SkyBridge Arizona breaks ground on first two buildings at Gateway Airport

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SkyBridge Arizona and general contractor Graycor Construction Co. recently joined with local dignitaries, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, business leaders and project leasing firm CBRE to break ground on the first two buildings at SkyBridge Arizona.

The masterplanned development will serve as a joint U.S. and Mexico inland port and customs processing hub. SkyBridge has selected Graycor for the design-build of the first two building, according to a release.

Located on 360 acres southwest of the runway at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, SkyBridge will use Unified Cargo Processing to complete on-site cargo inspection and processing so that shipments between the U.S. and Mexico can be expedited directly to their destinations in Mexico.

“The Phoenix market has welcomed SkyBridge with great excitement and we are equally excited to begin realizing our vision,” Ariel Picker, president of SkyBridge Arizona, said in the release. “We have every confidence in Graycor to deliver the first buildings at SkyBridge on time, with great quality and with an execution that underscores their experience building within highly active live environments like Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.”

“SkyBridge Arizona is a gamechanger for e-commerce between U.S. and Mexico, our largest trade partner,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said in the release. “Congratulations to Graycor Construction for being selected to build the first two facilities at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. These buildings kick off new development at the country’s first joint customs inland port right here in Mesa.”

Graycor will begin construction at SkyBridge with a fully speculative flex industrial building and a new hangar facility. The flex industrial building will total 60,000 square feet suitable for light industrial and warehouse use by one or two occupants. It will feature 24-foot clear height, up to four docks and storefront entries with administrative offices, conference space and break areas, the release states.

The aviation hangar will total 82,500 square feet with four bays each totaling approximately 18,000 square feet with approximately 2,500 square feet of administrative and conference space. All bays will have full foam fire suppression systems and the ability to accommodate aircraft as large as a G650 business jet.

“Phoenix has long been known as a logistics hub but SkyBridge will take the Valley to a new level of supply chain opportunity,” Todd Ostransky, Graycor Construction Co. vice president of the Southwest Division, said in the release. “We are honored to work alongside SkyBridge and all of the municipalities involved in the evolution of this airport area.”

Architectural firm ADM Group and engineering firm HilgartWilson will serve as Graycor’s design-build partners for SkyBridge. Jackie Orcutt and Pete Wentis of CBRE have been selected as the project’s exclusive leasing brokers, according to the release.

At build out, SkyBridge is slated to include 2 million square feet of warehouse space, 200,000 square feet of office space, 1.7 million square feet of light industrial, flex and cargo operations and 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The development is targeting a range of tenants including air cargo, e-commerce, manufacturing and aviation and defense specialists.

Go to graycorconstruction.com.

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