Summer 2013 will see the opening of GC Tutor Perini Building Corp.â€™s revamp of the Vee Quiva Casino & Hotel in Laveen. The Gila River Indian Community authorized construction of the 70 K SF $135M project near 51st Ave. just south of Baseline Rd. Construction is estimated at $82 million with the remaining $53 million awarded to Friedmutter Group, Las Vegas, for architecture services.
Another milestone in the rise of downtown Phoenix opens shortly when the $90M, the 242 room boutique Palomar Hotel opens in CityScape. Located at the corner of First and Jefferson streets, the Palomar is the newest small-scale luxury hotel built by the Kimpton.
Sedona’s Enchantment Resort has completed the final phase of a $25M property-wide renovation enhancing the resortâ€™s sense of place amid the red rocks of Boynton Canyon. The resort spent $11M refurbishing the 218 guest rooms and $4M to expand the resorts Meeting Village. The property has transformed the clubhouse and newly designed restaurants, added a retail boutique and increased outdoor spaces. Sedona businesses Doug Fredrickson Architects created the design and Schaller Construction was the GC.
The 60-year-old visitor center at Saguaro National Park East is closed for the summer for a $250K renovation. The temporary visitor center has been erected in the parking lot. The Park service will follow the remodeling with updated exhibits and a new permanent exhibit collection. Work on the exhibits will continue after the renovation completes in September 2012 and is expected to be completed by fall 2014.
The Arizona Diamondbacks gifted A. T. Still University and its Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Mesa, a $50K Grand Slam Award from the team. The funds were used in part for the expansion of the pediatric dental units in the schoolâ€™s Mesa clinic. The new suite increases the clinicâ€™s pediatric capacity by about 20 percent.
M D Anderson Cancer Center is among 15 winners from seven countries at the 29th annual International Association of Lighting Designers International Lighting Design Awards. The hospital’s â€œlantern of hopeâ€œ illuminated entryway, described as â€œâ€¦a beacon of hope and a symbol of the centerâ€™s commitment eradication of cancer,â€ drew judges praise. The subtle use of color and â€œexceptional execution and design composition of the silhouette lightingâ€ garnered the recognition.