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Local Projects Making News 9-28-12


Tucson’s latest student housing community—cottage style—is under construction. The Retreat Tucson, E. 22nd St. at S. Park Ave., spreads 774 bedrooms over 183 units. Developed by Landmark Properties, Georgia, apartments, clubhouse and resort-style pool, are to be completed in August, 2013.

Photo Credit: The Colonnade Villas

Sun Health Senior Living broke ground September 19th on The Colonnade Villas at the Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise. The project features 36 condo style units; half the units have already been presold. ORB Architecture designed the project. The Weitz Company is GC.

Public and Institutional

Peoria’s BioInspire, 13660 N. 94th Dr., opened to the public September 25th. The medical device incubator, the first to open in the West Valley, is a cooperative effort of The Plaza Companies, BioAccel and the City. The facility will select bio- and medical device companies to incubate, providing office space, laboratories, and assistance through the FDA approval process.

Photo Credit: Tucson Unified School District

Tucson Unified School District broke ground September 27th for its new $4.5M transportation center, 4750 W. Jeffrey Rd. The new center will be ready for the 2013-14 school year. Serving 100 buses with repair, maintenance, parking and fueling facilities, the ten acre site is being leased for $1 per year from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Photo Credit: A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star

The Oro Valley Aquatic Center opens with a splash October 5th. The pool, which is part of $5M in improvements at James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia, is open five hours a day week days until full service is kicked off at the grand opening. The 50 meter pool will be used for competitions as well. A splash pad, water slide and recreational pool will open in March.

Water Projects

Photo Credit: Will Ferguson/NewScientist

Driving through arid portions of the Navajo Nation, “Water is power” signs are sprinkled along the roadside. More than 80K Navajo have no running water at home even though there is a major aquifer 350 feet below the surface. The water is as salty as seawater. Now UofA and Bureau of Reclamation engineers have a solution—a self-sufficient, solar-powered desalination plant. Construction started on the pilot project in August. The system uses solar power to pump and boil the water. The steam is cooled through membranes to trap salt and other contaminants. A series of the systems would be built across the reservation. The prototype cost $100K.


Photo Credit: Thania Betancourt/The Republic

Youngtown’s aging water system is being upgraded as part of a $1.5M project. The 60-year-old system of corroded and leaking pipes is being replaced with new, larger lines, valves and fire hydrants. The project is nearing completion of a 14 month effort. With the new system, fire flow water lines are separate from residential water lines. AZCentral premium content.