New Arizona Company Completing High-Profile Commercial Developments

Posted By Mike Padgett

Sept. 10, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Opus West executives Jamie Godwin and Craig Zupancic have formed a commercial real estate consulting firm with a subsidiary offering a variety of contractor services.

The consulting firm is The Richard Solomon Group, or RSG. Its services include process development, operational management, design and engineering management, and project and program management.

The company’s contractor subsidiary is RSG Builders LLC, a licensed design-build and general contracting division offering services for office, retail, industrial, multifamily and institutional properties.

One of RSG’s major projects to date ­is a 93,000-square-foot tenant improvement contract at Pima Center, at Via de Ventura and Loop 101 Freeway. The 209-acre mixed-use business park is immediately east of Scottsdale on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The original design-build contractor was unable to complete the First American Title Co. project. RSG reworked the contract with the owner and the lender and kept the project on schedule.

RSG Builders’ other projects include:

• Tempe Gateway, a 270,700-square-foot, $49.3 million mixed-use development at 222 S. Mill Ave. The development is next to the corporate headquarters of US Airways in downtown Tempe, Ariz. RSG worked with US Bank and the court-appointed receiver, CB Richard Ellis, to complete the eight-story office building with retail on the ground floor, a parking structure with 1,107 spaces, and improvements connecting the Tempe Gateway to an adjacent Valley Metro Light Rail stop at Mill Avenue and Third Street. Substantial completion is expected by the start of fourth quarter.

• Mill Crossing, a 170,000-square-foot, $12.5 million retail center at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Germann roads in Chandler. Retained by developer Southwest Gateway Inc., RSG is provide consulting services and project management for the completion of 43,000 square feet of shop space; tenant improvements for a Shoe Carnival and a Sears Appliance Store; and site work on 17 acres for an October grand opening by anchor JCPenney.

La Siena, 909 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix, and McDowell Village, 8300 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. RSG is converting select units in the independent living communities to meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications.

• Chandler Airport Center. RSG has entered into a design-build construction contract with the project’s owner for an expansion of the existing parking lot to accommodate approximately 100 additional vehicles. The contract includes the design, permitting and construction of the surface parking lot expansion at the recently constructed office development located on Northrop Boulevard, adjacent to the Loop 202/Santan Freeway in Chandler.

RSG’s offices are at 5055 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, in a new building developed by Irgens Development Partners in Milwaukee, Wis.

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Sep 10th, 2009

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