First-of-its-Kind U.S./Mexico Inland Port and Customs Processing Hub

by Mike Hunter

SkyBridge Arizona and leading general contractor Graycor Construction Company have broken ground on the first two buildings at SkyBridge Arizona. The major master-planned development will serve as the nation’s first-ever joint U.S. and Mexico inland port and customs processing hub. SkyBridge has selected Graycor for the design-build of the first two buildings.

Located on 360 acres southwest of the runway at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona, SkyBridge will use Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) 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.

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 aviation hangar will total 82,500 square feet, with four bays each totaling approximately 18,000 square feet and 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.

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.

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 that include air cargo, e-commerce, manufacturing and aviation and defense specialists.

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