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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.


Infrastructure development underway at Goodyear Gateway South

EJM Development Co. has broken ground on $5 million worth of infrastructure development at Goodyear Gateway South in Goodyear, Arizona. Goodyear Gateway South is a ±221 acre industrial zoned park located just north of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport that has recently been subdivided with lots ranging in size from 9.6 acres to 50 acres. Construction on streets and utilities is underway, which will lay the framework for the master-planned industrial park to attract major users to the area. The street improvements will be complete in the 4th quarter of 2014 and include full width 143rd Avenue from Van Buren Street to Yuma Road and improvements to Yuma Road as well as a traffic signal at 143rd and Van Buren.

“The West Valley has emerged as the next epicenter of major commercial development in metropolitan Phoenix,” said Fred Stiles, Regional Director with EJM Development Co. “As major employers look to locate and expand in the Valley, it’s important that we are able to offer high quality industrial zoned shovel-ready sites. The development of infrastructure, streets and utilities at Goodyear Gateway South is major step towards being ready for incoming users.”

In addition to offering shovel-ready sites, Stiles points to the park’s designation as a foreign trade zone as another boon to future users.

“The U.S. Foreign Trade Zones program expedites and encourages foreign commerce making Goodyear Gateway South an attractive location for any industrial, manufacturing, distribution or warehouse user doing business internationally,” said Stiles. “And in the state of Arizona there is an additional tax benefit for properties in foreign trade zones that allows for significant reductions in both real and personal property taxes.”

The master-planned industrial park also benefits from proximity to the Phoenix Goodyear Airport and Interstate-10 and its location within one of the Southwest’s fastest growing markets, which offers unparalleled accessibility to both metro Phoenix and other major markets in the Western United States.

“Goodyear Gateway South is ideally situated on a number of fronts,” said Pat Feeney, senior vice president with CBRE’s Phoenix office, who heads up the marketing and leasing team for the property. “Users that transport goods intra- and inter-state will be well positioned to conduct business efficiently. What’s more, a talented, deep and productive workforce lives in the immediate area, while freeways put Goodyear within an hour of all 3.8 million workers in greater Phoenix.”

The ±221-acre, foreign trade zone-approved Goodyear Gateway South is part of the larger ±350 Airport Gateway at Goodyear master-planned community. At build out Airport Gateway will feature approximately 3 million square feet of planned industrial/work space at Goodyear Gateway South and an additional 2.5 million square feet of upscale regional retail, hotel, office and medical office uses at Goodyear Gateway North.


Hayden Ferry Lakeside III breaks ground

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and Tempe city council members joined developer Ryan Companies, architect DAVIS, owner Parkway Properties and other community leaders to celebrate the start of construction of Hayden Ferry Lakeside III (HFL III) on the corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. HFL III, a planned class A, 265,000 square foot, 10-story office tower, is the last of three office towers owned by Parkway Properties at the Hayden Ferry Lakeside Development on Tempe Town Lake.

Hayden Ferry Lakeside was the first major development along Tempe Town Lake and precipitated other, more recent development such as Marina Heights, the new home of State Farm. Hayden Ferry Lakeside buildings I and II were completed in 2002 and 2007, respectively. As of January 1, 2014, both buildings are a combined 98% leased. Construction at HFL III has begun and leasing is well underway. The building is expected to be completed in September 2015.

“We are very excited to celebrate the start of construction on what will be the final office element of the Hayden Ferry Lakeside complex,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “The entire complex represents the many dreams that residents and city leaders had when Tempe Town Lake was first conceived and built. This is the type of well-designed, multi-use development we had envisioned and it will stand the test of time.”

“We are thrilled to begin construction of Hayden Ferry Lakeside III and are confident that it will be leased quickly. There are very few opportunities for users with large space requirements in downtown Tempe which is being recognized nationally as a progressive, urban and thriving city,” said Molly Carson, Vice President of Ryan Companies. “Our wonderful partnership with the city of Tempe and Parkway Properties will help us be successful.”

“We are grateful for our strong relationship with the city of Tempe and Ryan Companies and are proud to be a part of completing this important development for the city. Our existing one million square foot portfolio in Tempe has performed extremely well and Hayden Ferry III is an addition that meets the demands of today’s tenants,” commented Matt Mooney, Vice President and Phoenix Managing Director for Parkway Properties.

HFL III building design, led by DAVIS, will maintain the same boat-shaped, nautical theme as its sister towers. It will be upgraded with a clean and slightly more contemporary expression that compliments the neighboring buildings. Building finishes will incorporate the notable cobalt blue glass, aluminum panels and horizontal mullion expression of the window system. Balconies will provide an exceptional view and connection to Mill Avenue. The landscape and hardscape materials will be consistent with what has already been established previously with the metaphoric stream and blue paving, completing the design as originally conceived.

Friendship House, WEB

Sundt Construction breaks ground on Friendship House at Royal Oaks

Sundt Construction has broken ground on the Friendship House at Royal Oaks Lifecare Retirement Community in Sun City, Ariz. The $13.6M project is a two-story memory care facility designed to provide lifestyle-focused accommodations for Royal Oaks residents with varying levels of cognitive needs. This is Sundt’s sixth project for Royal Oaks, speaking to the longstanding relationship between the senior-living community and the contractor.

The 53KSF facility, located near the center of the 38-acre community, will provide memory care in a residential setting, moving away from the skilled-care model that has been the norm at Royal Oaks and many other retirement communities. This new design concept allows for more efficient staffing and flexibility in a comfortable setting that stresses the individualized needs of residents. Personalization is achieved through four “neighborhoods” of fourteen residents each that have distinct interior design themes and create smaller scale living environments.

Since 2000, Sundt has been the general contractor for numerous projects on the Royal Oaks campus, including the construction of new garden homes, an assisted living and life enrichment center, dining and wellness venues and a two-level parking structure. Sundt also renovated the Health Care Center.

“We have a strong 12-year relationship with the Royal Oaks team and enjoy working with them on these new projects to enhance the lifestyle experiences for the community’s residents,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “This facility, with its new design, will help Royal Oaks continue their commitment to deliver the best care possible for its residents with memory care needs.”

The architect for Friendship House is Todd & Associates with interior design services by Thoma-Holec Design, both from the Phoenix area. Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2015.


Groundbreaking for light rail extension

Ground will be broken Saturday on a project to extend metro Phoenix’s light rail system by three miles.

The new section of line will be built on 19th Avenue in Phoenix from Montebello Avenue northward to Dunlap Avenue.

Construction will begin Monday.

The $300 million project is slated to be completed in late 2015 or early 2016.

The first 20-miles of light rail opened in December 2008.

Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032.