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Oro Valley Seeks Designer for Rec Center Conversion

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By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The Town of Oro Valley is requesting RFQs for design services for converting the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club into a Community and Recreation Center.

The town is in the process of acquiring the country club and its related amenities, including 324 acres of land, a 31KSF building, restaurant, 31 lighted tennis courts, 45 holes of golf and two swimming pools.

The property, 10555 N. La Canada Drive, Oro Valley, has rooms for meetings and social gatherings, racquetball courts, dance and fitness rooms, cardio and strength equipment and a children’s activity room.

The selected firm will be expected to design upgrades, renovations and alterations, as well as any other design services for town facilities. Those services could include site design, ADA and code compliance, civil, mechanical, structural, electrical, communications, landscape, planning, energy and water efficiency, cost estimating and administration of the construction contract.

The El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort and the country club were recently sold to HSL Properties, which announced plans for a $16M rehab to take place over the next 12 to 18 months. The two parcels total 383 acres (AZBEX, Jan. 21. 2015).

HSL has since split off the country club and 45-hole golf course, which are being sold to Oro Valley. The town plans to contract out the golf operations.

The property was built as a Sheraton resort in 1982. It was Tucson’s first major resort with more than 250 rooms.

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