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Industrial and Manufacturing in Metro Phoenix Metro: Signs of Optimism

 

By David Bradley, Vice President, D.L. Withers Construction

Guarded optimism is perhaps the best description. Viewed collectively over the past 12 months, we have seen signs of improvement in certain market sectors in Metro Phoenix.

Some examples from our current projects include private sector improvement in the Valley with the development of “big box” projects designed for distribution and manufacturing:

>> Coldwater Depot Logistics Center: Developed by Coldwater Industrial Associates, a venture between Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners and designed by Butler Design Group. The building includes approximately 600,000 SF of industrial space on a 54-acre industrial site in Avondale. Special features include an ESFR sprinkler system; 32-foot clear height; 138 dock doors; and the ability to expand the building to 1 MSF. Leasing activity has been exceptionally strong.

>> Elliot Business Park Phase 3: Developed by Tempe Marketplace Commerce Assoc., this project is the last phase build-out for the Business Park in an area where remaining properties are primarily infill sites. Designed by Euthenics Architecture and Interiors, the project has easy access to I-10 and is comprised of two buildings that total approximately 320,000 SF. One of the buildings is approved for a manufacturing facility. Both buildings include ESFR sprinkler systems; 30-foot clear height with steel roof structures; tilt-up concrete construction; and concrete loading dock areas. The buildings are complete at this time and the good news is leasing activity is very good.

>> Able Engineering: With a lease agreement between Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport/City of Mesa, this facility is the product of a creative public/private agreement that will benefit the community and the manufacturing firm. It is being designed by Cawley Architects. The building is 193,000 SF and includes hangar space; plating areas; spray booth; hydraulics areas; as well as office, fitness, and a nutritional-health food service area. About 95% of Able’s work is done in-house. The focus is MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) with a current base of more than 4,000 proprietary FAA-approved repairs for more than 800 components for service to some of the world’s largest fixed wing operators. Employment is anticipated to be approximately 320 jobs within the first 12 months of occupancy.

>> American Furniture Warehouse: Located on Power Road near the Loop 202 in Gilbert, design for this building began in late December of 2012, also by Butler Design Group. Through a fast-track expedited permit process we were able to begin construction in early March. The building includes 400,000 SF of warehouse; 187,000 SF of retail showroom space and 50,000 SF of mezzanine space. The building will be complete and open for business in early September. The new facility will provide approximately 300 jobs.

These types of facilities and the jobs created are clearly positive signs for the real estate and construction market. This type of growth and recent news of residential land sales; increased housing demand and the reduction in housing supply all indicate an economic upturn.

Whether this will be sustained is still a major question. Again — the focus over the past few years has been short term and to some degree myopic — a rearview mirror approach.

The fact that money is coming off of the sidelines and investors and companies are moving forward with major projects in Arizona is a very good sign. Current growth is occurring in limited sectors at this time, but it is our belief that this will spread to other sectors through the state in the not too distant future — 2014 and beyond.

 

Construction Project News - July August 2012

Construction: Project News July/August 2012

BRYCON BUILDING ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY FOR HOPI TRIBE

Brycon Construction is the general contractor and Jarratt Architecture is the architect for the $3.5M, 12,000 SF Hopi Assisted Living Facility in the Upper Village of Moenkopi, southeast of Tuba City. The facility is a 16-bed, masonry and wood new ground up. Brycon, working with the Hopi Assisted Living Facility Task Team, was able to increase the expected fl oor plan area by 3,000 SF and include an on-demand/solar hot-water system. Estimated completion is 4Q 2012.

BRIGNALL GC FOR INDIAN CULTURAL CENTER; RENOVATING 2 ARTS BUILDINGS

Brignall Construction has been selected as general contractor and SmithGroupJJR will provide design services for the 44,000 SF Yavapai-Prescott Indian Cultural Center to be built on the Yavapai- Prescott Indian Reservation. The new cultural center will be located on a 3.5-acre site on the reservation. The building will contain spaces for a museum and cultural education center. Brignall also is renovating Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona buildings for the City of Phoenix. The opera project, 1636 N. Central Ave., will be completed in two phases. Phase I is the construction of an 8,700 SF rehearsal hall and 3,200 SF storage facility and all site work and improvements. Phase II will completely gut the existing 16,800 SF building to allow for new offices, fi tting rooms, coaching rooms, the costume department and storage. Motley Design Group is the architect. The other project, 2835 E. Washington St., is the renovation of a 52,800 SF warehouse to include a black box theater, three rehearsal studios, the administration department and storage warehouse. Architect is Durkin + Durkin Architects.

D.L. WITHERS, ORCUTT | WINSLOW TEAM UP FOR 2 NEW PHOENIX SCHOOLS

D.L. Withers is general contractor and Orcutt | Winslow is architect for the new M.C. Cash K-8 Elementary School. Th e 105,000 SF campus is being built adjacent to the existing M.C. Cash Elementary School, which will replace the old campus. Once the new campus is open, the old structures will be demolished to make way for new recreation and sports fi elds. Both firms also combined eff orts on the 80,000 SF Painted Rock Academy, Greenway Rd. and Black Canyon Freeway. Th e academy is the second school in the Reid Traditional Schools family. It will have the capacity to serve more than 700 K-8 students. Th e structure will include more than 30 classrooms, a library and a cafeteria. The school is scheduled to open Aug. 13.

DPR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS INCLUDE NEW OPERATING ROOMS AND CLEAN LAB

DPR Construction was awarded the $3.7M, 7,383 SF Phase 1 GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Lab at Caris Life Sciences in Phoenix. Th e fast-track TI project includes a 1,200 SF mezzanine. Lord Aeck Sarent | Van Boerum & Frank Associates is the architect; GF Group is the engineer. In addition, DPR is building two operating rooms — one hybrid and one CVOR — at University Medical Center in Tucson. Shepley Bulfinch and Richardson and Abbott are architects for the $6.5M, 22,600 SF project. Phoenix project subs: UMEC, Wilson Electric, Able Steel, KTI Tile, Ganado Painting and Star Roofing. Tucson project subs: J.B. Steel, RBG Construction, Sun Mechanical and Stark Electric.

REHABILITATION MEDICINE BUILDING RISING AT VA CAMPUS

A $9.5M, 36,000 SF Rehabilitation Medicine Building is currently under construction at the Veterans Affairs campus, 650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. General contractor for the building, developed by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, is RCDS Contractors Inc. The architect is Westlake Reed Leskosky. Th e 2-story building will off er a new rehabilitation area to house physical therapy, prosthetics and orthotics departments. Expected completion date of 2Q 2013.

ADOLFSON & PETERSON FAST-TRACKS 4 CHARTER SCHOOLS

Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Schoolhouse Development, LLC completed work on four charter schools in Metro Phoenix that open this upcoming school year – Paideia Academy of South Phoenix, The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies in Buckeye, and two American Leadership Academy campuses (Mesa and Queen Creek). The four campuses were fast-tracked and completed at the end of June. Details:

  • Paideia Academy: New 47,800 SF preschool, K-6 charter school and family services center to accommodate 850 students at 7777 S. 15th Terrace;
  • The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies: New 34,900 SF college-preparatory charter school with a 29,000 SF gymnasium;
  • American Leadership Academy Queen Creek Campus (K-6 and 7-12): New 31,350 SF K-6 and 38,500 SF 7-12 charter schools with a 29,000 SF gymnasium;
  • American Leadership Academy Mesa Campus (K-6): New 31,350 SF K-6 charter school.

MCCARTHY AWARDED CONTRACT FOR PHASE III OF CHANDLER WATER PROJECT

The Southwest Region of McCarthy Building Companies was awarded a contract for preconstruction and construction services for the Phase III Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project, 905 E. Queen Creek Rd., in Chandler. Th e project is a 7 MGD expansion that will allow the Airport Water Reclamation Facility to treat up to 22 MGD on a maximum month basis. In 4Q 2009, McCarthy completed construction of the Phase II Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project. It expanded the facility’s liquid processing from 10 MGD to 15 MGD. Th e anticipated construction schedule of Phase III is June 2012 to June 2014.

SUMMIT BUILDERS NAMED GC FOR MARRIOTT PROPERTY IN TEMPE

Summit Builders is general contractor for the $28M, 173-room Residence Inn by Marriott to be built at 125 E. Fifth St. in Tempe. The developer is Finvarb Group and the architect is LawKingdom Architects of Kansas City, Mo. The hotel in Downtown Tempe will feature guest suites with fully-equipped kitchens. It will offer state-of-the-art amenities, including an outdoor rooftop pool and fire pit with panoramic views of downtown, 3,500 SF of meeting space and 5,700 SF of ground-level retail. Expected completion is 1Q 2014.

MERIT PARTNERS DEVELOPING 260,000 SF WAREHOUSE IN TOLLESON

Merit Partners of Scottsdale broke ground on a 260,000 SF build-to-suit industrial warehouse in Tolleson. Colliers International represented MiTek Industries Inc. in negotiating a 10-year lease agreement for the warehouse at 7890 W. Lincoln St. Nitti Graycor is general contractor and Ware Malcomb is the architect.

Construction: P&Z

CITY OF GOODYEAR

The City of Goodyear has been processing a 2012 revision to its Engineering Design Standards & Policy Manual and its Engineering Standard Details. A draft revision of these standards was completed in 2010 but was never taken through for City Council approval. The current 2012 version is an updated version of the 2010 draft.

The Engineering Department has posted the 2012 version in the City’s “draft documents” web page for the development community to view and to provide comments. In order to keep the process at a manageable size, the document has been broken into groups that will be up for review at different times throughout the year. Review time allotted for each group is 20 business days. Visit: ci.goodyear.az.us/index.aspx?NID=36

CITY OF TEMPE

In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Tempe gave notice of proposed adoptions of, or changes to, city taxes or fees. Th e City adopted its final property tax levy for fiscal year 2012-13 on June 28. Information can be found by contacting the City of Tempe Finance and Technology Department at (480) 350-8350.

CITY OF AVONDALE

Avondale’s new Alarm Ordinance took eff ect on May 1. Residents and businesses are required to register their burglar alarms online with Public Safety Corporation’s CryWolf at crywolf.us/avondaleaz. The new program is aimed at cutting down on false alarm activations in the City along with the amount of time police officers spend responding to false alarms. Under this program residents will not be fined for the first two false alarms that occur within the same year.

CITY OF MARICOPA

The City of Maricopa has joined more than 20,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally-backed flood insurance. Th is availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Property owners wishing to take advantage of this program should be aware that there is a 30-day waiting period before the flood insurance coverage goes into effect.

Lenders must require borrowers whose properties are in a designated flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

The P&Z column is compiled by Dave Coble and George Cannataro with Coe & Van Loo Consultants, cvlc.com.

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012