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Local Projects Making News 9-21-12


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A video created by ASU student Corbin Carson focuses on a selection of under construction projects and a collection of statistics about development under way in the Valley. The report includes commentary from ACE and economists tempering the optimism about whether the current uptick is sustainable or not.



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Banner Health is opening this year’s fourth Banner Health Center, 20751 W. Market St., Verrado on September 24th. The $7.5M project was built by McCarthy Building Companies and designed by SmithGroupJJR. The first phase is 12.5K SF with full buildout  projected at 36K SF. At its completion, it will have 54 examination rooms. Four sites in the East Valley are slated for 2013 openings.

Hospice of Havasu completed an office enlargement, 212 Riverside Dr., Parker. The remodel doubled the size of the office—adding a new area for meetings. The increase in office space accommodates the addition of a nurse, social worker, and bereavement counselor.


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 McCarthy Building Companies is working on renovations for Paradise Valley High School, 3950 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix, with a $5M, 24K SF auditorium remodel. McCarthy has gutted the nearly 35-year old facility to modernize the space, create ADA access, add new seating, lighting and sound. Funding for the project comes from a voter-approved $203M capital bond issue. NTD Architecture is the designer.


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ASU Polytechnic opened the Citrus Dining Pavilion and Century Residential Hall, the first dorm built on the east Mesa campus. The residence hall is intended to enhance student engagement on campus. Century Hall is a three-story, LEED silver-certified, 84K SF building that will accommodate 306 freshmen. The facility is divided into wings with students segregated by major. Inland American Communities funded the $13.4M for the residence hall and $10.1M dining pavilion.

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Central Arizona College’s Don P. Pence Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is readying for a grand reopening October 27. The facility has been renovated to remember its history and accommodate full scale productions and concerts. New lighting, rigging and sound systems were installed. Architekton handled the design. ADA access was improved and seating was reduced to 635 from more than 700.

Public Projects


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El Mirage fire station #121, a 13K SF facility approved by voters in 2008, has opened for use – and this one gives fire fighters beds. In the old fire station, air mattresses served for sleep. The new station, 13513 N. El Mirage Rd. is the department’s headquarters and only fire station. A new police station is current under construction and looking at a December opening.

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The Kiowa Drain construction along Lake Havasu Ave. is nearing completion around October 1st. T.R. Orr Inc., the project contractor said that the job will complete more than a week earlier than previous estimates. Originally completion was delayed because of damage from August monsoons.

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The Toltec one-room schoolhouse restoration is just two years from completion. Using limited cash and volunteer sweat equity, Dick Myers and the Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum Board have worked to restore the icon. The 72-year old has been working on the project since 2004.  A fund-raising dance is scheduled for October 27 in Casa Grande.


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Beal | Derkenne Construction is nearing the top floor with construction of a 19 story upscale student housing building, The Hub, across from ASU. The private development is seeking LEED silver accreditation. The project has an estimated price tag of $40M and is expected to be complete in July 2013.


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Corriente Residences, E. Indian Bend at N. Scottsdale roads, is under construction with a new building. This final phase of the project is one of the first luxury condo projects in Scottsdale go sticks-up since the recession. The units will sell between mid-$200K and mid-$400K. Condo Capital Solutions, Inc., Colo., is the developer.

Green Development & LEED Certification News

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DOXA’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ regional office has been awarded a LEED Gold certification. The adaptive reuse, converting the original Smitty’s Grocery store into a 60K SF government service center, 16th St. and Buckeye Rd., Phoenix, was remodeled with sustainable construction methods and green building materials. It was designed for silver certification, but construction techniques, materials and waste stream diversion earned the higher standard.


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Agua Caliente solar plant hits the 250 megawatt milestone on its way to a 2014 completion date and 290 megawatts of power production. The plant started construction in fall 2010. The facility is owned by NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar with a 400 to 450 person daily workforce.

Walmart’s has turned on the company’s largest solar array on top of its Buckeye distribution center. More than 14K solar panels grace the roof of the 1M SF building. The panels will product 30 percent of the building’s electrical demand. The 2MW Solar City-installed project is generating 5.3 million kilowatt hours—the equivalent of powering 400 homes.

Crescent Crown Distributing, recently ensconced in their 335K SF Mesa warehouse, has upgraded its sustainability practices to cut more than $150K from annual utility costs. The lighting system is occupancy-activated and mixes fluorescent and LED lighting. The company has a solar array generating 940K kilowatt hours per year, the equivalent of powering 50 homes.

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Motion-controlled light switches are just one of the sustainability features in Gilbert’s tenth fire house, 1330 W. Guadalupe Rd. The $3.7M fire station was funded with $2.9M in Recovery Act grant funds. The city is seeking LEED gold certification for the project. The station uses LED lighting, solar tubes, solar panel-covered parking and xeriscaping. HDA Architects LLC did the design and Dean Douglas Development was the GC.


SunGard Availability Services is expanding its Scottsdale datacenter raised floor area by 7.4K SF, topping 33K SF. The complex has 100K SF in total space. Caliente Construction did the expansion. The company has a facility in Phoenix and is considering an expansion at that site as well.

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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.