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The Noah Webster Schools Pima Campus, completed in August, is a charter academy that has made use of the increasingly popular site-adapt trend.

The new class of schools

An apple a day may keep a student in a teacher’s good graces, but there’s more to a healthy learning environment than fruit.

It’s no secret that many school districts have had to do more with less funding and fewer employees. With a rapidly changing learning environment — one with Wi-Fi in every classroom — and one that needs to accommodate more students and shift with the times, construction companies are being called upon to help schools transition into the future while surviving the present.

McCarthy Building Companies is one such contractor that has been using site-adapt approaches to its new school buildings. The approach includes adapting existing school designs to fit a district’s needs. This method reduces design time and allows for construction to occur on an aggressive timeline, says Steve Poulin, project director for McCarthy Building Companies’ educational services.

Riggs elementary school: constructed using similar design prototypes. McCarthy Building Companies and Hda Architects are currently working on a similar site-adapt project in Chandler.

Riggs elementary school: constructed using similar design prototypes. McCarthy Building Companies and Hda Architects are currently working on a similar site-adapt project in Chandler.

For example, McCarthy is working with HDA Architects on a 91KSF K-6 elementary school in Chandler modeled after the city’s Riggs and Carlson elementary schools. This is an increasingly common trend in burgeoning communities, such as Chandler and Gilbert.

Chasse Building is seeing the same trends in Deer Valley and Scottsdale, says Chasse Building Team Project Manager Jeremy Keck.

Chasse’s Deer Valley Elementary School No. 30 is adapted from two previously built schools — Stetson Hills and Norterra Elementary. Site-adapts aren’t a novel concept, points out HDA Architects Principal Pete Barker.

“The original concept for this school configuration took place in the late ‘80s. That is literally how long we have been adapting and re-using this design,” he says.

Carlson elementary school: constructed using similar design prototypes. McCarthy Building Companies and Hda Architects are currently working on a similar site-adapt project in Chandler.

Carlson elementary school: constructed using similar design prototypes. McCarthy Building Companies and Hda Architects are currently working on a similar site-adapt project in Chandler.

Barker estimates that site-adapt designs save a developer about 1 to 2 percent in design costs as a percentage of the construction cost. Poulin adds that the real impact for efficient designs, for the school district, comes in maintenance and operation costs.

“Overall, districts employing the site adapt are seeing improvements on their operations and maintenance budgets and time costs are reduced,” says Poulin. “Permitting on a new design can be substantial, and cutting this to closer to three or four months saves the district (money and time). In addition, when the primary requirement by the district is to decide on minor changes to a design they are familiar with, there is less required on their end, allowing the owner more time to focus on education.”

Working with similar structures, he adds, means construction teams are able to work efficiently on more aggressive timelines. Some of the most common changes to the schools include using metal roofs instead of clay, air-cool chillers in central, on-site plants and concrete parking lots and interior flooring. Concrete floors can be wet mopped and don’t need to be waxed.

GOING OLD SCHOOL
Cities with rising populations are turning to renovations and introducing new systems that require lower operating costs. High-efficiency HVAC systems have become more affordable over time and many schools are investing in LED lighting.

“Many schools in use today are well past their life span and the technology with green building practices have accelerated this life cycle,” says Chasse’s Keck. Keck has seen a lot of construction going on in Scottsdale. As more rooftops rise, so does the need for schools. Case in point, homebuilder Taylor Morrison donated 15 acres to the Liberty Elementary School District so it could build a school near its newest housing development, Las Brisas in Goodyear, Ariz.

Some of these schools Keck is referring to start from scratch, built into a neighborhood, for instance. However, renovations are also popular. Lighting and HVAC retrofits, for instance. The complexity of retrofitting a school, Keck says, depends on the project. Some require a bit more creativity than others. He recalls a school Chasse Building worked on for the Catholic Dioceses that used a nearby natural well’s water to cool the school. Schools constructed in the 1950s, though, such as Mohave Middle School in Scottsdale, look so tired, Keck says, that at the end of the day demolishing the low-ceiling, single-pane window facilities is the best option.

Creative design elements include multi-purpose rooms. Keck says that gymnasiums and cafeterias tend to be a single space in new designs. He points out that many schools also use off-site locations for food preparation, while its kitchen is more of a warming and serving space.

“When students are in a nice environment and daylight and fresh air, (administrators) see better classroom performance,” says Keck. There is also an emphasis on bringing outside learning to a K-12 campus. Chasse’s Deer Valley Elementary School No. 30, which broke ground in August, has three interior courtyard spaces that can be used for instruction. The Greater Hearts Academy – Cicero Campus, completed in July, has an outdoor amphitheater in its courtyard.

CHARTERING NEW WATERS
The Noah Webster Schools Pima Campus, completed in August, and Paideia Academy of South Phoenix, completed about two years ago, are charter schools adapted from a Ken Harris Architecture design. Adolfson & Peterson worked with Fairfield Architects to modify the original design.

“The site-adapt approach saved time and costs associated with design while still allowing for the customization of finishes unique to the school,” says Michael Schroeder, Adolfson & Peterson’s marketing director. This was particularly important for the Noah Webster Schools, which is constructed on tribal land and needed to adhere to standards set by the Salt River Pima Indian Community. The 51KSF school was completed in seven months.

Many are moving into big box retail or industrial spaces. Typically, a charter school is smaller than most K-12 buildings. Traditional schools are also known for having playgrounds, basketball courts and recreational spaces as well as a bus system. When schools are built into a shopping center, the issue of drop-off and pick-up can be tricky, Keck warns. However, repurposing these spaces, despite being a new challenge dependent on location, may get easier with time. Chasse’s Great Hearts Academy is based on a prototype established by two new school sites this year.

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McCarthy named provider for Mohave Educational Services Cooperative

McCarthy Building Companies was recently named as an approved general contracting services provider to the Mohave Educational Services Cooperative Inc., which will benefit its more than 430 public agencies and nonprofit entity members across the state for up to the next five years.

“McCarthy’s JOC team is pleased to bring proven construction solutions to Mohave members’ construction projects,” said Parrish Rowland, McCarthy senior project manager. “Our JOC division utilizes a collaborative approach that allows us to effectively control costs and maintain project schedules, while addressing the inevitable challenges that are common to construction projects occurring within existing facilities.”

JOC projects typically fall within a budget range of $5,000 to $1.99 million. McCarthy’s JOC general contracting services include (but are not limited to), paving, painting, roofing, solar installations, HVAC upgrades, electrical work and general renovations, typically occurring at existing facilities. McCarthy’s JOC team provides clients the quality and expertise of a large national general contractor on smaller or emergency projects, often at an accelerated pace, while adhering to budget parameters.

Pinnacle Peak Patio

Beat the Heat at Scottsdale's Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

If you’re looking for entertainment that won’t result in heat exhaustion, you might want to head to Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Scottsdale.

Arizona’s largest western steakhouse is planning a free concert series, Cool Summer Nights,” that will kick off June 14, 2013.

LOWER-PATIO-1The higher elevation of Pinnacle Peak Patio provides temperatures at an average of 10 degrees cooler than southern parts of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. This makes the steakhouse’s patios a popular gathering place throughout the summer months coupled with a relaxed atmosphere and amazing views.

The series will continue with special events planned for July 12, August 16 and September 13. The series features Michelob Ultra, Bud, Bud Light for only $3 and a $12 dinner patio dinner special. Full menu dinners will be available inside the restaurant, as well as a kids’ menu.

Performers include Young Country on July 12, the James Parker Band on August 16, and Mike Easterday on September 13.

Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse is  is located at 10426 E. Jomax Road, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85262.

For more information, please visit http://www.pppatio.com/

banner health verrado - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

Medical: Banner Health Verrado

Banner Health Verrado

Developer: Banner Health
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Location: NWC of I-10 and Verrado Way, Buckeye
Size: 12,566 SF
The $4.5M freestanding outpatient clinic is the first project of a master plan for an acute care campus on the Greenfield site in Buckeye. Subcontractors include Midstate Mechanical, S&H Steel, Echo Canyon Electrical, Iron Tree Plumbing and Brothers Masonry. Expected completion is 3Q 2012.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

AZRE Newsmakers

Newsmakers: AZRE Magazine May-June 2012

Find out about Arizona’s newsmakers for May/June 2012

newsmakers - canada, oconnell, poulin» McCarthy Building Companies has appointed Scott Canada to the merit review committee for the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D funding opportunity solicitation in Phoenix. The initiative is an aggressive research and development plan led by the U.S. Department of Energy and aimed at developing solar technologies to meet a levelized cost of energy target of 6 cents/kWh without subsidy by 2020. McCarthy also promoted two associates to project directors. They are Lee O’Connell in Albuquerque and Steve Poulin in Tempe.

newsmakers - morrow» Voit Real Estate Services appointed Donald Morrow as managing director of the firm’s Phoenix operations. Morrow will oversee all aspects of Voit’s operations in the Phoenix market, including brokerage, asset and property management. Prior to joining Voit, Morrow served as a partner at Biltmore Holdings.

» Sundt Construction chairman and former CEO J. Doug Pruitt was named among the recipients of the prestigious 2012 Golden Beaver Award. Pruitt received the Management Award from The Beavers, a heavy civil engineering construction association. He retired as CEO of Sundt in September 2011, but remains involved with the company serving as chairman. Sundt also added Tom Auay-Fuay to serve as project manager in the Southwest. He will concentrate his efforts on preconstruction activities relating to mining and industrial construction projects.

» Commercial Properties Inc. (CPI) hired John B. Daley, who brings 30 years of commercial, retail, office and industrial real estate experience. Daley has coordinated some of the largest commercial real estate deals in Arizona. CPI also was selected by CoStar Group as recipient of a CoStar Power Broker Award. In addition, four brokers won individual awards as Top Industrial Leasing Brokers. They include Leroy Breinholt, Darin Edwards, Cal Johnson and Eric Jones.

» The Arizona Builders’ Alliance was honored by the Associated General Contractors of America as a 2011 Community Award recipient, one of 13 organizations recognized as the construction industry’s best charitable work. The ABA Community Board supported four projects in 2011.

newsmaker - byrd» Lincoln Property Company hired Tina Byrd as property manager in the Desert West Region office in Phoenix. Byrd is responsible for managing the newly renamed and remodeled Camelback Square.

» CBRE announced that Ike Isaacson has been named the new leader for its Tucson office and the Southern Arizona market. Isaacson has nearly 15 years of commercial real estate experience in the Tucson market, specializing in the leasing and sale of office, medical and R&D buildings.

» Erin Harper joined Alliance Project Advisors as senior project manager in Phoenix. Prior to joining Alliance Project Advisors, Harper worked with CBRE Global Corporate Services on site at American Express’ TRS Division since 1996. She has more than 20 years of project management experience.

newsmakers - gaylord, hawks, bladine» Jennings, Haug & Cunningham expanded its legal services with the addition of a prominent Arizona environmental law practice group. The three attorneys include senior partner Karen Gaylord, Ronnie Hawks and Janis Bladine. They have been representing clients in environmental law.

» Scottsdale-based MC Companies has announced the new joint venture with Phoenix-based Clark-Wayland Construction. This venture will focus mainly on development and construction of new multi-family projects in Phoenix and Tucson. The combined company has more than 75 years construction experience and has built more than 25,000 units in Arizona.

newspaper - plapp» Colliers International announced that senior associate Danny Plapp joined the office properties team of Charles Miscio, Greg McMillian and Niki Ward. Plapp will focus on procuring new tenants for property owners, while working with the specific needs of users. He joins Colliers from LevRose Commercial Real Estate in Scottsdale. Plapp has more than four years of commercial real estate experience, specializing in office properties.

» Carlyle Development Group announced a leasing and management team for the newly acquired Metrocenter in Phoenix. This team includes the addition of Brent Meszaros as general manager, real estate veteran Anita Blackford as senior VP of leasing, and locally based Phoenix Commercial Advisors as Metrocenter’s exclusive retail broker representative.

» Gensler added three new associates to its Phoenix staff. They include Jennifer Gozzi, interior designer; Lori Stenguist Johnson, project coordinator; and Stephanie Gomez, marketing manager.

AZRE Magazine May/June 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

Solar Panel - Guadalupe’s First Commercial Solar Project

Guadalupe’s First Commercial Solar Project And McCarthy Commits To Credentialing Program For LEED APs

There is some exciting new green news for Arizona this week.

First, McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has announced its commitment to the Green Building Certification Institute’s Credentialing Maintenance Program for the firm’s 400+ LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs). Credential maintenance is the continuing education completed by LEED Professionals  to be updated on the current information regarding green building practices. The new curriculum is different from the existing program and will focus on the improvements that can be made during design, construction and operations to improve the sustainability of the projects.

“McCarthy’s investment in continuing education underscores the company’s commitment to both its employees and its customers, “ said Beth Holst, Vice President of Credentialing for the Green Building Certification Institute.  “Credential maintenance keeps LEED AP’s at the forefront of the green building field.”

Through the McCarthy Green Curriculum, LEED APs will be required to complete 30 hours of training over the next two years to maintain the new building and design credential.

“Building green is here to stay,” said Chad Dorgan, vice president of quality and sustainability at McCarthy. “Over the next three years alone, we anticipate an 1,125% increase in LEED certified McCarthy projects. Supporting the GBCI Credential Maintenance Program is one important way to keep McCarthy builders at the forefront of this ever-changing industry.”

Secondly, Guadalupe’s first commercial solar project is underway. This project is near completion at Itom A’e, a low-income housing tax credit senior community, which is owned by the Englewood Group. The project will include 290 solar panels totaling 66,700 watts. The group feels so strongly about the power of PV, that they also have signed a contract with Perfect Power Solar to install a second phase system on Itom A’e for their newest senior housing community. The solar system they chose is a major component of the 50,000 square foot building encompassing a 1.47 acre site. Once all this work is done, the association expects to eliminate all of the buildings common area electric energy costs.

Dave Brady, Director of Sales for Perfect Power Solar stated, “It’s all about the kWh.  The systems for Itom A’e is designed to out perform other PV systems by as much as 25 percent.”

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