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ABA: Commercial Construction Poised for Rebound

By Mark Minter, executive director, Arizona Builders Alliance
Joe DuVall, president, ABA, project executive, Kitchell

Sometimes, it looked like the Great Recession was never going to end. Layoffs, shrinking or non-existent margins, projects that bid but never got built all seemed to be the order of the day in recent years.

It looks like the years of frustration may be over. Recent trends in Arizona indicate that construction job numbers are on the rebound and projects with real financing seem to be working their way back into the market. In the last year, Arizona experienced 2-percent growth in construction employment — the first real job growth experienced in construction in a number of years.

Additionally, there are a number of large projects that should be underway in the near future. Projects in hospitality, health care and speculative office/retail are poised to start later this year or in early 2016.

Contractors are reporting healthy rebounds in backlog and prospective projects to bid. With that, the potential for labor shortages is around the corner. Many construction workers retired or left Arizona for greener pastures when the market collapsed in 2009. Contractors will be faced with the challenges of recruiting trade and professional workers to the industry. Once hired, those new employees will need to be trained and acculturated to the construction industry.

The Arizona Builders Alliance offers a variety of programs aimed at helping contractors with workforce training issues. ABA operates apprentice and training programs for electricians, mechanical workers and heavy equipment operators. The programs are offered at Gateway Community College, Central Arizona College and by online correspondence for students on remote or out-of-state projects.

New professional employees to the industry face the same level of need for training. The ABA has an entire series of training in legal, safety, financial and managerial areas. For a complete list of upcoming classes, visit azbuilders.org.


RED AWARDS 2014: Best Education Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎

Central Arizona College 
Maricopa Campus
Developer: Pinal County Community College District
Contractor: CORE Construction
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Size: 76,800 SF
Location: 17945 N. Regent Dr., Maricopa
Completed: July 2013

Central Arizona College created a new campus in the City of Maricopa that brings sustainability and education to the forefront. The three initial campus buildings are sustainable “academic sheds” designed to keep the students cool from the hot desert sun throughout the year. The building materials are utilitarian, natural, low-maintenance and recycled. Nothing is wasted for aesthetics. There is one central water plant that feeds the three new buildings on campus. It’s designed in a manner that considers the campus’ future growth and saves water consumption by 28 percent. The master-planned campus will be 10 times its current size by completion. The innovative and transformative research facility will serve as a vital tool for recruiting top scientists and engineers, and bring the seeds of change to a “bedroom community boomtown gone bust,” as the New York Times once published.