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Coordinated Plans Drives Strip Festival Grounds
MGM Resorts International and main partner Rock In Rio develop a permanently- adaptable, open-air festival grounds with a capacity for 80,000 By John Guzzon

Image courtesy of Martin-Harris Construction

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

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09/07/15 Plug-n-Play Approach Aids Hospital Expansion

Anticipating growth, Presbyterian Rust implements plan of linking new structural and mechanical systems into old ones
06/29/15 As Revenues Rise, Contractors Await Even Greater Gains

Many of the region’s largest contractors see improvement and expect population growth and other trends to further advance their prospects.
06/29/15 Light Rail Projects Build Utiility, Community Ties

Two new extensions to the starter llight-rail Line in metropolitan Phoenix required massive utility relocations and community involvement.
05/11/15 Northern Arizona Facility Radiates Sustainability

By taking advantage of environmental benefits, NAU's International Education hub exploits radiant heating to seek LEED Platinum certification
05/11/15 Southwest Design Firms Navigate A ‘New Environment’

Design firms adopt nimble approach to boost value and service to clients in order to remain competitive in a relatively flat marketplace.
03/16/15 Southwest Top Starts Surge Thanks to ‘Gigafactory’

Nevada-based projects secure the top four spots on the Southwest regional list.
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
07/07/14 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
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.
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