Downtown Building Rehabilitation for Higher Education Reuse - Project Number CP0070


Project Updates


This project has been awarded to D.L. Withers Construction.

 Project complete

Project Schedule

 Construction on this project began July 2012 and is estimated to be completed in August 2013.


Project Details

In January 2012, the City announced that Benedictine University would be coming to Mesa and would occupy the former Tri-City Community Center located at 225 E Main Street starting classes in the fall of 2013. The Economic Development department has negotiated a fifteen year lease agreement with Benedictine University.

In April 2012, Council approved both the selection of D.L. Withers Construction as the CMAR and the award of the interior demolition and abatement phase labeled GMP #1. The contractor has finished work associated with that phase and is prepared to begin the renovation phase.

The renovation package, GMP #2 includes improvements to the existing building to provide classrooms, offices, and student and community gathering spaces. The 34,374 square feet on the first floor will be built out and an additional 8,000 square feet on the second floor will be completed; a total of approximately 42,500 square feet of the existing 68,436.

Building improvements also include new mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure. Site improvements include a landscape plaza, signage, parking lot improvements, landscaping and water retention.

Project Funding

The recommended total award for GMP #2 package is $9,002,565 based on the CMAR proposal of $8,184,150 plus an additional $818,415 (10% contingency allowance for change orders). This project is funded by the Economic Investment Fund (included in the City's Enterprise Fund).