February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but did you know that it is also Arizona’s 111th birthday? From vast deserts to pine forests and everything in between, our diverse landscapes are home to many busy suburban areas, businesses, and people, all of which have a rich history. To celebrate our beautiful state, we are sharing some of Arizona’s most iconic construction marvels.
Who needs to travel when you can see sights in your own backyard? In 1971, BYFAZ investor SUNDT moved 10,000 tons of facing blocks from the original London Bridge to the deserts of Arizona, creating the “London Bridge” in Lake Havasu City. While the bridge was initially constructed to encourage the development of local real estate, it is now utilized as the connecting piece to parks, campgrounds, and beaches located on an island in the Colorado River.
SUNDT has been an integral part of the University of Arizona’s construction. One of their most notable projects was the renovation of the very first building on campus (and the second-oldest occupied building in Arizona) – the Old Main building. After many years of wear and tear, SUNDT upgraded life safety & ADA systems, structural bracing, mechanical systems, roofing, as well as plumbing, lighting, and electrical systems as needed.
Phoenix Sky Harbor is a familiar destination for any frequent travelers in the southwest and several renovations have been completed by. DP Electric and other construction companies. Some of the most recent highlights include the PHX Rental Car Center, Sky Train, and adding much needed expansions to multiple airport terminals.
Originally built in 1958 for ASU football, many renovations have been made over the past 60+ years to this iconic stadium – one of which was a massive expansion to double the stadium’s capacity in 1976. This renovation allowed the Cardinals to make this stadium home, alongside ASU football a few years later. This renovation, and other recent improvements such as concession upgrades, added restrooms, 460,000 square feet of slab on grade, were made possible by SUNTEC Concrete and Hunt Construction Group. For the full history of the stadium, click here.
This project has some of highest importance when it comes to building the future of our communities. Lead by McCarthy, renovations increased the square footage of the school and gymnasium, creating a more modern feel from the original 1961 structure.
While these are just a few of our top picks from the area, there are so many others that have shaped our local Arizona communities. Our investors lead the way in building the future of Arizona and we are honored to share their stories with the community. We’re proud to be part of the state’s amazing past, present and future.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation‘s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.