Sundt Construction, Inc. completed a 44K SF flight simulator building—another piece of the F-35 joint strike fighter training program coming to Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, and Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma. The simulator is part of $150M in construction set for MCAS/Yuma to accommodate the new jet. The project started in June, 2011 and took 12 months to complete.
Williams Gateway Rd., along 1.5 miles from Gilbert Rd. to the Eastern Canal is now sporting a brand new coat of asphalt, along with three lanes in each direction, an equestrian pathway, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and landscaping. The $5.9M project was built in a joint effort between Gilbert and Maricopa County.
The original Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles, 1220 S. Central Ave. at Yuma Rd., Phoenix, is packing up and moving next door into a renovated warehouse. For diners, normally lined up on the sidewalk to get into the former 1K SF converted house, the new eatery is a breath of fresh fried chicken fragrance. Lolo’s has a second location at Thomas and Scottsdale roads, Scottsdale. The new location has room to walk between tables—and three times the number of tables as the old house. LGE handled the design/build for the project.
Yuma’s 4th Avenue Gym, 300 N. 22nd St., has opened its brand-new look with an interior and exterior remodel. The cardio room was expanded at 53 new workout machines were added along with on-machine, touch-screen computer access. Bathrooms and landscaping were also enhanced.
It’s a big week for topping projects in the Metro. CyrusOne topped its 1 MSF Phoenix data center complex. Steelworkers, 250 CyrusOne employees and executives signed the final beam before it and its traditional tree were set in place on the J.E. Dunn-built data center. The energy-efficient facility is designed to capture and harvest rain runoff for irrigation.
Roosevelt Point, Third at Roosevelt St., Phoenix, has also topped out its 326 apartment units. The complex is designed for students at ASU Downtown, UofA’s College of Medicine and the Phoenix Biomedical Complex. As is typical with this new student residential high rise, the lower floor includes retail space totaling 17K SF.
In another topping out ceremony, Hub on Campus, ASU’s newest high-rise apartment capped its 19 stories September 13th. The facility will house 630 students in 17 stories with one floor containing 40K SF of common area and first floor retail. The project will complete in August, 2013.
Renovations and Remodels Underway
The City of Phoenix and Phoenix Suns are investing $7M and $3M in renovations and repairs to US Airways Center. The city is putting its money into elevator repairs, ADA upgrades, HVAC and maintenance. The basketball team is converted several luxury boxes into theater suites and improving some seating areas. The story is Phoenix Business Journal premium content.
ASU Downtown has moved its writing center and math lab from the former locations in the student center into the old Phoenix U.S. post office on N. Central Ave. ASU spent $4.7M renovating the facility just north of the Downtown Phoenix campus. The “success center” facilities are taking over the downstairs in the old federal building. Renovations continue on a second floor recreation lounge with television and game tables. The entire project will be completed in January.
The El Dorado, 6825 E. Fourth St., a mid-century downtown Scottsdale apartment complex, is getting a fresh look to improve its marketability with vacation visitors. The two story building has been used primarily by snowbirds in recent years. Built in 1960, the 33 units are being re-designed to better mesh with its site in the Valley Ho neighborhood. The property will operate both as a visitor apartment and hotel, if a recently-submitted use permit is approved by the city. El Dorado LLP acquired the property in November for $2.2M ($66K/unit).
Paradise Valley’s Municipal Court is getting increased courthouse security. The town is spending $400K for the renovations. The improvements are scheduled for December completion.
Flipside, a hybrid bowling alley-family entertainment center, is under renovation at 4874 S. Val Vista Dr. in Gilbert. The 50K SF former Basha’s grocery store incorporates 28 lanes including a private six lane VIP room, four mini lanes, laser tag, maze, arcade, bumper cars and party rooms. Along with a three-story climbing room, the facility has a restaurant and coffee shop. When open near Christmas, it will employ 70 to 100 people. Owners Ryan Owens and Nathan Crane III are functioning as the GC. Alliance Bank provided financing.
The Anthem Community Council is rebuilding the wall that gave way in a July 31st storm flooding out three homeowners. The reinforced wall and gate are expected to be stronger adjoining Gavilan Peak Pkwy. and Memorial Dr. in the Parkside Mojave neighborhood. During the monsoon, the weight of amassed water behind the wall caused a breach, and the floodwater hit the three homes.