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Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

Project News March/April 2015

West-MEC Southwest Campus in Buckeye

LEARNING CURVE In February, McCarthy Building Companies broke ground on the $50M West-MEC Southwest Campus in Buckeye. The campus is expected to serve 650 students in programs ranging from secondary to post-secondary and industry training. This project is one of four for the career and technical public school district funded by a $74.9M voter approved… Read More →

Treble in paradise: Paying for music in public spaces

Trillium

Three performance rights organizations, or PROs, protect a majority of recording artists’ work from unauthorized use in public spaces. The two largest — ASCAP and BMI — are household names, but the smallest of the group, SESAC, is quickly becoming a well-known resident at multifamily properties. A third party working for SESAC has contacted multifamily… Read More →

Industrial property managers are doing more with less

Arizona Business People & Promotions

A good property manager is hard to find if JLL’s Mark Stevens has anything to say about it. They must be good with people, accounting and understand the bones of a building. The hands-on approach is one recognized by Traftin Thompson, LEED green associate and real estate manager with CBRE’s Asset Services. “A good manager… Read More →

Coolest incubators in Metro Phoenix

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Incubators are spaces outfitted with support staff, equipment and made available at low rent to new, small businesses. From trendy digs to attractive benefits, here are the best places to put all your eggs in a basket. BioAccel Location: 2702 N. 3rd St., #3001, Phoenix Dictum: “We help Arizona reach its potential by helping Arizona’s entrepreneurs reach… Read More →

ICSC: Surfing the Omni-channel

Downtown Phoenix Shopping

When web-based shopping gained popularity over the last two decades, spearheaded by the likes of Amazon and major retailers’ internet storefronts, the imminent demise of brick-and-mortar establishments seemed likely. War was declared between bricks and clicks. The win-lose conversations are fading into the background as researchers suggest a more symbiotic relationship between the two. Stores… Read More →

Strength in Numbers: Crowdfunding bullish on real estate

7th Gate Center

Crowdfunding isn’t just about raising capital for smart watches, giant batches of potato salad or unexpected life events. It’s increasingly an online marketplace used by real estate investors around the country. Massolution reported last April that crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion for more than a million campaigns in 2012. It went on to predict, as… Read More →

East Valley cities come together over startup culture

The definition of a startup depends on who’s answering. The general consensus does seem to be a new, small company. The threshold of being a startup and a young business can be defined by revenue, company size, an acquisition or a new office space. What’s more important, experts say, is the environment that comes with… Read More →

New to Market: January, February 2015

The Enclave at Borgata Developer: Antera Development General contractor: Wespac Architect: Davis Location: 6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz. Size: 90 units; 4.77 acres Start/Completion: 2Q 2015 to 4Q 2016 The Enclave at Borgata includes 90 luxury condominium residences, featuring soft contemporary design and resort-like amenities, all within walking distance to many convenient amenities. Floor… Read More →

Project News Jan/Feb 2015

Esplanade rendering, courtesy of CBRE

➤ TIME AFTER TIME The historic Hayden House in Tempe (built between 1871 and 1873) was the birth place of Arizona Rep. and Sen. Carl Hayden in 1877. Over the years, it was converted to a boarding house and eventually a restaurant known as Monti’s La Casa Vieja. The 2.51-acre property, purchased by Hayden House… Read More →

East Valley cities come together over start-up culture

InfusionSoft

The definition of a start-up depends on who’s answering. The general consensus does seem to be a new, small company. The threshold of being a start-up and a young business can be defined by revenue, company size, an acquisition or a new office space. What’s more important, experts say, is the environment that comes with… Read More →

RED Awards honor best in commercial real estate

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See photos from the event! Every February, AZRE magazine recognizes the best projects, leading brokerage teams and top companies in Arizona commercial real estate at the Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. On Thursday Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, AZRE magazine presented the 10th annual RED Awards, including its first subcontractor, safety… Read More →

RED Awards 2015: Best Public Project

2015 RED Award logo
February 27, 2015 by in Blogs

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general… Read More →

RED Awards 2015: Safety Award

2015 RED Award logo
February 27, 2015 by in Blogs

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general… Read More →

RED Awards 2015: Best Retail Project

2015 RED Award logo
February 27, 2015 by in Blogs

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general… Read More →

RED Awards 2015: Brokerage Team of the Year – Industrial Sales

2015 RED Award logo
February 27, 2015 by in Blogs

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general… Read More →