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Photo Credit: Sundt Construction Inc.

Sundt Construction performed a continuous overnight concrete pour at the new Pima County/City of Tucson Courts Complex over the weekend putting more the 3.6K YD3 onto the project basement floor. The $76M building near Stone and Toole avenues will complete as a shell building until another $30M is assembled to complete the project. A second, larger, pour is scheduled for June 29 to complete the seven story building’s foundation.

(pic) Clear Energy Systems broke ground on its new 158K SF manufacturing facility, 7825 S. Hardy Dr., Tempe. The facility will manufacture the company’s 1Mw power generator, claimed to be the smallest such system in the world. The facility builds out the Elliot Business Park. D.L. Withers is the GC on the project.

Peoria hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Pioneer Community Park at 83rd and Butler avenues. The $20M project will complete in fall 2013. Designed for active use, the park features six lighted dual use ball fields with shaded bleachers and four tournament-scale lighted soccer fields. A catch-and-keep 5 acre urban lake will be stocked with fish and supplied with reclaimed water. The park includes a dog park, picnic, gathering facilities, and a plaza. EPG Environmental Planning Group designed the park. Haydon Building Corp. is the GC.


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Eloy is celebrating the newly opened business center on E. Third St. (AZBEX, May 29,2012)Renovated by Ramon Garcia contracting, the downtown facility is designed to incubate new businesses providing a low-risk, low-cost start-up environment. The project a partnership between the city and Central Arizona College developed the facility with a USDA grant and private donations. The project is the first in a $12.3M investment in the downtown area.

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The Customs and Border Protection new $8M aviation maintenance and operations facility is open at Yuma International Airport. The 8.5 acre complex adds a 10K SF administration center and two 12K SF hangars. An existing 9.7K SF building will be converted to ground support maintenance and repair.

DL Withers is wrapping construction on the Reid Traditional School’s Painted Rock Academy, 14841 N. Black Canyon Fwy. The $10M, 80K SF school is in a former Safeway grocery distribution warehouse. With 65 percent of work completed, playground equipment being installed, the school is expected to ready for its August opening.

Phoenix’s Ocotillo branch library, 102 W. Southern Ave., is reopening with a study room, training lab and Workforce Literacy Center. The $1.7M renovation, funded by a Community Development Block Grant, expands the library’s mission to focus on children and family activities and workforce training assistance.

 Foothills Club West, 16400 South 14th Avenue, celebrated a groundbreaking for its new 3.1K SF clubhouse facility. Conceived in 2005, the facility will have a multipurpose room and space for community activities. Nautilus General Contractors is building the project.

Phoenix Business Journal ranks the five largest solar installations – in terms of output wattage – in the Phoenix metro:

Sky Harbor Phoenix 5.4Mw Empire Southwest LLC Mesa
REC Solar Phoenix 3.4Mw REC Solar Phoenix
Solar City Phoenix 2.2Mw Solar City Phoenix
Crescent Crown Distributing Surprise 1.6Mw Green Choice Solar Scottsdale
Banner Health Mesa 0.5Mw Natural Power and Energy Scottsdale

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One of the nation’s first volunteer-built LEED-certified school facilities funded by the Green Schoolhouse Series, Carlsbad, Calif., is Phoenix’s Roadrunner Elementary School, 7702 N. 39th Avenue. Paid entirely by donations, a trailer at the Washington Elementary School District campus is being replaced with the $2.4M LEED-Platinum Safari Building. AZBEX Note: Burt, Hill designed the building and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. is the GC.

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Orangewood School, 19th and Glendale avenues, Phoenix, breaks ground for a new 6K SF volunteer-built classroom structure. The LEED-Platinum structure is the second Phoenix school in the Green Schoolhouse Series for the Washington Elementary School District. Designed by Emc2 Group Architects Planners PC, Heideman Associates, Larson Engineering and Olsson Associates; Kitchell is overseeing the construction. Many of the building materials were donated by suppliers, including Pella Windows and Doors, Sloan and Excel Dryer Inc., BRAE rainwater harvesting, and Glidden Professional.

DSI Renal opens a dialysis center in Flagstaff, 2268 N. Walgreen St. The DSI facility is the second dialysis center in Flagstaff. The new facility features high technology equipment and state-of-the-art amenities.

City High School will move into a renovated and upgraded historic Peterson building in downtown Tucson, 37 E. Pennington St. The student-designed face-lift is part of the Downtown Tucson Partnership façade improvement program. The renovation is an expansion of the charter high school for classroom, studio and workshop space. <<note…in the photo, the dog is taking a leak on the building>>

Queen Creek is celebrating the completion of the Sonoqui Wash Channelization and Riggs Road crossing improvement projects with a planned ribbon cutting on Tuesday between 202nd Pl. and 204th St. alignments. The project improved the crossing and added a multi-use path extending the Queen Creek trail system.