Salt River Judicial Center Almost Complete, Way of Life Facility on Schedule
By now, it’s hard not to notice the new Salt River Judicial Center under construction at the corner of Osborn and Longmore roads and the Way of Life Facility near Indian School Road and Center Street. Both are new additions to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Here are some construction updates on both projects.
Salt River Judicial Center
According to Daniel Angulo, senior construction manager, Building B, the single-level portion of the project in front of Osborn Road, was turned over to the Community on January 11, 2017. Building B consists of three separate suites that house the SRPMIC Defense Advocate, Legal Services and the Office of the Prosecutor. “Approximately 60 staff members were moved from the Chaparral Business Center at Pima Road and Chaparral back to the tribal government campus,” said Angulo.
The Defense Advocate staff moved into their new space on January 12, and Legal Services and the prosecutor’s office were relocated on January 19.
Building A, the multi-level portion of the project known as the courthouse, is still under construction. Current activities include taping and texturing walls, painting, courtroom millwork and other finish work. HVAC work also is still in progress.
“Building A is expected to be completed this coming spring,” said Angulo.
Way of Life Facility
The new Way of Life Facility is on schedule for a December 1 turnover to the Community. The Community held a steel-beam-signing and topping-out ceremony at the end of January.
“The next few months will be very busy for us, with 11 trades currently on site and over a hundred workers every day,” said John Branch, MayDall Construction’s senior project superintendent.
Branch reports the following construction updates:
- Masonry (CMU)/Stone Cold Masonry: Masonry in the building is done, with a minor lintel to be completed at the gym after the floor slab is completed.
- Natatorium/Shasta Commercial: The surge tank and balance tank are being installed, as well as the foundation for the water-slide tower inside the natatorium building. Deep piping will come next, then the pool excavation and rebar installation, with the concrete placement occurring in the next couple of months.
- Gymnasium/Seven Stars: Currently they are prepping to pour the floor slab, with the rock base being rolled in and the under-slab electrical in progress. The concrete has been placed on the second floor running track, and the handrail is complete. Roofing is in progress, with mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire sprinklers next. Dallas Professional Painting will begin in early February, with the trims immediately following.
- Multi-Purpose Area/Midstate Mechanical, Ryan Mechanical, Aero Automatic Sprinkler, Commercial Wallboard Systems: Currently the multi-use north area is under deck, with the MP&E trades installing the mechanical systems that operate the facility. The wall framing has begun, allowing the trades to install the associated conduit, piping and air handlers. Fire-protection piping is ongoing. The multi-use west area has just been erected, with the masonry and structural steel nearly complete. The locker rooms and commercial kitchen are located in this area, so the mechanical subs will be working in that area later in February and in March.
- Skate Park/Artisan Builders: Fine grading and setting the forms for the skate park ramps and other features are the current tasks. Concrete placement has begun on some of the benches and foundations. Completion is scheduled for late summer, with the park expected to open to the public in December, pending the certificate of completion.
“Overall, the project is very complicated, [but we have] great support from BCA (the project architect) and SRPMIC to answer our questions quickly, with great solutions,” said Branch. “Subcontractors on this job are a hand-selected group that is the best team I have ever had in my 39 years of building experience. The spirit of cooperation is what has brought this project to the place where it is today.”
If you have any questions about either project, call SRPMIC Engineering Construction Services at (480) 362-7900.Click here to view photo gallery.