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Sierra Vista Hospital

New to Market: November, December 2013

|  Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Replacement Hospital

Developer: Regional Care Hospital Partners

General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction

Architect: Gould Turner Group Architects

Location: State Route 90 and Colonia De Salud, Sierra Vista

Size: 175,000 SF

JE Dunn was recently awarded the $55M Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Replacement Hospital project. The 175,000 SF, 100-bed full-service acute care medical center will be located on Sierra Vista’s existing 77-acre campus.The project is scheduled to start construction in December and will implement a 15-month fast track delivery process. The project broke ground in October 2013 and expects to finish in 1Q of 2015.


Turner Spectrum Ridge

Turner Spectrum Ridge

Turner Spectrum Ridge

Developer: Turner Real Estate Investments

General Contractor: Renaissance Companies

Architect: Butler Design Group

Location: Eight buildings on E. Lone Cactus Rd. & E. Salter Dr.

Size: 10,944 SF to 20,040 SF

Brokerage Firm: Voit Real Estate Services

On September 25, construction began on eight free-standing industrial buildings ranging in size from ±10,944 SF to ±20,040 SF. The development includes block-fenced private yards, a minimum of ±1,492 SF of office, clear height 20- and – 24-inch evaporative cooling, 800 to 1200 amps of  277/480v power and A-1 zoning. Buildings are expected to be completed between February and May 2014.


Alta Scottsdale

Alta Scottsdale

Alta Scottsdale

Developer: Wood Partners

General contractor: WP South Builders

Architect: Womack + Hampton

Location: Granite Reef and Indian School roads

Size: 190,000 SF

Brokerage Firm: Michael Lieb

Wood Partners broke ground on two four-story Italianate buildings that will house 140 one-bedroom units, 76 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom apartments with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank flooring and many locally sourced materials. Residents of this boutique community will have access to a club room and bar area for events and cooking demonstrations, a fitness center and a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pool area. Tempered-air corridors will ensure that residents’ front doors are not exposed to the elements. Guests will be greeted in a hospitality-style entrance lobby. Construction on the $38M project is expected to finish in 2Q 2015.


|  Manzanita Hall Remodel

Manzanita Hall

Manzanita Hall

Developer: American Campus Communities

OWNER: Arizona State University

General contractor: hardison/downey construction

Architect: Studio Ma with Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Location: University Drive and Veterans Way, Tempe

Size: 218,000 SF, 241 units, 816 student beds

This student dormitory project located on ASU’s main campus features a full gut and remodel of the historic 15-story Manzanita Hall, which was originally built in 1967. The project, which began in February 2012 and ended in October 2013, cost $50.3 million. The new dorm rooms units with two or three bedrooms with one bathroom, and four bedrooms with two bathrooms. Manzy Square, the student dining facility, was also remodeled on the first floor of the building. New social spaces include a fitness center, mail and computer rooms, student lounges and a business center. Exterior improvements include new landscaping and courtyards, and basketball and sand volleyball courts. Subcontractors include HACI, Danco, Wang Electric, AZ Fire Protection, Adobe Drywall, Adobe Paint, Ikon Steel, Sun Valley Concrete & Masonry, American Openings, Kovach, Heritage, Mikada, Fine Line and Dickens Quality Demolition.


|  SkySong III

SkySong III

SkySong III

Developer: The Plaza Companies

OWNER: SkySong Office III, LLC

General contractor: DPR Construction

Architect: Butler Design Group

Location: 1365 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Size: 145,000 SF office building and 1,000-space parking garage

The $18.9M SkySong Office III building is a new LEED Certified ground-up 145,000 SF core and shell four-story office building with interior lobby and restroom build-out, including site preparation and development of surface parking, new quadrant roads and a ground plus a four-story +1,000-space parking garage. Construction began in August and is expected to finish in July 2014. Subcontractors include Saguaro Steel and ProSteel, Coreslab, DP Electric, HACI, Irontree, Jones Concrete, Kovach, ALR, Stonecold, DPR Construction Self Perform Work and Otis.


|  Garmin International

Garmin International

Garmin International

Developer: Garmin International

General contractor: LGE Design Build

Architect: Cawley Architects

Location: Juniper Drive & Galveston Street, Chandler

Size: 67,000 SF

Garmin – Chandler is a new ground-up office building for Garmin International. This $10M project broke ground September 10 and is anticipated to finish in June 2014. The LEED Silver building features a parking ratio more than 6/1000, tilt concrete construction, a two-story atrium and outdoor amenities such as basketball and volleyball courts. This project will be designed, engineered and permitted in 120 days with construction scheduled for 240 days.


|  Heritage Marketplace

Heritage Marketplace

Heritage Marketplace

Developer: LGE Design Build

General contractor: LGE Design Build

Architect: Cawley Architects / AV3 Design

Location: Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue, Gilbert

Size: 31,000 SF

Brokerage firm: Brad Balbo and Matt Milinovich of Strategic

LGE Design Build has recently broken ground on Heritage Marketplace Phase I in the Historic District in Gilbert. Phase I consists of 31,000 SF split into two anchor restaurants and a two-story mixed use office/retail building. Total cost of Phase I is more than $7 million. Future phases will add an additional 30,000 SF to 40,000 SF of retail, restaurant and office space. Phase I pre-leases include Zinburger by Fox Restaurant Concepts and Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles. Completion is slated for 3Q of 2014.


|  Liberty Center at Rio Salado

Liberty Property at Rio Salado

Liberty Property at Rio Salado


Developer: Liberty Property Trust

General Contractor: Bid

Architect: RSP Architects

Location: Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

Size: 810,000 SF

Liberty Center at Rio Salado is a 76-acre, high-performance mixed-use, office complex development offering tenants options for office, flex and light industrial, while providing excellent corporate brand visibility from the Red Mountain Loop 202, Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway. The development will later include retail and hospitality. Currently in construction documents, Phase I is a 120,000 SF speculative office building with 80,000 SF on the first floor and 40,000 SF on the second. The building orientation includes views of Camelback Mountain and Papago Park to the north. The campus incorporates a bike path of nearby Tempe Town Beach Park and also features an outside amphitheater. Liberty Center appeals to businesses with its central location and high visibility, as well as to the general public with its Sonoran Desert themed landscape and access to the existing Tempe Town Beach Park walking and bike path. The project is designed to be LEED Certified.



Construction Set To Begin on 3rd SkySong Building

Construction is set to begin on the third office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, continuing the momentum on one of the most successful commercial development projects in Arizona over the past few years.

With the first two office buildings at SkySong almost fully leased, work will begin on SkySong III on August 19, with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for late September.   The 145,000 square foot building will be located along SkySong Boulevard, just southwest of the project’s iconic shade structure.

Arizona State University will lease 1 ½ floors of the four-story building, and current SkySong tenant WebFilings will be expanding their presence in the project by taking a full floor in SkySong III.   Plaza Companies will be taking office space on the first floor.  Combined, the three anchor tenants allow construction to begin with the building already 65 percent leased.

Like the first two buildings, SkySong III will be built to meet LEED Certification standards. The architectural design not only complements the rest of the project and the overall architectural quality of the Scottsdale area, it also includes significant consideration for sustainability. DPR is the General Contractor and Butler Design is the architect for SkySong III.

Plaza Companies continues to be the master developer of the project, in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and the City of Scottsdale. The financing for SkySong III is being provided by Alliance Bank of Arizona, and Holualoa Companies of Tucson has partnered with Plaza Companies for this project.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the start of construction is a significant milestone and an example of the positive impact created by SkySong.

“We are very pleased to continue to build the vision for SkySong as a technology and innovation hub,” Harper said. “SkySong has already had a tremendously positive impact on south Scottsdale and on Arizona’s economic development efforts as a whole. Despite the challenging economic conditions of the past few years, SkySong continued to thrive and attract economic growth.

“Now, with this new building and with the coming completion of the SkySong Apartments, the impact of SkySong on our community will become even more profound and positive.”

Don Couvillion, Vice President of Real Estate for the Arizona State University Foundation, said the growth of the SkySong project has made the vision ASU President Michael Crow had for the project back in the mid-2000s a reality.

“SkySong was built to create a unique location for companies with a focus on innovation and technology, and the project has succeeded in becoming a hub for forward-thinking entrepreneurship,” he said. “The impact that ASU SkySong has had, as part of the overall SkySong vision, on dozens of companies over the past few years has been particularly significant in creating new jobs and economic impact.”

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said that the impact of SkySong on southern Scottsdale has been critical in sparking new economic development in that part of the community.

“It’s just another sign of how that corridor is developing on all lines, with what’s promised, planned and underway,” he said. “SkySong has already made a significant impact in the Scottsdale and McDowell Road corridors in helping bring in new businesses and economic growth.”

The estimated construction cost of SkySong III is $32 million. The construction of SkySong III also includes a significant parking structure that will serve SkySong III and IV, as well as surface parking.

Additionally, pre-leasing continues on SkySong IV, which would be located next to SkySong III and face Scottsdale Road. SkySong IV is fully permitted and shovel-ready, and the SkySong team continues to work with prospective anchor tenants.

More than 1,000 employees and 50 companies are located on the SkySong property. Completion of SkySong III and IV and the apartments would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to more than 900,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.