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ADOT’s innovation for design, access, and environmental enhancement of a 15 mile segment of U.S. 93 from I-40 to the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge near Hoover Dam wins the 2012 America’s Transportation Best Use of Innovation award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The $71.3M project was completed in 2010.

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The PHX Sky Train rolled down the track on its first official journey last week – and became the first transit system in the world to cross an active taxiway – as the train crossed Sky Harbor Taxiway R on a test run as a US Airways flight rolled underneath the 100-foot tall span. The $1.6B Sky Train opens in early 2013 carrying passengers from Metro light rail to the East Economy lot and into Terminal 4. The connection to Terminal 3 is slated for a 2015 completion. Extension to Terminal 2 and the car rental facility is planned, but not funded.

Arizona State University, reports Phoenix Business Journal in premium content, opened the 297K SF $160 million Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV this month. It’s considered the most significant research facility on campus, intended to be a public showcase for scientific exploration.  The Architect is HDR, GC is Sundt Construction.

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It wasn’t “play ball!” It was “dig now,” and first shovels hit the dirt at the new Chicago Cubs/ASU Riverview Spring Training Complex in Mesa. With Cubs’ owners, city officials, and Cactus League dignitaries arrayed, the complex’s groundbreaking marks the start of the $84M facility for the 2014 Spring Training Season. Populous is completing design of the facility and Hunt Construction Group is building the complex.

At last, eastbound Loop 202 and southbound S.R. 143 traffic have a freeway connection to Sky Harbor. The ramps from southbound S.R. 143 to Sky Harbor Boulevard have opened replacing the need to get to the airport via southbound 44th St. The new interchange—which includes upgrades and reopening of northbound S.R. 143 to Sky Harbor Boulevard ramps—was an $18M construction project by ADOT.

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Two projects head for fall completion at Paradise Valley College. The signature arch is gone as the Kranitz Student Center is expanded from 60K SF to nearly 72 K SF. The $8.5M SmithGroup-designed, Jokake Construction remodel eliminated the breezeway between the student union and the administration building. It upgrades the student lounge and service facilities in Kranitz and adds a community room for public use. The smaller project, Dick & Fritsche Design Group’s Health Sciences Building is nearly complete. Caliente Construction is GC for the $1.65M 4.5K SF science building which provides simulation and practice labs for health care students.

Primary architect John Paul Ahern (left) and project manager Patrick Greiner talk at the McClelland Irish Library.
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Twenty-two tons of Ireland limestone is being installed as an arch at the entrance to the $3.5M McClelland Irish Library, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. A part of the Irish Cultural Center, the library is modeled to look like a small castle. The arch was installed by Francis McCormack, an Irish master stonemason from County Clare with 40 years experience.

Construction is under way for the downtown Tempe Marriott Residence Inn, Forest Ave. and Fifth St. Merchants see the project as a real boon to the area and its night life. The 173-room, 11-story property is slated to open in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Miles of soundwalls are being built by ADOT along Loop 303 through Surprise. As tall as 18 feet in some areas, the monoliths are impressed with a two-tone desert-style design, southwestern icons and insets of yellow, green and purple glass blocks. Decorative elements are a $389K feature with cost split between the city and state. A portion was paid with a federal grant. The freeway is scheduled for a fall opening.

Solon Corporation is underway building the 460kW photovoltaic system for the City of Gila Bend’s reverse osmosis water treatment facility in the town. Solon is handing design, construction, and commission of the system. Completion is scheduled for late this year. The facility will provide 86% of the city’s power demand for its water treatment facility.

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Sharlot Hall Museum is opening up a new support center to free up space for more exhibits in the Prescott museum.  Kenson Construction, Prescott, is GC for the 7K SF, basement-and-main floor building. The budget for the project is $910K.

Granite Construction has been given the green light to rehabilitate and repair over a mile of degraded sewer lines discovered during the Tucson modern street car project construction along University Blvd. The Pima County Board of Supervisors has authorized $500K for the project—which will use a “cured-in place pipe” lining for the repair.


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Sprouts Farmers Markets, its merger with Sunflower Markets complete, is opening new stores in the Phoenix metro. A new-build store is opening in Awatuckee and another under construction at 16th St. and Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The existing Sunflower Markets in the Valley and Tucson will be rebranded to the Sprouts nameplate. The Phoenix-based chain has 145 stores nationally, 23 in Arizona. It plans to open its 26th Arizona store before the end of 2013.

Blue 32 Sports Grill is moving into the Mayo Blvd./Loop 101 slot west of the Harkins theaters emptied in December by Buffalo Wild Wings. The eatery is shooting for a Fall opening. Their Gilbert location, 1524 E. Williams Field Rd., opened in February.


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Church of Scientology Ideal Organization of Phoenix opened their new 45K SF church, 3845 N. 44th St., Phoenix. The two acre complex is intended to serve parishioners and offer services to the public.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., has completed a $3M renovation updating its 404 rooms and suites, Remington’s Restaurant, and the resort’s fitness center and tennis courts.

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Case de la Luz, one of Tucson’s largest hospices, is finishing its $3M, 18K SF administrative campus and capping a 10-year planning process. The new facility, 7740 N. Oracle Rd., was a design-build lease-back by Caylor Construction. Co.