Kitchell breaks ground on Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Arrowhead Campus

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Taking another step in its mission to increase services for West Valley communities, Phoenix Children’s Hospital broke ground Tuesday on a new campus in Glendale.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Arrowhead Campus will include a three-story, 180,000-square-foot freestanding hospital and a 45,000-square-foot clinic with services in more than 25 specialties when it opens in spring 2024.

The project is being built by Kitchell and was designed by HKS.

“We will offer inpatient services — this is a full-service children’s hospital — an emergency department, state-of-the-art imaging and … full surgical schedules and services,” Robert Meyer, Phoenix Children’s president and CEO, said during the groundbreaking ceremony.

The $135 million facility is being built at 67th Avenue and Union Hills Drive on the north end of the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and is expected to create nearly 500 jobs.

“This campus is going to make a real difference for families whose children need and deserve high-quality pediatric-specific health care,” Meyer said.

It’s the third West Valley project in the works for Phoenix Children’s, which is investing nearly $200 million for new facilities in the fast-growing region.

The Phoenix Children’s Sports Medicine Clinic is expected to open later this year near Avondale Boulevard and Van Buren Street in Avondale’s The BLVD development.

In June, the pediatric health care network broke ground on a freestanding emergency department and multi-specialty clinic in Avondale. The Southwest Campus, as it’s been named, is scheduled to open by the spring of 2023 on the site of Phoenix Children’s existing operations at Avondale Boulevard and McDowell Road.

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Valleywise Health Medical Center

Kitchell’s work continues at Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix.

Kitchell Contractors President Steve Whitworth was recently quoted in an ENR-Southwest article about the construction market, addressing how the pandemic impacted the company’s operations and what to expect for the rest of this year.

“Last year was about pivoting, changing, transforming: How many ways can we say ‘change?’” says Steve Whitworth, president of Kitchell Contractors. The employee-owned company ranked No. 9 in the Southwest. The changes required everyone to “communicate, communicate, communicate,” he says. “High-touch (without touching) and frequent interactions at all levels were the foundation of our success last year.”

The firm’s ongoing protocols include daily health checks, contact tracing and enhanced safety procedures with temperature checks, face coverings, staggered shifts and adjustable work schedules, he says.

During the worst of the pandemic, in October 2020, the Kitchell team delivered the 167,000-sq-ft We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, an approximately $115-million project (construction cost) at Fort McDowell outside Scottsdale, Ariz.

The University of Arizona Grand Challenges Research Building in Tucson, a seven-story, 115,000-sq-ft interdisciplinary research facility, will begin construction in July. And the $596-million Valleywise Health Medical Center, a 10-story, 673,000-sq-ft hospital, will replace the Maricopa Medical Center. That job is expected to finish in 2023.

“Frankly, we adapted better than I’ve experienced in my three-plus decades of being in this industry,” Whitworth says. “There were lessons learned from this experience that will stay with us long after the pandemic is over.”

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