Construction Begins on Mixed-Use Apartment Development

 |  Press Release

TEMPE, Arizona (Dec.22, 2016) – Sundt Construction, Inc. ( began construction this month to transform a surface parking lot into a 407-unit residential and retail mixed-use development.

The yet-to-be-named project, previously known as University Square, covers an entire city block on the northwest corner of University Drive and Forest Avenue.

The development will feature a cascading design with shorter portions of the building facing University Drive and 7th Street and taller elements located mid-block. The first tower will be 20 stories, and the second will be 12 with primarily studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The second tower will face 7th Street with 22 walk-up city homes and flats wrapping the first four stories. The project also includes more than 31,000 square feet of prominent retail and restaurant space.

Residents will enjoy top-of-the-line amenities including a shared fifth floor amenity deck with resort-style swimming pool, barbecue grilling area and outdoor lounges with cabanas and fire pits. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness center, dog walk and a bike workroom with storage for more than 450 bikes to support Tempe’s bike-friendly community. Resident and public parking will be available.

“This project will add a vibrant community within walking distance of Tempe’s thriving downtown,” said Marty Hedlund, Vice President and Regional Director for Sundt. “This is an exciting new development for our city and for the employee-owners of Sundt.”

The project is owned by a joint venture partnership between Opus Development Group, L.L.C. and Seventh Street Tempe AZ Manager LLC. Opus Development Company, L.L.C. is the developer and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. is the design architect, architect and structural engineer of record. SmithGroupJJR is a design consultant. Sundt will perform all concrete, civil and utility work, and our trade partners on the project include Wilson Electric, Southland Mechanical, Aero Automatic, Walters & Wolf, Encore Steel, Mirage Plastering, Kovach Building Enclosures and E & K Companies.

About Sundt
Sundt Construction, Inc. ( is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 126-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial and building work and is known for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has offices throughout Utah, Arizona, Texas and California and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 1,600 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work by business publications in multiple cities and in 2016 it was named the nation’s safest construction company by the Associated General Contractors of America for the second time in a decade – an honor no other contractor can claim. Sundt’s charitable arm, the Sundt Foundation, recently crossed the $7.2 million mark in donations made to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country.