Primus Line Install Wins Judge's Choice Award

Our Primus Line installation project at Thunderbird Road and the Loop 101 won the ACEC of Arizona 2018 Engineering Excellence Judge’s Choice Award, the highest honor. The awards gala was held on Saturday, October 6th at the Arizona Heritage Center. Congratulations to CVL Consultants (Design Engineer), City of Peoria (Owner) and the entire project team!

Visit the project page for more information, photos, and a video about this project.

Downtown Chandler Improvements Project Wins Arizona Forward Award

The Commonwealth Avenue and Dakota Street Extension project (GMP 4 of our Downtown Chandler Infrastructure Improvements CMAR project) has been honored with an Award of Distinction in the Sustainable Communities category from Arizona Forward’s 38th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards program. The Awards Gala was held on Saturday, October 6 at the Westin Kierland Resort. Members of the project team accepted the award, including Marsha Reed (City Manager, City of Chandler), Dan Haskins (CIP Project Manager, City of Chandler), Andy Goh (Transportation CIP Manager, City of Chandler), Kevin Hartke (Council Member, City of Chandler), Denise Dunlop (Landscape Architect, J2 Design), Dan Spitza (Vice President, Achen-Gardner Construction), Christie Hall (Project Manager, Achen-Gardner Construction), and Scott Colbath (Project Superintendent, Achen-Gardner Construction).

This project created an important new north/south connectivity (Dakota Street) into downtown, while providing a historically educational and aesthetically pleasing experience along the historic SRP open canal (Commonwealth Avenue).

The Dakota Street connection included bike lanes, wide shaded pedestrian walkways, and a speed table to slow traffic and provide access for San Marcos Resort visitors and event goers.  Promoting an urban live, work and play experience was a key tenet to the health, wellness and connectivity of Chandler’s downtown experience and growth.

Commonwealth Avenue was reconstructed/revitalized to specifically preserve the historic SRP open canal, providing a historically educational and aesthetically pleasing experience along the canal. This walkable east/west connection between upcoming residential developments and the City’s Historic Square expanded the west side of downtown, creating a “neighborhood” feel. The historic significance of the canal is captured in back-lit art panes set in an artistic paneled fence accompanied by educational plaques. The blue fence is constructed of several different textures and weaving panels to draw the connection to water. The exposed aggregate walkway contains several hues of blue glass that lend continuity to the water theme. A mosaic of Dr. A.J. Chandler ties the historic relevance of downtown to the founder of the City of Chandler.

The project delivered on environmental sustainability by removing the oleanders along the open SRP canal that had grown into the canal bank, and concrete lining the canal to alleviate water stagnation and create a more positive flow. Energy efficient LED lighting was incorporated throughout the project. Low-water use plant material was utilized. A small green space was added using artificial turf - the infrastructure of this courtyard was built to easily expand and incorporate a water feature, play area, visual technologies, additional shade, and seating. The existing historic palm trees that line Commonwealth Avenue and are a visual landmark to the San Marcos Resort were maintained.

Public and private partnerships were critical to this project. The team worked closely during planning, design, and construction with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), State Historic Preservation Office (SHIPO), Salt River Project (SRP), San Marcos Resort, and numerous downtown businesses and residents.

Arizona chapter APWA Statewide Conference Wrap-Up

Achen-Gardner Construction was a sponsor, exhibitor, and several of our employees attended the Arizona Chapter American Public Works Association (APWA) Statewide Conference on August 1-3, 2018, at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona.

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In addition to being a Premium Sponsor, Public Agency Sponsor, and Friday Prize Drawing Sponsor, we showcased recent projects and handed out lots of goodies and giveaways at our booth. We raffled off an Amazon Echo and drew the winner at the official prize drawing. Congratulations to Scott Leska with the Town of Marana for winning the prize.

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At the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 2, Achen-Gardner representatives accepted Project of the Year Awards for two of our projects: the Wastewater Conveyance JOC project for the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (winning in the category of Environment - More Than $75 Million) (see photo below) and the Edison Road Extension CMAR project for the City of Maricopa (winning in the category of Small Cities/Rural Communities - Transportation) (see photo right). Congratulations to all of our team members and partners on these projects.


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Primus Line Installation

In May 2018, Achen-Gardner Construction achieved another first in the field of pipeline rehabilitation in Arizona when our crews rehabilitated a 1,300 LF section of 16" PVC water line with Primus Line. Primus Line is an innovative pipeline rehabilitation product consisting of a multi-layered, high strength, and flexible material that is pulled into the host pipe and then terminated to connect with standard pipe flanges at each end. The material is both AWWA and NSF61 approved for potable waterline applications and is rated to operating pressures in excess of 450 PSI.

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The trenchless pipe replacement was completed for the City of Peoria as part of our Wet Utility Pipeline Projects JOC. The location of the project was at Thunderbird Road and the ADOT Loop 101 Freeway. Since ADOT would not allow an open cut water line replacement under the Loop 101 Freeway, trenchless construction was determined to be the best approach and Primus Line was selected to be the best product. This approach accommodated ADOT’s requirements, alleviated issues with installing pipe around heavy traffic on Thunderbird Road, and shortened the overall project duration.

This was the largest diameter and longest section of Primus Line ever installed in Arizona, and as the general contractor, Achen-Gardner Construction self-performed all of the work. Two access pits, each approximately 8' by 12', were the only excavations required and the total time to pull 1,300 LF of Primus Line through the host pipe was 16 minutes. Installation of the 1,300 LF liner took a total of two weeks - from digging the first access pit to final testing, paving, adjustments, and striping. Connections to the existing water line, pressure testing, and disinfection were performed in five days. A total of seven workers made up the crew that completed this work quickly, safely, and with the highest level of quality.

Achen-Gardner Construction continues to lead the Arizona industry in pipeline installation as well as innovations in trenchless replacement and rehabilitation options. We appreciate this unique opportunity and acknowledge the valuable contributions from our team members: City of Peoria (Owner), CVL Consultants (Design Engineer), and Construction Product Marketing (Material Supplier and Technical Assistance).

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2018 Build Arizona Award

We are proud to receive a Build Arizona Award from the Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors for our Edison Road Extension CMAR project. Members of the project team received the award at the annual dinner and awards ceremony held at the Phoenix Art Museum on April 27, 2018. The extension of Edison Road created a new four-lane arterial roadway alignment and streetscape between State Route 238 and Roosevelt Avenue with features that accommodate pre-development needs and the ability to serve future built-out access, drainage, and utility requirements. Visit the project page for more information and photos.

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Sky Kids fly day wrap up

For the seventh year in a row, Achen-Gardner sponsored and volunteered at the Sky Kids Fly Day Event For Special Kids held at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport. This year’s event took place on April 7, 2018. Sky Kids provides children with special needs an opportunity to fly in a general aviation aircraft with an expert pilot along with a parent or friend to experience the wonders and enjoyment of flight. Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s event possible!

For more information and photos click here!


Sky Kids Call For Volunteers


Achen-Gardner Construction is proud to be one of the Founding Sponsors of the Annual Sky Kids Fly Day for Special Kids to be held at the Goodyear Municipal Airport on April 7, 2018.

Sky Kids events give children with special needs an opportunity to fly in a general aviation aircraft with an expert pilot along with a parent or friend to experience the wonders and enjoyment of flight. It is also a fun day on the ground as well, with face painting, clowns, a BBQ lunch, aircraft displays, and much more.

Our 2017 events enabled more than 200 wonderful kids and their families to enjoy the experience of flying and we encourage each of you to consider participating this year. To date, the 11 Fly Day events have provided amazing experiences for more than 1,000 children and their families. By volunteering to help all or part of the day you will be rewarded by seeing very special kids and their families have a day they will never forget.

To register as a volunteer or for more information go to the Sky Kids website at: Click on the Volunteer tab at the left and fill out the registration form. The form takes only a few minutes to submit. Thank you and we hope to see you on April 7!

For more information or questions, please contact:
Ken Kawamoto (Achen-Gardner Pre-Construction and Client Services Manager)
Office: 480.403.9487 Cell: 602.397.7348

Achen-Gardner Among Chandler's Top 100 Companies


The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has recognized the top 100 distinguished stakeholder businesses in Chandler and Achen-Gardner Construction was ranked #82 on the list. The Chandler Chamber honored the top 100 companies on Thursday, October 26, 2017. This year's festivities were held in the Quantum Helicopters hangar in the Chandler Airpark with over 300 people in attendance.

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honors the top 100 distinguished stakeholder business in Chandler based on physical presence and number of paid full time equivalent employees. Terri Kimble, President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber said, "It is our privilege to honor our top 100 employers and thank them for investing in Chandler."

See the full list of Chandler 100 companies here.

Force Main Project Wins Award

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The Bell Road Force Main Improvements CMAR project won a 2017 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona (ACEC Arizona). Congratulations to our partners GHD (design engineer) and EPCOR Water (owner) for a job well done.

Visit the ACEC Arizona website for more award information.

Visit the Bell Road Force Main Improvements page for more project information and photos. 

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona Engineering Excellence Awards competition recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.

The 37th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004.