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Mesa Fire Station 219 received LEED Gold Certification, the first for a fire station in the City of Mesa.

Project News: Sept/Oct 2013

>> DPR renovations include multiple healthcare projects

Healthcare projects kept DPR Construction busy with renovations at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Banner Boswell and Osborn Medical Center:

** The EP Cath Lab No. 1 project at St. Joe’s was a 1,300 SF renovation of the existing cath lab room to meet ADHS Health Guidelines. HKS was architect for the $365,000 project.

** The Banner Boswell hybrid OR project included updated staff lockers, finishes upgrades to the pre-op area and renovating 2 standard ORs and providing a new hybrid OR. HKS was architect for the $11M project.

** The Osborn MC project included the remodeling of the 18 diagnostic care unit rooms and support space. HVAC and electrical upgrades were also performed. Synectic Design was architect for the $700,000 project.

Two non-medical projects included the Chandler central plant expansion at Digital Realty and the Chandler K&L suites also at Digital Realty. Subcontractors included Bel-Aire Mechanical, Alliance Fire Protection, Cupertino Electric, Ace Controls, D.H. Pace, Ganado Painting & Wallcovering, Progressive Roofing and Metal Weld.


>> Royal Palms Resort and Spa unveils renovation of T. Cook’s

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix’s historic boutique resort, unveiled the restaurant’s three-month revitalization project in early September. Royal Palms teamed with Phoenix-based creative design team Bar Napkin Productions and its Founding Principal Haley Balzano to develop the interior design which boasts vibrant shades of authentic colors of the desert and an overall softer palette. Boldly colored chairs surround rustic wooden tables adding depth and diversity to the dining room, while iron chandeliers create a sense of intimacy and stimulate enchanting experiences and romance. The project also features a newly crafted wine and tequila room and an expanded bar. Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, was the general contractor.


>> W.E. O’Neil Construction picked for Hohokam Stadium Renovation

W.E. O’Neil Construction was hired as construction manager at risk for the renovation of Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, which will serve as the 2015 spring training facility for the Oakland A’s. The Chicago Cubs are getting a new facility in 2014 — Riverview Park — and the A’s are leaving Phoenix Municipal after this coming Cactus League season. The Mesa City Council voted unanimously for the hiring W.E. O’Neil to provide input on several aspects of the project and the procurement of five hydrotherapy tanks for a total cost just shy of $560,000. The GC will also have a hand in project design, cost-estimating, development and coordinating with the city during the construction process. Under a facilities use agreement signed with the A’s, the City of Mesa covers the first $15M of the renovation and the accompanying Fitch Park, and will split the next $5M with the team.


>> El Mirage Police facility tops out

The El Mirage Police facility project topped out recently. The current facility is housed in trailers and modular buildings that are outdated and do not provide the proper space for law enforcement personnel to function in a safe and secure environment. The new police station will be the first building in a civic area that will ultimately include other structures. The site for construction is directly south of the City’s new award-winning Gateway Park. Voters approved the funding in the fall of 2011 and Arrington Watkins, architect/designer, along with D.L. Withers Construction, were awarded the project.


>> Mesa Fire Station 219 earns LEED Gold Certification

Mesa Fire Station 219 received its LEED Gold certification and plaque, the first for the City of Mesa. The project, completed in 2012 by D.L. Withers Construction and designed by Perlman Architects, used several sustainable practices that included solar panels, a solar hot water system, insulated concrete exterior walls and an insulated cool foam roof.


The Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium - Play Ball

The Chicago Cubs' Hope Continues

The Chicago Cubs aren’t called “The Lovable Losers” for nothing.

However, when it comes to spring training, they’re one of the biggest draws in the Cactus League. Even with their 103-year World Series drought, they continually sell out their games and have set attendance records at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for years.

With a new vice president of baseball operations (Theo Epstein) and new manager (Dale Sveum), the Cubs are optimistic about the 2012 season. Fans in the Windy City are hoping that the dynamic duo of Epstein and Sveum can help snap the Cubs’ unlucky losing streak once and for all.

Some notable players in Cubs’ lineup at Hohokam this spring inlcude Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Kerry Wood, Carlos Pena and Marion Byrd. Additions include pitchers Travis Wood and Chris Volstad, third baseman Ian Stewart and outfielder Dave Sappelt.

The Chicago Cubs are scheduled to play 16 home games at Hohokam, 17 road games in Arizona and two games against Texas in Las Vegas. The Cubs wrap up spring training on  April 3 at Hohokam  against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs were once known as the Chicago White Stockings, then became members of the National League in 1876. This makes them one of the oldest active major sports teams among those in North America. The first game they played was April 25 of that same year.

In 1907, the Cubs won their first World Series against the Detroit Tigers. They won their second and last World Series in 1908 in a rematch against Detroit.

The Cubs have trained in Mesa since 1952. Back then Hohokam Park was called Rendezvous Park, which was less than ideal in accommodating the players. However, the new state-of-the-art Hohokam Stadium took its place. Since then the Cubs have played their games at Hohokam as a member of the Cactus League.

Hohokam was built in 1997 and seats 13,074 fans. An interesting fact about this 48-acre stadium is that its scoreboard is the largest in the Cactus League, measuring a whopping 12 by 16 feet. The stadium features one practice field and one practice infield, with additional training facilities at Fitch Park that include four practice fields, one practice infield and a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse.

So grab your Cracker Jacks and baseball mitts, practice your rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and get ready for an exciting spring training. Who knows, maybe if we keep cheering. our “Lovable Losers” on they might just get a name change.