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Help Create a Safe Haven for Neglected, Abused Animals

Help Create a Safe Haven for Neglected, Abused Animals

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) holds the lawful responsibility to investigate crimes against animals, to include neglect, abuse, unhealthy hoarding and other actions deemed to be criminal in nature.

For nearly 20 years, the Maricopa Animal Safe Haven Unit, MASH, has acted as a temporary facility designed to provide care, training and health services for animals seized during lawful actions. Unlike other animal shelters, the facility provides long-term care and rehabilitation for animals who have suffered from the most extreme cases of abuse and neglect.

The infrastructure, maintenance requirements and location no longer meet the demands of animal care.

Although it is MASH’s intention to transition these animals to caring, loving homes, the way they take custody of these animals impacts their authority to expedite adoption.  The animal population often consists of those who are considered “evidence” in ongoing legal proceedings, and they cannot be adopted until the court gives MCSO legal custody.  Therefore, some animals stay in their care for extended periods of time requiring additional training and lengthy housing

These animals need your help to build a state-of-the-art facility that offers the appropriate shelter, design, hygiene, apparatus, structure and social setting to accommodate up to 100 canine and 200 feline occupants.

As part of this new design and center, MCSO has incorporated a training center, which will provide educational opportunities for the inmate population on care, compassion and grooming of the animal population.

They have worked with a private third-party consulting firm that specializes in animal care and facilities.  This group has evaluated the programs, care demands, facility design and operation demand.  MCSO objectives are to build a holistic facility/program that is designed to endure and prosper, regardless of changes in leadership or unforeseen factors impacting public dollars.

There is so much good we can do for these animals and for our community.

Estimates have put the total expense of building a new facility at $10 million. No taxpayer funds will be used for construction. Donations are now being graciously accepted through a new non-profit organization called MCSO MASH to oversee the unique operational needs, future development and financial stewardship of the facility and program.

– Barry Chasse,  CHASSE Building Team

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Housing Department Awarded Tax Credits From ADOH

Pascua Yaqui tax credits

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Housing Department has been awarded tax credits for a $19.5 million project from the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to fund its newest housing project on the Tucson reservation.

The project will offer 50 units of mixed-income, single-family housing in two-, three- and four-bedroom home styles; a unique opportunity for the Tribe, as single-family homeownership development using tax credits is virtually unheard of. This is the largest tax credit the Tribe has ever been awarded by ADOH, and one of the largest housing projects ADOH has awarded on Tribal land.

– Keith Gregory, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

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Pascua Yaqui Tribe Breaks Ground on Assisted Living and Residential Treatment Homes

group homes

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe broke ground on three homes designed to provide residential treatment programs as well as assisted living services for tribal members. Both the men’s and women’s Path Homes will offer residential alcohol and drug treatment services. The assisted living home will be for individuals requiring 24/7 nursing care.

Each of the homes will have a 10-bed capacity and are expected to be completed by the end of the year. The architect on the project is VINT & Associates Architects Inc. and the contractor is BFL Construction Inc. The programs will be administered by the Tribe’s Health Services Division.

– Shanna Ioane Tautolo, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

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What is LEAN Construction?

LEAN construction

Getting construction projects done efficiently and expediently, without compromising on quality, is of critical importance to every member of a building team, from owners and developers to architects and contractors. As such, LEAN construction has been adopted by forward-thinking building leaders as a means to minimize costs and maximize value for all those involved.

The secret to LEAN success: explicit, respectful, open communication to every person involved with the project, encouraging ownership of tasks big and small. Weekly meetings, daily huddles onsite and/or other controls are then implemented across the project life cycle, from design to delivery, to ensure success.

– Vicente Terán, CHASSE Building Team

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Sonoran Pueblo Contracting Marks First Year in Business

Sonoran Pueblo Contracting

February 14 marks the one-year anniversary of Sonoran Pueblo Contracting. In its first year, the company – an enterprise of Pascua Yaqui Development Corporation based in Tucson – completed $8.5 million in projects across Southern Arizona, most notably the renovation or refurbishment of tribal member homes.

Sonoran Pueblo, with over 30 employees, both tribal and non-tribal, is adept at commercial, residential, transportation, federal, water, wastewater and environmental projects as well as project management services. The company is developing a trade apprenticeship with Pima Community College and a heavy equipment apprenticeship with Central Arizona College, expected to be in place by year’s end.

– Antonio Burrola, Sonoran Pueblo Contracting

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Dot Foods Expands Presence in Arizona

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Dot Foods, which currently employs 240 people in Arizona, has begun an expansion project on its 190,000-square-foot distribution center in Bullhead City, Arizona. The $12.5 million expansion, which currently includes refrigerated, frozen and dry storage and a garage to service the fleet, began in mid-January and should be complete by late summer or early fall.

It will add 70,000 square feet to the existing warehouse. Dot expects to hire 70 new warehouse employees and regional delivery drivers over the next three years, in part thanks to the expansion. Dot Foods Arizona was the 11th distribution center for the Illinois-headquartered company.

– Emily Waterman, Dot Foods

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Queen Creek breaks ground on new fire station

Queen Creek fire station

With a growing population of 52,000, an increase of nearly 2,300% since Queen Creek incorporated in 1989, strategic investments are key elements showing how Queen Creek continues to be an excellent place to live, play and learn.

Providing superior infrastructure, effective government, a secure future, quality lifestyle and a safe community continue to be priorities for Queen Creek. Last month, the town broke ground on its fifth fire station, a significant step toward ensuring continued public safety.

Scheduled to open in 2020, Fire Station 4 offers state-of-the-art features and is designed to accommodate additional crews as the town grows.

– Mayor Gail Barney, Town of Queen Creek

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Chasse Building Team’s headquarters a model for sustainable building

CHASSE Building Team’s (CHASSE) new 17,000-square-foot headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. was constructed by repurposing a dated 1970s office building, with consideration given to environmental responsibility, team-member comfort and LEAN operational practices at the forefront of the design.

The building features a high-efficiency mechanical system, daylight harvesting lighting, passive cooling techniques, building automation and an efficient building envelope resulting in a reduction of energy use by more than 40%.

During the building process, CHASSE was able to divert 85% of its construction waste from the landfill and has implemented many sustainable practices such as a “no bottled water” policy company wide.

– Barry Chasse, Chasse Building Team

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Civitas Senior Living bringing new community to Flagstaff

senior living home

Civitas Senior Living, a senior living operator, property management and consulting company based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced it will be building a new senior living community in Flagstaff, Ariz. with the help of Desert Land Group. The new community, which will be called The Bluffs of Flagstaff, is set to open in February 2021.

The 210,572-square-foot community will feature 120 independent living, 66 assisted living and 18 memory care apartments for a total of 204 residences. It will also highlight Flagstaff’s natural landscape and include an indoor pool, putting green, fitness gym, multiple dog parks and a pub and lounge.

– Cami Bachman, Civitas Senior Living

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Sundt and Kiewit complete Ina Road interchange

Ina Road Interchange

Sundt-Kiewit, a joint venture between Sundt Construction, Inc. and Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., has completed the Ina Road interchange in Marana, Arizona, near Tucson.

The companies broke ground on the project in 2017 to elevate the Ina Road interchange, widen both Interstate 10 and Ina Road and replace the Santa Cruz River bridge.

The standout feature of the improvements is a bridge that will allow traffic to flow over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to reduce delays and improve safety for daily drivers. Other improvements consist of street improvements including: channel constructions, drainage, retaining walls, lighting and utility relocation.

– Tom Herrmann, ADOT