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Local Projects Making News 6-29-12

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Campus Acquisitions has broken ground on a 14-story student apartment complex adjacent to the University of Arizona, Tucson. The new development was designed by Shepley Bulfinch. UEB Builders is the GC. The building is the first in the newly formed Main Gate Overlay District. The 300K SF project started in May and will open to students in August 2013. There will be 176 units, 562 bedrooms, and amenities.

Larry Miller Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram is building a new 62K SF Surprise location at Loop 303 and Waddell Rd. The development joins the 303 AutoShow at Prasada multiple use development where a Nissan dealership is planned and Chevrolet and Kia have already opened.


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Mesa’s Fiesta District renaissance continues with groundbreaking for the first new police substation in the last ten years. The 34K SF, $10.1M facility sites on the northwest corner of Grobe and Westwood roads with 4.9 acres of growing space.  DL Withers is the Construction Manager at Risk and Saemisch + Di Bella the Architect of Record.

The Town of Oro Valley will add another $1.6M to the $3.5M price tag on the aquatic center at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia. The center is being upgraded to create a swimming facility capable of holding regional and national swim events.

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Newland Communities is shepherding a surge of growth in the Goodyear Estrella master planned community. The Mountain Ranch Marketplace has a Walgreen’s and Banner Health clinic under construction. The new Walgreen’s meets LEED Gold standards. The clinic is also constructed to the Green Building Council LEED standards.

Angelo, Gordon & Co. LP is making improvements to the recently acquired City Square Towers, 3800, 38383 and 4000 N. Central Ave. Jones Lang LaSalle is handling leasing for the 70 percent occupied 740K SF towers of Class B office space. Angelo, Gordon has also acquired Anchor Centre on Camelback and a downtown high rise. Parallel Capital Partners LLC manages City Square and the downtown project.

These skeletons in the closet at the $93M Maricopa County Sheriff Office’s new location were not left by politicians, but inhabitants in the Valley of the Sun predating the Hohokam people more than 1,600 years ago. The Sixth Ave. and Madison St. location has been an archeological treasure trove with first the discovery of a pioneer cemetery thought to have been relocated in the 1880s. The grindstones and pottery fragments are from an era of habitation of which there are few records. The recovered artifacts will be placed at the Pueblo Grande Museum. Logan Simpson Design is the archeologist of record for the project.  DL Withers is the Construction Manager at Risk, Gabor Lorant is the Architect.

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Chandler rededicates Desert Breeze Park June 30 following a major renovation to one of the city’s most-visited recreation amenities. Renovation upgraded the urban fishing lake, adds new lighting, furniture and shade structures.

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Tucson’s Kids’ Closet facility is nearing completion. The children’s clothing non-profit is putting finishing touches on the 12K SF facility west of Hwy. 77, about 27 miles north of SaddleBrooke in Pinal County. The new building matches the organization’s Gardner Learning Center.

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Rancho Solano Ventura Campus is readying the charter school for August classes. The 82K SF two-story building is a reuse of an office building remodeled to accommodate the school and its amenities—including a gym and auditorium. The school is intended for students from 6th through 12th grades.  Property owner MainSpring Capital Group is working to develop lands west of the campus with Ayers Saint Gross doing the design and Harrison/Downey as GC.

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Yuma’s Waylon’s Water World is ready for opening with 15 water slides, tube. The facility is the area’s first full-scale water park. The water park is Phase 1 of the expansion plans. Phase 2 begins this winter and adds three more water slides. Phase 3, a future plan, will make Waylon’s the largest water park in Arizona.


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Creighton University’s School of Medicine Regional Campus at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center opened its doors with 42 future physicians in attendance. The new regional campus is a partnership between Arizona’s oldest teaching hospital and the nationally-recognized Omaha university. The new program formalizes an informal relationship between the two organizations resulting in a fully operational regional campus for the Creighton’s School of Medicine. St. Joseph’s has remodeled and retrofitted buildings expressly for the medical school. The campus is intended for third- and fourth-year medical students.