Monthly Archives: September 2017

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, down 0.4 percent from a year ago and the lowest August rate on record, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Unemployment rates were also down in 35 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis today by Associated Builders […]

By Anne Ryman for The Arizona Republic The project to renovate ASU‘s Sun Devil Stadium is expected to cost an additional $38.9M, bringing the total price tag to more than $300M. Documents presented to the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the state universities, ask the board to approve the additional funds, bringing the total project cost to $307M […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange The mainstreaming of licensed cannabis operations as a force in Arizona real estate and development took another step forward this week with the announcement by Scottsdale-based Zoned Properties of a mixed-use, master planned cultivation facility in Chino Valley. The property has been leased to a licensed marijuana cultivation […]

Awards and Accolades 1. The City of Peoria was awarded the Traffic Engineering Council Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers for designing an innovative pilot program that archived intersection video footage to aid police investigations. 2. McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Division was recently designated a “STAR Site” for its construction work on the […]

Giving Back 1. Wilson Electric employees and their family members will be traveling to Houston and partnering with a local organization to help them with the cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Awards and Accolades 2. For the 10th year in a row, the Town of Oro Valley Procurement Division has received the Achievement […]

By Amy Crawford for Yuma Sun With the signing of a lease agreement at last week’s governing board meeting, Somerton High School took another step closer to reality. The purchase of 76.11 acres, which has been in escrow since July, was expected to go through Thursday, said Phil Townsend, YUHSD governing board president after the […]

By Melissa Fittro for Scottsdale Independent When students start school in August 2018, the Pima Elementary School community is hoping to have a new campus and a new school model. The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board met for a study session to discuss the outlook for the kindergarten through fifth grade school in southeast […]

Source: American Institute of Architects With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened level of demand for design services signaled in the latest Architecture Billings Index. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange A November start date is planned for construction of a 24-hour, 32-bed, 16KSF senior behavioral hospital in Surprise. The site is north of the NEC of North Parkwood Place and West Paradise Lane in an existing medical campus in the Stadium Village area. According to documents filed with […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange Tempe’s Development Review Commission will consider plans for a new 18-story Westin Hotel at 11 E. 7th St. at its Sept. 26th meeting. The project will feature between 260-290 rooms, 1,800SF of retail space, 1,400SF of restaurant and 12KSF of conference area. The total planned building area is […]