PhoenixMart is officially under construction.
The long-awaited 1.5-million-square-foot expo center in Casa Grande, first announced in 2012, is finally going vertical.
Casa Grande issued the final building permit for the $1 billion project, which cost PhoenixMart a $250,000 permit fee. PhoenixMart is supposed to fill up with nearly 2,000 showrooms with goods and services from small and mid-size companies all over the world.
Work on the footings and foundations across the equivalent of 26 football fields’ worth of grading has been going on for several months with more than $3 million in concrete poured into hundreds of excavated holes to support the massive structure.
Two contracts, worth more than $4 million, have been inked with Harder Mechanical and Canyon State Electric to complete underground utilities at the site. Casa Grande is also extending trunkline sewer and water services to the site. PhoenixMart is responsible for half of those costs.
PhoenixMart, an international products sourcing center, is modeled after global trade expos in Shangai, the United Arab Emirates and Germany. In its showrooms, business-to-business offerings are displayed and services available to help companies find trading partners as well as customers for goods and services.
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