Great Wolf Lodge Arizona places final steel beam in structure

Stakeholders from Great Wolf Resorts, Mortenson, Gensler and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community signed the final beam. (Submitted Photo)

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, 7333 N. Pima Road, took another step in the construction process as Mortenson hoisted into place the final steel beam of the resort structure.

The beam placed during the ceremonial “topping out” event Tuesday, Dec. 11 is part of the resort’s 27,000 square-foot Great Wolf Adventure Park, a family entertainment center with numerous attractions, according to a press release.

The “topping out” ceremony celebrates a milestone in the construction timeline as it signifies the completion of vertical construction.

Before being hoisted into place, stakeholders from Great Wolf Resorts, Mortenson, Gensler and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community signed the beam.

The final beam was placed as part of the “topping out” ceremony

A special signatory and participant at this morning’s event was Wiley the Wolf, the leader of Great Wolf Lodge’s pack of characters that will entertain children staying at the resort.

This milestone brings Great Wolf Lodge Arizona one step closer to its grand opening, which is scheduled for late summer/early fall 2019, a release states.

The 350-room family resort is being constructed on an 18-acre site adjacent to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District.

When complete, Great Wolf Arizona will be the company’s 18th indoor water park resort in North America, and first in the Southwest.

“Today marks another important milestone as we inch closer to bringing the incredible family experience, we envision for Great Wolf Lodge Arizona to life,” Greg Miller, chief development officer for Great Wolf Resorts, said in a prepared statement.

“We look forward to opening this incredible new resort destination to Arizona families; our resort is care-free, convenient, and offers an array of attractions and entertainment options specifically designed for families to enjoy together.”

“This significant milestone is a rewarding time for our project team and all partners involved. It is great to take a moment to recognize the tremendous progress we have made and reflect on our zero-injury commitment,” Joe LaRovere, project executive at Mortenson, said in a prepared statement.

“We are proud to partner with Great Wolf Resorts, Gensler, SRP-MIC and all of our trade partners in bringing this family experience to the state of Arizona.”

So far in the project, 100,000 yards of dirt have been moved, enough to fill 675 10-foot swimming pools; 500 tons of steel have been used; 20,000 container yards of concrete have been poured in precast panels, foundations and structure slabs; 1,279 cans of food have been donated to the local community; and 200,000 hours have been worked to date.

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