1. Kitchell Corp. is slated to start work for Sun Edison on installation of solar power panels at La Paz County offices and buildings in Parker, AZ next month. Sun took over the project from Tioga Energy when the latter went out of business earlier this year. Plans are currently under review and permits are anticipated in early August.
2. Work is at last scheduled to start in August on the two-lane sand-and-gravel truck bypass route moving trucks out of the Ventana Lakes subdivision, Peoria. When completed in 2014, the $5M project will provide an alternate route for heavy trucks to Loop 101 bypassing the residential area. The 1.7 mile Agua Fria Truck Route Reliever road extends from 112th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane to 107th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road.
3. The barn façade at Minder Binders—a college-crowd bar and hangout—is getting an update and makeover into the Mission @ Minder Binders. The rural red barn, built in 1971, is being designed by Paramount Design & Consulting with a Santa Fe mission-style appearance. The now-closed facility will open under new ownership in 2014.
4. With a swing and a hit, TopGolf at Riverwalk breaks ground for its first Arizona location near Talking Stick Resort. The 59KSF TopGolf facility will have 102 hitting bays when its opens next spring. ARCO/Murray is building the structure within the Alter Group’s mixed use Riverwalk development, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale.
5. A five-tiered flyover, the largest interchange in Arizona, is under construction where Loop 303 connects to I-10 in the West Valley. The $139M project shoots 90 feet into the sky—the equivalent of an 8-story building—and will carry 150K average daily traffic. Pulice Construction is the GC for the project, which will be completed towards the end of 2014. The project is 65 percent complete as of the end of June.
6. The foundation for the new railroad tracks at Yuma’s 4th Avenue crossing are in place for the $3.5M ADOT project to preserve and repave Business I-8, 4th Avenue, from the California state line to Catalina Drive. Also in the southwestern Arizona city, 24th Street’s ongoing improvements are underway with plans to start installing new waterlines early next month on the segment between pacific and Arizona avenues.
7. They’ve got them in Vegas and Eloy. Now the military is getting into the game with the world’s largest vertical wind tunnel for free fall parachute training at the Yuma Proving Ground. The $10M facility will train paratroopers from all branches of the military in Yuma. Pilkington Construction Company is building the 75 foot tall facility—which also has another 20 feet underground.
8. The scheduled $3.9M in improvements to 222-acre Encanto Park, Phoenix, are well under way. The 1.85 mile ornamental fence is in place. Work at the sports complex is just getting under way with new markings and shade structures for the racquetball courts. Playgrounds by the pool will be upgraded and tennis courts are getting new lights.
9. The latest in “farms” is the 37-acre, 5-megawatt photovoltaic solar farm on I-19 in Rio Rico. UniSource Energy Services is building the facility to serve 91K customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties. The $15M project is being built by the U.S. subsidiary of German company Gehrlicher Solar AG. Santa Cruz Valley USD is the lessor of the land.
10. Major projects under development in Tucson from the University of Arizona are spurring the construction economy in the Old Pueblo:
- Old Main on the UA campus is undergoing a $13.5M facelift by Sundt Construction.
- The North End Zone at Arizona Stadium is getting a $72M renovation; Mortenson Construction is the GC.
- The Junction at Iron Horse will be a $10M, 232-bed off-campus student housing complex near the UA campus. Adolfson & Peterson Construction is the GC.
11. Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine recapped some projects in progress in the Valley:
- Old School 97. Wetta Ventures, developer; RSP, architect; and Chasse Building Team, GC are under construction with the project. The rebuild is a ground-up adaptive re-use of a mid-century church and school at 7th and Osborn.
- Concord General Contracting is completing the $2.8M, 23KSF Verde Village multifamily housing project with 36 units for low and moderate income families in Phoenix. Architectural Resource Team is the designer. Concord is also wrapping work on the $5.5M, 40.5KSF Pascua Yaqui Tribal Services Center. Merry Carnell Schlecht is the architect on that project.
- The new 500 bed Buckeye max prison for the Arizona Department of Corrections is under construction with JE Dunn Construction as CM. DLR Group designed the $50M, 110KSF facility.
12. A.R. Mays Construction is finishing work on the D.C. Ranch Copper Ridge Tennis Center. The tennis center in the Ranch Village will have 10 outdoor, lighted courts, a 2.5KSF clubhouse, lounge area and patio. The construction has a fall 2013 completion date.
13. The 40KSF Sporting Chance Center opens August 4 in Tucson. The facility, 21000 W. Curtis Rd., is a joint venture of Tucson Medical Center, Pima County and Southern Arizona Community Sports. The county owns the $6M facility and covers some of its operating costs, but the project was built without public dollars. Money came from venture partners and the Tucson Conquistadores. Its purpose is to provide active recreation space for organized sports at a low cost. Swaim Associates Architects was the designer and DL Withers Construction the GC for the building.
14. AAA opened its seventh repair center by renovating an older repair facility in Chandler. The new shop, 301 N. Arizona Ave., was upgraded to meet AAA requirements for its owner-operated repair centers.