1. AvAir is underway with two new buildings on Frye Road, Chandler. The aviation aftermarket company is expanding from its current 40KSF near Sky Harbor to the Chandler location. The $15M expansion moves the company into a campus with 170KSF. Balmer Architecture designed the buildings and Sun State Builders is the GC. A September completion is targeted.
2. It’s the biggest office project in Arizona history: 2MSF. Ryan Construction U.S. is underway with the Marina Heights office complex with a time-lapse construction view from the hill overlooking the site. The interesting video can be watched here. Thanks to Sean at Labor Max Staffing for the tip!
3. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is on track to open in time for the Super Bowl next January. The $11.4M museum is going up at First Street and Marshall Way. Core/LGE Design Build are the GCs on the project, which was designed by LVA Design Studio.
4. AT&T has pumped $575M into its Phoenix networks since 2010. The enhancements converted the system to 4G LTE technology. In addition the effort results in higher stability and reliability for the service provider.
5. Might take them a bit, but eventually the other media outlets sometimes cover what we do here at AZBEX. The Arizona Republic reports on three apartment communities developing on the west side of Old Town Scottsdale. P.B. Bell planned to build the Standard at Valley Ho, but has sold it to Dallas-based Trinsic Residential (AZBEX, May 14, 2013). Just to the north, Venue Projects is developing (AZBEX, Mar. 4) First Avenue Townhomes. Up the street, across Indian School Road, Landmark Homes is building Aerium (AZBEX, Feb. 7).
6. Since December, Scottsdale crews have been drilling a new well to deal with contamination at the North Indian Bend Superfund Site. The facility is used to pump TCE-contaminated water from the ground after dumping by Siemens, Motorola and Smith-Kline Beecham Corp. contaminated the groundwater aquifer.
7. Coen’s, also known as Brooks Building, in Coolidge is getting much-needed fixes to spare the historic structure from further deterioration (AZBEX, Sep. 17). Last fall, a portion of the ceiling collapsed, and the city tried to work with the owner to fix the damage to keep the building from further damage.
8. Maricopa’s Copper Sky Recreation Complex opens tomorrow with festivities kicking off at 10:00 a.m. (AZBEX, Sep. 11, 2012)
9. Phoenix Business Journal has a video taking readers on a tour of the recently completed Solana Generating Station and its three square miles of solar panels. The world’s largest parabolic trough plant is owned by Abengoa and is located near Gila Bend. The facility provides enough power for APS to use in 70K homes—and can continue providing electricity after dark.