When the University of Phoenix left its old campus in December 2011 in favor of a new one it built nearby from scratch, more than 200,000 square feet of commercial space near the Valley’s busiest freeway was back on the market.
The Muller Company needed Phoenix commercial renovation experts. They chose Hernandez Companies, a Phoenix-based company whose award-winning technicians have been serving the Phoenix area for more than 35 years.
The goal was to make the Sky Harbor Towers property – already attractive with towering ficus trees, shaded courtyards, tranquil pools and a cafe – have even more curb appeal for potential tenants.
“They created a very nice, classy marketing center so we can show [potential tenants] our standards,” says Tiffany Lauchlan, who manages Sky Harbor Towers for The Muller Company .
Hernandez crews created the new marketing center by carving up a small on-campus space that was previously leased to a navigation company’s call center.
Hernandez’s “building whisperers” also worked alongside other outside contractors on myriad improvements to the facade and underground infrastructure.
The building’s exterior greets guests with a modern-looking plate of stainless steel above the entry door. Hernandez crews re-applied a unique adhesive to keep the plates looking as smooth as the walk-up experience. They also painted several interior surfaces, replaced hundreds of feet of old cast-iron plumbing in the walls, and dredged and jetted the storm drains under the campus so that heavy rainstorms wouldn’t clog them and flood the parking lots.
These are just a few of the improvements Hernandez crews have performed at Sky Harbor Towers this winter. The buildings were built in 1987, 1989 and 1991, respectively, and vary in size from 71,000 square feet to 116,000 square feet, Lauchlan says. Hernandez crews performs on-going maintenance at the campus.
Soon, however, the company’s “to-do” list may include dust control. The Arizona Department of Transportation (link) is considering a plan to widen the freeway near the campus, which would require state officials to obtain part of the site for the billion-dollar project. If it comes to pass, Lauchlan says the number of daily motorists passing the site could jump from 616,000 to more than 1 million.
More traffic equals more eyeballs admiring the new-and-improved Sky Harbor Towers.