D.L. Withers Construction LLC breaks ground on the new headquarters for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office near Sixth Ave. and Jefferson St., Phoenix. The five-story, 128K SF building is expected to open by the end of 2013. The project allocates $19M for technology and $73.5M for design and construction. Gabor Lorant Architects Inc. is responsible for design.
Resort improvements are underway throughout the Northeast Valley this summer. The Fairmount Princess has a new $20M conference center under construction. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa is putting $3.7M into a new pool complex. AZBEX previously reported on the $2.4M surf and water-board simulator at the Kierland Westin Resort and Spa. In Paradise Valley, three resorts—Camelback Inn (golf course redevelopment), Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (20 new rooms) and Mountain Shadows (major renovations, golf course and residential)—are in the process of building or seeking approval for improvements. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is renovating its casitas.
Yuma Union High School District updated its $70M bond-funded project status last week. Cibola High School is adding 13K SF in new classroom space, with the $1.9M project at 83 percent complete. San Luis High Schools’ $5.5M auditorium is nearly complete. About 80 percent of the work is completed for the Gila Ridge athletic fields.
Alleys in San Luis’ oldest residential neighborhoods are being paved with concrete. The $200K project is funded with a Community Development Block Grant with CEMEX USA as GC. Design to alley drainage, channeling water into the street system was prepared by James Dewey and Associates.
A 2.7-mile next segment of the Power Knowledge Corridor gets its facelift beginning next week. Funded with 2008 Mesa voter-approved bonds, the Power Rd. will be widened to three lanes, medians and improved intersections at Ray and Williams Field roads. The southern-most portion of the road from Pecos Rd. to Williams Field Rd. is where construction will start. Improvements will move north towards completion at Loop 202 in about 16 months.
Natural Reflections Pools and Spas, Pool Tile King, Cal Plastering Co. and other pool companies and contractors joined together donating time and materials for a $24K YMCA pool remodel at the Y’s 755 E. Willetta St. family center.The eatery menu at Sky Harbor Terminal Four is changing with the first batch of new restaurants opening on the concourse. Joining the already-serving Sauce and Focaccia Florentine is Dilly’s Deli. Slated to open this month are Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Modern Burger, Bario Café and La Madeline. In July, Press Coffee and El Bravo roll up their gates.
Mayo Clinic has opened its new education center – the first of several new buildings planned on the Phoenix 56th St. campus. Named for Mayo philanthropist Juanita Kious Waugh, the facility resembles the meeting rooms and conference settings normally found in hotels. The 4K SF center includes food prep, technology centers and a 330 person banquet facility.
The brand new 156 room Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River hotel built by W. G. O’Neil Construction has earned LEED Silver Status. It’s the first hotel in the chain to achieve Silver Status from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project was completed in 11 months and opened in April.
As part of its national facelift, the newly revamped McDonalds, 10230 N. 32nd St., south of Shea, reopened last week. The timing is fortuitous with other businesses in the 32nd St. corridor meeting next week to discuss area revitalization and enhancement options.
The “hot” light is on once again at the revamped Krispy Kreme franchise, 6627 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa. Opened, closed and now reopened, this week’s fete marks the first venture of new-to-Arizona franchisee, Hot Glazed Enchantment.