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ABA Member Spotlight: Fred Knapp

Fred Knapp
Vice president, Tucson, CORE Construction, Inc.
Years in construction:  37
Years at CORE: 6
Years as an ABA member: 6
Role at CORE: Business development, project director and local liaison between owners, staff and subcontractors. I also, direct support and coordinate community service projects.

What’s one thing everyone should know about your company?
Since 1937, CORE has been a family-owned business. Headquartered in Phoenix, we have offices across the country from Reno, Nev., to Ft. Myers, Fla. Our emphasis is that service comes first.

What are recent projects you’ve worked on in Arizona?
Arbor De La Vita and Likens Hall (University of Arizona dormitories), Ed Pastor Justice Complex (Nogales), school projects for Continental, Sahuarita and Amphitheater districts and TUSD Solar.

What’s on your bucket list?
Professionally, I would like to leave the legacy that promotes our “CORE Values” — honesty, integrity and continuous improvement. Personally, we will see what the future holds.

Why did you join ABA?
I believe the work the ABA staff does through legislative initiatives and community service is not only important but crucial to the success of our industry.

How has being an ABA member contributed to your professional success?
It has assisted in validating our primary purpose and theme of serving our clients and the communities in which we work, along with giving us an opportunity to better ourselves as reflected in our CORE values. In retrospect, I believe it has enhanced our standing in the business community and in the eyes of our peers.

What is one of the biggest obstacles that the construction industry will face in 2015?
My biggest concern is the ability of the individual trades to have qualified personnel (in place) to man each and every project which will be under construction in the near future.

Eric Buchholz

Eric Buchholz named regional ABA chairman

Arizona Builders Alliance installed Eric Buchholz, of Sun Mechanical Contracting, as Southern Arizona Chairman.  The new leadership team also includes CORE Construction’s Fred Knapp.  The two were sworn in at the 21st annual ABA Installation Dinner on Friday, April 17th, at the Tucson Country Club.  More than 200 attended the event, including Tucson Mayor Jonathon Rothschild and Marana Mayor Ed Honea.  Outgoing Chairman Brad Lloyd, Lloyd Construction was honored along with the leadership team that included committee chairs and industry advisors.

Mr. Buchholz is the Director of Operations with Sun Mechanical Contracting.  Sun Mechanical Contracting fabricates, installs and maintains mechanical systems for commercial construction, including hospitals, laboratories, universities, hotels, manufacturers, public utilities, defense contractors and others.  Mechanical systems include: plumbing, piping, HVAC, fabricated sheet metal, and fire protection.

Chairman Buchholz recognized Jamie Olding, owner of Building Excellence, LLC, as the 2015 ABA Volunteer of the Year.  Olding led the efforts at last year’s 20th annual Volunteer Day at Faith Lutheran School in Tucson, which included more than $175,000 in renovations.

Buchholz also announced the recipient of the 21st annual ABA Volunteer Day as Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus!  The scope of work and planning will be lead by Volunteer Day Co-Chairs Mark Riggi, Millwork by Design, and Mike Johnson, Chestnut Building and Design.  This year’s event will culminate on Saturday, December 5.


Hacienda, WEB

Hacienda Healthcare breaks ground on children’s hospital

On Monday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., Hacienda HealthCare and RJM construction will host the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 24-bed, 20,900-square-foot children’s hospital in Mesa, Ariz. The hospital, located at 610 W. Jerome Ave., will feature:

  • Four themed patient wings with unique floor cuts and patient room headwalls to synchronize with the themes
  • Four indoor/outdoor healing gardens and family lounge/play areas
  • Architecture to make the building child-friendly, such as bright colors and lights, and windows at children’s height

“Hacienda HealthCare was asked by East Valley physicians, parents, hospital CEOs and health care plans to establish a children’s hospital similar to our Phoenix hospital in this area,” said Hacienda HealthCare President and CEO, Bill Timmons. “We’re thrilled to break ground on this project, and appreciate RJM Construction’s efforts to get the hospital completed as quickly as possible.”

Construction will be complete in the summer of 2015. In addition to Hacienda HealthCare and RJM Construction, project partners include architect Devenney Group, Ltd. and construction manager CORE Construction.


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.

Incubator Building, AZRE September/October 2011

Education: Incubator Building, Gateway


Developer: GateWay Community College
General contractor: Core Construction
Architect: SmithGroup
44th St. and Van Buren Rd., Phoenix
Size: 18,100 SF

Programmed, designed and built parallel with its sister building (the IEB), the $4M Incubator Building will house research space for start-up companies in bioscience and other emerging technology fields. It is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Subcontractors include Sun Valley Masonry, S&H Steel, Kovach, K.T. Fabricators and Pete King Construction. Tentative completion is 4Q 2011.

AZRE Magazine, September/October 2011

Education: Integrated Education Building, GateWay


Developer: GateWay Community College
General contractor: Core Construction
Architect: SmithGroup
Location: 44th St. and Van Buren Rd., Phoenix, within the Discovery Triangle
Size: 137,000 GSF

The $34M Integrated Education Building is GateWay’s first new construction in more than 10 years. The 3-story IEB will combine five separate programs traditionally built as stand-alone structures, including a library and learning center. It is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Subcontractors include L.R. Cowan, Jen Electric, Barret Homes, Wholesale Floors, Harris Mechanical and Iron Tree Plumbing. Expected completion is 3Q 2012.

AZRE Magazine, September/October 2011
Santa Cruz County Justice and Detention Center, AZRE January/February 2009

Public: Santa Cruz County Justice & Detention Center


Developer: Santa Cruz County
Contractor: CORE Construction
Architect: DLR Group
Size: 157,357 SF
Location: Nogales

The $59.8M detention facility includes site improvements throughout the 79.08-acre site. Construction began October 2008, with estimated completion in March 2010. Other components include admin. and visitation areas, a warehouse, vehicle sallyports, loading dock and impound lot.

AZRE January/February 2009