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CCIM Institute certification’s return of investment

CCIM Central Arizona Chapter Logo

Op-Ed by Scott Fey, CCIM, Principal, Omni-American LLC The Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute was established in 1954 to give commercial real estate practitioners a previously unrealized opportunity to further their business practices through focused education and networking opportunities. Today, with the addition of advanced technology tools, CCIM is the global leader in commercial and… Read More →

TicketForce to create mixed-use development in Gilbert

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A new mixed-use building is coming soon to downtown Gilbert featuring more than 13,000 square feet divided into three stories, a commitment to social responsibility and uniquely: a plan to only house local Arizona businesses. Gilbert residents and owners of East Valley-based ticketing company, TicketForce, Brad Smith and Lynne King Smith, closed last month on… Read More →

Op-Ed: New ROC regulatory philosophy triggers need for self-audits

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By D. Kim Lough, construction lawyer with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham Contractors throughout Arizona are being blindsided by a new administrative oversight role undertaken by the Registrar of Contractors (ROC). The Registrar’s new prosecutorial philosophy toward investigating complaints against licensed contractors places contractors at risk of losing their license for minimal technical violations which may… Read More →

$150M Chandler Viridian project zoning entitlement approved

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The Chandler City Council on Thursday night approved zoning and a development agreement for Hines to develop the Chandler Viridian mixed-use project located near the Chandler Fashion Center and Loop 101/Loop 202 interchange. The 25-acre project will include a modern brand hotel, Class A multi-family and a central plaza with 250,000 square feet of Class… Read More →

IPA, Retirement Community Specialists join forces

Rendering of Generations at Agritopia (a sister property). Renderings of the Ahwatukee location are not yet completed.

IPA, a leading operator of luxury multifamily communities in Arizona and Michigan, and Retirement Community Specialists, Inc. (RCS), a leading operator of luxury senior housing communities in Arizona, recently announced they have joined together under the same umbrella company, IPA, LLC. RCS and IPA now operate together under the direction of a combined executive team… Read More →

CPI’s Andrew Jaffe wins CORFAC ‘unsung hero’ award

Andy Jaffe (L) Receives Olen Monsees Award from Robert Tillsley in Chicago.

CORFAC International 2014 President Robert Tillsley, SIOR, announced that Andrew Jaffe,SIOR, with Tempe, Arizona-based Commercial Properties Incorporated/CORFAC Internationalhas won CORFAC International’s Olen Monsees Award. The Olen Monsees Award recognizes the CORFAC individual as the ‘Unsung Hero’ for the CORFAC member who goes above and beyond without being asked and with little recognition. Andy Jaffe, SIOR… Read More →

Ak-Chin Indian Community project wins water reuse award

Surface Water Treatment Plant

The Ak-Chin Indian Community UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Central Plant has been named the AZ Water Association’s 2014 Water Reuse Project of the Year. The two buildings were recognized for their efficient use of reclaimed water.   “This is a great example of environmental sustainability and water conservation that we strive for in our… 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 →

Future Coronado Commons sold to SRM Development

Coronado Commons, courtesy of Architectural Resource Team, Inc.

Cashen Realty Advisors announced the sale of a 1.37-acre residential parcel located at 329 E. Coronado Road in the Alvarado Historic District Area of Phoenix. The parcel is zoned R-4 and has approved plans for 20 three-story townhome units. The property, destined to be the Coronado Commons, sold for $1,323,000 and is one of the… Read More →

The Newport at Tempe to break ground later this month

The Newport, WEB

Change is on the horizon for downtown Tempe, and as the city preps to dive headfirst into an extensive rebranding and revitalization effort, one local developer is leading the charge on the residential side. Risi Development’s 38- single family homes called Newport at Tempe (1106 E Weber Drive) is set to break ground Monday, Sept.… Read More →

ULI seeking real estate proposals for ‘Shark Tank’ event

ULI Arizona Shark Tank Flyer art

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona District Council is seeking proposals from local real estate entrepreneurs to showcase and pitch their projects at the popular ULI Shark Tank event.  Real money and expert deal making advice is at stake for successful candidates with real estate development experience, an active and interesting deal to discuss, and… Read More →

The Unified Group Membership Melds Businesses Cross-Country

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Interstate Mechanical (IMCOR) was sandblasting a cooling tower for a client of Chicago-based company Air Comfort when IMCOR employee Jeremy Ettesvold realized the metal was in worse shape than it looked from the outside. He contacted Air Comfort, sent a revised proposal with a change order and then rerouted a few IMCOR employees to pull… Read More →

The Awning of an Era

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In 1973, beneath a metal awning in a Phoenix backyard, a 31-year-old sheet metal worker with less than a decade of experience established what would become a multi-million-dollar company. Merle “Rick” Karber Jr. was working for HAPCO A/C at the Metro Center complex when he decided to try and make a living on his own as… Read More →

Sundt’s Marty Hedlund elected to ABA board of directors

Marty Hedlund

The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a statewide construction trade association, formed as an alliance of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) welcomed Martin R. (Marty) Hedlund, P.E., DBIA as a newly elected board member.  Hedlund joined Sundt Construction, Inc. in 1984 and currently serves as the Profit Center Manager… Read More →