Construction Begins on University of Memphis Basketball Training Facility

Construction Begins on University of Memphis Basketball Training Facility

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Memphis, TN (July 19, 2016) – Nations Group is proud to announce that construction has started on the new University of Memphis basketball training facility. 

Acting as the University's representative, Nations Group is working with Linkous Construction of Memphis, TN as the contractor; Looney Ricks Kiss, also of Memphis, as the architect; and AECOM of Kansas City, MO, as the sports design architect. 

At approximately 59,000 square feet, the project includes basketball operations space, a Hall of Fame, a sports medicine area, academic spaces and a performance center. 

The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to be completed on September 1, 2017.

To see additional details, photos and a video rendering of the project, click here.

Nations Group Hired by Southern Utah University

Nations Group Hired by Southern Utah University

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Nations Group, a leading owner’s representation firm for collegiate, commercial and municipal facilities projects, has been hired by Southern Utah University to evaluate SUU’s planned stadium expansion and training facilities. 

“We’re excited about the potential of this project and the positive impact a facilities upgrade could have on the university athletics program,” said Chris Nations, president of Nations Group. “Eccles Coliseum hasn’t undergone a significant renovation since 1997. It’s time to look at what makes sense for Thunderbird Athletics and for SUU.”

As the owner’s representative, the Nations Group team has been working with SUU’s Athletics department and University CFO to examine project costs, provide viable financial solutions and options, and create project schedules and timelines. 


Nations Group Announces Promotion of Steven Bauer to Vice President, Construction Services

Nations Group Announces Promotion of Steven Bauer to Vice President, Construction Services

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Nations Group is proud to announce the promotion of Steven Bauer to vice president of construction services. 

Bauer, a graduate of Arizona State University and an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, is responsible for managing the construction process, from pre-construction to close-out, including working with the design team and general contractor on behalf of the project owner.

As vice president and a member of the executive team, he will continue to play an integral role in overseeing design teams and project schedules, establishing and maintaining construction and accounting processes and procedures, and managing the project budget. Bauer is currently supervising Nations Group projects in Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee and Utah.


Great Hearts Academies Plans New Phoenix Campus

Great Hearts Academies Plans New Phoenix Campus

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Nations Group is proud to once again be the owner's representative and project manager for Great Hearts Arizona on their recently-announced new Phoenix project. This will be the seventh campus that Nations Group has completed for Great Hearts, and the twelfth and thirteenth academies. Each campus is meticulously planned and constructed to provide the most enhanced learning environment in line with Great Hearts' goals and educational model.

AZ Business Magazine published the following regarding the new campus:

Great Hearts Academies plans to open a new campus in Phoenix that it will build at the northwest corner of 32nd Street and Hearn Road.

The campus will serve as a new home to two of the network’s growing academies, Archway North Phoenix and North Phoenix Prep, which opened in 2011 and currently reside in a space leased at a local church. The new campus will open in the 2017-2018 school year.

The new campus will accommodate students in grades K-12 on co-located campuses in the same property. It will include upgraded classrooms, science labs, student libraries, art studios, music and drama rooms and a full-size gymnasium, in addition to other amenities.

Great Hearts provides is a charter school providing a liberal arts curriculum incorporating advanced math and science, a focus on the arts and foreign language, and a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics.

“We are truly excited to be growing in North Phoenix and to be able to serve more students in the community at our new campus,” said Christine Jones, Interim CEO of Great Hearts. “Building a new facility gives us an amazing opportunity to design a campus that meets the precise needs of our students and our educational model, while also positioning us effectively for the future.”


Nations Group Feasibility Study for Sports Complex Presented to Mesa City Council

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Nations Group, an owner's representation and project management firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., recently completed a feasibility study for Visit Mesa regarding the possibility of a state-of-the-art sports complex with 24 multipurpose soccer fields, parking and an indoor field house in the Red Mountain area. Marc Garcia, president and CEO of Visit Mesa, presented the study to the Mesa City Council in early December. 

For more information, please visit the following links:

Soccer Complex Proposed; Visit Mesa Suggests Using Land Along 80th, Brown to Adobe - Richard H. Dyer, Mesa Independent (Dec. 21, 2015)

Massive Sports Complex Planned in Mesa - Shelley Ridenour, East Valley Tribune (Dec. 20, 2015)

Mesa Sports Complex: Big Idea, Big Price Tag - Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com (Dec. 15, 2015)