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.

Wanted: Tucson Workers

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Achen-Gardner Construction is looking for a Mainline Pipe Layer and a CDL Driver/Operator to work in the Tucson area. Achen-Gardner Construction is looking for a Mainline Pipe Layer and a CDL Driver/Operator to work in the Tucson area. Achen-Gardner Construction is looking for a Mainline Pipe Layer and a CDL Driver/Operator to work in the Tucson area.

Apply in person at 2425 West Wave Hill Court, Tucson, AZ 85705 between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm. You may call 520-887-3011 for more information, fax resumes to 480-403-9425 or email

Mainline Lead Pipe Layer Position: All applicants must have at least 5 years of experience laying large diameter pipe; water/sewer and storm drain.
CDL Driver/Operator Position: All applicants must have at least 5 years of experience working with heavy equipment and underground utilities; backhoe/track hoe and a CDL in good standing.

We offer competitive wages, medical/dental insurance, vacation time, and 401(k) with matching contributions. Achen-Gardner Construction provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Women, Minorities, and Veterans are encouraged to apply. All applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing. Employment eligibility verified through E-Verify.

APWA Project of the Year Awards

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The American Public Works Association (APWA)'s Arizona Chapter and Southern Arizona Branch have announced their Project of the Year Award winners. We are honored and proud to win two awards for two different projects in two different categories.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements - Broadway Road from Mill Avenue to Rural Road project for the City of Tempe has won an Arizona Chapter APWA Project of the Year Award in the Transportation (Less than $5M) category. We will accept the award at the Arizona Chapter APWA Conference on August 3, 2017, at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, AZ.

The Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) project for the Pima County Department of Transportation has won an APWA Southern Arizona Branch Project of the Year Award of Merit in the Transportation ($5M to $25M) category. We will accept the award at the APWA Southern Arizona Branch Award Banquet on March 30, 2017, at the Tucson Electric Power Downtown Headquarters in Tucson, AZ.

Both project award submittals have been sent to National APWA for national project of the year award consideration.

Valencia Road Project Wins Partnering Excellence Award

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We are excited to announce that our partnership with Pima County Department of Transportation on the Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) project has been awarded a 2016 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award in the Roadway Construction $5M to $25M category. The award will be presented to the project team during a session of the 66th Annual Roads and Streets Conference on April 14, 2017, at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

The Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Awards competition is designed to recognize partnership teams that demonstrate a high degree of achievement through their practice of the Partnering principles and application of the Partnering processes related to the transportation industry. Partnering is defined as “a formal process of collaborative teamwork to achieve measurable results through agreements and productive working relationships.” Tangible deliverables of a formal Partnering process may include a communications and roles matrix, a charter (mission, goals and guidelines), an issue resolution process and agreements, action plans, evaluation methods, meeting follow-up and reporting.

Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) was Achen-Gardner's first project with Pima County Department of Transportation and this is our first Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence Award. We look forward to more partnering opportunities with Pima County Department of Transportation and other agencies across the Southwest.

Visit the Valencia Road (Mark Road to Wade Road) project page on our website to see more project information and photos.

Register Now for the Mike Kolling Golf Tournament


Our annual memorial golf tournament/fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Achen-Gardner presents the Tenth Annual Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, April 21, 2017 at San Marcos Golf Resort and invites you once again to join us. The tournament has served to financially support local engineering and construction students at the three major universities here in Arizona – Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

To date, the Tournament has funded more than $192,000 in scholarships at the three universities.

Mike was a tremendous supporter of our industry, and we’re very honored to have the opportunity to give back to the educational community in his memory. We also feel it is important to continue the tournament and support of student scholarships to the extent that we all can. We keep our tournament sponsorship fees as low as possible to encourage your ongoing support in keeping the scholarships funded.

San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ will be hosting our tournament this year. Don’t forget to register early to hold your foursome! You can easily fill-in the attached form on your computer and email it back to Karen Bilby at and follow up with a check in the mail. Please provide your email contact information so we can easily follow up with confirmations.

We look forward to seeing you there!