It’s not unusual for the Metro Phoenix area to have 20 acres of land under development at one time, but it is unusual for it to occur all in one spot. The Marina Heights project, in Tempe, Ariz., has gained considerable recognition for being the single-largest office development deal in Arizona history. Across these 20 acres will sit five buildings ranging in size from six to 17 stories with 38,000- to 42,000-square-foot floor plates.
Mike Davis, CEO and director of design at DAVIS architectural firm, says the project’s immensity has been impossible to ignore, especially following a construction slowdown of recent years. “It’s been a bit soft here for a long time with the six-year-plus Great Recession,” Davis says. “In a lot of ways it’s been hugely challenging and Phoenix has always had bit of a disproportionate construction industry vis-a-vis other major U.S. cities such as Chicago, San Francisco or Philadelphia. Those cities may enjoy 7 percent of their economies based on construction compared to Phoenix where it makes up 12 to 13 percent of the economy. So to have this project, where there will be thousands of construction workers on site, is a big deal.”
Creation of long-term value should be the goal for any construction project. This is certainly the case for Hayden Ferry Lakeside III, the last phase of a multi-year effort to expand the amount of Class A office space in Tempe, Ariz. Developed by Parkway Properties, the general contractor on the project is Ryan Companies.
Since its founding in 1938, Ryan Companies has grown into a leading national commercial real estate firm. The organization offers integrated design-build, development and real estate management services to customers.
Paces Lodging Corp. is overseeing the construction of an upscale, eco-friendly hotel that will be the first of its kind in Fargo, N.D. Travelers will find it easy to maintain a balanced lifestyle when away from home with the hotel’s numerous sustainability features and appealing amenities.
President Kevin Christianson founded the Fargo-based development company in the early 1990s with an initial focus on building hotels. Since then, Paces Lodging has transformed into a leading developer; offering in-house development services, architecture, construction and property management services that streamline the process for its clients. “Paces is a diversified real estate company with the potential to be involved in a project from land acquisition to platting and zoning, to design, construction and management,” Project Manager Zack Olson says. “We have built everything from self-storage facilities to office buildings, to retail center and apartments, to medical and long-term care facilities.”
As the energy market continues to grow and mining stays steadily strong, many support and service players are acquiring the skills necessary to serve the two sectors. Others are simply taking existing in-house capabilities and translating them into the energy and mining world, which is exactly what ClearSpan Fabric Structures has done.
Connecticut-based ClearSpan Fabric Structures has served clients across the country, manufacturing engineered building solutions using U.S.A.-made and triple-galvanized structural steel tubing for the buildings’ frames and long-lasting patented fabric covers. Its industrial buildings have been used by sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, marine and waste, and have served as everything from athletic facilities to equestrian riding centers.
Since its beginnings in 1978, Duro-Last has been focused on developing roofing systems that work. Founder John R. Burt took his experience from the world of fabricating pool liners to develop a new roofing membrane that could become a long-term solution and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance and added costs. As a result, the company was able to develop a proprietary membrane formula.
“We are a custom, single ply commercial roofing manufacturer that makes PVC roofing membranes,” General Counsel and Executive Vice President, and John’s grandson, Jason Tunney says. “We are vertically integrated. That means we control the quality. We buy the materials and ingredients. We make the membrane. We knit our own scrim. And we use only the highest quality products.”
Drummond Co. takes the lead on the development of every aspect of its master-planned communities, which are built in high-impact locations and offer residents exceptional lifestyles.
“Liberty Park is an exciting development,” Vice President Shawn Arterburn says. “We have an incredible school system and the quality of life, the focus on family, is higher and greater than anything I’ve experienced. It’s a great place to live, a relaxing environment and it’s worth a visit for those who make it to the South. We get a lot of relocation from Atlanta and our proximity to downtown Birmingham where there is a lot of culture and history is less than 14 miles.”
Although building an apartment development on top of an existing structure is not the typical development, the Al. Neyer team says it is well up to the task.
“An overbuild is not real common,” says Mike Doty, Al. Neyer project manager of design-build. “It is our first in this fashion but it was originally planned this way.”
Atlanta-based Winter Construction is a diversified, privately owned general contractor. The company has experience working with clients in the hospitality, retail, government, education, corporate, religious, healthcare, historic restoration, industrial and multifamily markets. One of Winter’s specialties is retail renovations. That ability is currently being brought to bear on the Asheville Outlets project in western North Carolina.
“Winter Construction has been in business since 1978, and we operate primarily in the Southeast,” Project Executive and Team Lead Frank Wartner says. “My role on this project is to be hands-on, overseeing everything from preconstruction to the work that takes place in the field.”