Awards & Accolades
A.R. Mays Construction Company, Baker Concrete Construction, Nelson Partners, Inc. and the Ak-Chin Maricopa Entertainment Complex received a 2012 Excellence in Achievement award from the Tilt-Up Concrete Association. Winners represent the best in industry practices for the design and construction of concrete buildings. The award noted multiple finishes were brought together into a single exposed integral colored panel. The entertainment center was designed and poured with 3 finishes on the exterior panels formliner, light sand blast and exposed aggregate that have to be poured right the first time or the panel is a complete waste. The color between the panels from pour to pour had to display a uniform color consistency. Interior walls between theaters are also concrete tilt-up.
Scottsdale’s Cactus Acres and Eldorado Park fire stations have been awarded platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council LEED program. The city has a commitment for each of its new buildings to achieve at least gold certification. Green Ideas, WLC Architects and Caliente Construction all worked on the $5M in projects.
Gilbert’s Liberty Market in Heritage Square is Arizona’s only nominee for the 2012 America’s Best Restroom contest. The four partners are flushed with excitement at competing for the Cintas-sponsored accolades. Voting is running until October 26. The bistro designed a unisex bathroom with four uniquely decorated stalls. Each of the partners had a hand in designing a stall. Aside from unique décor, each features its own music playlist.
Rancho Solano school officially opened its adaptive reuse office-to-school conversion, 9180 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. Built by hardison/downey and designed by Ayers Saint Gross, the three year project opened with 270 students in 30 classrooms. Groundbreaking for the future 25K SF student center/gymnasium is slated for the coming week.
Construction crews at The Grove student apartments, Flagstaff worked around-the-clock to earn temporary certificates of occupancy allowing the complex to open just hours after students started arriving to move into the ten buildings. Campus Crest Communities faced a temporary red tag when fire alarms failed to pass inspection in nine of the buildings. The buildings are now finaled and open. The complex cost $33.1M to complete. Two privately-funded dorms on the NAU campus, Hilltop Townhomes, built by American Campus Communities, opened for students this semester. That project topped $85M to build.
Peoria’s Scotland Yard Park opens September 8th with a ribbon cutting. The active recreation area, 9251 W. Scotland Ave., has a playground, enclosed dog park, basketball and tennis courts, walking trail and picnic areas. A citrus orchard has been kept on the site and gleaning is permitted. J2 Engineering and Environmental Design created the park. Originally slated to open in September, completion of the $1.4M, 8.5 acre park was delayed when original contract Simons Construction was removed from the project because of financial issues. Valley Rain Construction Corp. finished the project.
Lake Havasu City officials celebrated the opening of the new 2.5K SF visitor center, 422 English Village, on September 1st. The new facility is nearly four times the side of its former premises next door. Site development included adding a stage area in front of the facility.
Projects Under Construction
Prologis, Inc., is under construction with a new 1.2M SF distribution center for Marshalls on 100 acres and a spec 486K SF warehouse on 27 acres in the Park Riverside industrial center, 55th Ave. and Lower Buckeye Rd., Phoenix. The logistics developer is applying for foreign-trade-zone status to reduce property taxes and customs requirements. The projects are slated for April completions. Colliers International is leasing agent for the project.
Construction has started on a new road connecting U.S. 69 and S.R. 89 across tribal lands in Prescott. The new segment runs from the Target store on U.S. 69 and past the Prescott Resort to S.R. 89. The completed road will have six lanes. The tribe will have the road open to the public early in December, but striping and completion will take place in spring, 2013.
The new Walmart Superstore in Tucson Marketplace at The Bridges, 36th St. and Kino Pkwy., is nearing completion with the hiring process scheduled to start soon. The Bridges is a retail development incorporated into the Arizona Bioscience Park.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is building its new Avondale hospital but needs $3.5M to finish the project. Supporters have raised $1.5M for the Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center, but $8M is needed to finish the project on 12.6 acres at 1665 N. Avondale Blvd., Avondale. The three phases of the project will top more than $17M. A 35K SF pediatric urgent care is under construction now. Phase II is a 36K SF medical center. The final phase is a 96K SF full pediatric hospital. Ensemble DevMan is the developer with Kitchell Contractors, Inc., as GC.
American Southwest Credit Union is doubling the size of its Fry Blvd. main office in Sierra Vista by adding a new building next to their current branch at the location. The new building will open before the end of 2012.
Renovations and Remodels
Fox Restaurants is closing its La Encantada version of North Modern Italian Cuisine, 2995 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, to invest $800K into a makeover for the eatery into North Fattoria Italiana. The new menu will feature a Tuscan farmhouse fare with an exhibition kitchen featured in the dining room. The new design will feature a patio designed for year round usage.
The Chandler Public Library, 22 Delaware St., is converting to energy efficient fixtures and bulbs following a “closed for remodeling” date on September 4th. The downtown library is one of several city-owned buildings undergoing the cost-saving conversion. Several fire stations, the senior center, and the community center are all in the pipeline for the upgrades.
The Ekstrom-Columbus Tucson Branch Library closed September 2nd to accommodate a $1.9M renovation project increasing the library from 11K SF to 16K SF. The library will open in temporary quarters in the former Roberts Elementary School, 4355 E. Calle Aurora. A reopening date has not been set.