Tag Archives: D.L. Withers Construction

Park Lucero

Park Lucero development to bring more than 1,000 jobs to Gilbert

Trammell Crow Company, in partnership with Artis REIT, broke ground on the first phase of the Park Lucero project in Gilbert, AZ.

The industrial park and buildings were designed by Butler Design Group and is being constructed by D.L. Withers Construction, both Phoenix-based companies. Phase I, at build-out, will feature three buildings totaling 210,000 square feet of warehouse/distribution space.

“We saw a need in this market. We brought our vision to the Town, and the Town said ‘absolutely, this is exactly what we need,’” stated Cathy Thuringer, Principal at Trammell Crow Company.

Earlier this year, Catherine Lorbeer, principal planner in Gilbert, noted that the Town did not have an abundance of inventory of flexible warehouse/distribution space. The Park Lucero project answers the market’s demand for this size and type of project and it is projected to generate more than 1,000 jobs.

“Gilbert is honored that Trammell Crow and Artis REIT have decided to invest in the Gilbert community,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “Their investment of state-of-the-art, LEED certified, Class A industrial space helps Gilbert achieve its goal of attracting, retaining and growing science and technology industries which are supported by our talented and highly-educated workforce.”

Phase I of Park Lucero is moving quickly on an aggressive schedule with anticipated completion in March 2015.

Scottsdale Polo Championships

Heineken Expands Party Tent at Polo Event

Heineken may be known for brewing America’s highest quality and favorite pale lager, but equally as satisfying, its ability to help throw the biggest polo party in the country at the 3rd Annual Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013.

With space for more than 600 people, The Heineken Red Star Corral, A Polo Day Club features an outdoor patio, all-day D.J., and an on-site after party until 7:00 p.m. There is no more exciting place to watch the world’s hottest and sexiest polo players take to the field for an afternoon of non-stop polo action on November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Heineken used a similar party tent at the Long Beach Grand Prix.  Check out the body surfing from last year’s Polo Party.

Here’s the quick rundown of the festivities – On Saturday, November 2nd, gates open at 10:00 a.m. for the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. The first match will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia.

The next match, at 1:00 p.m., will feature a Battle of the Sexes with a Women’s All-Star Team vs. Arizona Polo Club (men).

At 3:00 p.m., the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team.

But heart-stopping polo action isn’t the only feature at WestWorld on Nov. 2nd. Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.

And if you can’t wait until Saturday, join us Friday, November 1st, when gates open at 3:00 p.m. for a sneak preview of the Championships and a fashion show. There will be an all-star match at 4:00 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players. It will culminate with a 6:00 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show presented by Phoenix Fashion Week.

Tickets and tables are now on sale for the 2013 event. Go to www.thepoloparty.com to purchase tickets.

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GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
CEO
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Partner
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
President
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager
Intel

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Attorney
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
President
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
President
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
President
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
President
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
President
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
CEO
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
Mayor
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
CEO
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Mayor
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Partner
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
Mayor
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Mayor
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Mayor
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Mayor
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
Mayor
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
President
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President
Abengoa

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
Mayor
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Councilmember
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
Mayor
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
Councilmember
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
President
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO
Power-One

Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
President
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
Mayor
City of Surprise

GENERAL COUNSEL
Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca

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D.L. Withers Helping Mohave Community College Lake Havasu City Campus Expand

 

Mohave Community College is gearing up for construction of the new Arts and Education Common for the Lake Havasu City campus. D.L. Withers Construction is the general contractor.

“After years of recession, we are starting to see signs of improvement in the economy. Although no one expects a rapid return to the prosperity and employment levels we saw at the beginning of the century, there are good signs, ” says MCC President Michael J Kearns.

This facility will allow the Lake Havasu City campus a fine arts building, with much needed additional classroom space and common areas for students. At 12,400 air conditioned/interior SF, with an additional 4,250 exterior SF under roof overhang, it is a studio arts building, consisting of a heating ventilation and air conditioning trade lab, studios for painting, ceramics, sculpture, lapidary arts and exterior casting labs.

This new facility is designed to replace the San Juan annex and to consolidate the arts program back to facilities on the main campus.

Designed by Michael Taylor Architects and built by D.L. Withers, the same team that completed MCC’s Allied Health Sciences facility in 2012, the project is underway with finalization of the construction drawings and preconstruction services ongoing.

The new facility is scheduled for completion in 4Q 2013.

 

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Willcox High School to Dedicate, Cut Ribbon on New Building

 

Willcox High School will dedicate and cut the ribbon on its new building March 18 after the previous building was destroyed in an overnight fire in January 2011.

With the groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2012 and completion in February, teachers and students enjoyed their first day in the new building Feb. 19.

rsz_willcox_beforeAt nearly 47,000 SF, designed by HDA Architects and constructed by D.L. Withers construction, the new, 2-story building has 16 classrooms, two computer labs, a kitchen and three science labs.

The entire community will be able to relish each new memory the new building has to offer while the memory of that fire remains only a spark.

 

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New Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station Opens in Bullhead City

 

The Mohave County Airport Authority in conjunction with the Laughlin Bullhead International Airport officially opened the new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station.

The Darryl E. Thompson Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is a new, state-of-the-art fire station serving the airport. Its location, at the center point of the runway, gives firefighters equal-distance access to all points of the airfield.

D.L. Withers Construction is general contractor for the $5.9M, 14,000 SF facility. The project was designed by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. and DWL Architects + Planners.

The facility incorporates the current and future anticipated growth requirements for the airport, and it will serve as a key design element in the planned future passenger terminal to the south.

The site posed a unique design challenge. Because it is located approximately 50 feet down the side of a mountain, nearly 75,000 cubic yards of material had to be hauled off. In perspective, that would be the size of a baseball field 22 feet deep.

This design challenge led to the placement of a second-floor public entrance and airside access from the first floor.

DL Withers’ expertise in projects of this type resulted in the project budget and schedule coming in at the anticipated costs and timeframes. At nearly 14,000 SF, the building is a fully self-contained facility with three apparatus bays, sleeping quarters, kitchen and training accommodations.

A distinctive feature to this station is the second floor Crisis Command Center, which overlooks the entire airport and serves as the operations room during emergency disaster drills or actual events. Additionally, this facility will serve as a back-up to the Airport Tower in the event the main tower becomes incapacitated.

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Aerial Crane Helps Elliot Business Park Take Flight

 

How do you get 35 HVAC units to the top of a roof in 90 minutes? With help of an aerial crane, of course.

It’s a method that has been used in construction since the 1960s when traditional equipment isn’t feasible for areas with limited access.

Construction for Phase 3 of Elliot Business Park, a 350, 000 SF facility under construction in Tempe, used an aerial crane recently to place the 35 HVAC units.

The entire operation was managed by Airwest Helicopters, LLC; Swisher HVAC; and D.L. Withers Construction.

Expected project completion is 1Q 2013.

Phoenix Zoo Neely Education and Event Center - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Public: Phoenix Zoo Neely Education and Event Center

Phoenix Zoo Neely Education and Event Center

Phoenix Zoo Neely Education and Event Center - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Developer: N/A
General contractor: D.L. Withers Construction
Architect: WDM Architects
Location: 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Size: 13,435 SF

The new lake overlook facility will sit on a hill adjacent to the zoo’s main lake. It will provide entertainment and event capabilities. It will include a unique opportunity to incorporate animal viewing with educational and corporate function. Expected completion is 2Q 2012.

Construction Project - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Construction Project News

Construction project news from Phoenix College, McCarthy Building Companies, CyrusOne, D.L. Withers Construction and more.

Phoenix College remodeling work includes student union

Construction Projects - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Addition and remodeling work to the existing Hannelly Student Center continues at Phoenix College. The main construction project is remodeling of the Learning Center Building into a student union with an exterior patio. Work includes 45,650 SF of remodeling and 13,000 SF. Expected completion of the $16.8M project is 3Q 2012. D.L. Withers is the general contractor; RNL Design is the architect.

McCarthy projects include solar station, new school building

McCarthy Building Companies is completing construction of the 145-acre Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend. The $14.3M project involves installation of the largest (18 mw) photovoltaic ground-mounted solar tracking system in Arizona. Installation includes PV racking system, modules and electrical system. The 75,000 solar panels are arranged in 1,566 rows connected to 108 single-axis trackers. On sunny days the construction project is expected to produce enough energy for 4,500 residential customers. Developer is SOLON Corporation and APS. Subcontractors include Blount Contracting, Buesing Corp., Schuff Steel, Ironco, and Delta Diversified. Expected completion is late 4Q 2011.  … McCarthy completed a new, 2-story, 67,000 SF building that houses 32 classrooms, a library, dining room and administrative offices at Aguilar Elementary School in Tempe. HDA was the architect for the $11.6M renovation project. Subcontractors: E&K of Phoenix, Kortman Electric, Maverick Masonry, Midstate Mechanical, Schuff Steel, Progressive Roofing and Suntec Concrete.

1 MSF data center scheduled to break ground in 2012

CyrusOne, a data center colocation provider, plans to build a 1 MSF facility in Chandler with construction set to begin in 2012 and completion expected by early 2013. CBRE helped complete the sale of a 40-acre parcel at Continuum, a 152-acre master-planned science and technology business park located in the Price Corridor. This facility will serve as the primary location for CyrusOne’s West Coast colocation operations, targeting the Northern and Southern California markets. Luke Walker, David Carder and Nick Di Paolo of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, Capital Commercial Investments Inc. of Austin, Texas. CyrusOne was represented by Mark Bauer of Jones Lang LaSalle in Phoenix.

D.L. Withers to build MCSO 911 call center

D.L. Withers Construction will begin work on the $80M, 120,000-140,000 SF Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center and Administration Building in 2Q 2012. The 5- to 7-story building  at the SWC of 5th Ave. and Madison in Phoenix will house the 911 dispatch center and consolidate MCSO administrative functions.  Architect is Gabor Lorant Architects. Expected completion is 3Q 2013.

DPR wraps up renovation at Hospice of Arizona

Construction Projects - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011DPR Construction completed a 12,064 SF renovation of a one-story unoccupied building and existing site area for Hospice of Arizona in Mesa. The interior build-out included 13 resident/patient rooms, staff support and administrative spaces, family gathering areas, a cafe, outdoor courtyard and a commercial kitchen. The Greenfield Comfort Garden, a feature of the exterior site, honors former Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford. Projects DPR is completing in 4Q 2011: Willis TI, Scottsdale, 24,992 SF; West Valley Medical Center PACU renovation, Goodyear, 3,500 SF; SARRC Vocational & Life Skills Academy TI, Phoenix, 10,159 SF; and Merkel Corp. TI, Scottsdale, 25,804 SF.

Mortenson selected for 3 projects on NAU campus

Mortenson Construction has been awarded three projects on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, including a new Science & Health Building and major renovation to the Multipurpose Events Center. The $55M, 120,000 SF Greenfield Science & Health Building will add new teaching and research labs and classrooms. Expected completion is 3Q 2014. The $18.5M events center project is a major renovation of the 94,000 SF NAU Fieldhouse into a multipurpose center. Work includes space reconfiguration, structural repairs, a new west entrance and new acoustics and lighting. Expected completion is 1Q 2013. A $3.5M renovation to the Lab 17 building includes HVAC balancing and fire and life safety updates. Expected completion is 4Q 2011.

Pegasus Construction completes TI in Goodyear building

Pegasus Construction completed a $140,000, 2,800 SF tenant improvement of an existing building at 1380 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear for New Orleans-based Naked Pizza. The project includes a kitchen and customer area for takeout and delivery, an open office area to train kitchen staff and a conference room. The building will eventually become the local corporate office for Naked Pizza. Architect was Reece Angell Rowe Architects. Subcontractors included Uniko Glass and Mirror, Sunset Acoustics, Northwest Floor & Wall, JJJ Electric, Freedom Fire Protection, Diamondback Builders Services, Commercial Service Company, Banker Insulation, AZ Professional Painting, ABBA Aire and Mountainview Flooring.

Kraus-Anderson breaks ground on multi-family project

The Phoenix office of Kraus-Anderson Construction Company broke ground on a 17,176 SF supportive housing project at 1140 E. 5th Ave. in Mesa. The 18-unit accessible apartment complex will serve low-income individuals with physical disabilities. The multi-family building will include 14 one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units, resident parking and a community building. The complex is located in an infill site and will feature landscaping using native species, pedestrian paths leading through the 2-acre, three-building site, and underground storm water infiltration system. Expected completion is 1Q 2012.

STG Design, MT Builders complete retirement community

Construction was completed recently on the 176,332 SF, $17M Alta Vista Retirement Community in Prescott. STG Design provided architectural services and MT Builders was the general contractor. The project consists of two senior living communities linked by a shared 14,000 SF recreation center. There are 44 units of assisted living and 88 units of independent living. The development is situated on a 6-acre parcel with a view of the mountain ranges that surround Prescott.

On the drawing board

Scottsdale-based AZ Sourcing LLC is planning to build a 1.5 MSF business center in Casa Grande to be named Phoenix Mart. Colliers International has been hired to sign up prospective tenants. The proposed $150M project will include a convention center. Tenants will sell merchandise ranging from consumer products, automotive products and food. … An apartment complex in Scottsdale is being proposed by a local developer who plans to demolish the old Barcelona nightclub at 73rd St. and Greenway-Hayden Loop. Plans by Scottsdale Place LLC call for a four-story, 240-unit apartment complex at the site. …  LWI Advisory Group of Del Mar, Calif., has submitted plans to the City of Gilbert for a 382-unit apartment complex near SanTan Village. The proposed complex is near the SWC of Ray Rd. and SanTan Village Parkway.

Phoenix College Hannelly Center, AZRE May/June 2011

Education: Phoenix College Hannelly Center


PHOENIX COLLEGE HANNELLY CENTER

Developer: Maricopa Community College District/Phoenix College
General Contractor: D.L. Withers Construction
Architect: RNL
Size: 58,000 SF
Location: 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix

The $16.5M project includes an addition to and remodel of the Hannelly Student Center and remodel of the Learning Center Building to form a new student union. Expected completion is 4Q 2012. Subcontractors include Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Energy Systems Design and Dibble Engineering.

AZRE Magazine, May/June 2011
Construction Project News - AZRE Magazine November/December 2010

Construction: Project News, November/December 2010

Construction project news around the state in November/December 2010:

D.L. Withers General Contractor at McCormick Railroad Park

Construction of a 10,000 SF, $2.1M exhibit building at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park on the SEC of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads is nearing completion. The new building is adjacent to the parking lot and within close proximity to historic depots and restored railroad cars. Building materials include exposed rock and steel structural elements. Also, a recycled decking material similar to wood has been added to create a platform for the building. The project is designed to meet City of Scottsdale green standards for LEED Gold certification. D.L. Withers Construction is the general contractor; Holly Street Studio is the architect.

Pinal Power to Build ‘Green’ Electricity Facility

Pinal Power plans to build a facility in the City of Maricopa that will generate 30 megawatts of electric power fueled by landscape and agricultural waste. To construct the facility, Pinal Power will make a $92M capital investment, creating up to 120 construction jobs from mid-2011 through 2012. The facility will be located along the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, to the west of the existing Pinal Energy Ethanol Plant. Western Bio-Energy is the developer of the project, which is fully capitalized with an estimated timeline that includes permitting and development planning through the end of 2010.

Sundt, DWL Complete Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Expansion

Phase I of terminal expansion at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was completed in November, with Sundt Construction as general contractor and DWL the architect. The $8.9M, 30,000 SF project included expanding the airport’s passenger terminal by an additional two gates; adding commercial space (one gift shop and two cafes); relocating rental car counters and baggage claim; and expanding the post-security outdoor courtyard.

Hensel Phelps/ZGF Awarded Arizona Cancer Center Project

Design-build services were awarded to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and ZGF Architects for the 249,000 SF Arizona Cancer Center on the University of Arizona’s Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The Arizona Cancer Center will house medical offices and cancer treatment facilities. Hensel Phelps also was awarded the Military Medical Emergency Simulation Training Suites tenant improvement at the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Campus.

Weitz Co. Updates Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Phoenix is undergoing a multimillion dollar facelift. JDM Partners, led by sports executive Jerry Colangelo, purchased the historic resort in December. The project is slated for completion by late 2010. Project highlights include a new entryway; a new main pool with separate adult and kids zones, two waterslides and play features; an outdoor plaza featuring dining and entertainment areas; an indoor/outdoor bar; and new event venues. Architect is Peterson Architecture and Associates; contractor is the Weitz Co. Jim Smith led the design team as a consultant.

$1.5M Construction Fix Up For Tucson Retail Center

Bear Canyon Shopping Center (above) in Tucson is undergoing a $1.5M exterior remodel project, the first renovation since it was built in 1983, at the NWC of Tanque Verde Rd. and Catalina Highway. The renovation includes a redesign of the property’s façade and interior improvements for a new Goodwill Super Store, which leased 14,765 SF within the center. General contractor is Division II Construction; architectural firms are SBBL and Architectural Design Group. Completion: 4Q 2010.

Spring Training Facility Opening in Three Months

Construction of the new spring training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies is rolling along, as more than 97,000 SF of sod was installed at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Opening date of the 140-acre site is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2011. The facility is at the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Rd. HKS Sports & Entertainment Group is the designer and Mortenson Construction is the general contractor. Subcontractors include Parsons Electric, Tri-City Mechanical, Trainor Glass, T-Pac, Valley Crest Landscaping and Space Con.

Homeland Security Building in Sells Remodeled, Expanded to 16,701 SF

Davis Enterprises and Indianola Partners have been awarded the General Services Administration lease for the Department of Homeland Security building in Sells. The existing 5,301 SF building is being remodeled and expanded to 16,701 SF for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Davis Enterprises negotiated a long-term ground lease with the Tohono O’odham Nation to develop the office building. The project will be completed in early 2011.

McShane Completing SCF Arizona TI Project

McShane Construction Co. is completing an 18,000 SF office and lobby improvement (above) of SCF Arizona’s existing office space and building common areas. The project, at 3030 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, includes updates to the first-floor office suite. The new Class A tenant space will include five private offices, two conference rooms, open work stations, four storage rooms, a kitchen/break room area, a mail distribution area, one mother’s room, one resting room, and a dedicated lobby/reception space with curved walls and floating panels. McShane is also renovating the building’s 4-story atrium lobby. Work is expected to be complete by 4Q 2010. MRT Design provided architectural services.

CONSTRUCTION P & Z

City of Phoenix

The City of Phoenix Development Services Department began money-saving incentives to promote “green” construction in residential and commercial buildings on Oct. 1. The Green Building Incentives Program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, offers reduced permit fees applicable to small- and large-scale improvement projects for the installation of energy efficient equipment, including Energy Star water heaters, solar panels, insulation, rainwater harvesting, HVAC, and more. A portion of the grant will fund the creation of a voluntary Green Building Code to be completed late 2011. For more information, visit phoenix.gov/devserv or call (602) 262-7811.

Maricopa County

Maricopa County has been in the public process of updating some of the 2009 building codes and fee schedule. These updates took effect Oct. 1. For more information, contact Tom Ewers, Head Building Official at (602) 506-7145.

AZRE Magazine November/December 2010

 

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Best Public Project 2010

Surprise City Hall

Surprise City Hall was constructed during very turbulent economic times, which forced the city to undergo several internal personnel changes. The changes occurred after construction had begun, drastically affecting the project. Without the collaborative efforts, communication and positive attitudes of the design and construction teams — keeping the project on target and within the original budget — the project may not have become a reality.

Developer: City of Surprise
Contractor: D.L. Withers Construction
Architect: Architekton
Size: 290,000 SF
Location: 15984 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise
Completed: March 2009

Honorable Mention: Camelback Ranch
Spring Training Facility

Developer: City of Glendale
Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: HKS Inc.
Size: 205,000 SF
Location: 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Completed: February 2009


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