Some news and informational tidbits from the architecture, construction and engineering communities in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico
The summer is really getting us heated up in the desert regions of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. But new developments and construction projects continue unabated, as does giving back to the community.
From Reno to Las Cruces and everywhere in between, we’ve gathered a bunch of new items into this edition of the ENR Southwest Roundup blog.
Ground Broken For Orbital Campus
Work has started on Orbital ATK’s 617,000-sq-ft campus in Chandler, Ariz., according to Willmeng Construction.
When completed in 2019 on a 47-acre site at the southeast corner of Price and Willis roads, the facility will serve as the Launch Vehicles Division Headquarters.
The Orbital site is located along what is considered to be one of Phoenix’s fastest-growing employment and innovation corridors at the intersection of Loop 101 and 202 freeways.
The multiple-building facility will feature office space and 261,000 sq ft of manufacturing space within the campus.
The Orbital project is being built at Park Place, a mixed-use development.
Vegas Entertainment Complex Opening Set For 2019
A new retail and entertainment complex being built in Las Vegas is set to open in late 2019, according to development firm Fisher Brothers.  
AREA15 will also feature art installations, music and corporate events, art installations, restaurants, bars and nightlife, spokesperson Krista Gilbertson says.
At 126,000 sq ft, AREA15 will be located off Interstate 15 and Desert Inn Road, and feature over 900 free parking spaces.
“The 21st century is all about change and progression, and AREA15 is at the forefront of exploring that change and defining a new retail model,” says Winston Fisher, a partner with Fisher Brothers.
Downtown Phoenix Hotel, Open Then Sold
The 11-story Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton was recently opened in downtown Phoenix, a Mortenson representative says and has also been sold to to Apple Hospitality REIT. The hotel will be managed by North Central Group, a hotel management company.
The 210-key, 123,900 sq-ft hotel also features a bar and lounge, business center, meeting space, fitness center and breakfast area. North Central Group will manage the hotel, which is located next to the to the Arizona State University Downtown Campus and within walking distance of the Phoenix Convention Center, Mortenson officials says.
Nate Gundrum, Mortenson vice president of real estate development, described the hotel as “an important part of the continued renaissance within the city’s urban core.”
Mesa Memory Care Facility Announced
Developers recently  unveiled plans for Azure Mesa, a 170-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Mesa.
Ryan Cos. and Cadence Senior Living are building the 183,000-sq-ft property that will feature 142 units, according to Ryan Cos.
Along with independent living or assisted living units, there will be another 28 devoted to memory care. Work is already underway, with a planned completion by next summer, Ryan Cos. says. Azure Mesa is located on an 8-acre site near restaurants, retail, recreation and medical services. Ryan A+E is designing the community, while Studio SIX5 is designing the interiors.

Section Of Nevada Freeway Opened
Nevada state transportation officials recently opened a 2.5-mile-long section of Interstate 11 between Henderson, Nevada and U.S. Highway 95 in Boulder City, a spokesperson says.
The $83 million, Interstate 11 Phase One project, first started in late 2015, says Tony Illia, of the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Illia added the project consists of building a full-diamond interchange at Railroad Pass with a loop ramp, plus a 600-ft-long, two-lane cast-in-place flyover bridge from southbound I-11 to eastbound U.S. Highway 93 toward Boulder City.
Other project components include a asphalt frontage road linking Henderson with the Railroad Pass interchange, Illia says.
Company Building Storage Facility In Gilbert, Ariz.
Hines is building a Class A self-storage facility in Gilbert, Ariz., with plans to build three to five more a year in growing suburbs, according to a spokesperson.
The first project, Val Vista Self Storage, is at the northwest corner of Val Vista Drive and Queen Creek Road, as part of a 20-acre,commercial mixed-use development, says Rachael Myer Curley of DRA Collective.
At 75,000 sq ft, the air-conditioned, secured facility will house about 510 units and offer individual access during non-business hours, Curley says, adding, that construction is expected to be finished early next year.
PENTA Raises $150K At Golf Tourney
The PENTA Building Group’s recent charity golf tournament raised $150,000 for three nonprofits in Southern Nevada, a spokesperson says.
The nonprofits benefiting are the Nevada Military Support Alliance, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Women's Development Center, Lindsey Yaskin added.  
The 14th Annual Charity Golf Classic was held earlier in May at Revere Golf Club, and involved 324 golfers and 29 PENTA employee volunteers.
Each nonprofit received $50,000, which will be applied to programs that support injured military veterans and families of fallen soldiers; children fighting cancer and their families; and affordable housing, economic and educational opportunities, Yaskin says.