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)

Hulman Center Expansion and Renovation Moving Forward

Hulman Center Expansion and Renovation Moving Forward

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Ball Gets Rolling on Hulman Center Renovations

by MyWabashValley.com

Talks concerning future renovations at the Hulman Center had been quiet the last several months. But now, those plans are heating up. You may recall the state allocated $37.5 million to be used for renovations.

That $37.5 million is the state's commitment in the project. But the state also wanted to see some action taken by the local to match that fund and to show its support for this project. And in the last week or so, the parties involved have come to the table and committed or intend to commit good faith dollars of their own.

Those parties include Indiana State University, the city of Terre Haute, Terre Haute Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Vigo County. In total, the four parties have combined to come up with $1.5 million up front.

For the full story, click here.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Moving Forward on Municipal Auditorium Project

University of Missouri-Kansas City Moving Forward on Municipal Auditorium Project

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Historic Municipal Auditorium is ripe for an upgrade. 

The arena, which opened in 1935, has long been part of the college basketball landscape, hosting more Final Fours than any other building in the country. When the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) became a Division I basketball program in 1987-88, the 'Roos started playing their home games at Municipal Auditorium – a relationship that lasted until 2010-11, when the 'Roos moved back onto the UMKC campus, effectively ending the legendary arena's decades-long association with Division I basketball.

But when the 'Roos moved to the Western Athletic Conference in 2013, they returned to Municipal Auditorium. That year, the arena underwent a modest renovation to improve seating, lighting and the sound system. However, extensive research showed that given the age of the arena and the importance it plays both with the UMKC basketball program and downtown Kansas City, more dramatic improvements were needed.

Nations Group, an owner's representation firm with a focus on collegiate athletic facilities and project financing and delivery, has been working with UMKC and the City of Kansas City to determine how to bring the arena the competitive edge it deserves and the fan experience it needs. As the consultant and project manager, Nations Group is overseeing the next steps for the arena, which are planned to include fan amenity and ADA upgrades, creating basketball operations and training facilities, new locker rooms, and general arena renovations including the concourse and entry, concessions, signage and way-finding.

The project, estimated at $55 million, will put Municipal Auditorium back at the forefront of Division I basketball facilities and reinforce the 'Roos commitment to being "Kansas City's team."