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Digging Deeper to Assure Las Vegas’ Water Supply
New Lake Mead intake provides deeper draw-depths by building a 3-mile water pipeline.

Photo Courtesy of The Southern Nevada Water Authority

Contractors Learn to Prosper in ‘New Normal’ Economy
As talk of an economic recovery are tempered by current economic conditions, contracting firms in the Southwest prepare for steady growth

Image courtesy of Penta Building Group

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01/12/15 Five Trends to Watch in 2015

Research and insight from those working in the region reveal changing patterns for the construction industry in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico and the potential for a boom just around the corner
11/10/14 Award of Merit Health Care West Valley Hospital Patient Tower & Surgery Expansion

The Patient Tower and Surgery Expansion at West Valley Hospital is a 47,525-sq-ft, three-story patient tower expansion and a 15,513-sq-ft addition to the west face of the existing surgery department.
11/10/14 Award of Merit Interiors/Tenant Improvement: Moss Adams

This 18,880-sq-ft office space provides work areas for 130 employees in a floor plan designed to be open, collaborative and filled with natural illumination.
11/10/14 Award of Merit Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Presbyterian Rev. Hugh Cooper Admin Ctr

The 330,000-sq-ft Presbyterian Health Services headquarters incorporates strategies for work force productivity, recruitment and retention and long term operational efficiency for the health plan and clinical support staff.
11/10/14 Award of merit Renovation/Restoration: La Fonda on the Plaza - Guest Room Renovations

The two-story portion of La Fonda on the Plaza was originally built in 1922.
11/10/14 Award of Merit Small Project (Under $10 Million) Galveston Street Bridge

The $3.8-million Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge created a link for the city of Chandler’s bike system over the State Route 101 Loop.
11/10/14 Award of merit Sports/Entertainment: ASUSun Devil Fitness Complex

This five-story urban structure is located directly south of the existing 1950s-era Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA and the two buildings are connected at its first floor, a reflection of the partnership forged between the two organizations.
11/10/14 Award of Merit Water/Environment: Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility

The Tres Rios Water Treatment Plant improvements and upgrades, part of Pima County’s $720-million Regional Optimization Plan, expands the plant’s capacity to 50 million gallons per day.
11/10/14 Award of Merit, Green Project: Las Abuelitas

To contend with Arizona’s high teen pregnancy rates, this 12-unit housing community was designed for grandparents taking care of grandchildren.
11/10/14 Best Airport/Transit Project: PHX Sky Train Phase 1a

In order to accommodate an increasing number of passengers at Sky Harbor Airport, the city of Phoenix implemented the PHX Sky Train to transport travelers between numerous airport facilities,.
11/10/14 Best Cultural/Worship Project: First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque

The First Unitarian Sanctuary Addition is the first major building project the Albuquerque congregation has undertaken since the original sanctuary was built in 1963. The 8,900-sq-ft building includes a 350-seat sanctuary, new bathrooms and office space.
11/10/14 Best Government/Public Buildings Project: McKinley County Justice Complex

The McKinley County Justice Complex project included both new construction and renovation of the municipal court building. The facility features advanced security checkpoints, jury courtrooms, secure judge’s chambers and a high-security prisoner transport tunnel.
11/10/14 Best Green Project: North Scottsdale Park and Ride

The North Scottsdale Park and Ride is located on a 5.8-acre reclaimed site south of Scottsdale Airport and at the end of an active runway.
11/10/14 Best Healthcare & Excellence in Safety: Banner Estrella Medical Tower Addition

McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. constructed Banner Estrella Hospital’s 279,000-sq-ft medical tower addition on a fast-track schedule lasting just 19 months, the quickest turnaround for a health care facility to date by the contractor’s Southwest division.
11/10/14 Best Higher Education/Research project: McCord Hall at ASU

The W.P. Carey School of Business added a new 129,000 square foot, ground- up, home for the graduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs. While also a challenging construction project, the building features unique design features, such as distinct “wings” to frame surrounding buildings and help define an outdoor plaza.
11/10/14 Best Interiors/Tenant Improvements Project: Anthem Civic Building

When Anthem, a master-planned community north of the Phoenix metro area, was looking to establish a home for their community council, they quickly settled on the approach of converting an office building at the entrance to the community. Constructed in the 1990s, the 36,500 sq. ft. facility would become the Civic Building and host community council meetings, a fitness center, craft room, as well as a home for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
11/10/14 Best K-12 Project: Sandia High School - Phase I

Sandia High School Phase I is the first phase of a multiphase complete campus replacement. Phase I included demolition of the existing basketball courts and construction of a three-story, 61,512-sq-ft math/science building and a two-story, 18,505-sq-ft library.
11/10/14 Best Landscape/Urban Development Project: Melrose Gateway Monument

The Melrose Neighborhood in the city of Phoenix downtown urban core has a unique identity that features mid-century modern style retail spaces featuring furniture stores and antique shops running along Seventh Avenue just north of Indian School Road.
11/10/14 Best Manufacturing Project: Vadatech Corporate Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility

The Vadatech Corporate Headquarters & Manufacturing Facility is a research, development and manufacturing campus which designs and manufactures embedded computer technologies, primarily for the United States Department of Defense and NASA navigational systems.
11/10/14 Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Project: Downtown Container Park

This flashy redevelopment of half of a city block in the heart of downtown Las Vegas utilizes shipping containers for much of the structure.
11/10/14 Best Renovation/Restoration Project: Maricopa County Security Building Renovation

The Security Building, constructed in 1929, was designed in the Renaissance revival style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Phoenix Historic Property Register. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building in Arizona and a symbol of technology: the cupola projected a beam of light visible for 30 miles.
11/10/14 Best Residential/Hospitality Project: Roosevelt Point Apartments

This new 352,000-sq-ft, urban-design, mixed-use development in Phoenix is aimed at older students and young professionals.
11/10/14 Best Small Project (Under $10 Million): Farmer Studio II

This $4-million urban infill office project provides a two-story tenant space that interlocks with an existing structure.
11/10/14 Best Specialty Contracting Project: Horse Mesa Dam, Intake Repairs

After the intake structure at Unit 4 of Horse Mesa Dam suffered a catastrophic failure in summer 2012 when a flow control wall collapsed, owner Salt River Project began to make preparations to bring the facility—the largest source of hydroelectric power generation on the Salt River—back to life.
11/10/14 Best Sports/Entertainment Project: Las Vegas High Roller

The 550-ft-tall observation wheel is the largest ever built and is located at the heart of the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The High Roller anchors The LINQ retail area.
11/10/14 Best Water/Environment Project: Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility

In 2006, the state of Arizona issued a ruling that in order to prevent contamination of the Lower Santa Cruz River, Pima County would need to meet stringent nutrient discharge requirements by 2015. As a result, the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Dept. developed a $720-million Regional Optimization Plan.
11/10/14 Project of the Year, Best Energy/Industrial & Excellence in Safety Award of Merit

The 1,600-acre plant works by aligning heliostat mirrors to collect and focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through an approximately 540-ft-tall solar power tower.
11/10/14 Tech Powers The Southwest's Best

For nearly two decades, the ENR Southwest Best Projects competition has brought the most notable construction projects to the attention of the construction community-at-large, and while building has not fundamentally changed very much over that time, the tools definitely have been evolving.
09/15/14 Flexibility Spurs Fast-Track Health Care project

Construction team on the University of Arizona Cancer Center project relies upon design-build efficiencies to meet scheduling milestones
09/15/14 Instruction Integrated Into Construction School

Students at the Del E. Webb School of Construction will learn from the systems of the buildings they learn in thanks to a unique exposed approach.
09/15/14 Southwest Specialty Contractors Still Hoping for Steady Market Improvements

This year’s ENR Southwest specialty contractor ranking reveals a stable market rife with competition that is still awaiting the next boom
07/07/14 Clark County Fast-Tracks Crucial Flash Flood Fix

Las Vegas Paving performs a four-mile CMAR flood-control upgrade in the heart of the city to remove 1,700 structures from a high-risk flood zone
05/12/14 Empire Southwest Rebuild Facility Rests on Solid Caisson Foundation

Empire Southwest’s Mesa, Ariz., facility uses a caisson foundation to support heavy lifting requirements and allow for growth.
05/12/14 Southwest Design Firms Expect Steady Rebound to Continue

With residential construction forecast to continue its upward trend, the region will see growth spill over into water and infrastructure.
05/05/14 Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Renovates Office Building, Opens in Scottsdale

Phoenix Motor Company has opened the final half of its Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale facility, a $30-million adaptive-reuse project on 5.12 infill acres at Highland Avenue.
03/17/14 Strauss Rail Yard Built To Last, Grow In N.M. Desert

The First New Rail Yard In Nearly A Century Is Almost Complete: A 12-Mile Long Facility That Will Link Union Pacific’s East And West Operations
03/17/14 Top Starts 2013 List Reveals Stable Southwest Market

The power generation sector leads ENR Southwest's Top Starts list for 2013, followed by educational and residential projects.
03/13/14 Tucson’s Sun Link Wraps Construction, Eyes Service Debut

Utility and rail infrastructure for Tucson’s Sun Link is complete and light rail service will begin in July — the first such service since the Old Pueblo Trolley was suspended when Sun Link began construction in 2011.
01/20/14 SLS Las Vegas Takes Shape on the Strip

Venerable Las Vegas resort undergoes a complete restoration in order to add luxury flourishes and get its mojo back after years in the shadows.
11/11/13 Award of Merit Higher Education/Research, New Mexico Consortium

New Mexico Consortium, Los Alamos, N.M.
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: White Rock Visitor Center

Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: White Rock Visitor Center
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Government/Public Building: John M. Roll United States Courthouse

John M. Roll United States Courthousein Yuma, Ariz.
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Highway/Bridge: Sonoran Boulevard to Cave Creek Road

Sonoran Boulevard to Cave Creek Road, Phoenix
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Landscape/Urban Development: Landscape Evolution Observatory

Landscape Evolution Observatory, Tucson, Ariz.
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Ajo Train Depot

Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Ajo Train Depot, Ajo, Ariz.
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Safety: Barry Goldwater High School

Barry Goldwater High School, Glendale, Ariz.
11/11/13 Award of Merit, Small Projects: ASU West Verde Dining Pavilion

ASU West Verde Dining Pavilion, Glendale, Ariz.
11/11/13 Award of Merit: Stage Coach Apartments, Santa Fe, N.M.

Award of Merit, Green Project: Stage Coach Apartments
11/11/13 Best Airport Project: Rural Eureka Airport Runway Is a Visible Improvement

Eureka Airport, Eureka, Nev.
11/11/13 Best Government/Public Building: Historic Redo Brings 1891 Courthouse Back to Life

Best Project, Government/Public Buildings
11/11/13 Best K-12 Education Project: Interiors Brighten Rancho Solano Project

Rancho Solano Ventura Campus, Scottsdale, Ariz.
11/11/13 Best Project, Cultural/Worship: The Wetlands Park Nature Center

The Wetlands Park Nature Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
11/11/13 Best Project, Energy/Industrial: Pipeline Brings Natural Gas Availability to Nevada

North Elko Pipeline, Midas, Nev.
11/11/13 Best Project, Health Care: Project Team Maximizes Scope at N.M. Hospital

Best Project, Health Care: UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center
11/11/13 Best Project, Interiors/Tenant Improvements: Hospital improvement a triumph of organization

Yuma Regional Medical Center 3rd and 5th Floor Build-Out , Yuma, Ariz.
11/11/13 Best Project, Landscape/Urban Development: Suburban Park Harnesses Power Of Water

Dust Devil Park, Phoenix, Ariz.
11/11/13 Best Project, Manufacturing: Las Vegas Data Center Powered by Innovation

Cobalt Cheyenne Data Center, Las Vegas
11/11/13 Best Project, Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Office Building Project Relies On Thin Skin

Northern Arizona Real Estate Holdings Office Building, Flagstaff, Ariz.
11/11/13 Best Project, Renovation/Restoration: Historic post office morphs into student hub

ASU @ The Post Office, Phoenix, Ariz.
11/11/13 Best Project, Specialty Contracting: Conference Center Rehab Keys On Ceiling

Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
11/11/13 Best Project, Water/Environment: Pipeline Repair Ensures City’s Water Supply

Schultz Flooding Inner Basin Road & Pipeline Reconstruction, Flagstaff, Ariz.
11/11/13 Best Projects, Sports/Entertainment: Stadium Complex Scores A Mature Upgrade

West Side Community Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.
11/11/13 Best Small Project: Pedestrian Bridge Doubles as Artistic Lighting Canvas

Bear Canyon Arroyo/I-25 pedestrian/bicycle bridge, Albuquerque, N.M.
11/11/13 Excellence in Safety Best Project and Award of Merit, Energy/Industrial: Chino Valley Solar

Chino Valley Solar, Chino Valley, Ariz.
11/11/13 Nevada’s I-580 Is Showcase for Heavy Engineering Talent

Project of the Year fast-tracks Reno-Carson City commute
11/11/13 Southwest Best Projects Shine for Judges

The annual award competition is the only contest that arbitrates the best of the Southwest.
11/06/13 MGM, AEG Reveal Details Of Arena Planned For Las Vegas Strip

MGM Resorts International and AEG are jointly developing a $350-million, 20,000-seat indoor events venue between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts along the Las Vegas Strip.
09/16/13 Arizona City Builds Fast-Track Field of Dreams for Chicago Cubs

The project in Mesa, Ariz., is more expansive than a typical spring training facility, yet it is on track to be completed in less than 18 months.
07/15/13 Highway Builders Go Big At Arizona Interchange

The five-tiered traffic interchange under construction in the western Phoenix metro area also included the realignment of unique utilities
07/15/13 Not Just Big: Arizona’s Loop 303, I-10 Five Stack

The five-tiered traffic interchange under construction in the western Phoenix metro area also included the realignment of unique utilities
05/13/13 Las Vegas Observation Wheel Reaches Record Heights

Complex steel and machinery are being assembled on the Las Vegas Strip to create the 550-ft-tall High Roller observation wheel.
03/25/13 Big Projects Net Southwest $3.7 Billion in Work

The construction industry is optimistic that the large projects breaking ground signal a return to vigor in the southwest.
03/25/13 Marshalls Warehouse Debuts at Phoenix Industrial Park

The 1.5-million-sq-ft Marshalls Distribution Center reinvigorates the Phoenix industrial sector.
01/28/13 Historic Phoenix Federal Building Reborn as College Student Center

Arizona State University students funded a modern makeover for a 1930s post office in downtown Phoenix.
01/28/13 Zappos Injecting New Life Into Las Vegas Downtown

The former Las Vegas City Hall is undergoing a $44-million renovation to provide a modern home for the quirky Internet retailer.
11/13/12 Judges Dazzled by High-Impact Best Projects Entries

15th annual awards competition honors exceptional design and construction in the Southwest.
11/13/12 Best Green Project: Okland Construction Office Shows Off Contracting Skills

Okland demonstrates sustainability and workmanship in its own LEED-Platinum office building.
11/12/12 ASU ISTB IV Brings Together Scientists and Engineers to Enhance Space Research

This eight-story research building was designed to foster collaboration among students and staff.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Civil: Hawthorne Utilities System Rehabilitation

To replace the degraded utilities in a small Nevada town, the project team used the pipe-bursting method.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Green Project: PowerParasol Solar Canopy Shades ASU Parking Area

Producing 2 MW of power, this solar canopy design can be adapted for use in a variety of civic spaces.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Industrial: RioGlass Solar Manufacturing Plant

A dramatic and colorful entry greets visitors at this mirrored glass manufacturer’s U.S. headquarters.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Interiors: Fender Musical Instruments

This large tenant improvement space includes many rooms used for research and performance testing.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, K-12 Education: Madison Traditional Academy

The Phoenix academy’s roof, exterior skin and windows are designed to resemble a book that is being opened.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Public Building: Navajo Transportation Complex

Sustainability is integrated throughout this Navajo facility, helping it reach LEED-Gold certification.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Public Building: Tucson Forensic Laboratory

The two-story forensics facility revitalizes the blighted Miracle Mile area of Tucson.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Residential: Devine Legacy on Central

This 65-unit housing development exceeded its sustainability goals and is reaching for LEED Platinum.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Safety: APS Cotton Center Solar Station

Crews maintained a spotless safety record during the 9-month APS Cotton Center Solar Station project.
11/12/12 Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting: Mohave Generating Station

Hazardous materials and high temperatures were just some of the dangers at the Mojave Generating Station decommissioning
11/12/12 Best Civil Project: Val Vista Water Treatment Plant GAC Implementation

The plant needed an immediate upgrade to continue to meet increasingly stringent federal water quality standards.
11/12/12 Best Cultural Project: Modern Library Interprets Ancient Navajo Culture

The Dine’ College Library incorporates numerous design elements that relate to the Navajo culture.
11/12/12 Best Health Care: U of A Facility Treats Mental Health Patients With Dignity

This new facility aims to change the treatment of behavioral health issues with a dignified, interdisciplinary approach.
11/12/12 Best Industrial/Manufacturing: US Micro Corp.

An electronics recycler’s new headquarters is built with materials that include recycled content.
11/12/12 Best Interior: Remodel Gives Human Trafficking Victims Room to Dream

Designed and built entirely by volunteers, this project provides 10 custom-designed rooms for victims recovering from human trafficking.
11/12/12 Best K-12 Education: Del Norte High School

During construction of the new Del Norte High School, crews had to work around an active campus.
11/12/12 Best Public Building: Maricopa Court Tower Energizes Phoenix Urban Core

This 15-story court tower used 97% local subs and vendors, helping Phoenix recover from the recession.
11/12/12 Best Residential: Árbol de la Vida Residence Hall

Modeling this University of Arizona residence hall after a slot canyon created a comfortable and sustainable space for students.
11/12/12 Best Retail Project: Harmon Corner Retail Center

Located on an incredibly tight site, the three-story Harmon Corner retail project serves 80,000 visitors a day.
11/12/12 Best Small Project: Helen Drake Senior Center

The $4-million Helen Drake Senior Center incorporated many design solutions geared toward an elderly population.
11/12/12 Best Specialty Contracting: Molten Salt Test Loop Project

This one-of-a-kind facility to test molten-salt electricity generation challenged designers and contractors.
11/12/12 Best Sports/Entertainment Project: Grand Canyon University Arena

This $40.3-million arena provides a flexibls space for sporting events, major concerts or school events
11/12/12 Best Transportation Project & Best Safety: PHX Sky Train - Stage 1 Fixed Facilities

The first phase of the PHX Sky Train hailed for its safety performance and complexity.
11/12/12 Early Childhood Facility Provides Safe Place to Learn and Play

Part of a network of similar facilities across the U.S., Educare Arizona packs a lot of services into a small project.
11/12/12 Historic Santa Fe Renovation Serves School for the Deaf

Built in 1936, Dillon Hall was renovated to improve life safety and energy efficiency for the school’s deaf students.
11/12/12 Oil Drilling Represented in Design of Mack Energy Building

The headquarters for an energy-exploration company becomes part of the soaring eastern New Mexico landscape.
11/12/12 Pedestrian Bridge Echoes Undulating Shapes of Tempe Environment

This pedestrian bridge spans a man-made lake with four arches accented with fabric and blue lighting.
11/12/12 Phoenix HOV Lane Addition Completed 13 Months Early

The design-build team saved more than $15 million by streamlining the design and construction process.
11/12/12 Project of the Year: Net-Zero Office Building a Living Lab for DPR

The LEED-Platinum DPR Construction Phoenix office is the Southwest’s Project of the Year.
11/12/12 Roswell Theater Renovation Preserves New Mexico Military History

A $5.2-million theater renovation preserves original period features at this N.M. military academy.
11/12/12 Rust Medical Center Delivered Under Accelerated Schedule

This high-tech hospital serves a fast-growing suburb of Albuquerque.
11/12/12 Salvation Army Center Includes Dizzying Array of Functions

The South Mountain Kroc Corps center includes a church, gym and aquatics center within a new LEED-Gold building
11/12/12 Scottsdale Turns Rugged Desert into a Sustainable Oasis

The Troon North Park is expected to become the first park to reach the highest level of certification in the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
11/12/12 Sleek New Campus Hub Is Decked Out in Social Spaces

The new integrated education building at Gateway Community College provides students with a myriad of terraces and patios.
11/12/12 St. Jude Thaddeus Church Addition Abounds With Southwest Mission Aesthetic

To keep up with a rapidly growing parish, this Catholic church added a timeless, inspirational space
10/17/12 Tres Amigas to Link Power Grids, Bolster SW Renewable Development

The $2-billion project would link the major U.S. power grids for the first time, opening up new opportunities for renewable development.
10/10/12 Project Team Tops Off Roosevelt Point Apartments in Phoenix

The $52-million Roosevelt Point housing development topped off in downtown Phoenix.
09/27/12 UNM Delays New Hospital Approval to Hold Public Town Hall Meetings

UNM will hold a series of town hall meetings to gather public input on a proposed $146-million hospital in Albuquerque.
09/27/12 ASU Launches New Research Facility to Explore Science and Engineering

A robot rover cut the ribbon to open ASU's $110-million science and technology building.
09/11/12 Teamwork Wins at Two School Sports Facilities

Builders of new stadiums in New Mexico and Arizona alleviate neighbor concerns and solve site challenges.
08/28/12 ASU Breaks Ground on $25M Student Rec Center in Phoenix

ASU broke ground on a $25-million addition to the existing downtown Phoenix YMCA.
08/16/12 Banner Breaks Ground on $151M Estrella Patient Tower

Banner Health begins construction of a new $151-million patient tower at its Estrella, Ariz. campus.
08/02/12 Pima County Upgrades Water Facilities to Reduce Nitrogen Threat

Pima County uses innovative delivery methods and technologies to remove nitrogen from wastewater faciltiies
07/27/12 Archeological Discoveries Coexist With Construction at Pima County Project

During the optimization plan’s expansion of the Ina Road Wastewater Treatment Facility, Arizona archeological crews made one of their most extraordinary discoveries, dubbed Las Capas.
07/16/12 Contractors Weave PHX Sky Train Construction Through Active Airport

Crews building Sky Harbor’s new people mover must avoid delaying any of the airport’s 40-million annual passengers.
06/21/12 McCarran Prepped for $2.4B Terminal 3 Grand Opening

McCarran International Airport's $2.4-billion third terminal complex opens next week
05/24/12 At 75, Taliesin West Gets a Green Facelift

A new photovoltaic system was installed at Taliesin West, while construction continues on other energy efficiency upgrades.
05/14/12 Arizona Net-Zero School Teaches by Example

The Colonel Smith Middle School will act as a living lab for students to learn about energy conservation.
05/10/12 Groundbreaking Date Set for Chicago Cubs Spring Training Stadium

The Chicago Cubs spring training facility is set to break ground in Arizona on July 11.
04/10/12 Iconic Mid-Century Bank to Become Dining Hotspot in Phoenix

Mid-century modernist architect Beadle building is being converted to a hip dining spot in Phoenix
03/27/12 Tucson Juggles Traffic, Utilities and History to Flip Interchange Grade

An Arizona highway interchange reconfiguration contends with 15 separate utilities and archeological digs.
03/19/12 ENR Southwest’s Top Starts of 2011

The 25 largest project starts of 2011 in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico
03/19/12 Top 25 Starts Inject $10.4 Billion Into Southwest Economy

The biggest projects to break ground in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico during 2011
03/15/12 Massive Observation Wheel Breaks Ground on Vegas Strip

Concrete was poured for the foundation of a $210-million observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip
03/01/12 Pavilion Part of $150M Work at Barrow Institute

Unique challenges included use of a tunnel boring machine in busy hospital
02/14/12 Unique School Provides Green Surroundings for At-Risk Youth

A $9-million science-based preschool opened in Phoenix to give at-risk children a leg up in a green environment.
01/26/12 New Perch Being Readied for McCarran's Air Traffic Controllers

Construction of the new $99M air traffic control tower at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas hits its stride.
01/23/12 Salty Solution Generates Solar Power During Day and Night

While other solar powerplants sit idle during the night, the 110-MW Crescent Dunes project uses unique salt technology to keep power flowing.
12/14/11 Team Selected to Build $125M Patient Tower at Chandler Hospital

Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow will begin construction of a new patient tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center this month.
11/30/11 Record-Breaking Bridge Stars In Rugged Nevada Route

The Galena Creek crossing is at the center of a Nevada freeway job with much at stake: safety, sensitivity and morale
11/14/11 3D Modeling Critical for Maze of Pipes and Tanks at a Paint Factory Addition

This LEED-Gold project added two separate mezzanines to Dunn-Edwards’ existing building plus an addition for the bulk storage of raw materials.
11/14/11 Albuquerque School Provides Professional Atmosphere for Collaborative, High-Tech Learning

This LEED-Silver school-within-a-school espouses collaborative, project-based learning with an emphasis on technology within a modern workplace setting.
11/14/11 Batty Ideas Inspire New Community College Science and Arts Building

Mesa Community College’s new science and arts space is an environment that also provides a home for local bats and other desert creatures.
11/14/11 Best Projects 2011 Honors Best in Design & Construction of Southwest

Despite a lagging economy, the Southwest saw more entries in its Best Projects competition than any other region.
11/14/11 Bonneville Transit Center's Curved Lines, Sustainable Features Impress Judges

This landmark transit facility showcases sustainability while improving access to and from downtown Las Vegas and complements the redevelopment and revitalization of the area.
11/14/11 Chandler City Hall Embraces an Urban Vibe Despite Its Suburban Roots

Southwest Project of the Year Chandler City Hall impressed judges with a sustainable and highly engaging design.
11/14/11 City Scoop: Flagstaff, Ariz.

Flagstaff’s construction starts are expected to nearly double in 2011, according to McGraw-Hill data.
11/14/11 Clever, Sustainable Addition Reinvents Muscular Dystrophy Headquarters in Tucson

A two-story, 15,000-sq-ft addition to an office building redefined the existing building and added enough sustainable elements to achieve LEED Gold status.
11/14/11 Despite Limited Plans and Asbestos Discovery, Library Renovation Judged a Success

With limited plans available for the 50-year-old original building, this renovation at New Mexico Junior College was full of surprises.
11/14/11 Distinctive Sculptural Shape Evokes Cultural Elements at Isleta Tribal Complex

The multi-level Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Services Complex provides for a host of tribal services and features a distinctive sculptural shade structure.
11/14/11 Fast-Track Spring Training Baseball Complex Reflects Tribal Culture

Built under a tight timeline, this massive spring training complex provides clubhouses, fields and a stadium for two Major League Baseball teams and two Native American tribes.
11/14/11 High-End Finishes Adorn Refined Law Office Design in Downtown Phoenix

Located in downtown Phoenix, the three-floor build-out of the nearly 60,000-sq-ft Polsinelli Shughart Law Offices was completed in just 17 weeks.
11/14/11 Historic Building Renovation Helps Revitalize N.M. Community

Community First Bank renovated a neglected building and restored the historic character of the interior, including a tin ceiling and grand stairway.
11/14/11 Hospital Expansion Creates Inviting Setting for Mothers and Babies

This hospital expansion added 26 private patient rooms and added an easily identifiable hospital entrance and living room-like activity centers for families and teens.
11/14/11 Hotel Expansion Inspired by Art and Agriculture of Surrounding Indian Community

Doubling the amount of available rooms, this five-story hotel expansion was inspired by the desert agriculture and art of the Ak-Chin culture.
11/14/11 Key Santa Fe Roadway Completes 20-Year Transportation Plan

Despite being less than a mile long, this key roadway, bridge and utility project provides a new river crossing and alleviates traffic.
11/14/11 LEED-Platinum White Tank Library Harmonizes With Desert Environment

Arizona’s first LEED-Platinum public library emphasized water conservation, energy efficiency, passive solar design and returning the site to its native appearance.
11/14/11 Massive 4-Year Military Housing Development Creates New Neighborhood With Family Vibe

The redevelopment of housing at Nellis Air Force Base involved the construction of 1,180 new or remodeled houses and many amenities to create a sense of community for military families.
11/14/11 Massive Arizona Power Plant Built With Time, Money to Spare

This 512-MW, simple-cycle peaking power plant uses 12 natural gas turbine generators to supply electricity to 500,000 homes and can start up in 10 minutes at the push of a button.
11/14/11 Mini Auto Showroom Turns Heads With Stylish, Modern Design

This 2-story Mini dealership and showroom features a sleek modern interior that echoes the popular style of the car.
11/14/11 Natural Light Helps Performers at V. Sue Cleveland Orchestra Hall Shine Bright

The modern orchestra hall at the V. Sue Cleveland High School Fine Arts Center would be at home within any major city, so it’s even more impressive that it’s part of a public school campus.
11/14/11 New Loop 303 Freeway Over Virgin Land a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Opportunity

This $100 million, 5.35-mile highway over rolling terrain necessitated more than 2.1 million cu yd of excavation through a variety of soils and rock.
11/14/11 New MD Anderson Banner Cancer Center Becomes a Beacon of Hope for Patients in Arizona

Using a philosophy that empowers patients by demystifying cancer treatment, this new facility features an outpatient center and 76 patient beds on two floors.
11/14/11 New Museum Gives Model Railroaders a Unique Exhibit Space

This unique LEED-Gold building in Scottsdale, Ariz., houses model railroad layouts, meeting rooms and exhibit space.
11/14/11 New Storm Drain Outfall Successfully Woven Into Historic Arcadia Neighborhood

The Arcadia Drive Drainage Improvements provided an outfall for a future storm drain and improved flood control and safety for this Phoenix neighborhood.
11/14/11 New Streetscape Adds to Vibrant Revitalization of Downtown Chandler

This new streetscape along Arizona Avenue enhances downtown Chandler’s community feeling with ample public art, seating and shade trees.
11/14/11 New Tucson Children's Medical Center Emphasizes Holistic Family Healing

This family-centered facility actively involves the hospitalized child’s parents in all aspects of the child’s care, with 36 neonatal intensive care unit beds that include special “nesting rooms,” where parents can stay with their children long term and simulate their home environment.
11/14/11 Pedestrian Bridge Over Rio Grande River Links Hiking, Biking Trails

This 1,100-ft-long pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Rio Grande River fills in a major missing link connecting the city’s east and west sides.
11/14/11 Pre-Fab Metal Buildings Transformed Into Innovative Performing Arts Center at Rural Arizona High School

This innovative performing arts center in Buckeye, Ariz., utilizes a series of pre-fabricated metal buildings to create a state-of-the-art building that echoes the community’s agricultural roots.
11/14/11 Reno Diversion Project Ensures Water Supply and Provides Habitat

The Glendale Water Supply Improvement Project increased water supply to a Reno, Nev., treatment plant while improving fish habitat and recreational access.
11/14/11 Renovation Breathes New Life Into Historic Downtown Phoenix Building

Built in 1929 but neglected for decades, the Santa Fe Freight Depot was rejuvenated with added glazing and an open interior.
11/14/11 Savvy Solar Thermal System Completed at Two Fully Operational Jails

This project added 316 solar heat collectors to provide most of the hot water at two detention facilities in Phoenix.
11/14/11 Signature Student Center Looks to Future of CNM College Campus

The LEED-Silver resource center serves a student population of more than 27,000 with a library, classrooms, data center and central gathering spaces.
11/14/11 Soleri Bridge Honors Man's Relationship With Earth, Sun

Paolo Soleri’s first completed bridge design enhances downtown Scottsdale, Ariz., with a landmark plaza and a bridge that marks solar events and showcases artistic expression.
11/14/11 The PIT Renovation Reinvents a National Sports Icon While Retaining Its Magic

The University of New Mexico’s legendary arena was revamped and expanded, all while the men’s and women’s basketball seasons were played during construction.
11/14/11 Tucson Contractor Sundt Creates Its Own Sustainable, Zen Office Space

This 47,000-sq-ft, two-story office building offers Sundt’s 100 Tucson employees a holistic and sustainable space.
11/14/11 Urban Retail Oasis at CityScape Offers Visitors and Workers a Calm Respite

With two retail buildings totaling 120,000 sq ft surrounding an oasis-like plaza, CityScape’s retail block offers visitors and workers downtown a pleasant place to shop, eat or relax.
11/14/11 Windmill Combines A Library and Services Center in Las Vegas

This 140,390-sq-ft project includes a library, auditorium, offices and services shop.
10/17/11 Herrenknecht TBM Gets Ready To Drill Lake Mead

The TBM will carve out a 3-mile-long, 20-ft-dia reinforced tunnel under Lake Mead that draws water at 860 ft.
09/21/11 Caesars to Finish 23-Story Hotel Tower By Year's End

Caesars Palace will open a $375-million, 668-room hotel tower addition--on hold for more than two years--in early 2012.
09/19/11 Subcontractors Feel the Brunt of the Recession, But Optimism Persists

Specialty contractors, whether steel or electrical or masonry, struggled through another year of steep revenue declines in the Southwest. The top 80 firms saw the value of work 28% to $2.5 billion in 2010.
07/18/11 Critical Nevada Freeway Gets a $252.5M Tune-Up

A $246.5-million widening of south I-15 is taking place between Silverado Ranch Blvd. and Tropicana Ave. in Las Vegas to improve safety and reduce gridlock for tourists and residents.
07/18/11 Road to Sonoran Preserve Sparks Traffic Debate

A new, 7-mile stretch of road in north Phoenix is being built to protect a Sonoran Desert preserve, but a vocal group of nearby residents have complained about the selected route for the new roadway.
06/14/11 Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Takes Shape Over Tempe Town Lake

A 912-ft-long pedestrian bridge will connect the west-end shores of the 220-acre Tempe Town Lake near Tempe Center for the Arts upon completion in August.
06/01/11 Cubs Pick Firms To Build Training Venue in Arizona

Populous and Hunt Construction Group were selected to construct a new spring training and western headquarters facility for the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team in Mesa, Ariz.
05/16/11 Top Design Firms

The steady slide in revenue among the Southwest’s leading design firms continued for the fourth straight year in 2010, according to figures provided by the firms participating in this year’s survey. Design revenue from projects located in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico totaled $1.24 billion in 2010, down 5% from the previous year and 29% below the peak of $1.74 billion in 2006.
03/21/11 Southwest's Top Starts Total $2.9 Billion

Renewable energy and health care among most improved sectors.
03/22/11 Nevada Power Plant Expands Off the Grid

The Harry Allen Generating Station will quadruple its output to 628 MW after undergoing a $600-million, four-year construction phase.
03/22/11 Incentives Help Arizona Land Solar Fab Plant

The solar market continues to heat up in Arizona as Tempe-based First Solar announces a new $300-million fabrication plant in Mesa.
03/21/11 Wetlands Restoration Brings Desert to Life

Two new phases are under way to support 480 acres of wetlands that were restored last year in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix.
01/17/11 Will a Renovation Reverse Losses at the Tropicana?

Longtime Las Vegas Architect Joel Bergman recalls when the leaded glass ceiling debuted inside the Tropicana over 30 years ago. “Nothing like that had been done before inside a casino. It changed the texture of design in Las Vegas,” he says.
12/01/10 Best of 2010 Awards

The annual awards competition honors exceptional design and construction in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico in a variety of categories from green building to transportation.
10/01/10 Countdown to Takeoff

Along the El Camino Real, in a particularly arid region of New Mexico the conquistadors called Jornada Del Muerto (Journey of the Dead), the future of space travel is alive and nearly ready for launch.
10/01/10 Book Smart

Southwest Las Vegas Library & Service Center Takes Shape.
10/01/10 Cross-Training

NAU’s Health & Learning Center Combines Four Programs Under One Roof.
10/01/10 Water Workers

McCarthy Nears Completion of Deer Valley Water Treatment Plant Basins.
10/01/10 Waste Busters

North Las Vegas to Clean Up Its Own Wastewater.
10/01/10 Micro Medical

Reno’s Center for Molecular Medicine Studies Small, Thinks Big.
10/01/10 School of Thought

Massive New Las Cruces High Poses Challenges, Rewards Patience.
08/01/10 A Tale of Two Cities - Las Vegas, North Las Vegas Build Dueling City Halls

This extensive overview profiles 44 of the largest project starts of the past year throughout the Southwest.
08/01/10 Digging for Gold: Southern Nevada Tunnels Deep for Desert’s Most Precious Commodity – Water

Despite a recent stumbling block, work is progressing on the $447-million design-build contract to build a third raw water intake tunnel at Lake Mead—the Las Vegas Valley’s water lifeline.
06/01/10 Top Project Starts

This extensive overview profiles 44 of the largest project starts of the past year throughout the Southwest.
06/01/10 Phoenix Activity Report: Construction Slump Continues, Despite Several Large Projects
Large-scale projects such as CityScape and PHX Sky Train and an upswing in residential save an otherwise dismal market.
06/01/10 Cleared for Takeoff: Phoenix’s Sky Train Project Takes Flight

One of Phoenix’s most visible construction projects currently underway is the $1-billion PHX Sky Train at Sky Harbor.
06/01/10 Changing the Phoenix LandScape: CityScape Phase One Nears Completion, Phase Two Preconstruction Begins

With the 28-story tower done and almost fully leased, work continues on the two-story retail podium.
06/01/10 Another Growth Spurt: University of Phoenix Expands Hometown Presence with New Office Complex

Two cast-in-place office midrise towers and a massive parking structure are taking shape beside the Broadway Curve on I-10 in Tempe.
05/01/10 Native American Construction on the Rise: Unique Market Sector Poses Challenges, Benefits for Builders

The opportunities and challenges of this unique market, plus project profiles on Casino Del Sol and the Salt River Spring Training Facility.
05/01/10 Here Comes the Sun: Pascua Yaqui Tribe Starts Work on Sol Casinos Expansion

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Southern Arizona is expanding its Casino Del Sol in Tucson with a $98-million Sol Casinos Hotel and Convention Center.
05/01/10 Play Ball!: First U.S. Spring Training Facility Developed on Indian Land Underway

The first Major League Baseball spring training facility in the U.S. to be built on Indian land will be ready for business early next year.
05/01/10 Tohono O’odham Develops $500M Resort Amid Controversy

The Tohono O’odham Nation is moving forward on development of a new $500-million resort and casino in the West Valley of Phoenix despite opposition from several fronts.
05/01/10 Building in the Fast Lane: State Route 202 Expansion Poised for Early Completion

The State Route 202 expansion project in Phoenix and its suburbs is heading for early completion.
05/01/10 Green Line Gets the Green Light: RTC Extends Transit System from Las Vegas to Henderson

Work has started on the $41-million, 15-mi ACE Green Line, a new commuter transit line connecting Henderson, Nev., with downtown Las Vegas.
03/01/10 No Walk in the Parq: Complex Renovation Turns 1920’s Hospital into Boutique Hotel

Crews are busy revamping Albuquerque’s Memorial Hospital into the unique, 73-room Hotel Parc Central, which is located at the gateway to downtown.
03/01/10 Tempe Gets a Makeover: Library, Museum Revamped for the Modern Era

While modest in budget, the Tempe Library and Historical Museum renovations bring new life to old buildings.
03/01/10 Wiseguys Return to Las Vegas: New Mob Museum Takes over Historic Federal Courthouse

A $50-million museum in downtown Las Vegas will examine America’s cultural fascination with organized crime and it’s impact on the city.
03/01/10 A Banner Year for Hospitals: Arizona Health Care Construction Continues to Have a Pulse

Despite the recession, health care projects have been healthy in the Phoenix area.Two Banner Health hospitals were completed in the last two quarters of 2009: the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and Ironwood Medical Center in Pinal County.
03/01/10 Vegas on a Health Kick: VA Builds New Medical Complex in Southern Nevada

The U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs is betting big on Southern Nevada. The federal agency in charge of soldiers’ health is building its first new hospital in more than 20 years. The 1-million-sq-ft building is going up at 6900 N. Pecos Road in North Las Vegas.
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