The structures highlighted by a blue star represent the nine projects on the Grand Canyon University campus in Phoenix on which Coreslab Structures and PONO Construction collaborated. (Aerial graphic provided by Coreslab).


       PHOENIX, ARIZ.  (August 25, 2021) – Coreslab Structures and PONO Construction have raised the saying “give it the old college try” to a new level with their collaboration on multiple projects on the Grand Canyon University campus.

Coreslab Structures, a premier producer of precast/prestressed concrete products, has teamed with PONO Construction for the past 10 years on nine structures on the school’s campus at 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

The collaborative effort began in earnest in 2011 when the two teamed on a 1,635-stall, five-level parking garage. Since then, the two have collaborated on seven additional parking structures and the school’s baseball stadium, Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark.

“This has been such a great partnership,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. “Doing business with local partners is really a big deal for us. We are hoping that eventually there will be internship opportunities for our students.”

GCU students listen as a Coreslab Structures project manager discusses the process by which massive pre-cast concrete products are constructed.

This past July, GCU students toured the Coreslab Structures construction yard at 5026 S. 43rd Ave., in Phoenix. Students were introduced to the process that creates the massive concrete panels evident around their campus.

PONO Construction President Butch Glispie tapped Coreslab when he was looking for the right partner to help deliver projects on the bustling GCU campus in a timely manner. The immediate need was a parking garage.

“Butch displayed a fantastic sense of teamwork when he reached out and asked how we could help him deliver; it was teamwork at its pinnacle,” said Coreslab Sales Manager Phil Richardson, SE. “Not only did he come and work with us as a team, to deliver a parking garage, he also asked us what obstacles and site constraints could he help us with to make the erection of the garage go correctly, and quicker.”

The two entities developed the “standard” GCU garage scheme, which was based on being five bays wide, approximately 306 feet by 523 feet long, with an expansion joint in the length, and standing five levels.  The standard GCU template parks around 2,465 cars. Four of the eight garages are identical but different in orientation depending on where on campus they are.

“PONO went out of their way to give us fantastic site access and plenty of staging area,” Richardson said. “Any problem areas were discussed way in advance. We listened to them as well as they listened to us. There was great communication, and it’s been that way for the past 10 years since that first project.”

How does Glispie view the future of the partnership?

“So, to where we’re headed, we’re about halfway to our buildout unless the enrollment goes further than we think and in which case we’ll keep buying land and keep building,” he said.

Richardson said the partnership is as strong as one of Coreslab’s concrete panels.

“After our third garage with PONO, Butch told us, ‘With your expertise of building, how can we get the biggest bang for our buck.’ We showed him how we could deliver the most cost-efficient and most affordable-per-car parking garage,” Richardson said.

“What drives us to do more parking garages for Butch and GCU is to project the demand for more students and them finding additional pieces of property. The more land they purchase offers another opportunity for this team to stay together.”



     Coreslab Structures-PONO Construction projects at GCU 


Project name Year built # Stalls # Levels
Homestead II (In Design) 2021 666 6
GCU Rivers 2020 2,840 5
GCU 31st Avenue & Camelback 2018 2,396 5
GCU Baseball Stadium 2017 3,500 seats
GCU Missouri Parking Structure 2017 2,396 5
GCU 29th Avenue Parking Structure 2015 2,396 5
GCU 27th Avenue Parking 2015 2,396 5
GCU Grove Parking 2014 2,396 5
GCU Halo Parking 2013 1,380 5
GCU Parking Structure 2011 1,635 5

One of the eight garages built by Coreslab Structures and PONO Construction on the GCU campus in Phoenix.


About Coreslab Structures

Since 1975, Coreslab Structures Inc., has emerged as a major supplier of structural, architectural and hollow core solutions to markets in Canada and the U.S. With 17 precast/prestressed concrete facilities across North America, Coreslab is a leader in construction innovation, structural design and sustainable practices, dedicated to providing top quality products and services. Its commitment to excellence, leading technical expertise and collaborative culture allows it to deliver award-winning, innovative solutions that meet the schedule and cost requirements of its valued customers. To learn more visit

About PONO Construction LLC

As a result of PONO’s “team effort” course of business, we have become highly adaptable and skilled in providing superior quality work cleanly, efficiently, and professionally. We have historically been tasked with large projects under extremely tight deadlines, yet always provided work as promised, due to our extraordinary team work. PONO prides itself on the team’s exceptional abilities which are derived from each team member’s strengths and experience resulting in an extensive knowledge base for our customers. Our team’s experience and knowledge are three-fold: to provide a wealth of knowledge in all areas of residential and commercial construction, added value to the community via newly improved buildings, as well as quality and commitment in all work performed. To learn more visit