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ASU President, Carter earn Veterans awards

Arizona State University President Michael Crow will receive the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s highest award for his support of veterans through his leadership, actions and advocacy.

The Copper Sword award will be presented on Feb. 13 during the 2013 Copper Sword and Copper Shield Award Gala at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe. This year’s Copper Shield award will be presented to ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Clinical Associate Professor and Arizona State Representative Heather Carter, R- Cave Creek and North Phoenix, who has acted to help the state’s veterans, military service members, their families and survivors.

“It’s important to honor veterans’ service to their country with programs and services such as those we’ve instilled at ASU. We work to ensure that our returning servicemen and women have access to services that ease the transition into the civilian and academic environment,” Crow said.

ASU serves veterans through venues such as the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that opened in 2011 to provide a single point of contact for ASU veterans and their dependents, bringing together academic and student support services to promote a smooth transition from the military and provide assistance for veterans’ benefits, deployments, information and referrals. It also serves as a place where veterans can gather to study and socialize.

In addition, ASU was named a “Military Friendly School for 2013” by GI jobs magazine, the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the honor. ASU was named one of the top 30 “Best for Vets: Colleges 2010” by Military Times Edge magazine and the university was chosen as one of the first eight institutions to be part of the Veterans Affairs pilot program, VetSuccess on Campus. Two Veterans Affairs staff, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a Vet Center outreach coordinator are assigned and located on ASU’s campus to assist veterans with services such as vocational testing, career counseling and readjustment counseling  to promote successful completion of educational and employment goals.

ASU was also chosen as a University Partner for the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. The Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program in 2008 that is dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for service members and their families by filling the financial gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Tillman Military Scholars program covers not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Carter will be recognized for initiatives such as introducing a bill in the Arizona legislature that provides for employment preference for veterans when calculating points for employment with the state, counties, cities and towns, as well as other political subdivisions in the state. She has worked on other veterans issues as well.

For more information on ASU’s programs and support services for veteran students, visit http://students.asu.edu/military. For information about the gala, go to www.avhof.org.

Construction Project News - July August 2012

Construction: Project News July/August 2012

BRYCON BUILDING ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY FOR HOPI TRIBE

Brycon Construction is the general contractor and Jarratt Architecture is the architect for the $3.5M, 12,000 SF Hopi Assisted Living Facility in the Upper Village of Moenkopi, southeast of Tuba City. The facility is a 16-bed, masonry and wood new ground up. Brycon, working with the Hopi Assisted Living Facility Task Team, was able to increase the expected fl oor plan area by 3,000 SF and include an on-demand/solar hot-water system. Estimated completion is 4Q 2012.

BRIGNALL GC FOR INDIAN CULTURAL CENTER; RENOVATING 2 ARTS BUILDINGS

Brignall Construction has been selected as general contractor and SmithGroupJJR will provide design services for the 44,000 SF Yavapai-Prescott Indian Cultural Center to be built on the Yavapai- Prescott Indian Reservation. The new cultural center will be located on a 3.5-acre site on the reservation. The building will contain spaces for a museum and cultural education center. Brignall also is renovating Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona buildings for the City of Phoenix. The opera project, 1636 N. Central Ave., will be completed in two phases. Phase I is the construction of an 8,700 SF rehearsal hall and 3,200 SF storage facility and all site work and improvements. Phase II will completely gut the existing 16,800 SF building to allow for new offices, fi tting rooms, coaching rooms, the costume department and storage. Motley Design Group is the architect. The other project, 2835 E. Washington St., is the renovation of a 52,800 SF warehouse to include a black box theater, three rehearsal studios, the administration department and storage warehouse. Architect is Durkin + Durkin Architects.

D.L. WITHERS, ORCUTT | WINSLOW TEAM UP FOR 2 NEW PHOENIX SCHOOLS

D.L. Withers is general contractor and Orcutt | Winslow is architect for the new M.C. Cash K-8 Elementary School. Th e 105,000 SF campus is being built adjacent to the existing M.C. Cash Elementary School, which will replace the old campus. Once the new campus is open, the old structures will be demolished to make way for new recreation and sports fi elds. Both firms also combined eff orts on the 80,000 SF Painted Rock Academy, Greenway Rd. and Black Canyon Freeway. Th e academy is the second school in the Reid Traditional Schools family. It will have the capacity to serve more than 700 K-8 students. Th e structure will include more than 30 classrooms, a library and a cafeteria. The school is scheduled to open Aug. 13.

DPR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS INCLUDE NEW OPERATING ROOMS AND CLEAN LAB

DPR Construction was awarded the $3.7M, 7,383 SF Phase 1 GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Lab at Caris Life Sciences in Phoenix. Th e fast-track TI project includes a 1,200 SF mezzanine. Lord Aeck Sarent | Van Boerum & Frank Associates is the architect; GF Group is the engineer. In addition, DPR is building two operating rooms — one hybrid and one CVOR — at University Medical Center in Tucson. Shepley Bulfinch and Richardson and Abbott are architects for the $6.5M, 22,600 SF project. Phoenix project subs: UMEC, Wilson Electric, Able Steel, KTI Tile, Ganado Painting and Star Roofing. Tucson project subs: J.B. Steel, RBG Construction, Sun Mechanical and Stark Electric.

REHABILITATION MEDICINE BUILDING RISING AT VA CAMPUS

A $9.5M, 36,000 SF Rehabilitation Medicine Building is currently under construction at the Veterans Affairs campus, 650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. General contractor for the building, developed by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, is RCDS Contractors Inc. The architect is Westlake Reed Leskosky. Th e 2-story building will off er a new rehabilitation area to house physical therapy, prosthetics and orthotics departments. Expected completion date of 2Q 2013.

ADOLFSON & PETERSON FAST-TRACKS 4 CHARTER SCHOOLS

Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Schoolhouse Development, LLC completed work on four charter schools in Metro Phoenix that open this upcoming school year – Paideia Academy of South Phoenix, The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies in Buckeye, and two American Leadership Academy campuses (Mesa and Queen Creek). The four campuses were fast-tracked and completed at the end of June. Details:

  • Paideia Academy: New 47,800 SF preschool, K-6 charter school and family services center to accommodate 850 students at 7777 S. 15th Terrace;
  • The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies: New 34,900 SF college-preparatory charter school with a 29,000 SF gymnasium;
  • American Leadership Academy Queen Creek Campus (K-6 and 7-12): New 31,350 SF K-6 and 38,500 SF 7-12 charter schools with a 29,000 SF gymnasium;
  • American Leadership Academy Mesa Campus (K-6): New 31,350 SF K-6 charter school.

MCCARTHY AWARDED CONTRACT FOR PHASE III OF CHANDLER WATER PROJECT

The Southwest Region of McCarthy Building Companies was awarded a contract for preconstruction and construction services for the Phase III Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project, 905 E. Queen Creek Rd., in Chandler. Th e project is a 7 MGD expansion that will allow the Airport Water Reclamation Facility to treat up to 22 MGD on a maximum month basis. In 4Q 2009, McCarthy completed construction of the Phase II Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion project. It expanded the facility’s liquid processing from 10 MGD to 15 MGD. Th e anticipated construction schedule of Phase III is June 2012 to June 2014.

SUMMIT BUILDERS NAMED GC FOR MARRIOTT PROPERTY IN TEMPE

Summit Builders is general contractor for the $28M, 173-room Residence Inn by Marriott to be built at 125 E. Fifth St. in Tempe. The developer is Finvarb Group and the architect is LawKingdom Architects of Kansas City, Mo. The hotel in Downtown Tempe will feature guest suites with fully-equipped kitchens. It will offer state-of-the-art amenities, including an outdoor rooftop pool and fire pit with panoramic views of downtown, 3,500 SF of meeting space and 5,700 SF of ground-level retail. Expected completion is 1Q 2014.

MERIT PARTNERS DEVELOPING 260,000 SF WAREHOUSE IN TOLLESON

Merit Partners of Scottsdale broke ground on a 260,000 SF build-to-suit industrial warehouse in Tolleson. Colliers International represented MiTek Industries Inc. in negotiating a 10-year lease agreement for the warehouse at 7890 W. Lincoln St. Nitti Graycor is general contractor and Ware Malcomb is the architect.

Construction: P&Z

CITY OF GOODYEAR

The City of Goodyear has been processing a 2012 revision to its Engineering Design Standards & Policy Manual and its Engineering Standard Details. A draft revision of these standards was completed in 2010 but was never taken through for City Council approval. The current 2012 version is an updated version of the 2010 draft.

The Engineering Department has posted the 2012 version in the City’s “draft documents” web page for the development community to view and to provide comments. In order to keep the process at a manageable size, the document has been broken into groups that will be up for review at different times throughout the year. Review time allotted for each group is 20 business days. Visit: ci.goodyear.az.us/index.aspx?NID=36

CITY OF TEMPE

In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Tempe gave notice of proposed adoptions of, or changes to, city taxes or fees. Th e City adopted its final property tax levy for fiscal year 2012-13 on June 28. Information can be found by contacting the City of Tempe Finance and Technology Department at (480) 350-8350.

CITY OF AVONDALE

Avondale’s new Alarm Ordinance took eff ect on May 1. Residents and businesses are required to register their burglar alarms online with Public Safety Corporation’s CryWolf at crywolf.us/avondaleaz. The new program is aimed at cutting down on false alarm activations in the City along with the amount of time police officers spend responding to false alarms. Under this program residents will not be fined for the first two false alarms that occur within the same year.

CITY OF MARICOPA

The City of Maricopa has joined more than 20,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally-backed flood insurance. Th is availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Property owners wishing to take advantage of this program should be aware that there is a 30-day waiting period before the flood insurance coverage goes into effect.

Lenders must require borrowers whose properties are in a designated flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

The P&Z column is compiled by Dave Coble and George Cannataro with Coe & Van Loo Consultants, cvlc.com.

AZRE Magazine July/August 2012

Veterans - Job Training

$255K Grant Provides Job Training For Veterans

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) has been awarded a $255,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to continue funding job training and support services for homeless and formerly incarcerated veterans in Arizona.

The grant is one of 90 totaling more than $20 million awarded through the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP).  AWEE is one of three Arizona nonprofit organizations receiving grants along with U.S. Vets Initiative of Phoenix ($250,000) and The Primavera Foundation, Inc. of Tucson ($200,000).

“Americans who have served their country should not find themselves without a home,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The grants will help these heroes find good jobs and take us one step closer to the goal of ending veteran homelessness altogether.”

HVRP grants provide occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance, including follow-up services. Grantees are expected to maximize available assistance and find good jobs for veterans by coordinating efforts and resources with the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services, as well as other national, state and local agencies in accordance with the VA’s five-year plan to end homelessness for veterans and their families.

“Assisting veterans to find and keep jobs, particularly those who may face significant barriers for employment, is among our most-important services,” said AWEE President and CEO Marie Sullivan.  “This grant will enable AWEE to expand our reach and our program outcomes for this historically underserved but vital population of women and men.”

More information on the Department of Labor’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans can be found at www.dol.gov/vets.  For additional information about AWEE, visit www.awee.org or follow AWEE on Facebook and Twitter.