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Local Projects Making News 7-20-12

Photo Credit: Sundt Construction, Inc.

Sundt Construction, Inc. completes installation of a post-filter granular activated carbon (GAC) system at the Phoenix Val Vista Water Treatment Plant in Mesa.  Working as CMAR with engineer Black & Veatch, a 220MGD system—including three miles of pipe—and control building were constructed. The $78.1M project, which had to continuously deliver drinking water during construction, was completed with a $5.6M cost savings to taxpayers.

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Phoenix completed a $3.6M acquisition and $2.5M in utility and infrastructure upgrades to Pioneer Living History Museum near Anthem. The 50K/year visitor attraction was expected to require a $27M investment. Devalued property and lower-than expected bids cut acquisition and infrastructure costs in half. A decision to maintain the 1890s feel of Pioneer Village eliminated the need for another $20M in paving and lighting costs. Arizona Pioneer Foundation, Inc., the museum operator, is responsible for building maintenance and rehabilitation. It recently spent $40K for a new church roof. The foundation is expected to use proceeds from the sale for future site upgrades and restoration.

Gilbert has applied for LEED gold certification for its new 10K SF, $3M Fire Station 10, 1280 W. Guadalupe Rd. near McQueen Blvd. Built by H2 Group, the new structure scores 68 LEED basis points, more than required for Gold certification. Initially qualified as a Silver standard LEED structure, an additional 22 construction phase points were earned at the end of the project passing the 60 point Gold standard threshold.

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MidFirst Bank is sponsoring a $500K club area at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium for the upcoming football season. ASU created the area by remodeling several existing suites at the Tempe Stadium into the club deck. The MidFirst section seats 150 fans with tickets pegged at $2,750 for the season. The new section is an interim step as ASU tries to raise money for a multi-million dollar overhaul of Sun Devil Stadium.

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Clark-Wayland Construction finishes adding 116 units to The Place at Canyon Ridge for MC Companies. The new units, the first of 468 the company has scheduled for completion this year, are among the few new apartments in the Tucson market in several years. Less than 2,000 new units have been built in the last ten years. The complex is located at 2656 W. Broadway Blvd.

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A new Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is under construction in the old Overboard Seafood & Grill restaurant at Broadway Blvd. and Kolb Rd. in East Tucson in the Michaels shopping plaza. The Wichita-based chain opened a space in Marana in December.

Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine reports on projects under construction in the Phoenix metro area:

  • LGE Design Build has begun work on four tenant improvement projects, including a 4.2K SF renovation of the popular Valley eatery Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles at Yuma St. and Central Ave., Phoenix. Other projects include 35K SF office TI for Integrated Device Technology, Tempe; 24 K SF office TI for Child & Family Support Services, Phoenix; and a 18K SF major manufacturing expansion for Galco International.
  • hardison/downey construction inc. donated its services to ensure the Gallery@City Hall art space was ready for its inaugural exhibit, celebrating the cultural legacy of Phoenix. hardison/downey is one of approximately 40 businesses and residents that contributed to the privately funded effort.
  • The American Institute of Interior Design recently relocated to a new facility in Fountain Hills. The $1M TI, 4,400 SF project was developed by GMK Building and Development. General contractor was George Kasnoff and architect was Colin Edward Slais.
  • The Mob Museum
    Photo Credit: International Business Times

    Phoenix architectural firm Westlake Reed Leskosky was the lead design team behind the $42M Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The 40,000 SF historic 1933 U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse includes 17,000 SF of exhibit galleries on three floors, including the restoration of a historic courtroom, famous as the site of the Kefauver Committee hearings that marked the exposure of organized crime and the beginnings of federal prosecution in the early 1950s.

  • J&L Construction is the GC for the Biltmore on the Lake apartments. The complex is a 420-unit multi-family property developed by B.H. Properties.


McCarthy Building Companies is in the process of completing the Chandler Unified School District’s 30th elementary school, Carlson Elementary School, in southeast Chandler. The $12.4M, K-6 school will have room for 950 students. The 80,000 SF building will include a gym/multipurpose room, media center, classrooms and office space. HDA Architects Inc. is the architect.

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Cave Creek USD’s Cactus Shadows High School 39K SF, $6.3M addition is to be ready for August 9 class starts. For students “Building 100” houses new classrooms, lecture hall and dance studio. It also incorporates a new teacher’s lounge and administration center for staff.







Scottsdale Unified School District Project Status

School Completed Improvements (unless noted)
Mohave Middle New two-story classroom building

Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center

Remodeled media center, playground and administration office
Cocopah Middle Remodeled gym and locker rooms, one-story classroom building open, a second building opens Spring 2013
Ingleside Middle Two-story classroom building, remodeled gym, fine arts and cafeteria; relocated administration center opens this Fall.
Supai Middle New fine arts and sixth grade classroom wing, refurbished administration center and remodeled entranceway
Yavapai Elementary New multipurpose room, classroom renovation, new roof and remodeled administration center
Cherokee Elementary Complete mechanical and electrical upgrade with new a/c





Photo Credit: First Solar

Maricopa County is in the process of completing and installing 1.2 Mw of solar power throughout its facilities. The move increases the county’s power production by 33 percent. The solar installation is expected to save about $5M in energy costs across its lifespan when completed. APS is providing incentives for the programs covering one third of the cost. The county is investing $25.3M into the solar program.

Cave Creek USD collected $6.5K from Southwest Gas Corp. and $76K from APS in energy conversation rebates. The money is targeted to be spent for energy efficiency upgrades.

NRG Energy Inc., First Solar and MidAmerica Solar announced that the Yuma Agua Caliente photovoltaic power plant is more than two-thirds complete and already putting 200 Mw to the grid. The system is designed to generate 290 Mw. First Solar will operating and maintain the plant which is co-owned by NRG Energy and MidAmerica Solar.