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Willmeng Celebrates Grand Opening of New Aviation Institute of Maintenance Campus

PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix Rising Investments (PRI) recently celebrated the grand opening of the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) first Phoenix campus in the AMPlify Riverpoint business district. The new AIM campus is located just south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and 4 miles from South Mountain High School, which has an exploratory aviation program. AIM has entered into a partnership with South Mountain to offer dual-credit aviation maintenance programs and has an ongoing partnership with American Airlines.

In 2022, PRI recognized AMPlify Riverpoint’s potential as an office-to-industrial redevelopment candidate due to its access to power infrastructure, good structural quality, and strategic location. Situated adjacent to high-powered overhead lines and offering direct access to I-10 — as well as being 1.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport — the property was an ideal choice for users who demand highly sought-out features like ample power and proximity to their workforce, or in AIM’s case, their students.

AIM has a nationwide network of campuses dedicated to providing industry-focused training and education for the next generation of skilled professionals in aviation, HVAC, industrial, manufacturing, technician, and welding trades. This building marks AIM’s 15th campus, extending their nationwide presence to the Arizona market.

“This is a very exciting day for us and we are an aviation city, this is one of our key industries in this community, so I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that we’re turning a former call center into a center of education for high-wage and high-skilled employment,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Before I became mayor, I worked in economic development, and workforce development is an issue that is near and dear to me, so improving the workforce and attracting and retaining companies is something I am committed to.”

PRI led the way in development for the new vision at AMPlify Riverpoint. Evolution Design was the design partner and Willmeng Construction led the team that transformed the 80,309-square-foot call center into a modern educational and training space. The scope of work entailed the addition of 15 new classrooms, a welding room, a composite lab, and two large airplane hangars. Sized at approximately 21,000 square feet and featuring 40-foot-high doors, the hangars can accommodate work on planes and helicopters.

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