August 2012

The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council
In This Issue
Rosemont Decision May Be in December
Augusta Receives Rosemont Draft Air Permit from ADEQ
Glendale Officials: Luke Air Force Base Chosen As New Training Center for F-35 Fighter Jets
ASU, YMCA in Phoenix Partner on Building
Agua Caliente PV Plant in Yuma County, Arizona Reaches 200 MW Capacity Milestone
Phoenix Expedites Building Process
OLON Corporation Begins Construction on 460kW Solar Project in Gila Bend, Arizona
Arizona Gets 2 Solar Zones
Cubs Stadium Hailed as Community Victory for Mesa

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Ironworkers 75  

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Sheet Metal 359



Trustee: Tom Hardie

Cement Masons 394



Trustee: Dale Medley

Asbestos Workers 73 



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Elevator Constructors 140





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Rosemont decision may be in December
July 7, 2012
Tony Davis
Arizona Daily Star

 Rosemont Copper

Two weeks after saying it has no timetable for deciding on the Rosemont Mine, the Forest Service has one - December.


Coronado National Forest officials disclosed the new timetable this week, predicting a final environmental impact statement will be published in the same month.


"In the last two weeks, we got a boatload of information" sought from various sources, Coronado Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch said Thursday. That includes results of studies on water quality, water supplies, transportation and other issues, he said.


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Augusta Receives Rosemont Draft Air Permit from ADEQ

August 6, 2012



Augusta Resource Corporation ("Augusta" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality ("ADEQ") has asserted complete jurisdiction over Rosemont Copper's ("Rosemont") Air Quality Permit due to the confusion and uncertainty caused by the inappropriate denial of Rosemont's Air Quality Permit application by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality. Rosemont has thereby received the draft Air Quality Permit from the ADEQ.


Glendale officials: Luke Air Force Base chosen as new training center for F-35 fighter jets

August 1, 2012

The Washington Post  


The Department of Defense has chosen Luke Air Force Base in Glendale for the new pilot training center for the F-35 fighter jets, city officials announced Wednesday.


The 71-year-old base west of Phoenix was competing with bases in Tucson, New Mexico and Idaho for the F-35 mission.

Glendale officials said the Air Force will station 72 F-35s at Luke for the training of both U.S. and foreign pilots.


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ASU, YMCA in Phoenix partner on building

July 15, 2012

By Emily Gersema

The Arizona Republic

The Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA in Phoenix is about to become a construction site.


Arizona State University is paying an estimated $25 million to build a 64,283-square-foot building addition to the recreation center that was built in 1955 and last renovated in 2006.


ASU officials say the five-story project will increase classroom space for the campus and improve the YMCA's fitness amenities. The new building will be connected to the current building, at First Avenue and Van Buren Street in downtown Phoenix.


Agua Caliente PV plant in Yuma County, Arizona reaches 200 MW capacity milestone
July 16 , 2012

On July 16th, 2012 NRG Energy Inc. (Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.), MidAmerican Solar (Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.) and First Solar Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) announced that they have commissioned 200 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity at their Agua Caliente plant.


The companies describe Agua Caliente as the largest operational PV plant in the world, and the plant will have a capacity of 290 MW-AC when completed. Agua Caliente is located in Yuma County in the U.S. state of Arizona and comprised of First Solar thin-film cadmium telluride PV modules.

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Phoenix expedites building process

July 29, 2012

By Dustin Gardiner

The Arizona Republic


Phoenix is fast-tracking its process for building-plan reviews and inspections, eliminating red tape and making the city a magnet for new companies, supporters of the move say.


The changes have been widely praised by business leaders who say they give Phoenix a competitive edge in attracting employers looking to open their doors quickly and for less money. Few cities around the country have pursued similar outsourcing.


SOLON Corporation Begins Construction on 460kW Solar Project in Gila Bend, Arizona

July 9, 2012 



SOLON Corporation, one of

the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants and photovoltaic (PV) products in the U.S., today announced it has begun construction on a 460 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system for the Town of

Gila Bend's Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Facility in Arizona.


SOLON will engineer, design, construct, and commission the fixed-tilt system, expected to be completed later this year. As a full service system provider, SOLON will continue to operate and maintain the system on behalf of the Town once it is operational.


Arizona gets 2 solar zones
July 24, 2012
Ryan Randazzo
The Arizona Republic

The Interior Department released a final plan Tuesday for solar-power plants to be permitted and built quickly on 17 designated sites in the West, including two in Arizona.


So far, most solar-power plants are built or planned on private or state land. The plan is significant because the federal government controls vast holdings of rural land that are suitable for solar. The Bureau of Land Management controls 12.2 million acres in Arizona.


Cubs stadium hailed as community victory for Mesa
July 16, 2012
The Arizona Republic

That loud noise you heard over north Mesa last week was the sound of a city popping its buttons with pride.


Not that there weren't a few tears shed for Riverview Golf Course, which will never again host a weekend duffer or hear the cry of "fore!"


But the bright city of Mesa and Chicago Cubs logos painted on dead fairway grass betokened a new day, the birth of a spring-training and recreation complex including a stadium, ballfields that the public can use most of the year, and a renovated Riverview Park physically and visually tied to the baseball facilities.



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