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Adolfson & Peterson Promotes Jaime Vidales

Jaime R. Vidales has been promoted to Director of K-14 in Adolfson & Peterson’s Southwest region. Vidales has spent the last eight years at A&P working on the firm’s local education projects.

As Director of K-14, Vidales will serve as the market leader in the primary, secondary, and two-year post-secondary and technical learning environments. His responsibilities will include the management of the firm’s educational construction projects in the region, development of internal teams to serve the K-14 market, industry advocacy, and community outreach with Arizona schools and colleges. Vidales will remain actively involved in the day-to-day management of projects while bringing hisknowledge of building learning environments as an early resource to current and prospective clients.

I’m a product of the education system here in Arizona,” states Vidales. “I’m passionate about the future of education in the state and have a vested interest in the opportunities afforded to students locally. I look forward to contributing to the betterment of Arizona schools in my expanded role at A&P.”

Vidales is an Arizona native and holds an undergraduate degree in Construction Management from the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. During his tenure at A&P, he has been directly involved in the preconstruction and construction management efforts on 23 educational projects. His experience includes renovations and new construction of elementary and middle school campuses, a $50+ million occupied high school modernization, and new construction and repurposing of space on community college campuses locally.

Vidales will be actively involved in a number of local organizations supported by Adolfson & Peterson Construction, including the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC), Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO), and the Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) among others.

We are very excited to have Jaime take on this leadership role”, said Bryan Dunn, Senior Vice President at A&P. “Building learning environments has been a cornerstone for A&P in Arizona for the last 22 years. Projects with such an impact on our local communities are what truly drive us to perform as an organization. Jaime’s expertise, passion and commitment to education in Arizona will serve as a solid foundation as we continually strive to provide added value to our educational clients.”


CCTP-Arizona Launches Its First Annual Golf Tournament


Construction Career Training Program Arizona (CCTP-Arizona), a local nonprofit, is launching its first annual golf tournament.

The event will raise funds that will be used to support on-going life skills training, mentorship, workforce development and job placement for formerly incarcerated individuals and young adults at risk for entering the criminal justice system.

The golf tournament will be held Sept. 13 at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course.

The Construction Career Training Program (CCTP) was founded in Minnesota in 2002 by David Adolfson, Chairman Emeritus at Adolfson & Peterson Construction, as a faith-based collaborative program to help formerly incarcerated individuals learn construction trades and find work in the industry.

CCTP-Arizona was recently established to replicate the success of the program in Minnesota and expand on the knowledge and experience gained over the past 10 years. Using a holistic collaborative model, CCTP-Arizona’s goal is to develop a state-wide program to support formerly incarcerated adults and at-risk young adults to make it possible for them to become productive citizens and end the destructive cycles of failure and recidivism.

Arizona tax-payers spend approximately $25,000 per year to support each incarcerated individual. Since January, that same $25,000 investment has enabled CCTP-Arizona to successfully serve more than 40 participants. These participants are now responsible, productive tax-paying citizens who are contributing to their families and communities.

“Life transformation is a process that begins with change from the heart and mind, which produces positive behaviors and habits,” said Shawn Pearson, Executive Director of CCTP-Arizona.

“The purpose of the golf tournament is to bring an awareness of the work of CCTP-Arizona and to remind society that when given an opportunity and resources — everyone can be a productive contributor.”

Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s Tempe-based Southwest regional office has signed on as presenting sponsor for the first inaugural golf tournament. Additional sponsorship and individual golf packages are still available.

For more information contact Shawn Pearson at (480) 345-8700.

Richard Goveia & Jason Mullins

Adolfson & Peterson Announces New Additions to Position for Growth in the Southwest

Adolfson & Peterson Construction announced two new additions to the Southwest team.

Richard Goveia and Jason Mullins have both been hired as senior project managers to provide leadership in regional growth markets.

Goveia has extensive multi-family construction experience and Mullins brings higher education and municipal construction experience.

Goveia has more than 30 years of industry knowledge and recent experience delivering a number of multi-family projects in Metro Phoenix. Since 1996, he has completed 5,127 units of market-rate multi-family housing locally.

Goveia has held a number of positions throughout his career including project management and field supervision for Gray Development and Vice President for Trammell Crow Residential. His addition is vital to A&P’s ongoing success and regional growth in the local multi-family market. He has more than 13 years of leadership experience delivering public projects through construction management at risk and design-build delivery methods.

Mullins’ local experience includes work within the higher education and municipal markets. He has been involved in a number of signature projects in Arizona, including Northern Arizona University’s Skydome Renovations, the City of Surprise Spring Training Facility and the City of Goodyear’s Ballpark and Recreation Complex among others.

“Both of these additions are a result of our commitment to the markets we serve in Arizona and reflect our continued growth in the region,” said Bryan Dunn, senior vice president at A&P. “Richard and Jason are both proven leaders in the construction industry. We are extremely excited to have them join us.”


Jeff Fromm

Adolfson & Peterson Announces New Director of Operations for Southwest Region

Adolfson & Peterson Construction announced the addition of Jeff Fromm to the organization as director of operations for the Arizona office.

Over the course of his 35-year career, Fromm has held a variety of positions in the construction industry and brings project experience in markets ranging from mission critical/data centers, multi-family, hospitality, education, healthcare, and manufacturing.

As director of field operations, he will be responsible for all hiring, training, development, and management of field personnel in the Southwest region. This position is vital to A&P’s ongoing success and regional growth.

“We are excited to have Jeff join our team” said Bryan Dunn, senior vice president, Adolfson & Peterson Construction. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, but more importantly he shares our commitment to culture, community, and collaboration.”


Commercial Development - AZRE Magazine January/February 2012

New Commercial Development Will Impact Growth In The Next 100 Years

Arizona’s economic strength and growth the next 100 years depend on the creation of new buildings, commercial development and new infrastructure

A high-speed train between Phoenix and Tucson. Toll roads on I-10 and I-17. A new shopping mall. Three outlet centers. A major development in West Phoenix. New casinos.

Solar manufacturing plants. A light rail that extends from Phoenix to Gilbert. A new interstate — I-11 — linking Phoenix and Las Vegas. State-of-the-art sports facilities.

Reality or wish list?

As Arizona looks ahead to its next 100 years, the future of the commercial real estate industry hinges on new infrastructure to keep the state’s economic engine churning while meeting the demands of a growing population.

Since the recession unloaded on the commercial real estate industry in the mid 2000s, it’s been an uphill climb for those in the industry, including general contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, developers and brokers.
Commercial Development - AZRE Magazine January/February 2012
“We will see a population shift to urban areas with a focus on transit- oriented development,” predicts Bryan Dunn, senior vice president at Adolfson & Peterson Construction. “Commercial property will need to be re-purposed into alternate uses due to the glut of vacant space in the real estate market.

“We will need to find creative ways to own and operate buildings in the future. There is a growing demand for public/private partnerships for municipal and educational facilities, similar to what has been done in Europe,” Dunn says.

AZRE Magazine asks some experts in commercial real estate how they see the industry changing in Arizona over the next decade and beyond. Here are their responses:

Planning and Development

“In the next 10 years, Arizona will finally adopt Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to remain competitive in the business world. The new normal is for less reliance on homebuilding as a jobs industry. Two more high rise office buildings with mixed uses on the lower floors will be built in Downtown Phoenix. In the next 100 years, high-speed rail
will run between Phoenix and Tucson in the Sun Corridor and a new, man-made lake/reservoir will be created north of Phoenix to collect upstream snow melt and serve the needs of Metro Phoenix.”
— Jon Froke, Planning Director, City of Glendale

“During the next 10 years, smaller developments that require less off-site infrastructure and result in lighter commitments from homebuilders are likely. Infrastructure requirements/costs will be lower and financial commitments will be smaller, both of which are desirable to financiers and homebuilder shareholders recovering from the recent downturn.

“In the next 100 years, development and homebuilding will undergo some of the most rapid changes ever. In Metro Phoenix and the Tucson area, densities will undoubtedly increase dramatically; we will grow upward rather than outward, as large metropolitan areas eventually do. The materials builders use will change dramatically, looking and feeling different. There will be stronger and lighter materials. Although hard to imagine, many unique, innovative homebuilding products that will be used the homes of the future have already been developed, we continue to wait for them to be rolled out to consumers.

“The continued development of solar technologies is going to have huge impact on all types of commercial development in Arizona.  Imagine buildings – retail, office, industrial, homes – not needing to be hooked up to the grid because they produce all of the energy necessary for their usage. The development of “net-zero” facilities in this market, where sun is plentiful, will have a dramatic positive effect on Arizonan’s lives.”
— Jim Belfiore, President, Belfiore Real Estate Consulting


“The beginning of the change is going on right now. The exchange of ownership has and will have an impact on our industry in the next 10 years. In the RTC days it took about 15 years to fully recover, this current cycle will take 5-7 years to process all of the inventory and for the next wave of owners to re-trade the properties. Banks, special servicers and the FDIC will be in charge of real estate for the long term and all of the assets that are currently under their control won’t make it back into private hands in total for 10 years.

“The medical use of retail space will be in full force, everything about this makes sense, retail buildings, namely big box spaces, have the power, the lower rents and the parking already in place to handle a medical user. This will create truly mixed-use locations.
“Internet sales fulfillment centers will hit a critical mass, even if and/or when the state begins to charge them sales tax, even at a much lower rate. Phoenix is well located, we have a growing economy and it makes a lot of sense that those are now starting to pop up here.

“In the next 100 years, buildings will be far more energy efficient, materials to build buildings will be so much more advanced than we can even imagine. In commercial buildings, there will be more bodies per square foot, more technology, less employees, smaller office size requirements. Thousands of new businesses will be created.”
— Pete Bolton, Managing Director/Executive VP, Grubb & Ellis

“Real estate growth over the next decade will be far more restrained than in the boom period in the 10 years before the onset of the recession. During that time, commercial property inventories routinely expanded by anywhere from 3% to 5% annually, driven by growing tenant demand for space and rents that steadily pushed higher. A return to that environment is unlikely anytime soon.

“Forecasting out over the next 100 years presents a pretty daunting challenge … but all of the demographic trends show Arizona will remain a growth market over the next century and population growth will spur demand for both commercial and residential real estate. Beyond demographics and quality of life factors, we believe global economic patterns will support growth in Arizona.”
— Bob Mulhern, Managing Director, Colliers International


“The design and construction industry needs to be at the forefront of determining how Arizona is developed over the next 10 years. We need to take a hard look at the lessons learned from the past 10 years regarding unconstrained growth and sprawl, as well as from the positive developments of renewed urban focus, comprehensive transportation and development plans, and increased integrated project delivery partnerships.

“Architects have the responsibility for shaping the built environment that we all experience on a daily basis and need to ensure that built environment is increasingly sustainable, functionally practical, and aesthetically pleasing. Through technological advances and communication outlets, AIA architects will be continually educating ourselves about, and be more globally aware of industry trends and improvements that can be applied locally, so that Arizona becomes the ideal place to live, work, and play. In addition to increasingly becoming the leading stewards of our built environment through sustainable design and comprehensive planning, You are going to see an increasing significance in the role the design industry plays in the overall development of our communities.

“The industry will partner much more with government and lines will be blurred in community planning, design review, and construction inspection. Public-Private Partnerships and Integrated Project Delivery methods will become the norm, and the design and construction industry will have much more at stake in what they develop beyond their immediate financial compensation.”
— AIA response from Patrick Panetta, ASU; and Chris Knorr, SmithGroupJJR

“All industries, including commercial real estate and architecture, will need to continue to evolve and adapt to emerging technologies. Specifically in the fields of alternative energy and sustainability. I believe the next few years of those 10 years a lot of attention will need to be spent on repurposing existing buildings and facilities. We will obviously need to remain flexible to adapt to the process of becoming stabilized.

“Because technology and technological advances are changing at an exponential rate, I think the next 100 years is beyond reasonable comprehension. Who would have thought 100 years ago that we would be where we are today. However, architecture and real estate haven’t significantly changed over the past 100 years, but we also have not had the multiplying pace of technology at our disposal. Who knows, things like tele-transporting may be a reality over the next century, which of course would drastically change architecture and commercial real estate.”
— Patrick Hayes, President and CEO, PHArchitecture


“For approximately the first third or half of the next 10 years, commercial real estate will need to focus on absorption and modification to meet current needs of those projects that resulted from overbuilding during prior ‘blow and go’ times in our industry. Creativity and cost-effective adaptation will be needed to recast non-performing or under-performing commercial assets into assets that can meet the needs of current real estate users. As an example, big box retail spaces that have gone dark will need to be adapted and converted into creative uses to accommodate smaller and even different users. Cities and counties may need to modify their zoning to allow for a broader variety of uses that will meet the needs of today’s users.

“One hundred years is a long time and it is difficult and somewhat speculative to attempt to predict what changes will most impact Arizona over such a long time period. However, I suspect that big box retail will downsize as Internet shopping grows over the many years to come. I also suspect that growth in Arizona will have to adjust to demands upon the availability of water and our entire culture will eventually take on a more serious and long-term water approach to and conservation.

“Arizona will need to adapt its economy to more self-sustaining business that is not so dependent upon growth and real estate development. Thus, over the next 100 years Arizona will need to modify its tax and development schemes to accommodate more industry and manufacturing. Finally, Arizona will develop more political clout in Congress and the federal government as its population grows and the state’s economy continues to mature.”
— Don Miner,  Director, Fennemore Craig PC


“The impact construction will have in Arizona over the next 10 years will start with job creation. As the market comes back, the industry will be a leader in putting people back to work. We will need people to fill both direct construction jobs, and jobs that are indirectly related to construction. Every $1B spent in construction results in a total of 20,000 direct and indirect jobs. These jobs will help the middle class, the hardest hit in the last few years in terms of job loss.

“Construction is one of the top five industries nationally, and by then (10 years from now) it will be back among the top five industries for Arizona. Finally, the use of public/private partnerships will increase to meet community needs for amenities, infrastructure and growth.”

“Also, in Arizona, construction will be essential in reshaping the suburban landscape of our past into the more blended and integrated urban and semi-urban environment for the future. We are seeing new demographics that have families from multiple generations that live under one roof, and this factor along with other market forces will increase density in the mixed-use urban environment.”
— Eric Hedlund, Executive Vice President and COO, Sundt Construction


“Financing will always be a key part to Arizona’s growth. How products and services will be delivered will continue to evolve. As the market heals more competition enters into the marketplace thereby giving more investors access to capital. Assuming the economy has healed and is robust, I see a lot more choices for investors, developers and consumers in the next 10 years when it comes to the availability of financing.

“In the next 100 years? The market will always go up and down and therefore there will be more boom and busts as the decades roll forward. The difference in the future is access to information becoming more available than previous decade. The speed of that information will cause market trends to shift faster. Volatility could be more frequent.”
— William L. Spart, Senior VP, Wells Fargo Bank-Real Estate

For more information on Arizona’s construction projects and new commercial development, visit az.gov.

AZRE Magazine January/February 2012

Sustainability Discussions at the GoGreen Conference

GoGreen Conference ’11 Sustainability Panel Discussions (Part II)

In the first part of the GoGreen Conference ’11 coverage, we reported that sustainability education and patience were the buzzwords of many of the panel discussions. Here’s why:

The panel discussion titled “Green Your Workplace: High Impact Change at Your Business,” moderated by Ed Fox, chief sustainability officer for APS, focused on how to turn the idea of going green and sustainability into governance. This challenge small and large businesses face was the topic of discussion among the panel, which included:

  • Bryan Dunn, senior vice president of Adolfson & Peterson Construction;
  • Jonce Walker, sustainability manager of Maricopa County;
  • Anthony Floyd, LEED AP, green building program manager of the City of Scottsdale;
  • and Leslie Lindo, president and co-founder of IKOLOJI.

Fox began the discussion asking the panelists how one would convince the leaders of companies to pursue incorporating green elements into the workplace.

Floyd suggested offering incentives and marketing materials and free literature to spur interest. Lindo agreed providing incentives to employees will help encourage them to make the changes second nature. She also suggested owners become educated themselves and have a strong advocate in the office.

Walker took a different approach and said reducing consumption to afford sustainability is one step a business can consider taking. The company must be efficient and through this efficiency, it will convince others that the extra cost will be worth it.

Walker continued to say that it helps to know all the benefits of turning your particular business green — environmental, economical, etc. — and know your audience.

“Ninety percent of clients are bottom-line driven,” Dunn said. They want to save energy and save money, he added. Two ways companies can do this is by making their own operations more efficient (switching your lighting to LED, for example) while also anticipating changes in the marketplace.

Dunn also said behavioral modifications must take place. You can switch to LED, but the appropriate actions must be taken by the staff, i.e. remembering to turn off the lights.

But what was stressed was the acceptance of risk. While making your business more environmentally friendly and sustainable will help you save money in the long run, it will take some time to get there with few obvious returns. Or, as Fox put it, the few “low hanging fruit.”

In the following discussion, “Applying Sustainabilty Best Practices to Impact Community Equity and Diversity,” moderated by Dr. George Brooks, owner of Southwest Green and NxT Horizon Group and including Greg Peterson, founder of Urban Farm; Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward; and Rosanne Albright, Brownfields Project Manager of the City of Phoenix, regenerative sustainability was the hot topic as well as education.

“Nature regenerates itself, not just sustains itself,” Peterson said. “Education is the key piece to sustainability.

Urban farming (or growing and sharing food), recycling land via the Brownfields Land Recycling Project, and the importance of parks and open space in the state were all covered in this discussion.

“Energy, food, health, poverty — they are all connected,” Brooks said. “Local sourcing and urban farms can help offset the costs of energy.”

Peterson’s final thoughts?

“It’s really a grassroots movement,” he said. “For those of you in the government, get out of our way.”

Visit the GoGreen Conference website at gogreenconference.net.


Valley Partnership Community Project, AZRE May/June 2011

Valley Partnership Annual Community Project

The Valley Partnership Annual Community Project restored the old Phoenix Day playground.

The old playground at Phoenix Day was an assortment of aging equipment — it met state standards for safety but wasn’t quite what educators at the inner-city child enrichment center wanted: a fun, vibrant outdoor learning environment for children who usually don’t have access to great amenities.

All that changed last November when more than 100 volunteers from Valley Partnership descended on the Phoenix campus for the annual Community Service Project. Their goal was to transform the sandy, walled-in courtyard into an outdoor haven for young learners.

By the time volunteers finished, Phoenix Day’s new playground boasted bright, engaging equipment; grassy, green play areas; a sand pit in which to dig and build; a meandering tricycle path; a garden; a brightly painted infant courtyard; and plenty of new plants and trees.

“Valley Partnership helped us realize the dream of a quality outdoor environment,” says Phoenix Day Executive Director Karyn Parker, who is serving her second term overseeing the center. “We wanted an outdoor environment that was a learning environment as well, and now we have one.”

Valley Partnership, AZRE May/June 2011Phoenix Day was a good fit for Valley Partnership’s annual project, which draws volunteers and in-kind donations from the organization’s diverse partners throughout the commercial real estate industry.

“We try to find projects that are the right size for us,” says Ben Shunk, current chairman of the Community Project Committee and a senior project manager at Adolfson & Peterson Construction. “We want to make sure the project’s not too big for us to make an impact.”

The impact on Phoenix Day has been a powerful one, Parker says, and is both immediate and long-term.

The immediate impact of the Valley Partnership project includes:

  • Play equipment that now includes pieces especially designed for toddlers.
  • An infant area that is brightly painted and visually stimulating.
  • A long-dreamed-of tricycle path that allows children to traverse the grounds, all the while riding on different textured surfaces.
  • Synthetic grass with a resilient surface and cushioned padding.
  • A sandpit area with play backhoes.
  • New plants and trees, as well as a brand new sprinkler system.
  • Fresh paint on cement walls.

The long-term benefits are an environment that allows Phoenix Day instructors to teach outdoors, particularly in the garden, where children can learn about sustaining plant life. The center also plans to add features such as a rabbit hutch and a butterfly garden, complete with worms and caterpillars.

“This will allow for seasonal learning,” Parker says, adding that an “indoor-outdoor connection” is an important part of a child’s development.

Almost 80 percent of Phoenix Day’s children come from homes in which the average income is between $14,000 and $18,000 for a family of four, she says. Parents often don’t have the money or the means of transportation to take their children out and about in the community. Now, they have a great spot right in their own neighborhood.

The annual service project is an important component of Valley Partnership’s mission, which also includes networking, education and advocacy.

“Everyone feels great being a part of it,” says this year’s board chair Mindy Korth, anValley Partnership, AZRE May/June 2011 executive vice president at CB Richard Ellis. “At Valley Partnership, we believe even an organization should tithe back to the community.”

While the actual group project takes one day, Shunk says planning for the event starts months before. Committee members typically choose an organization and then spend months preparing, which culminates in a well-coordinated, well-timed workday.

For November’s workday, volunteers from Trudell Design Studios and Wildwood Design surveyed the property and prepared an overall plan.

Then, Valley Partnership volunteers prepared paperwork regulating state requirements for child-care facilities, created a needs list and distributed it to Valley Partnership members.

Partners then stepped up to prep the site, performing such tasks as removing old cement and grading. So on Nov. 8, Shunk says every volunteer knew what to do to finish the work.

Not only is it well coordinated; it’s a lot of fun.

“It’s a great group of people. Everyone is smiling and working hard,” he says. “Everyone checks their egos at the door and realizes what the end result is.”

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Construction Project News, Florence Hospital, AZRE May/June 2011

Construction: Project News, May/June 2011

Florence Hospital at Anthem reaches halfway point

Construction at the 96,000 SF Florence Hospital at Anthem (in Florence) recently reached the halfway point with the topping out of the final steel beam. When it opens in 4Q 2011, the hospital will have a $15M payroll and 225 jobs. It will be a 58-bed facility with 20 emergency beds, 34 multi-purpose beds, and 4 ICU beds. The hospital will also include a full-service laboratory, blood bank and pharmacy, and will incorporate a completely electronic medical record system. SWA is the architect and Layton Construction is the general contractor.

DPR busy with healthcare projects

DPR Construction is busy with healthcare related projects — including several at the Banner Gateway campus in Gilbert. DPR is converting a 24,700 SF exiting pediatric unit into a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit at the BG Medical Center (BGMC). The $2.6M project includes installation of new patient lifts and upgraded mechanical systems to increase air exchanges. DPR also is renovating and expanding ($2.2M, 14,3338 SF) operations in the Microbiology and Laboratory Dept. at BGMC. The architect is Cannon Design|OWP/P and subcontractors include Delta Diversified, Bellaire Mechanical and RCI. Expected completion for both projects is 3Q 2011. DPR just completed a $5.3M, 31,045 SF, 3-story core and shell medical office building on the Banner campus. In Mesa, DPR is renovating the Hospice of Arizona Greenfield House. The $1.8M, 12,064 SF project will include a healing garden dedicated to former Gov. Rose Mofford. SmithGroup is the architect and subs include RML Electric, Ganado Painting, Hardrock Concrete, KTI Tile, Phoenix Wall, Pioneer Masonry, Sunstate Plumbing, Spectrum Mechanical, Styles Brothers and Twin City Hardware. Expected completion is 2Q 2011.

Arizona Experience Museum to be ready by state’s centennial

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on the Arizona Experience Museum, one of the state’s centennial projects. Plans call for enhancing and transforming the current Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum at 15th Ave. and Washington St. in Phoenix. The new museum will be an interactive, technology-driven venue showcasing Arizona’s past, present and future. Plans are on track for the museum’s renovations, with completion expected by 2012, Arizona’s Centennial. The museum will include a new main entrance on Washington, new main lobby, gift shop and reception area, and orientation theater. Museum designer is Gallagher & Associates, architect is Westlake Reed Leskosky, general contractor is Mortenson Construction, and construction consultant is Rider Levett Bucknell.

First Solar to break ground on new plant

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2Q 2011 at the Mesa Proving Grounds for the first phase of First Solar’s next solar module fabrication plant and future expansion. First Solar is acquiring 135 acres at the site from DMB Associates. The manufacturing facility will generate 600 clean-tech jobs for the region in its first phase. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2012. Approximately 400 to 500 jobs will be created during the construction of the project. First Solar considered a number of locations around the country before focusing on the Mesa property. Company officials credit the newly formed Arizona Commerce Authority for helping put the deal together. The 3,200-acre site is located at the SEC of Elliot and Ellsworth roads in Mesa. It was acquired by DMB in 2006

New Westin adheres to call for adaptive re-use

The Westin Phoenix Downtown at the Freeport McMoRan Center is a prime example of adaptive re-use in an urban setting. The Westin, which opened in March, occupies the 11th through 18th floors at 333 N. Central Ave., a 26-floor building originally named One Central Park East. It was originally designed as a mixed-use project with condominiums and academic space for Arizona State’s downtown campus. The plan was modified in 2006 due to budgetary constraints and ASU’s tight timetable to open the School of Journalism by August 2008. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold opened its offices there in 2009. General contractor for the Westin was Perini Building Co., the architect was SmithGroup and interior design was completed by Gensler and a Westin interior design team.

Intel plant to bring thousands of construction jobs to Arizona

Intel Corporation’s announcement that it plans to invest more than $5B to build a new chip manufacturing facility in Chandler could mean thousands of construction jobs for Arizona once the project is completed in 4Q 2013. The new factory, designated Fab 42, will be 200,000 SF of cleanroom space located at 4500 S. Dobson Rd. The developer, general contractor and architect have yet to be selected.

Fiat ‘salon’ added at Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Construction on a $1M, 4,547 SF Fiat “salon” at Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Scottsdale is scheduled to be completed by October. The project is an addition of a showroom for the Fiat brand to the existing dealership at 16301 N. 78th St. in Scottsdale. An original plan called for the salon to be housed at a temporary facility near Hayden and Raintree roads. However, Fiat officials scrapped those plans. Developer is the Van Tuyl Group and the architect is John Mahoney Architect. A general contractor had not been selected at press time.

Jones Lang LaSalle selected for Salvation Army project

The Salvation Army retained Jones Lang LaSalle to provide real estate advisory and development management services for a new social service and administration campus. The redevelopment, which will take place on The Salvation Army Herberger campus at 2707 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix, will replace 160,000 SF of failing space with two new buildings and a renovated warehouse. The redevelopment also opens 6 acres at the SWC of 28th and Van Buren streets, within the Herberger campus, for new, like-minded development. Phase I runs 1Q 2011 to 1Q 2012 and includes a 40,000 SF divisional headquarters and a 30,000 SF social services building at the site of the current Salvation Army property. Phase II includes 6 acres of land at the SEC of 28th and Van Buren streets. Project architect is Deutsch Architecture Group of Phoenix. The general contractor is Nitti Graycor of Tempe.

Adolfson & Peterson completes shopping center site work

Site work for Phase 1 of Paseo Lindo, a shopping center at the NEC of Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo in Chandler, will be completed in July by general contractor Adolfson & Peterson. The 47-acre site will be anchored by a Target store. Developer of the project is RED Development. For Phase 1, Butler Design Group is the architect and Olsson is the civil architect. For the Target store, general contractor is Ryan Companies US and the architect is RSP Architects. Subcontractors include Sandstrom (earthwork), Juarez (wet utilities), AME (electrical) and Gothic (landscaping).

Struggling Gilbert building lands two popular eateries

Two popular Valley dining establishments have signed leases as the new tenants of a struggling Downtown Gilbert commercial building with plans to open their doors in 4Q 2011. Postino Winecafe and Barrio Café will occupy the former Mahogany Run-Gonzo’s-GrainBelt building in Gilbert. Postino East will occupy 2,500 SF and owner Craig DeMarco plans to spend $500,000 on its construction. Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner of Barrio Café, plans to spend a little less than that transforming the 2,000 SF dining room and 2,000 SF patio.

Construction Project News, AZRE May/June 2011

Photo: Kling Stubbins

NASA-themed dome highlights eyecare project

A 30-foot NASA-themed dome is the focal point of a $490,000 construction project inside Family Eyecare of Glendale at Citadelle Plaza. The dome sits 30 feet above the boutique and includes a night sky, hanging “starburst” chandeliers, “planet” pendant lighting and large photo murals of NASA astronauts on the moon. It was designed in partnership with Zeiss, the German maker of optical instruments used for moon landings. General contractor is Bjerk Builders, architect is Kling Stubbins of Philadelphia, and brokerage firm is GPE Commercial Advisors. The official opening of Family Eyecare is early May.

First phase of $120M renovation at TMC completed

The first phase of a $120M renovation project at Tucson Medical Center was recently completed as pediatric patients moved into a new wing. The highlight of the $13.6M, 66,000 SF unit, the TMC Pediatric & Mother Baby Center, is a separate entrance and lobby that includes shades of orange, yellow, blue and green. Additional renovation will include two 500-space parking garages and a 3-story, 60-foot patient room tower. General contractor is Lloyd Construction of Tucson and the architect is Hobbs+Black Architects of Scottsdale. Hobbs+Black also has been awarded TMC’s West Hospital project. It consists of multiple projects including construction of a new West Hospital, and redevelopment of the west side of the 122-acre campus, including a new parking structure.

Utah general contractor to build Gilbert rehab center

Rimrock Construction of Draper, Utah, is the general contractor for a 28,000 SF, 32-bed rehabilitation center being built in Gilbert. The developer, Menlo DevCo, received an $8.2M FHA/HUD loan to build the facility. The project will include a 5,000 SF therapy area, a locker area and therapy pool. The Wellness Therapy Center will be located at 3319 S. Mercy Rd., near Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. It is expected to open in 4Q 2011. Advantage Architects of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is the architect.

Higley looking to future construction of two schools

The Higley Unified School District is looking at 23 acres it has in Sossaman Estates near Power and Queen Creek roads and 21 acres it owns at Elona Dr. and Recker Rd. as it considers the future construction of two middle schools over the next few years. The plan was to build one elementary school, but the area is growing so fast that two middle schools may be needed first. Higley has $71.5M in bond money, but under current law the school district cannot spend it, as assessed home valuations in the area have dipped significantly.

Construction P & Z

Town of Paradise Valley

The Town of Paradise Valley has begun a one-year review process to update its general plan. The update is currently in the initial visioning process.

City of Surprise

The City of Surprise General Plan is in the amendment process to add a Wildlife Linkages Map. The amendment will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 19 and June 9.

City of Goodyear

The City of Goodyear is currently in the process of updating its residential, commercial and industrial design guidelines approved in February 2001. For more information about the proposed changes, please visit the City of Goodyear website.

Town of Gilbert

The Town of Gilbert has drafted an amendment to its medical marijuana regulations in the Land Development Code. The Planning Commission Hearing is scheduled for May 4.

Maricopa County

On May 25, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors reviewed a proposed Stormwater Quality Management and Discharge Control Regulation amendment, including approval and permitting fee adjustments.

On Feb. 8, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors amended the Sign Regulations of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance. On April 13, the Board of Supervisors revisited the amendment to consider changes to off-site (billboard) sign regulations.

City of Mesa

The City of Mesa is updating its Zoning Ordinance based on the Mesa 2050 General Plan. A draft of the Zoning Ordinance update is located on the City’s website.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Valley Partnership, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Valley Partnership: Ben Shunk, Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Ben Shunk, senior project manager for Adolfson & Peterson Construction, was first attracted to Valley Partnership when he learned about its Community Project Committee.

Six years later, he remains active in all aspects of the organization, and is finding career success in its networking opportunities.

“(Valley Partnership) has helped me in my career because it’s a local organization where people who are trying to make a difference in the commercial industry as a whole can meet,” Shunk says. “This includes architects, developers, contractors, engineers, subcontractors, city personnel, attorneys — basically everyone who touches the private and public real estate industry.”

Shunk hasn’t lost his passion for community service, though, and served as chairman of the Community Project Committee in 2010.

The project Shunk spearheaded was with Phoenix Day, one of three day care facilities in South Phoenix. The team spent the first Saturday in November renovating the facility’s courtyard playground.

Shunk says he believes that was his single best experience with Valley Partnership.

“Even though it was a tough year for the economy, we had a great group of committee members, and it turned out to be an amazing project even in the tough economy,” he says.

Shunk adds that he is proud to be a part of Valley Partnership because he believes the organization serves a vital purpose in real estate, calling it “the voice of industry professionals.”

“If there are issues that the industry is passionate about, (members) can have a voice and an impact,” he says. “If it wasn’t for an organization like Valley Partnership, I don’t think those opinions would be heard.”

Shunk says he has high hopes for the real estate industry after a difficult few years, adding that “2010 was a little rough for everyone. We’re seeing a lot of momentum for 2011.”

For more information about Ben Shunk and Adolfson & Peterson Construction, visit www.a-p.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Apache Trails ASL Apartments, AZRE January/February 2011

Multi-Family: Apache ASL Trails Apartments


Developer: Cardinal Capital Management
General contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: WSM Architects
 2428 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Size: 97,843 SF

The $10.2M project will be a unique community for deaf seniors across the U.S. when completed in 2Q 2011. The 75-unit development will incorporate state-of-the-art technology for its deaf residents. The owner has retained a deaf architect to ensure lighting and other elements that the deaf have a heightened sense to are incorporated and accurately positioned.

AZRE January/February 2011
Devine Legacy, AZRE January/February 2011

Multi-Family: Devine Legacy On Central


Developer: Native American Connections
General contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: Pyatok Architects and Perlman Design Group
 4570 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Size: 100,340 SF

The $10.6M project is a 65-unit affordable housing community for working families. The urban design will include a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units, and will incorporate a number of green building concepts. Completion is 4Q 2011.

AZRE January/February 2011
Campus Suites, AZRE July/August 2008

Education: Campus Suites On The Rail


Developer: Campus Suites
General contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: L.R. Niemiec Architects
Location: 1900 E. Apache Dr., Tempe
Size: 730,000 SF on 7.5 acres

Campus Suites on the rail is a 5-story student apartment development featuring 299 student residential units and 946 bedrooms. Other components of the $50 million project include a 10,000 SF clubhouse and 14,000 SF of ground floor retail. Construction began March 2008, and will finish May 2009. Subcontractors include Phoenix General Contracting and InfiniSys Inc. for electrical work.

AZRE July/August 2008