Author Archives: Amanda Ventura

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.

Constructing a Competitive Edge

Glendale Community College Technology 1 Building
October 20, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Blogs | Featured

Whether it’s building a research facility from the ground-up or renovating a historic stadium, institutions of higher education must always be — or appear to be — on a competitive edge. ASU’s decision to enter a $162M renovation of Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., comes in the wake of other Pac-12 schools’ stadium upgrades… Read More →

The new class of schools

The Noah Webster Schools Pima Campus, completed in August, is a charter academy that has made use of the increasingly popular site-adapt trend.
October 20, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

An apple a day may keep a student in a teacher’s good graces, but there’s more to a healthy learning environment than fruit. It’s no secret that many school districts have had to do more with less funding and fewer employees. With a rapidly changing learning environment — one with Wi-Fi in every classroom —… Read More →

Valley Of The Submarkets

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October 20, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

Jeff Hays, senior vice president of sales and leasing at Commercial Properties Inc., is starting his 30th year specializing in the industrial sector and will be the first to tell you that everybody’s busy and no one’s complaining. LGE Design Build has 54 industrial projects either in the ground or in design, says President Dave… Read More →

Megan Creecy-Herman takes the helm of NAIOP-AZ

Megan Creecy-Herman
October 20, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

Megan Creecy-Herman, Senior Director, Leasing & Development at Liberty Property Trust, has worked in commercial real estate for 11 years, 10 of which have been as a member of NAIOP. In 2013, the 33-year-old was the first female chair of NAIOP Arizona and one of the youngest in the country to hold that position. She… Read More →

Networking with a cause

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October 20, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

Last fall, Rachel Luttrell was standing in front of a grill at a Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) campus in the midst of monsoon season. She was volunteering at one of NAIOP’s Dream Team barbecues that fed more than 10,000 homeless individuals last year. The grills were having a hard time staying lit, and she… Read More →

Office Mate: The creative endgame for functional obsolescence

The C3 office building, in Los Angeles, was re-imagined by Gensler to include more "front doors" for suites, which are depicted by the colorful stairways on the building's exterior.

Forget the corner office. These days, it’s about the coffee shop around the corner, the food trucks outside the lobby, the light rail that passes an office building every 15 minutes. The work place is all about the worker. Employee and entrepreneur are synonymous. Human resource departments are working in concert with building owners, managers,… Read More →

Ticket To Ride: NAIOP Arizona Tempe Tour

Stop 1: Hayden Ferry Lakeside III
October 18, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

The NAIOP bus tour is kicking back into gear this fall with plans to roll through the largest hub for Valley development — downtown Tempe. Tour trollies will cycle through stops at Marina Heights, Hayden Ferry Lakeside and Liberty Center at Rio Salado, where participants may network and meet the sites’ respective developers. “The biggest… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Pear Pomegranate Cooler

Courtesy of Thirsty Lion Pub

Even though Phoenicians are known to lament about the lack of a proper “fall” come September, many chefs in the Valley are unveiling seasonal menus worth digging your boots out for! Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill at Tempe Marketplace is celebrating the harvest with savory dishes like beer-steamed peel-and-eat shrimp, pomegranate spinach & pancetta salad,… Read More →

Arizona creative Diana Madaras hosts book release party

"King of Sandibe"

Watercolorist Diana Madaras has turned the world into her canvas — from the plains of Africa to the hills of Greece and her home for the last four decades, Tucson, Ariz. For years, the owner of Madaras Gallery in Tucson has wanted to release a coffee table book but didn’t know what it would be about.… Read More →

The Dish: Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin creme brûlée

You may enjoy poking fun at the pumpkin spice lattes and candles circulating in your office or autumn-themed everything on the end caps of your grocery store, but we’re here to say if you can’t beat it — eat it. Below is one delicious pumpkin-flavored recipe, courtesy of the family-owned Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe in… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: STILLHOUSE Moonshine’s Endless Summer Punch

STILLHOUSE Endless Summer Punch

Have you been listening to Lana Del Rey and realizing “Summertime Sadness” is taking on a whole new meaning with the monsoon season sweeping away the last bits of our sunny Arizona summer? Go ahead and embrace the last days of summer fading into autumn with National Punch Day (Sept. 20)! STILLHOUSE Moonshine, a four-year-old… Read More →

Sneak peek at Arizona Restaurant Week, Fall 2014

SumoMaya's pomegranate and dried fruit guacamole. Photo by Shavon Thompson

Fall is the time of harvest, and what a better way to kick off a celebration of food than with the fall Arizona Restaurant Week? From Sept. 19 to 28, more than 100 restaurants offer prix-fixe menu options for a discounted prices (between $33 to $44 for three courses) is by far one of the… Read More →

The Dish: National Guacamole Day

Courtesy of SOL Cocina

It’s no secret that Americans love their food. Following suit of our country’s beloved foodstuffs, the Mexican cuisine-inspired green mash known as guacamole has its own day — September 16.  If this isn’t the best excuse to eat guac on a spoon, we don’t know what is. If you’re anything like us, guacamole is a… Read More →

Jerry Buesing: The Man Beneath Arizona’s Foundations

Next to bulldozer: Jerry Buesing. Photo by Shavon Rose.
September 11, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Executive Q&A | Featured

Jerry Buesing, president and CEO of Buesing Corp., began working in the construction industry at 16 years old in Minnesota. After years in the industry, he and his brother founded Buesing Corp., which he later moved to Arizona, developing a reputation for taking on difficult projects. Buesing Corp was founded in ’65 in Minnesota and… Read More →

Kortman Electric Takes ABA Leadership Into Boardroom

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The Arizona Builders’ Alliance represents the collective knowledge of more than 350 contractors, suppliers and professional service firms who work in the commercial construction industry. Membership means the ability to tap into and grow with fellow leaders in the industry. For one Arizona company, ABA’s leadership classes are a family affair. The four owners of… Read More →