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Local Project Making News 08-16-13

Awards and Accolades

WIp 11.  Deco CommunitiesCabana on Thomas – one of three Cabana apartment rebrandings – won the American Society of Interior Designers “Adaptive Use” award. Given by the Northern Arizona chapter, the honor recognizes excellence in interior design. Private Label International was the firm creating the interiors for the apartments. Deco Communities has specialized in converting mid-century apartments into updated urban spaces. The concept pulls from the design history updated to incorporate contemporary features.


2.  As soon as final The DAVIS Experience plans are completed and approved, new owners Parkway Properties, Inc., plan to okay Ryan Companies’ groundbreaking for Hayden Ferry Lakeside III. The company reports significant leasing interest and is in final negotiations with several tenants for the new 250KSF building. The 10-story office tower, Rio Salado Pkwy. and Mill Ave., Tempe, will be ready for tenants to move in early in 2015. The building will complete development of the lakefront development’s west anchor.

3.  Tesla is building a fast-charge power station for its electric vehicles at the Pivot Point Conference Center, Yuma. The car-maker is striving to enable cross-country electric vehicle travel with a network of charging stations across the U.S. by the end of 2014. The eight-stall charging station is capable of boosting battery charge to 50 percent power in 20 minutes. The city has approved the installation, but Tesla has not set a completion date for the construction.

Progress Reports

4.  Walmart in Coolidge is adding solar power collection on parking lot shade structures. The retailer is covering two lanes of parking with power-generating shade. Solar City is handling the installation. Although only a pair of parking lanes will be covered, the solar voltaic units will provide more than half the power required by the 100KSF store. As a chain, Walmart ranks first among all retailers for solar-generated capacity and solar systems installed. Currently Walmart has more than 300 solar-powered stores.

5.  It’s progress in a sense, the 4th Avenue McDonald’s, Yuma, has been demolished to make way for a new-concept version of the eatery. The Yuma Sun captured the demolition in a video of the crashing golden arches. The replacement building will be nearly 5KSF with a 1,500SF play area (AZBEX, March 26).

6.  The Maricopa Police Department is looking forward to moving into their new 12KSF police station late this year; they’re facing the fact that there’s no room for growth. The police department has had to reconfigure space for more offices in the $17M new city hall complex. The police station’s portion cost $3.5M. Even when moving into the new space, some departments will continue to occupy the cluster of trailers currently used for the department. Plans are afoot to use a temporary trailer and build a substation.


7.  The widening of Airway Boulevard, Kingman, is set to continue and complete shortly after a right-of-way snag was cured by the city. The widening will improve congestion problems at the city’s busiest intersection – Airway and Stockton Hill Road. The new improvements widen a connection between Stockton Hill and Western Avenue. Desert Construction is the GC.


8.  Mesa has finished work on its downtown Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second St. The grand opening and ribbon cutting yesterday <<August 15>> mark the kickoff for Westminster College and Wilkes University campus activities. The two colleges will use the 53KSF city-based campus for their offerings beginning this fall. Albright College, Upper Iowa and Benedictine universities have all opened campuses in Mesa, the latter three in their own facilities. Grand Canyon University announced that it will be building a campus in the Eastmark community (AZBEX, August 2, August 9).

9.  Arizona State University is wrapping up the refurbishing of campus-sited Manzanita Hall. The mid-century icon will once again house students after three years of stripped-to-the-bones renovation. The rebuilding cut the student population from 1,100 to 800 because of increased amenities and new two-story lounge areas. hardison/downey Construction, Inc. was the GC on the $34M renovation. Last summer, Bob Hardison talked about the renovation’s challenges—including a hawk’s nest—at AIA Arizona’s first Transformation Phoenix (AZBEX, July 13, 2012). Phoenix Business Journal has a slide show of the completed project.

10.  Anthem Prep Academy opened its new school building August 12, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Phoenix. The new location of the Great Hearts Academies’ campus is in the Anthem community. The K-12 school projects an enrollment of nearly 700 students this year, up from 500 last year.

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