Stockman’s Bank in downtown Phoenix, created by architect William Leonard Pereira, has been renovated by design firm Cunningham Group into a creative office space for owners Mark and Gary Smith of Jokake Companies. Cunningham plans to lease and occupy the space.
19. Finishing touches are going into place at a 9KSF “burn tower” training facility in Chandler to enable the city fire department and other emergency service operations around the area train in real-world situations.
20. Harkins Theatres has opened a new 16-screen, 72KSF cinema complex in The Marketplace at Flagstaff Mall. A Cine1 Auditorium with luxury seating will open in the complex in the spring. The new theater, called, “The Flagstaff 16,” takes the place of an older, 11-screen complex that recently closed.