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Sundt - Y@ASU

Sundt Breaks Ground On $25M ASU Student Recreation Center

Sundt Construction broke ground this week on a 64,283 SF addition to the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA that will be used by students from Arizona State University.

The $25M ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation Center, also known as the Y@ASU, is one of four fitness centers across the university system that students voted to fund with an increase to their recreation fees. Sundt’s contract for the project is $19.2M.

Presently, students from ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus use the recreation and fitness amenities at the YMCA, which will adjoin the new building at ground level. Features of the new five-story facility include a large gymnasium, a weight room, an indoor track, multi-purpose space, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool.

In addition, Exercise Nutrition & Wellness, an academic program, will be housed at the center, located just south of the YMCA at 350 N. First Ave. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2013.

“By the time ASU Downtown students return for school next fall, they will be able to exercise and relax in a building that is as beautiful as it is functional,” said Ryan Abbott of Sundt.

The new recreation center will be equipped with numerous energy-saving features, including a variable refrigerant flow air system, and natural day-lighting balanced with solar-heat shading. Gabor Lorant Architects of Phoenix has designed the building to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Sundt’s other current university projects include ASU’s ISTB-4 building on the main campus, the University of Arizona’s Health Science Education Building in downtown Phoenix, expansion of California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) recreation center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and renovation of San Jose University’s historic Spartan Complex.

July/August 2012 - AZRE Magazine

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012

Looking down on an industry that is finally starting to look up

Peter MadridI flew out of Sky Harbor International Airport recently and my bird’s eye view of construction cranes reaching to the sky around the Valley offered further proof that the industry is making a comeback.

Work is moving along on a new student housing project for ASU students attending school in Downtown Phoenix. Although the Kimpton Palomar Hotel opened in June at CityScape, a remaining crane stands guard, ready to spring back into action. (My guess is that upscale residences could be next).

And as the airplane made a turn to head south, workmen on the ground in Chandler resembled industrious ants at the new Phoenix Premium Outlets next to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

These projects are not only crucial to the major general contractors in the state. They are also the lifeblood of the many Arizona subcontractors, some of which are featured in our annual Arizona Builders’ Alliance supplement.

The July/August issue of AZRE also profiles Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women, better known as AZCREW. Formed in 1985, AZCREW “promotes the advancement of professionals in commercial real estate by providing high-level networking opportunities, connections and access to decision-makers within the Phoenix market.” The local chapter also does a wonderful job giving back to the community.

Finally, our annual statewide real estate update focuses on Tucson.

As my return flight began its descent, I challenged the passenger sitting in the window seat across the aisle to a spirited game of “Name That Property Type.” Four points for medical office; 3 for multi-family, 2 for a retail center and 1 for industrial.

I skunked him, 21-0. After all, if the editor of a commercial real estate magazine can’t identify a medical office building or industrial warehouse from the air, who can?

Editors Letter Signature

Peter Madrid, Editor

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