Tucson Construction: Geico regional office, apartments, and a new STEM school

By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star
October 28th, 2018

Work is underway on a new regional office for one of Tucson’s largest employers. A $26.5 million building permit has been issued for a 200,000-square-foot office building to house Geico, which has been in Tucson since 2003 and employs more than 2,000 workers. Local developer, The Bourn Companies, is building the project on 20 acres at The Bridges, near 3 6th Street and Kino Parkway. The Bridges is comprised of the retail center, Tucson Marketplace and the University of Arizona Tech Parle Bourn further plans to develop more office space, multifamily units and a community park on an additional 95 acres there in the future. Geico will be the first corporate employer in the development and will consolidate its employees in the new office and add about 700 positions over the next few years. The new regional office is expected to be completed by mid-2019, at the earliest.

A word with Eric Davis of Retail West

Anne Wallace Allen | August 27, 2018

Commercial real estate developer Eric Davis grew up near Cleveland and studied construction technology and business at Ferris State University in Michigan. He spent six months working as an engineer in a power plant before moving in 1978 to Homart, a Chicago shopping center development company building regional malls around the western U.S.

Davis continued working in retail with a position with Price Development Company in Salt Lake City before moving to Cantlon Properties in Boise to build big-box shopping centers in Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Davis started his own company, Retail West, in 2000. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Davis spent some time talking to Idaho Business Review about retail real estate. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Two major expansions in the works for UA Tech Parks

June 8, 2018

The next few years will be big for the UA’s Tech Park, and big for Tucson’s southern reaches in general. Over a billion-dollars-worth of construction is planned for the Tech Park in two new locations: The Bridges and The Village.

“These are both long-term projects,” said incoming UA Tech Parks Board Chair Tom Warne. “It’ll cover quite a few large-scale buildings.” 

The Bridges constitutes 65 acres of land, two miles south of the University campus, at the convergence of Kino Parkway and Interstate 10. The site is planned as a technology hub, modeled off of innovative districts from other universities in the nation. The Bridges will have over 2,000,000 square feet of lab and office space.  Continue reading “Two major expansions in the works for UA Tech Parks”