Rio Nuevo Approves Arizona Architects and Contractor for Caterpillar's New Facility

After a competitive selection process, the Rio Nuevo Board this week approved contracting with the architectural team of SmithGroupJJR and WSM Architects to design the new building for Caterpillar’s Surface Mining & Technology Division west of Downtown Tucson.

Rio Nuevo simultaneously approved the selection of Tucson-based Sundt Construction, Inc. as the project’s general contractor. Rio Nuevo is paying for the new building and leasing it back to Caterpillar.

Located on the west side of Interstate 10, Caterpillar’s new 150,000-square-foot building will house approximately 600 company engineers, product development, and support positions working on the next generation of mining equipment, vehicles, and technology.