The University of Arizona’s new $135M Health Sciences Education Building on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus officially opened last week as workers put the finishing touches on the 265K SF structure. A class of 80 medical students is now in session in the new building. Other tenants will include the College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and Northern Arizona University’s College of Human and Health Services’ physical therapy program.
The old Sheraton Four Points hotel across from Tucson Medical Center, 1900 E. Speedway, Tucson, is undergoing conversion to the Starwood Aloft Tucson University. The 154 room hotel is undergoing an interior and exterior renovation to come up to Aloft standards. When completed, the facility will have a second level pool, underground parking, and new restaurant with lounge and a bar.
The Venue Scottsdale is nearing completion of its expansion and makeover at 7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale. The new 8K additional SF being renovated can be rented out for weddings and other events beginning in the first quarter of 2013. The new improvements are expected to cost between $1.5M and $1.8M. The expansion increases capacity from 1,200 to 2,300 attendees.
Culver’s second Mesa location, 1841 S. Greenfield Rd., is under construction. The new store is the tenth Culver’s in Arizona.
Inca Lanes, 1250 W. 16th St., Yuma, is completing a renovation and preparing to reopen. The building’s owners, Jerry and Nancy Thomas have taken over the property from AMF, and refurbished the facility to bring it back on line.
Among the projects listed in the AZBEX Capital Project edition available to subscribers July 31 is Tucson’s revamp of Grant Road from Oracle Road to nearly the eastern city limits. The intersection of W. Grant and N. Oracle roads is ground zero for the first stage of reconstruction. Traffic will be constrained to one and two lanes during the renovation. The intersection reconstruction will take about a year.
The Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson St., is open and running even as the major renovation nears completion. Phase I of the 1982-building remodel completed in June, and the next phase is underway.
Two new Sarival Ave. ramps to and from I-10 are open in Goodyear. The interchange is part of the $134M Loop 303 to I-10 interchange scheduled for completion in Fall 2014. The new eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp were open July 28th. The remaining two lamps will open in August.
Four 911 communication centers are getting technological upgrades to Internet Protocol-based phone systems in a deal between the state and Intrado, a Colorado-based subsidiary of West Corporation. The MCSO, Buckeye, Paradise Valley and Surprise are making the switch.
Yuma-area law enforcement agencies are close to deploying a fully-integrated digital communications system using New World’s Aegis computer-aided dispatching and records management system. The new system connects with the area’s integrated radio communications network and permits cross-departmental data exchange.