Author Archives: Peter Madrid

Peter Madrid

About Peter Madrid

Peter Madrid has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry as an editor and reporter at USA Today, Kansas City Star, Tucson Citizen and Arizona Republic. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Cultivating and Connecting: AZCREW

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As the business environment in commercial real estate is changing, so is the mission and vision of AZCREW, the Valley group comprised of professional women in the industry. Leadership development, education, networking and business development are but a few of the organization’s building blocks. Building a strong member base, embracing social media and branding are… Read More →

Q&A with Casey Potash: President, IIDA Southwest

July 24, 2013 by in Business News

Q:  Are IIDA Southwest members seeing a trend in a certain type of commercial design? A: Although this trend has been happening nationally for quite some time, environmentally friendly design is definitely becoming more prevalent in the Southwest. There are more readily available eco-friendly products and clients are starting to embrace the benefits of designing… Read More →

Tucson Market Update: Q&A with Joe Snell

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Q&A with Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities President & CEO Joe Snell Q: TREO recently launched a new economic development strategy focused on strengths of diagnostics in Southern Arizona. How important are biomedical sciences to economic development? A: Our bioscience assets, particularly in the field of diagnostics, are world class. It’s no secret that the size… Read More →

IIDA: Making Life Better Through Design

July 23, 2013 by in Business News

Community. Collaboration. Compassion. Creativity. Four words that describe what the International Interior Designs Association (IIDA) Southwest chapter — comprised of City Centers Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Albuquerque — represents. The commercial interior industry is all about creativity. With more than 350 members of all levels, the Southwest chapter — those in Arizona specifically —… Read More →

Out of the Gate FAST

The interior of the "Net Zero" DPR Construction office in Phoenix

With the Valley’s housing market healthy again, developers and builders of industrial and office properties are hoping to ride the wave. With the recession (hopefully) a distant memory, the industrial sector has sprinted out to the lead. “Industrial projects have significantly outpaced office projects in our pipeline,” says Andrew Geier, executive vice president at Layton… Read More →

Tucson Market Update: Building for the Future

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Just as Arizona State University construction projects are springing up around the Valley, the same can be said for the University of Arizona down the interstate in Tucson. And just as ASU’s building bonanza is touching all parts of the Valley, UA’s growth is being felt all over Tucson. • Old Main on the UA… Read More →

After Hours: Stephen Kovach

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July 21, 2013 by in After Hours | AZRE Magazine

Vice President Kovach Building Enclosures, Chandler With Kovach for 15 years Born and raised in Tempe Graduated from ASU’s Del E. Webb School of Construction Wife Drew; 2 children ages 2 and 4 Responsibilities: Strategic direction of the company, preconstruction and product development Favorites: Music — Anything that’s clean with a good beat. Big music… Read More →

Office/Industrial: Money in the Market

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As recent as two years ago, commercial foreclosures were affecting the markets and underlying property values. Then talk surfaced that the “blue blood” money was back and looking to make deals. Fast forward to 2013: Is this still the case? “In regards to office and industrial, the ‘blue blood’ is very active in the marketplace,”… Read More →

After Hours: Kari McCormick of Kitchell

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July 19, 2013 by in After Hours | AZRE Magazine

Director of Client Services — Native American Division Kitchell, Phoenix With Kitchell for 2 1/2 years Born in Scottsdale Received bachelors in Business Administration from ASU; attended Fuller Theological Seminary Husband Terry Fong;  son, AJ (26), daughters, Kassi (21), Hunter (12), newly adopted foster child; stepdaughter, Nici (31); 2 grand daughters; Great grandfather (maternal), Joseph… Read More →

Project News

Rendering of the 45,000 SF Pascua Yaqui Tribal Services Center being built by Concord General Contracting.

Adaptive re-use project coming together at 7th and Osborn Work is progressing by the team for Old School O7 consisting of Wetta Ventures as developer, RSP as architect and designer and Chasse Building Team as general contractor for a July turnover of a new ground-up mid-century inspired building and a reimagined church and school building in Central… Read More →

Arizona Investment Broker Nominated To Be Next CCIM President

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  The CCIM Institute has announced the candidacy of ORION Investment Real Estate Vice President, Nick Miner, CCIM, for the position of 2014 First Vice President, a 3-year term that culminates in the 2016 Institute Presidency. The election will take place at the CCIM Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 24 in Denver. Only the… Read More →

Rivulon Ramping Up: With Construction Set For Fall, Gilbert Project Poised To Move Forward

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  Gilbert is one of the fastest-growing residential communities in the nation. It is only fitting that a scene of such dynamic growth is the home of what is poised to emerge as one of the region’s most promising new commercial developments: Rivulon. Developed by Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI), the real estate development affiliate of… Read More →

GCD/RE Leases 47,036 SF Former Safeway Store in Phoenix

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July 16, 2013 by in Brokerage | Business News

  GDC/RE leased another “big box” space in its listing portfolio. With the completion of a transaction with Epic Stores, the firm leased the 47,036 SF foot former Safeway grocery store at the NEC of 19th Ave. and Union Hills Dr. That transaction also marked the 10th lease of more than 10,000 SF completed by… Read More →

ASLA Honors Phoenix Landscape Architect H. Duane Blossom With Fellowship

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  The American Society of Landscape Architects will elevate 33 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013, including Phoenix landscape architect H. Duane Blossom of Todd & Associates. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large… Read More →

Sundt Construction Completes John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse In Yuma

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  Sundt Construction completed construction of the $25M John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in downtown Yuma. The landmark federal courthouse construction project replaces an outdated facility and pays tribute to its namesake, Justice John M. Roll, a federal judge who was killed in the January 2011 attack on former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. Sundt… Read More →