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| SHOTCRETE CORNER Marina Heights Project By Kevin Somerville The Marina Heights project in Tempe, AZ, is the regional headquarters of State Farm Insurance, who also serves as its anchor tenant. This is a mixed-use project with the lion’s share of office space being leased by one tenant, State Farm. The primary development stakeholders were Sunbelt Holdings, Ryan Companies, and Arizona State University (ASU). Ryan Companies is a national construction company founded in Minnesota and was also acting as the general contractor, in addition to their development interests. The project is located on the south bank of the Tempe Town Lake in the heart of Tempe, and directly adjacent to the football stadium for ASU. The project is situated between a busy city road, Rio Salado Boulevard, on one side; a new apartment development also nearing the construction phase on another; and an empty parcel on the third. The fourth side, not the least of which, was the A relevant article regarding the State Farm Development can be found at www.bizjournals.com (July 31, 2013), by Erin Roman. longest tangential stretch along the Marina Heights project and intersected the slope of the earthen levee for the Salt River and Tempe Town Lake. The levee is a multijurisdictional flood control structure and so governed by intergovernmental agreements between the City of Tempe and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. Because the development intersected the slope of the levee, all construction was subject to review and permitting by both government agencies. The project site was surrounded by appreciable volumes of university vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Groundwater, with a perched water table, was pres- Fig. 1: Aerial view of Buesing Corp.’s mass excavation, shoring, and shotcrete finish wall work in progress 56 Shotcrete | Spring 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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