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GCC Technology 3 building breaks ground

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Jan. 30 at Glendale Community College (GCC) for the new Technology 3 (T3) building. Local community members and dignitaries along with representatives from GCC, Holly Street Studio, and Adolfson & Peterson Construction were on hand to officially commence the construction of the new building serving the College’s automotive technology program.

The college recently announced that the Technology 3 (T3) building will be named in honor of Dr. Phillip D. Randolph, GCC President Emeritus and a driving force behind so many innovations at the campus.

“We are thrilled to dedicate this brand new building to Dr. Phil Randolph, who has been a driving force behind so many innovations at Glendale. He recognized early the impact an Automotive Technology program could have on west valley students and was instrumental not only as an instructor in that program, but as the leader of this campus,” said Dr. Irene Kovala.

The existing 11,000 square feet T3 Building, originally constructed in 1969, was recently demolished to pave the way for the new 40,000 square feet state-of-the-art automotive technology complex.  The new complex, designed by Holly Street Studio, will feature classroom and instructional space, vehicle and tool storage bays, library and open learning spaces, and faculty offices.

The Dr. Phillip D. Randolf Center for Automotive Technology is budgeted at $7.9 million and is slated to open in January 2016.

This will be the second project A&P has partnered with Glendale Community College on in recent years.  The A&P team previously completed the complex renovation of the adjacent Technology 1 (T1) building in late 2013.

“Our team is honored to be contributing to the West Valley by building a truly unique learning environment for automotive technology,” states Jeff Keck, Vice President at A&P.  “Our team is excited to be involved on a project represents Dr. Randolph’s legacy of innovation.”

Jeff Keck returns to Adolfson & Peterson as regional VP

Jeff Keck_5x7Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) announced Thursday morning the return of Jeff Keck to the organization. Keck had previously been a vice president with A&P for 12 years before leaving the company in early 2013. Effective this week, he will return and assume the new position of Vice President of Operations for the Arizona region.

As regional vice president of operations, Keck will serve in the leadership role responsible for all staff and operations for A&P’s Arizona office. Over the course of his 30 year career, he has held a variety of positions in the industry and brings an abundance of local construction experience. Keck holds a degree in Civil Engineering and Construction from Purdue University and is involved in a number of local trade organizations.

“Keck was a key contributor to A&P’s success in the Arizona market and his return to the company marks a change in local leadership while maintaining a commitment to the markets the firm serves locally,” says a company spokesman.

“I’m very excited to be back at A&P,” states Keck.  “I look forward to working hand in hand with all of our past, current and future clients.”

Glendale Community College Technology 1 Building

Constructing a Competitive Edge

Whether it’s building a research facility from the ground-up or renovating a historic stadium, institutions of higher education must always be — or appear to be — on a competitive edge.
ASU’s decision to enter a $162M renovation of Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., comes in the wake of other Pac-12 schools’ stadium upgrades and ground-up facilities. And the DPR Construction team awarded the 10-story, 245KSF Biosciences Partnership Building project has planned and priced at least five different scenarios simultaneously so that if one or more is accepted or eliminated, there isn’t much time lost in the design process.

“The universities are under a great deal of competitive stress, if you will,” says DPR’s Senior Construction Manager Peter Berg. “They’re competing with all the other universities to be the best, and they’re having to do it with less resources and less funding around the state.”

He adds that “the pace of change has accelerated to the point that it’s hard for them to see that future and plan far enough in advance so that the buildings they’re creating when it’s completed it’s still relevant.”

Planning meetings can radically change the direction a project is headed, but one thing never changes, says Berg, and that’s the start and end dates for a development.

“With increasing choices for learning environments and teaching styles, both on campus and on-line, education facilities need to project their investment in recruiting the top students through every facet,” says David Calcaterra, principal at Deutsch Architecture Group.

This is achieved, he says, by incorporating advanced technologies in the classroom as well as flexibility in the learning spaces for collaboration or focus-based learning.

“Now to be competitive, schools must also incorporate inspirational environments that foster creative thinking,” says Calcaterra. “Gone are the days of windowless classrooms with rows of desks.”

Deutsch was the architect on Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s renovation of the Glendale Community College Technology 1 Building, which was built in 1968.

“The aging facility was badly in need of a complete modernization and a significant upgrade to its infrastructure and technological capabilities,” says Michael Schroeder, director of marketing for A&P.

To make the facility an inspiring space that accommodates all methods of learning, Deutsch focused on natural light, good ventilation and sound quality. This supports good student learning, Calcaterra says, and faculty and staff retention.

Paul Schoeffler joins Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Paul Schoeffler, Adolfson & Peterson

Paul Schoeffler, Adolfson & Peterson

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) announced the addition of Paul Schoeffler as senior preconstruction manager for the Southwest region.

Schoeffler has over 35 years of experience within the commercial construction industry, primarily in preconstruction roles with large commercial contractors.  Schoeffler will be responsible for working with clients to provide initial conceptual estimates, constructability reviews, and comprehensive preconstruction services from concept through final estimates to match target budgets. Paul brings specific expertise in the senior living, healthcare, office, retail, industrial, mission critical and advanced technology market sectors locally.

Schoeffler has been involved in the preconstruction efforts on numerous notable projects in the Phoenix metro area, including the Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Building, Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Sky Train, Promenade at Beatitudes Senior Living Campus, Sagewood Senior Living Campus and McCarty on Monroe.  Schoeffler holds an engineering degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and served in the U.S. Army.

“Preconstruction is an area our clients highly value and we’re committed to providing the best possible experience from the earliest stages of an endeavor,” states Bryan Dunn, senior vice president at A&P. “Paul’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm are a welcome addition to our team.  We are very excited to bring Paul on board.”

Adolfson & Peterson accepts ALS ice bucket challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone viral and it doesn’t appear to be freezing anytime soon. Local construction firm Adolfson & Peterson recently accepted the challenge.

“After a challenge from our Colorado office, Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Bryan Dunn and our Tempe office has ‘called-out’ Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, among others, to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” writes a spokesman for the company.

See their video below:

APS Hyder II solar power plant located in Hyder, Arizona.

Green development stays sunny side up

Debates over energy consumption, reduction and alternatives occur frequently in the increasingly “green” world. Arizona stands as a leader in the alternative energy market with the use of solar, geothermal energy and natural gas as alternatives to more traditional energy providers. Even through the decline of green building projects, as reported by Forbes, major companies and builders such as APS, SRP and Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) have completed large alternative energy projects in the last year.

Arizona Public Service, through the APS AZ Sun Program, and McCarthy Building Companies completed its third solar project, a large solar installation called the Hyder II in Yuma County last year. It uses more than 71,000 single-axis tracking photovoltaic panels to generate 14 megawatts of solar energy, which is enough to serve 3,500 Arizona homes. The project set a record year for APS with 410 megawatts of solar power and represented the largest annual increase in solar capacity, nearly tripling the total from 2012. APS contains more than 750 megawatts of solar capacity on its system after investing nearly $1B in solar projects, and serves more than 185,000 Arizona homes. Another large solar project built last year is the Fry’s Marketplace PowerParasol, which shades 74,800 SF, including 220 parking spaces, driveways, aisles, grocery cart stations and sidewalks. It diminishes the heat-island effect, enables light passage to allow the growth of plants and generates 1,013,140 kilowatt hours of solar energy.
Geothermal energy is another popular source of renewable energy in Arizona. Both SRP and A&P developed geothermal projects in 2013. Geothermal energy produces electricity from naturally occurring geothermal fluid, and steam forms when production wells access superheated water reservoirs thousands of feet beneath the Earth’s surface. As opposed to wind and solar that are affected by the weather, geothermal is a more reliable source of renewable energy. SRP purchased 50 megawatts of geothermal energy from CalEnergy. The project will annually offset 460 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of 40,000 cars. SRP also has an agreement to purchase geothermal energy from the Hudson Ranch facility in California and Utah’s Cove Fort plant.

A&P’s latest geothermal project is Lookout Mountain Elementary School where it constructed a closed-loop system that allows the ground’s heat to warm the building during the winter and reverse the process in the summer by transferring heat back into the ground. The system does not use any chemicals, untreated water or Freon. A&P expect it to last up to 30 years and the underground wells to last up to 75 years. The classrooms’ energy consumption will be reduced by 40 percent and the low maintenance and operations costs will save the school district up to $1.8M over the next 20 years.

Although there are many green projects occurring, there is a decline in contracts. Bryan Dunn, senior vice president of A&P, states that “the disconnect between the demand and not seeing as many ‘green contracts’ is that there are more and more building owners viewing a formal certification process as expensive and lengthy. Tight budgets don’t allow for the upfront costs associated with a formal green certification. Instead, they are looking to incorporate the energy saving and durability aspects of green building into their projects without a formal certification of the building.”

Dunn also says solar technology may be played out. He is seeing trends with technology, such as waste-to-energy, bio-mass and bio-gas and geothermal energy. “Clients are considering several types of alternative technologies on single projects…Utilizing multiple solutions also keeps overall and total project costs down, benefiting everyone in the long run,” he adds.

Besides the cost of green projects, Scott Canada from McCarthy explains that projects may be slowing because of supply and demand. “There may be a near-term slowing of new projects while Arizona’s energy consumption begins to grow again, with the improving economy. Energy, including renewables, often cycles between a period of expansion and pause,” he says, adding that solar costs are continuing to drop, making it an attractive energy source, especially with the abundance of sunshine in Arizona. In its latest forecast, APS predicts renewable energy, gas in particular, will double in Arizona by 2029.

Adolfson & Peterson Break Ground on EMCC Performing Arts Center

Adolfson and Peterson Construction announced Monday it broke ground on Estrella Mountain Community College’s new performing arts center. The $9.7M center is a 30,000 SF free standing fine arts space at the heart of the campus. Orcutt Winslow designed the building, developed by the Maricopa County Community College District. The new building will serve as a bookend to the student mall at the center of the campus master plan. In addition to the 300-seat performance area with professional style crossover orchestra pit and pit lift platform, the state-of-the-art building features a comprehensive performing arts support space including – black box performance studio complete with pipe grid and theatrical accessories including digital projection; dance studio with premium Marley dance surfacing; costume design and fabrication lab; tech lab for digital audio, video and digital scene production; performer support areas and dressing rooms; backstage support space and scene shop for complete theatrical production, scenery construction, and stagecraft. Construction is expected to wrap up in November 2014.

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Adolfson & Peterson Break Ground on EMCC Performing Arts Center

Adolfson and Peterson Construction announced Monday it broke ground on Estrella Mountain Community College’s new performing arts center. The $9.7M center is a 30,000 SF free standing fine arts space at the heart of the campus. Orcutt Winslow designed the building, developed by the Maricopa County Community College District. The new building will serve as a bookend to the student mall at the center of the campus master plan. In addition to the 300-seat performance area with professional style crossover orchestra pit and pit lift platform, the state-of-the-art building features a comprehensive performing arts support space including – black box performance studio complete with pipe grid and theatrical accessories including digital projection; dance studio with premium Marley dance surfacing; costume design and fabrication lab; tech lab for digital audio, video and digital scene production; performer support areas and dressing rooms; backstage support space and scene shop for complete theatrical production, scenery construction, and stagecraft. Construction is expected to wrap up in November 2014.


Adolfson & Peterson Promotes Jaime Vidales

Jaime R. Vidales has been promoted to Director of K-14 in Adolfson & Peterson’s Southwest region. Vidales has spent the last eight years at A&P working on the firm’s local education projects.

As Director of K-14, Vidales will serve as the market leader in the primary, secondary, and two-year post-secondary and technical learning environments. His responsibilities will include the management of the firm’s educational construction projects in the region, development of internal teams to serve the K-14 market, industry advocacy, and community outreach with Arizona schools and colleges. Vidales will remain actively involved in the day-to-day management of projects while bringing hisknowledge of building learning environments as an early resource to current and prospective clients.

I’m a product of the education system here in Arizona,” states Vidales. “I’m passionate about the future of education in the state and have a vested interest in the opportunities afforded to students locally. I look forward to contributing to the betterment of Arizona schools in my expanded role at A&P.”

Vidales is an Arizona native and holds an undergraduate degree in Construction Management from the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. During his tenure at A&P, he has been directly involved in the preconstruction and construction management efforts on 23 educational projects. His experience includes renovations and new construction of elementary and middle school campuses, a $50+ million occupied high school modernization, and new construction and repurposing of space on community college campuses locally.

Vidales will be actively involved in a number of local organizations supported by Adolfson & Peterson Construction, including the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC), Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO), and the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) among others.

We are very excited to have Jaime take on this leadership role”, said Bryan Dunn, Senior Vice President at A&P. “Building learning environments has been a cornerstone for A&P in Arizona for the last 22 years. Projects with such an impact on our local communities are what truly drive us to perform as an organization. Jaime’s expertise, passion and commitment to education in Arizona will serve as a solid foundation as we continually strive to provide added value to our educational clients.”

Adolfson & Peterson - Devine Legacy

Two Adolfson & Peterson Projects Win National Tax Credit Excellence Awards

Two multi-family projects built by the Phoenix office of general contractor Adolfson & Peterson ― including a 2012 RED Award winner ― were among the six winners of the 18th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards.

Presented to the most outstanding Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) properties in six categories, this national awards program celebrates the best in affordable rental housing development.

Devine Legacy on Central (above photo) won in the category Metropolitan/Urban Housing. Devine Legacy on Central was the 2012 RED Award winner for Best Multi-Family project. Apache ASL Trails in Tempe won in the category Special Needs Housing. Apache ASL trails was also a RED Awards finalist. Both were built by Adolfson & Peterson.

This year, the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) received numerous remarkable entries ― 55 applications from 24 states.  A panel of five judges selected 6 first place finishers and 10 honorable mentions.  Other winners:

  • Rural Housing: Colville Homes II, Inchelium, Wash.;
  • Senior Housing: Salem Towers Senior Housing, Malden, Mass.;
  • Green Housing: Northwest Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.;
  • Public Housing: Heritage View Homes Phase II, Cleveland, Ohio.

Each winner will be recognized at a Capitol Hill luncheon ceremony on Thursday, June 21, 2012.

This year’s judging panel included Dan Mendelson, DTM & Associates (chair); Lauren Bazel, Office of the Honorable John F. Kerry (D-Mass.); Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference; Ted Simpson, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority; and Deborah VanAmerongen, Nixon Peabody LLP.

For more information on the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards visit their website at taxcreditcoalition.org/awards.

AZ schools

Schools Feel The Pinch When It Comes To Growth In West Valley

Growing Pains

Schools feel the pinch when it comes to growth in the West Valley

By Lori K. Baker

It’s back-to-school time. Will the children in the West Valley’s new residential developments have a neighborhood school to attend? At first, that question might strike you as odd. After all, many consider school the cornerstone of the neighborhood, something you automatically count on to be there. But officials in the West Valley’s fastest growing school districts say it’s not correct to make that assumption. “People assume there’s a place for their kid to go to school, but logistically it isn’t always so,” says Pete Turner, superintendent of Liberty Elementary School District in Buckeye.

growing_painsTwo potent forces have converged in the West Valley to create a school shortage: rapid growth and a school funding formula that fails to keep pace.

Mark Maksimowicz heads Dysart Unified School District, one of the Valley’s fastest growing districts. In the 2005-2006 school year, the student population shot up by 3,500 students, more than a 25 percent leap for a district with approximately 18,000 students. In a perpetual game of catch-up to meet the demand for classroom space, DUSD is expected to open four new schools in the 2006-2007 school year.

The long-term outlook looks even more daunting for the Liberty District. While it ended last school year with 3,000 students and five schools, Liberty is expected to have 35,000 students and 45 to 50 schools by 2020. “But that depends on what happens in the housing market over the next 15 years,” Turner says.

That means 15 years of wrestling with overcrowding for Turner and other West Valley superintendents, unless the state’s schools funding formula is changed.

The old school finance system relied on the secondary property tax, driven by the assessed valuation of a school district and general obligation bonding. In the old system, school districts could ask for voter approval for bonds of up to 15 percent of the school district’s assessed valuation as a way to keep pace with growth.

But all that changed in 1994, when the Arizona Supreme Court decided that the funding formula was unconstitutional in the landmark case, Roosevelt Elementary School District No. 66 v. Bishop.

Four years later, then-Gov. Jane Dee Hull signed legislation that dramatically reformed the way K-12 schools are constructed in Arizona. The legislation is known as Students FIRST (Fair and Immediate Resources for Students Today). Students FIRST moved responsibility for funding school construction and other capital items away from local districts to the state and phased out those local property taxes used to support capital expenditures. The new law created a state School Facilities Board to administer the system.

“I don’t think anyone realized at the time what was about to happen,” says Roxanne Morris, superintendent of the Saddle Mountain Unified School District in Tonopah.

Rapidly growing districts found it nearly impossible to keep pace with growth. The funding formula multiplies the number of students by the square footage and cost per square foot to determine the allocation. “By the time you can even begin construction you’re already overcrowded in some—if not all—of your schools,” Turner says. “Construction of a new school takes between eight to 12 months, so sometimes when a school opens, it’s already full. It makes it very difficult to keep up with growth without having overcrowded schools.”

Meanwhile, developers say the School Facilities Board’s cost per square foot doesn’t reflect the fact that construction costs have catapulted over the last few years. Barry Chasse, vice president of Adolfson & Peterson, developer of numerous Valley schools, says his company has seen a 30 to 40 percent hike in construction material costs—namely steel, copper and petroleum-based products—over the last two and a half years. Labor costs have also jumped 15 to 20 percent over the same period, he says. “The funding levels are inadequate in today’s dollars,” he says.

A solution? “It’s time for the School Facilities Board to be revisited,” says Jack Lunsford, president and CEO of WESTMARC. Fellow WESTMARC member Herman Orcutt, partner of The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership, says schools are a key component in the future of the West Valley’s successful economic development. “The quality of schools is an important fabric of the community,” he says. “Higher quality schools bring up the level of residential, commercial and business development.”

AZ Business MagazineMeanwhile, savvy school district officials like Morris are discovering ways to free themselves from state funding straitjackets. She’s discovered a key is forging successful partnerships with developers, such as Joel H. Farkas, chairman of JF Companies. Forget golf courses and greenbelts. Farkas believes the wisest investment for developers is the neighborhood school. “Of all the things we could possibly do as a developer, that’s the most important,” he says.


Arizona Business Magazine Aug/Sept 2006

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