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Hunt Construction Group announces change in leadership

Hunt Construction Group’s Chairman Robert G. Hunt announced Monday that Michael Fratianni has assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for Hunt Construction Group, Inc.  Fratianni is a 28-year veteran of Hunt having worked his way through the ranks of the organization.

In his new position, Fratianni will focus on strategy and vision, budget and revenue, growth and team building as well as marketing and market strategy. Fratianni looks forward to his new role and stated, “Hunt is committed to collaboratively and innovatively delivering exceptional services nationwide that consistently exceed our client’s dreams and expectations – One Hunt – One purpose.”

Hunt has appointed William S. Hornbake as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating

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Officer. Hornbake is a 29-year veteran of the industry with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Hornbake will work closely with division managers and group leaders to ensure Hunt is employing optimal operational procedures to continue delivering an unmatched level of quality and service to our clients.

Hunt Construction Group is celebrating 70 years of construction excellence and is ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the nation’s top commercial construction management/general contracting firms. Through the years, the company has been known for on-time, on-budget delivery of landmark facilities. Some exciting projects underway include the Atlanta Falcons Stadium in Atlanta, GA, Denver Airport South Terminal Redevelopment in Denver, Colo., Mayo Clinic Proton Therapy Facility in Phoenix and JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas.

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New Cubs' Spring Training Facility Taking Shape In Mesa

 

With spring training in the rearview mirror and the 2013 Major League Baseball season in full swing, work continues at a fever pitch at the Chicago Cubs Riverview Park facility in Mesa.

The new facility, scheduled to be ready for the 2014 Cactus League season, is a collaborative effort by the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs to create a year-round destination near the Loops 101 and 202 interchange in northwest Mesa.

The 140-acre project is transforming the Riverview Municipal Golf Course into a new 15,000-seat stadium, six ball fields, and a 63,000 SF clubhouse.

General contractor is Hunt Construction Group; architects are Populous and the Phoenix office of DWL Architects + Planners.

The stadium design has the old-fashioned feel of the Cubs’ home at Wrigley Field, blended with a distinct desert character. Most of the seating will be shaded and below existing ground level. The stadium seating bowl is depressed about 15 feet below existing ground level.

The clubhouse features the largest weight training and conditioning space of any spring training facility, separate locker rooms for the major and minor league players, and a 120-seat theater for team meetings. It will also house the Cubs’ West Coast business offices.

Riverview Park, east of the spring training facility, is being renovated with a 24-foot deep lake and an east-west paseo linking it to the new stadium. Its many amenities — fishing, picnicking, kids adventure playground, soccer and softball fields — will offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy the remaining day at the park after attending a ball game.

Also in the works is the development of the Wrigleyville West commercial district located next to the new stadium.

Work on the $90M project began in March 2012. The clubhouse is expected to be completed by September, with the stadium expected to be completed by December.

 

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The Residences at CityScape Rising Amid the Downtown Phoenix Skyline

 

RED Development is bringing the final phase of CityScape into focus as it begins construction on 224 residential apartments atop the newly opened Hotel Palomar — The Residences at CityScape.

The project marks completion of the $500M mixed-use destination after seven years of development.

Earlier this year, RED began construction on the 14-story apartment tower that includes studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den floor plans. There will be 23 penthouse units that grace the top floors.

Residents will have 24-hour access to the services of Hotel Palomar, including housekeeping, in-room dining by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, concierge, valet parking, business center and laundry services.

The design of the residences will enhance the existing architectural palate and will provide a contemporary urban experience. Each residence will have a view of Downtown Phoenix overlooking the city skyline and the mountains beyond.

Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Company is working with RED Development on the design and construction aspects of the residential development; upon completion, Alliance will lease and manage the 224 residential apartments.

Hunt Construction is the general contractor and SmithGroup is the architect. Subcontractors include Jen Electric, Suntec Concrete, Maloney Plumbing and Walters and Wolf.

 

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Hunt Construction 1 of 2 Finalists to Build Minnesota Vikings New Stadium

 

Hunt Construction, the Phoenix-based general contractor that built University of Phoenix Stadium for the NFL Arizona Cardinals, is among two finalists the build the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium.

Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis, the company that built new stadiums for the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota football team, also built the Arizona Diamondbacks’ and Colorado Rockies’ spring training stadium, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Both Hunt and Mortenson made the cut this week.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says a third firm, Swedish-based Skanska AB, is no longer being considered.

Hunt is building Riverview Park in Mesa, the new spring training home of the Chicago Cubs scheduled to open in 2014.

A builder for the Vikings’ $975M stadium was expected to be announced at Friday’s authority meeting. But Kelm-Helgen tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune more time is needed, according to the Associated Press.

 

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Hunt Construction Group 1 of 3 GCs to Submit Bids on New Vikings Stadium

 

Three construction firms – including Hunt Construction Group of Phoenix – submitted bids to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, according to the agency overseeing bidding.

Hunt, Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis and Skanska AB’s New York office are in the running to build the $975M stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will select a company in the first week of February, authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen told the Associated Press.

Bidding closed Monday morning, and all three firms will interview with the authority later this week.

Team officials and the sports authority hope to have the stadium ready for the 2016 Vikings season.

Cost is among several factors being considered, along with the firms’ experience building sports venues and meeting workforce goals. The cost of each company’s bid is confidential, Kelm-Helgen said.

“Local participation definitely is one factor we’ll be looking at,” she added. “It will be weighted along with everything else.”

Mortenson built several sports stadiums in the Twin Cities, including Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, Xcel Energy Center and the Target Center.

Hunt Construction has built many stadiums for professional baseball and football teams, including the homes of the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals.

Skanska built stadiums for the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and the joint home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

Three other construction firms had expressed interest but did not submit bids.

 

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McCarthy's Water Services Team Constructing Water And Wastewater Facilities

The Tempe-based Southwest Region of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., Water Services Team, recently began construction on the $7.1M design/build water and wastewater facilities for the Twin Arrows Resort & Casino east of Flagstaff.

The Twin Arrows Casino is currently under construction and is being developed by the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Board. Hunt Construction is general contractor.

Led by McCarthy’s Tempe-based Water Services team, the comprehensive water project includes a masterplan to specifically serve the Twin Arrows Resort & Casino and planned future amenities, including a potential golf course. McCarthy’s design partner is Scottsdale-based WaterWorks Engineers.

McCarthy Water Services team is installing 17,500 linear feet of water and wastewater pipes, a pump station with a storage tank for the casino’s potable water supply, a wastewater treatment plant, two wells and facilities to house the control room and electrical and pumping equipment necessary for the project.

“McCarthy has a long history of working with tribal communities in the Southwest on projects like the Twin Arrows Casino,” said Frank Scopetti, vice president of McCarthy’s Water Services team. “Our design/build team for this project is working closely with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to ensure their water needs are met now and in the future.”

The Twin Arrows Casino is poised to be a major gaming facility with a 90-room, 4-star hotel and conference center, located near the Twin Arrows exit off of Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Winslow.

“Gaming facilities have become a fairly high priority for the Navajo Nation,” said Reevis Bagay, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority representative. “The Twin Arrows Casino will have great economic impact within the Navajo Nation and surrounding community.  We’re pleased to be working with such a trusted name in the commercial building industry who understands the multi-utility needs of the Nation.”

McCarthy Water Services team and WaterWorks Engineers were selected as the design-build team for the project.  The water/wastewater facilities for the casino will be completed in early 2013 with an April 2013 estimated completion of the casino.

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands - Gila River Indian Community

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands

The Gila River Indian Community is building two new hotels that total more than 200 rooms, a new, 70,000 SF casino, and a conference center. The Navajo Nation is building its first Arizona casino near Flagstaff.

“(Construction in Indian country) is actually one of the market sectors that is really thriving,” says Rogers Owers, an attorney with Andante Law Firm, whose speciality is construction laws in Indian country. “Whether it’s design, construction, or brokering the real estate deals, cash flows into the industry as a whole.”

In Tucson, a new 44,500 SF convention center and a 1,120-car parking structure opened at Casino del Sol in November. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino increased its guest capacity to 300 rentable rooms, and renovated its restaurant in July.

As several Arizona tribes reveal major hospitality and casino construction projects, one thing is a sure bet — 2012 is shaping up to be another jackpot year.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reports that trial casino revenues steadily declined from 2008 to 2010, but returned to the green in 2011. During this period, hospitality and casino construction in Indian country slowed.

Talking Stick Resort, which opened its doors on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 2010, was the last significant Native American casino and hospitality project in almost a year.

Today, several sizable construction projects in Indian country are underway or open for business. The largest, a multifaceted undertaking by the Gila River Indian Community, includes a new 90-room hotel and the demolition and remodel of Vee Quiva Casino in West Phoenix, plus a new conference center, 130-room hotel and restaurant at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler.

The Gila River Indian Community, going all in, also is reportedly opening a new hotel at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa, which is a short distance from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The construction venture at Vee Quiva is still in its developmental stages, according to Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Casinos. It is expected to open in the summer of 2013 at a cost of $135M.

“Rebuilding Vee Quiva Casino is part of a strategic plan the Gila River Indian Community has set in place to refresh our casinos while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Community and creating new job opportunities in Arizona,” says Anthony Villareal Sr., Casino Expansion Owners Team chairman.

After its reconstruction, Vee Quiva Casino will total nearly 175,000 SF — almost double its original size.

Further north, the Navajo Nation broke ground last March on Twin Arrows Casino outside of Flagstaff, its first casino in Arizona.

The 320,000 SF, $150M casino, scheduled to open in July, will include a hotel and conference center. General contractor is Hunt Construction and the architect is Friedmutter Group.

Some casinos, on the other hand, already have their cards on the table. Casino Del Sol and Harrah’s Ak-Chin opened their newly renovated facilities in 2011.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe renovated and expanded Casino Del Sol’s hotel and convention center in Tucson to the tune of $75M. The additions included 215 new rooms, a conference center, a parking structure and a spa. It is the second phase of the tribe’s ongoing hospitality and casino refurbishment project. McCarthy Building Companies served as GC and LEO A DALY was the architect.

McCarthy project manager Kurt Nyberg says construction went smoothly because the tribe first commissioned his company in 2003.

“What helped with this expansion is that the Casino Del Sol had gained building experience when both firms worked on the original casino project,” Nyberg says, “so the process was not entirely new from the owner’s perspective.”

Another big player in Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, finished its hotel and restaurant renovations in July after 11 months of construction. Lead designer Jason Ploszaj of RSP Architects says the construction was vital, because the “hotel was turning away guests nightly.”

The expansion, a $20M, 5-story hotel tower, doubled the number of rentable rooms at the Maricopa resort.

“In order to better serve guests, Harrah’s decided that after more than 10 years of success, and expansion of 152 new hotel rooms was necessary to refresh the hotel experience,” Ploszaj says.

For more information on casino and hospitality construction visit, ciic.construction.asu.edu

 

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Construction Project News

Construction Project News March/April 2012

March/April 2012 List of Construction Project News in Arizona, starting with Allred Company’s second phase of construction of Allred Park Place.

NEW CLASS A OFFICE BUILDING TO RISE IN CHANDLER

San Diego-based Douglas Allred Company plans for the second phase of Allred Park Place with construction of a 92,109 SF, 2-story office building in Chandler. The project, which broke ground at the end of January, is the first speculative office construction to take place in the greater Phoenix area since 3Q 2009. Mark Krison and Scott German of CBRE’s Phoenix office will handle leasing of the Class A office building. The CBRE team also has the marketing assignment for Allred Park Place Phase I, three Class A office buildings totaling 261,860 SF, of which 52,742 SF is available. Balmer Architectural Group of Phoenix is the architect; Willmeng Construction of Mesa is the general contractor. Expected completion is 4Q 2012. Future plans for Allred Park Place include construction of several additional office buildings, which will eventually exceed 1 MSF.

NEW PHOENIX FBI OFFICE BUILDING OPENS ITS DOORS

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and commercial builder/developer Ryan Companies US, Inc. officially opened the 210,202 SF facility that Phoenix-based FBI personnel will call home for the next 20 years. The facility at 21711 N. 7th St. is built and owned by Ryan Companies and replaces the FBI’s four previous Phoenix locations, allowing expansion and consolidation of agency operations and personnel through a long-term lease agreement. The project created more than 1,500 construction jobs and was completed within more than 500,000 “safe man” hours. The GSA required that the facility achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Ryan Companies used Energy Savings Performance utility agreements to achieve, maintain and/or exceed Energy Star benchmarks.

KITCHELL, ORCUTT | WINSLOW TO CONSTRUCT NEW PATIENT TOWER

Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow have been selected to design and construct a new patient tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health. The $125M project will expand capacity, enhance key service lines, and drive new office and medical development in the East Valley. The 5-story inpatient tower is anticipated to remove capacity constraints with the addition of 96 in-patient beds. Site work began last December with vertical construction of the tower scheduled to begin in 4Q 2012. At the peak of construction, it is estimated that the project will have a workforce of more than 200. It is expected to be complete by 3Q 2014. The patient tower follows a recently completed $10M cardiovascular department expansion, also built by the team of Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow, including two cardiac catheterization laboratories, an additional nine-bed pre/post cardiac short stay unit and ancillary support infrastructure.

CHICAGO CUBS’ SPRING TRAINING FACILITY UPDATE

With the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs scheduled for completion in 3Q 2013, there is much speculation about what the stadium will look like and how the new general manager of the Cubs will make his mark. Last October, Jed Hoyer was named GM of the Cubs. As his new role, Hoyer will have a “tremendous amount of impact in the design of the facility,” says Bob Hart, vice president of Hunt Construction, the project’s general contractor. (Populous is the architect). As for design of the stadium, there is no word on whether the facility and its surrounding area will have similarities to Wrigley Field or Wrigleyville. “The conceptual design has not yet been determined,” Hart says. “We are expecting the bulk of the design to start in the near future and will last (until) the middle of 2012.” One major decision that has been made regarding the new stadium is that the Arizona State University baseball team will be entering in a contract with the City of Mesa to share the facility with the Cubs. ASU and the Cubs plan to begin play there in 1Q 2014.

SRP, SUNPOWER TO BUILD SOLAR PLANT ON ASU POLY CAMPUS

SRP, ASU and SunPower Corp. have agreed to build a 1MW solar photovoltaic power plant at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. The facility will be the first commercial deployment of SunPower C7 Tracker technology, a solar photovoltaic tracking system that concentrates the sun’s power seven times designed to achieve the lowest levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar power plants. SunPower is engineering and building the plant on the SEC of the Polytechnic campus. Under a purchase-power agreement, SRP will buy the entire output of the solar plant, and in a separate agreement, ASU will purchase all of the energy attributable to the plant for its use at the campus. Construction is contingent on a number of factors, including receipt of all applicable permits.

$12M VETERANS INITIATIVE APARTMENTS BREAK GROUND

Madison Pointe Apartments, a $12M, 79,785 SF housing project designed to give veteran residents convenient access to medical care and veteran services, broke ground in February at 4134 N. 9th St. in Phoenix. Developer is the NRP Group; general contractor is NRP Contractors LLC; and architect is Todd & Associates. Colliers International will provide brokerage services. The project was financed with funds from Bank of America, the Arizona Department of Housing, and the City of Phoenix. Madison Pointe will be a short walk to the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Vietnam Veterans of American and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Estimated completion is 4Q 2012.

DPR, WINSLOW | ORCUTT TEAM UP FOR HOSPITAL LOBBY RENOVATION

The lobby at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is undergoing a $4M renovation project with DPR Construction as the general contractor. Architect for the 12,840 SF renovation is Orcutt | Winslow. The project consists of exterior and interior renovation and expansion of the existing main entrance and lobby. The area will include a welcome/greeting desk, admitting office, gift shop, new coffee bar, for service area, along with an indoor/outdoor meditation area. Expected completion is 2Q 2013.

MCCARTHY COMPLETES 17MW SOLAR STATION FOR APS

McCarthy Building Companies recently completed the $14.3M, 145-acre APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend. The project involved installation of the largest photovoltaic system in Arizona. It included a racking system, modules and electrical system for the 17MW facility. Subcontractors included Blount Contracting, Buesing Corp., Schuff Steel, Ironco and Delta Diversified.

Find out more on the above construction project news at the following links.

Douglas Allred Company – www.douglasallredco.com
Ryan Companies US, Inc. – www.ryancompanies.com
Kitchell – www.kitchell.com
Orcutt | Winslow – www.owp.com
Hunt Construction – www.huntconstructiongroup.com
SunPower Corp. – us.sunpowercorp.com
NRP Group – www.nrpgroup.com
DPR Construction – www.dpr.com
McCarthy Building Companies – www.mccarthy.com

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Best Public, Commercial Buildings - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Arizona's Biggest, Best And Most Memorable Public And Commercial Buildings

Steel, Glass and Marvelous: A look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in Arizona

OK, so we don’t have the skylines of L.A., New York or Chicago. But for a state barely celebrating its first centennial, Arizona — Metro Phoenix in particular — is home to some fairly impressive commercial and public buildings.

Arizona doesn’t have the 110-story Chicago Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) … but the Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix looms as the tallest building in Arizona at 40 stories.

We don’t have New York’s swanky Plaza Hotel … but the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa — The Jewel of the Desert — is a world-famous travel destination.

The Los Angeles Coliseum? … Nope, we don’t have that either. But University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale already has played host to one Super Bowl and two BCS National Championship Games.

As part of AZRE’s Arizona Centennial Series, a look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in the state.

Best Sports Venue

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Contractor: Hunt Construction
Architect: Peter Eisenman
Year built: 2006

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale - AZRE September/October 2011One might say that the Arizona Cardinals scored when they found their new home in $455M University of Phoenix Stadium. With a multi-purpose design, the 63,400-seat stadium is host to not only football and soccer games, but to an array of events including motor sports competitions, trade shows and concerts. While the stadium may pride itself on its innovative versatility, the building’s design is equally as impressive. The exterior of the stadium, with alternating reflective metal panels and the iconic “Bird-Air” retractable fabric roof, was designed to replicate a barrel cactus. The interior features artistic elements including nostalgic photos and a series of murals representative of Arizona.


Tallest Building

Chase Tower - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Chase Tower, Phoenix
Contractor: Henry C. Beck Co.
Architect: Welton Becket & Associates
Year built: 1972

Chase Tower certainly stands out in the Phoenix skyline with its modern use of glass, steel and concrete. This 40-story financial establishment was originally constructed for Valley National Bank, which after a series of mergers is today Chase Bank. In addition to its contemporary style, the tower strays from tradition with its underground, retail entry level, as opposed to the traditional commercial lobby space used in other buildings of its type. Aside from the tower’s primary use as an office space, Chase Tower offers restaurants, retail and, of course, banking services.


Oldest Commercial Building

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
Contractor: J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace (renovation Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011by Huntcor, phases 1 and 2; Joe E. Woods, Inc., phase 3)
Architect: Lescher & Mahoney
Year built: 1929

As the only designated historic theater and last remaining example of theater palace architecture in the Valley, the fully restored Orpheum Theatre leaves little to the imagination when it comes to envisioning the grandeur of drama and cinema in America’s Golden Age. The original Spanish Baroque style theater was built by J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace as the final major construction project before the Great Depression. Once dubbed the “Grand Dame of Movie Theaters,” the Orpheum was originally intended for film and vaudeville performances. Though ownership of the theater has been passed down from Paramount to cinema aficionado James Nederlander to the City of Phoenix in 1984, its elegant, 1,364-seat Lewis Auditorium and glamorous marquee at Second and Adams prove that the “Grand
Dame” status has survived.


Best Hospitality Property

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect and builder: Albert Chase McArthur
Year built: 1929

Albert Chase McArthur certainly called upon the teachings of his former instructor, Frank Lloyd Wright, when he designed “The Jewel of the Desert,” The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The resort’s construction features McArthur’s signature concrete “Biltmore Block,” whose geometry mimics the surrounding palm trees. In its early days as the preferred resort of celebrities and heads of state, the Biltmore was owned by William Wrigley Jr. With expansions and renovations including two golf courses, a spa, the Paradise Guest Wing and Pool, ballrooms and additional meeting spaces, the resort retains its status of elite hospitality and one of the largest hotels in Arizona.


Phoenix City Hall - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Best Government Building

Phoenix City Hall
Contractor: Hunt Construction Group
Architect: Langdon Wilson
Year built: 1993

In relation to its surroundings, and rising up 22 stories, Phoenix City Hall can be classified as one of the Valley’s few skyscrapers. The building, also called the Phoenix Municipal Building, replaced the Old City Hall, which was located in the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building. The building is home the City of Phoenix and the origin of legislation regarding public safety, transportation, recreation and sustainability. Phoenix City Hall is the common stomping ground for the governments of the city’s eight districts.


Most Expensive Commercial Building

Most Expensive Commercial Building - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011CityScape, Phoenix
Contractors: The Weitz Company and Hunt Construction
Architect: Callison Architecture
Year built: 2010

The phrase “never a dull moment” is often reserved for people and places that provide some source of endless entertainment—and that’s exactly what CityScape offers. The $900M, mixed-use development hits the perfect balance of work and play with its collection of commercial towers, entertainment venues, retail and restaurants spanning two city blocks. The mixed-use facility may be one of the few places Valley residents and tourists can exercise, have a relaxing morning in Patriot’s Park, grab sushi or burgers for lunch, grocery shop, buy that new dress, attend a baseball game and finish the day off at a swanky restaurant or bar—all without getting in a car.


Best Medical Facility

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: HKS
Year built: 2011

TPhoenix Children's Hospital - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011he visual spectacle that is now the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new main building impacts countless drivers on State Route 51 with its lights and seamless architecture. And with the 11-story tower capable of serving 425 patients, the hospital hopes to impact equally as many children. With the new tower comes additional clinic space and operating rooms, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a separate Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in response to the hospital’s successful Children’s Heart Center. The hospital’s recent makeover was not limited to the construction of the new tower, but included renovations to the existing buildings and new of satellite centers.


Best Public Building

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Contractor: Ryan Companies US
Architect: RSP Architects
Musical Instrument Museum - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Year built: 2010

Former Target CEO and African art collector, Robert J. Ulrich, was inspired to found the Musical Instrument Museum after visiting a similar museum in Belgium. The museum’s modern design is meant to compliment its surrounding desert landscape. MIM’s interior features a tile path, “El Río,” that flows to connect each of the museum’s galleries, as well as structural lines designed to echo those of common musical instruments. The museum boasts a unique collection of 14,000 musical instruments from 200 countries, with an emphasis on those of Western origin and includes pieces which once belonged to music legends including John Lennon and Eric Clapton.


Biggest Commercial Building

Phoenix Convention Center
Contractor: Hunt-Russell-Alvarado
Phoenix Convention Center - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect: HOK Venue
Year built: 2008 (final phase)

Home to countless trade shows, conventions and formal events and weighing in at 1.9 MSF, the Phoenix Convention Center is among one of the largest of its kind. The many structures of the convention center are built with stones and materials native to Arizona and designed to emulate our southwestern landscape and culture. Each building combines innovation and tradition with state-of-the-art technology services for vendor presentations and art from nationally recognized artists that highlight Arizona’s cultural identity.


Most Recognizable Building

Biosphere 2, Tucson
Builder: Space Biosphere Ventures
Architect: Phil Hawes
Year built: 1987, 1991

Biosphere Tucson - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Biosphere 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to the original biosphere made famous by years of evolution—Earth. The facility functions as a world within a world, separated from the outside by a 500-ton steel liner. Under its 6,500 windows and 7.2M cubic feet of sealed glass, self-sufficient ocean, wetland, grassland, desert and rainforest ecosystems thrive. In addition to the awe-inspiring glass dome structure, it includes the Technosphere basement floor and the Energy Center with electrical and plumbing services to maintain climate and living conditions within the dome. Biosphere 2, originally  funded by a $30M gift from the Philecology Foundation, is now managed by the science program at the University of Arizona.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

 

Populous

Populous, Hunt Construction Picked For New Cubs Facility

The City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs announced today the top rankings and selected firms for the master planning, programming, design, and construction consultant services for the new Chicago Cubs spring training and western headquarters facility as well as the general contractor for the project pending successful negotiations and contract agreements with the both companies. The top design firms in rank order were Populous, 360 Architecture Inc./Arrington Watkins Architects and HKS. Populous was selected as the top ranked design firm based upon the qualifications of both the firm and the team members designated for the project.

“We are excited to have had so many qualified and interested firms participate in the review process.” City Manager Chris Brady said. “This is an exciting and important project for the City and the Cubs and we are confident that the selection committee has made the best choice for all involved.”

Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport, located in Kansas City, Mo.,, has been involved in the design of 118 new ballparks which includes 22 major league spring training facilities. Some of their more recent projects include: Red Sox Spring Training Complex in Florida, Goodyear Spring Training Complex, Peoria Sports Complex, Surprise Recreation Campus, and Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park Player Development Complex in Mesa.

Populous has teamed with several qualified local firms such as DWL Architects in Phoenix and the EPS Group in Mesa. EPS Group Inc., a civil engineering firm and Saemisch DiBella Architects will work with Populous on the new facility.

“Our approach to this project is based on our team’s collective experience through the years – designing ballparks, living and working in the city of Mesa, working with the Cubs and creating destinations and memories,” Populous principal David Bower said. “To us, this project is more than design. It’s creating connected moments through the culture of the game, the spirit of the people and the emotion of the day.”

The top firms in rank order for construction of the new facility to be built at Mesa Riverview Park were Hunt Construction Group (Hunt), Barton Malow, Mortenson Construction and Bernards/McCarthy a joint venture. Hunt was selected as the top ranked firm based upon the qualifications of both the firm and the team members designated for this project.

“With Hunt selected as the general contractor for the project, we believe we have a qualified and excellent team to build not only a quality spring training facility but one that will rank among the best of the best.” Brady said. “I am pleased that Hunt has developed a Local Business Participation Plan and a Local (Mesa) Subcontractor Participation Program to maximize local Mesa participation.”

Hunt, whose corporate headquarters are in Scottsdale, is ranked No, 1 in Sports by Engineering News-Record magazine. Hunt has built more than 150 structures throughout the state including four stadium and arena projects: Chase Field in Phoenix, US Airways Center in Phoenix, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, and Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott. Since completing Chase Field in 1998, Hunt has completed more than 40 Sports Facilities including 13 Major League Baseball stadiums and six Spring Training/Minor League Facilities.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to build this new facility for the City of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs.” Hunt Vice President Robert Hart said. “With more than 30 years in this market and the dozens of sports facilities we have built, we bring experience, longevity and innovation to this project. Our focus will be as it always is, to deliver a quality product, on time and on budget.”

For more information about Populous and Hunt Construction, visit:

populous.com
huntconstructiongroup.com

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Best Mixed-Use Project 2011

CityScape

Best Mixed-Use 2011: CityScape, RED DevelopmentDeveloper: RED Development
Contractor:
The Weitz Company
Architect:
Callison Architecture
Broker:
CB Richard Ellis
Size:
1.12M SF
Location:
One E. Washington St., Phoenix
Completed:
April 2010

CityScape is Downtown Phoenix’s newest, urban mixed-use development. CityScape added needed (and desired) retail uses and jobs in the downtown core and linkages to development on adjacent blocks. The project addresses the significant lack of retail/commercial space in Downtown Phoenix. That need was met through the completion of 200,000 SF of new retail shops. Retail and office space is more than 90% leased in the 28-story building. Tenants include Lucky Strike Lanes, Gold’s Gym, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona, Alliance Bank, Urban Outfitters and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Rounding out the mix is the 242-room, 4-Star Kimpton Palomar Hotel, which is scheduled to open later this year. CityScape’s construction includes the use of high-efficiency glass.




Honorable Mention: Gila River Indian Community, District One Service Center

Honorable Mention: Gila River Indian Community, District One Service CenterDeveloper: Gila River Indian Community
Contractor:
W.E. O’Neil Construction
Architect:
DLR Group-KKE
Size:
30,347 SF
Location:
15722 N. Toki Rd., Coolidge
Completed:
June 2010