Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center

May 6, 2019

The Surface Mining & Technology Division will create more than 750 jobs in the region over the next five years — bringing total Caterpillar employment to about 1,000 — and have an estimated economic impact of $600 million (Photo/DTP May 2019. Caption and Rendering/Rio Nuevo).



Caterpillar announced Tucson as the new centralized hub for the Surface Mining & Technology Division in 2016 and accepted Rio Nuevo’s offer to build a new building for its headquarters and lease it back to Caterpillar for a 25 year term. Located on the west side of Interstate 10, adjacent to Tucson’s origins, Caterpillar’s new 150,000-square-foot building houses approximately 750-1,000 company engineers, product development and support positions working on the next generation of mining equipment, vehicles, and technology. The building itself will be able to accommodate up to 700 or more employees.

The design team was SmithGroupJJR and WSM Architects. Tucson-based Sundt Construction Inc. was the general contractor of the new 3-story building. It includes 500 parking spaces on a two level garage, one level being below ground, a public plaza, and bicycle parking.

Existing landfill excavation and remediation (approximately 16 acres) on the site, approved by the City Council, was completed prior to construction. Interior construction is complete and Caterpillar employees have moved in. Landscaping and final exterior finishes are complete.


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