1. A $10M event center project in Gilbert broke ground on July 2 and will offer 27KSF of venue space in the East Valley town. Utah-based Falls Event Center LLC said it plans to build two separate centers that will be available for business events, weddings, quinceañeras, and holiday festivities. Construction on the spaces is expected to be finished in January 2016.
2. SimonCRE has broken ground on its latest Pet Club store at 2585 N. Abrego Drive in Sahuarita. The one-acre pad sold for $675K ($15/sf) to SimonCRE of Scottsdale for construction of a 10,450SF Pet Club Feed and Tack Store. This ideal location will serve pet lovers from Green Valley, Tucson and Sahuarita.
3. Lux Air Jet Centers, the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Fixed Base Operator (FBO) since 2007, was joined by Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, and City of Phoenix Aviation Department officials on July 10 to break ground on its planned Corporate Hangar and FBO Facility at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport. The $10M project, slated to be completed in Spring 2016, will include: Three hangars – 12.5KSF each; Lux Air Jet Fixed Base Operator Facility – 10KSF; and Office space – 18KSF.
4. Construction has officially begun on the Enclave at Borgata a luxury condominium complex that will replace the Borgata of Scottsdale mall after its 2013 demolition. What’s now a pile of dirt will give way to a three-building, 86-unit, resort-style complex, catering to wealthy empty nesters and frequent visitors. Phoenix-based developer Antera will work with Wespac Communities to build the complex over the next 18 months.
5. Salt River Project has partnered with Salt Lake City-based sPower on a new solar facility that will provide clean, renewable energy by the end of the year. SPower announced that construction has begun on its 45-megawatt (MW) Sandstone Solar project in Florence under a 21-year power purchase agreement between sPower and SRP.
6. The Mohave Valley-Fort Mohave Community Park is nearing completion after years of work from volunteers, monetary contributions from individuals and organizations and in-kind or discounted work from many contractors. The park’s athletic fields will be used by the high school, which will maintain the park. Mohave County will eventually assume ownership of the park.
7. Work continues on the Tucson Premium Outlets in Marana. The stores that will inhabit the outdoor mall at Twin Peaks Road and I-10 were announced by Simon Properties: Aldo, Asics, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Converse, Express Outlet, Gap Outlet, Godiva, Helzberg Diamonds, Nike, Old Navy, Skechers, Starbucks, Tilly’s, Tommy Hilfiger and Vans Outlet.
8. Since February, construction crews have worked 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and for a shorter period on Saturdays. That will continue through the final day of work on the first phase of construction on the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, which is scheduled for Sept. 1. The first phase includes the addition of 6,500 seats in the end zones of the stadium.
9. TAP Royal International is building an upscale $2M bus terminal in Phoenix for travelers heading to and from Mexico, California and Nevada. The architect is Carlos Murrieta, of Merge Architectural Group LLC, Phoenix. MTV General Contractors of Mesa is handling construction. Construction will likely be completed before September, when a ribbon-cutting celebration is planned. The 5,500-square-foot terminal, rising on the corner of 27th Avenue and McDowell Road, will be the first in Phoenix since the Greyhound bus station was erected at 2115 E. Buckeye Road decades ago.
10. LGE Design Build has completed a 15KSF aerospace manufacturing machine shop for J.B.’s Precision Industries, 2320 W. Parkside Lane, Phoenix. The architect is Cawley Architects.
11. Stardust Theatre at Kuentz Recreation Center, 14401 RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, is scheduled to reopen after six weeks of renovations. Improvements include new carpeting and seating, a repainted lobby, restrooms and main hall. Sound panels received a new cover to match the current décor, as well.
12. Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market in Tucson will open its doors for the first time at 7 a.m. July 20 in what co-owner Paul Cisek calls a “soft opening.” However, the meat department will not be open until July 25, he said. When it opens, the market will be the first of its kind in the downtown area in 42 years.