Groundbreakings and Kick-Offs
1. St. Lukes Medical Center, Phoenix, is putting $2.3M into an effort to double the size of its gero-psych unit. The project is the only behavioral health unit in the Valley targeted towards mental and physical issues of the elderly.
2. DMB Associates broke ground on a new active adult community at Verrado. Victory, a community for adults 55 and older covers 1,200 acres backing up to the White Tank Mountains. The community is sustainably built with more than construction materials—lifestyle and health professionals were part of the consultation effort. More than 3,500 homes will be part of the district. Hart Howerton was the planner and architect on the project.
3. D.L. Withers Construction is nearly finished with the El Mirage Police Station. The 22KSF, $5.1M building is the first “designed-for-the-police” station in the city’s history. Arrington Watkins handled the design for the new civic center building. The project will complete in 4th Qtr.
4. Also slated for 4th Qtr. delivery is the Western Terminal Expansion at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Carrying a $4.8M price tag, this D.L. Withers project was designed by DWL Architects + Planners. It’s the first building in a more than $2B expansion program under development for the airport.
5. The Gila River Indian Community is awaiting a fourth quarter completion of the District 5 Multipurpose Building. The 31KSF, $7M project was built by W.E. O’Neil Construction from a DLR Group design.
6. San Tan Village is getting a nearby car dealership and also added 20KSF of new retail shops. The new retail buildings are going up in the shadow of the Village’s Costco. Deseret Books picked up 9KSF with Firehouse Subs inking a deal for 2.3KSF. Three restaurants and one retailer are negotiating the remaining space. Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter this year.
7. Western Maricopa Education Center is the first West-MEC program for digital career transitions. The 16.3KSF building is under renovation next to the West-MEC headquarters, 99th Ave. and Camelback Rd., Glendale. The open concept office building will house the program, called “Start.” The facility will also house two startup technology companies.
Completions and Openings
8. Goodmans Interior Structures opened the door on the $20K renovation of conference rooms at UMOM New Day Centers. The renovation was the award for UMOM’s winning the 2013 Goodmans’ Eye for the Good Guys Board Governance award. The makeover created a storage room for new furniture, allowing for furniture change out—depending on the room’s use, new rolling tables and chairs, movable marker and tack boards, projector and screen, painting and décor amenities—such as the UMOM logo.
9. In one of the Valley’s most challenging remodeling efforts, hardison/downey construction inc. completed the rebuilding of Manzanita Hall at Arizona State University. The project kept the bones of the midcentury dorm and completely rebuilt the complex within the old shell. Challenges included an endangered hawk’s nest, replacing and upgrading mechanical and HVAC and dealing with the old copper dome. American Campus Communities is the owner. Studio Ma and Solomon Cordwell & Buenz were the design team. The building was reconstructed to LEED Silver standards.
10. LGE Design Build completed Southwest Products Corporation’s new office, manufacturing and warehouse facility in Surprise. The 170KSF building includes 22KSF of office space. The installation includes solar power panels on the employee parking canopies providing up to 40 percent of the business’ power needs. The project was completed in 150 days.
11. A.R. Mays Construction completed the DC Ranch Village Health Clubs and Spa. Esencia was the architect for the $2.5M project. The building design included 10 outdoor tennis courts and a 2,500 SF clubhouse.
12. E.ON Climate and Renewables Solar dedicated its first U.S. solar projects in Tucson generating a combined 15mW of power. The two projects, a 5mW project, Tech Park Solar was developed in concert with the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park and Tucson Electric Power. The second, the 10mW Valencia Solar came on line in the tech park in June.
13. Herbert Residential opens its doors this weekend for new tenants. The eight-story, 144-unit apartment complex, 202 E. 12th St., Tucson, is intended for low income seniors. Peach Properties Inc. and Holualoa Cos. are the co-developers of the project.
14. In Casa Grande, Jimmy John’s and Mattress Firm give customers the option of lunches or naps. The two are sharing a new building, 1321 E. Florence Blvd. The sandwich shop opened in September and the mattress store opened in August.