Major Projects Completed
May | OWRF Expansion
Chandler’s expanded Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility was completed in May, 2018. The project expanded the treatment capacity of the plant from 10 million gallons per day (mgd) to 15 mgd to meet increasing demands, while supporting the future growth potential in the Ocotillo and Price Road Corridor area.
The complex project required that the OWRF remain in operation while undergoing expansion. Hundreds of skilled workers spent 473,981 man-hours on the project without a single lost-time accident.
A unique joint venture involving two respected construction companies, Sundt Construction and McCarthy Building Companies, accomplished the work. Carollo Engineers and Wilson Engineers performed the design and MakPro Services, LLC, assisted the City with community outreach.
June | Fire Station No. 11
The City of Chandler held a dedication ceremony for Chandler’s new Fire Station No. 11 located on Gilbert Road, just south of Ocotillo Road on June 2, 2018.
The Department built the 10,500-square-foot station to address several existing and future service needs. The coverage area of the new location will improve response times along the southeastern edge of the City. Initially, the station will house one engine company with a crew of four; therefore, 12 people will staff the station’s three shifts. Other apparatus may be added to the station as the need arises.
The new station was built by Danson Construction, LLC, for approximately $3.4 million. The site is on land that was already owned by the City and adjacent to the brine evaporation ponds operated by the Public Works & Utilities Department.
July | San Tan Vista Water Treatment Plant Expansion
A $67 million Santan Vista Water Treatment Plant expansion project that doubled the capacity of a drinking water treatment plant serving the City of Chandler and Town of Gilbert was completed in July, 2018.
Each community paid half the cost of the plant’s original construction and recent expansion and each receives half the drinking water it produces. The construction increased the treatment capacity of the plant from 24 million gallons per day (mgd) to 48 million mgd. The project’s completion below the original program budget estimate of $82 million; a $15 million savings.
July | Family Advocacy Center
“We’re excited about this opportunity to provide this service to our citizens,” Chandler Police Lt. David Ramer said. “Other police departments like Gilbert could use it. Mesa has a facility, which we’ve used theirs for years. It’s an opportunity to provide better and quicker services for those that have been victims of crimes. This is something that is right here in Chandler. It reduces the trauma these folks go through.”
The Family Advocacy Center provides a place for the CPD’s Special Victims Unit to work directly with other agencies on investigations involving domestic violence-related offenses, as well as child and elderly abuse and other physical and sexual assaults. The Center has two waiting rooms with amenities to keep children entertained, several consultation rooms for victims to meet privately with Victims Services workers, detectives or county officials.
July| Public Safety Training Center
“This training center will allow us to host world-class training that will bring 21st-century training to the Valley,’’ Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said. “We have been elevated to a whole different level. Now everything is brought together to a central location. This is a game-changer.’’
The Chandler Public Safety Training Facility opened for use by the Chandler Police Department and Chandler Fire Department. This new build is a shared facility, allowing all Chandler Public Safety personnel to work and train together. In the first of two phases of construction, this facility increased the Department’s classroom space and added a 250-seat auditorium for large speaking events. Also included are a fitness area and a much needed “use of force” training room. This unique classroom allows us to enhance our defensive tactics training while minimizing injury to our personnel.
The facility cost $26.3 million, with $7.8 million in improvements slated for fire and $18.5 million for police.
September | Overstreet Garage
“This is Chandler’s first Downtown parking garage located on the west side of Arizona Avenue,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “These additional spaces will continue Chandler’s tradition of providing free parking.”
A 350-stall parking garage opened in early September in Downtown Chandler as part of the $25 million Overstreet development. The five story garage was constructed by LGE Design Build, developers of Overstreet, a 77,000 square-foot project that will include a Flix Brewhouse cinema, plus space for restaurants, retail and offices.
September | The Wave
“We are excited to bring this free shuttle service to our residents and visitors and believe it will encourage more people to use our parking garages, while enhancing their overall downtown experience,” said Kim Moyers, Chandler’s Downtown redevelopment manager.
The new shuttle service, the Wave, kicked off in early September and will pick people up from the new Overstreet garage and three others in the area and take them to destinations in and around the Downtown Square. It operates Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
The impetus behind the new service is a wave of new development that is eliminating more than 200 surface parking spaces on vacant property located south of the historic square. The five-acre parcel across from Chandler City Hall is slated for hotel, office and commercial buildings.
October | Meadowbrook Park and Homestead South Park
The dedication of two neighborhood parks, the 50th and 51st took place on October 13 bringing the total number of developed parks in the City to 67.
Homestead South Park is located in the square mile bordered by Chandler Boulevard, Pecos, McQueen and Cooper roads. The park was constructed through a development agreement with Fulton Homes and includes open turf areas, irrigation, walking paths, landscaping and a shaded playground that encourages kids to use their imagination while playing. In an effort to promote fitness, outdoor exercise equipment also was installed.
Meadowbrook Park is located in the square mile bordered by Queen Creek, Ocotillo, Gilbert and Val Vista Drive. The new park includes open turf areas, irrigation, lighted sand volleyball and basketball courts, obstacle/fitness equipment with shade structures (inspired by the television show American Ninja Warrior), court games, a picnic ramada, drinking fountain, bike rack, benches, picnic tables, barbeque grill, trash receptacles and lighted walkways.
December | Chandler Museum
“We are a dynamic community with a reputation as the high-tech hub of the Valley, but we also have an important history to remember and celebrate,” said Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago. “For this project, it was important that the modern and the historic work together to create a cultural destination that will serve as the starting place for exploring Chandler, not the end point.”
The City of Chandler held a dedication ceremony and officially opened the long-awaited Chandler Museum on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Chandler broke ground on the new museum in October 2017. The 10,000-square-foot building and 10,000-square-foot exterior courtyard and garden were designed by architects of the Weddle Gilmore Black Rock Studio and built by Danson Construction. The museum project cost approximately $4.3 million and was funded primarily through bonds approved by voters in 2004 and 2007.