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RED Awards 2015: Best Higher Education Project

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 contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

01-ASU-CACCollege Avenue Commons

Developer: Arizona Board of Regents
Contractor: Okland Construction
Architects: Gensler; Architekton
Size: 137KSF
Location: Tempe
Completed: July 2014

Arizona State University’s five-story College Avenue Commons is the new home for the Del E. Webb School of Construction, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, University Tour and Sun Devil Marketplace. The building contains a 200-seat auditorium, classrooms, BIM, materials testing and computational labs. Every tenant has a unique entrance off College Avenue, and the building is rife with didactic features. Elements of the design and construction were modeled in 3D so students can study the building’s construction. It also includes exposed mechanical, structural and electrical systems as well as chilled water, fire alarm and data systems that can be used for instruction.


AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards.

For tickets to this year’s RED Awards, click here.

After lively debate and a few unanimous decisions among this year’s selection committee, AZRE proudly announces the 2015 RED Award finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Congratulations to this year’s contending projects:
Adelante Healthcare Peoria
Banner Estrella New Tower Addition
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Phase II Clinic Expansion
Bottled Blonde/Livewire
Broadstone Lincoln
Chandler Regional Medical Center
CityScape Residences
College Avenue Commons
Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
CyrusOne, Building 4
General Motors IT Innovation Center
GoDaddy Global Technology Center
Great Hearts Academies, Arete Preparatory Academy
Heritage Marketplace
Lewis Prison Complex Expansion
Liberty Center at Rio Salado
Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility
Phoenix Sky Train Stage 1A
SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3
Start @ West-MEC, Innovation Center
Sun Devil Marketplace
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Sussex Properties for TLC Label
The Newton
University of Arizona—McKale Center Renovation
University of Arizona—Old Main renovation

And the companies that have been nominated as finalists with the above projects:
ADM Group
Alliance Residential Builders
Alliance Residential Company
Ameris Construction
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Department of Administration
AV3 Design
Axis Projects Corporation
Balmer Architectural Group
Banner Health
Butler Design Group
BWS Architects
Cam-8, LLC
Carollo Engineers
Cawley Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
City of Phoenix
Corgan Associates, Inc.
CyrusOne Inc.
Dick & Fritsche Design Group
Dignity Health
DLR Group
DPR Construction
Emc2 Architects Planners, PC
Evening Entertainment Group
Fanning Howey
Fimbres Studio
Follett Higher Education Group
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Great Hearts Academies
HKS, Inc.
Hunt Construction, an AECOM Company
Iconic Design Studio

Intel Corporation
JE Dunn Construction
John Douglas Architects
Jones Studio
Layton Construction Co., Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
LGE Design Build
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mark IV Capital
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture
MD Heritage LLC
Modus Development
Mortenson Construction
Okland Construction
ORB Architecture, LLC
Orcutt | Winslow
Peoria Unified School District
Plaza Companies
Poster Frost Mirto
RED Development
RJM Construction
RSP Architects
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sussex Properties
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Venue Builders
Venue Projects
Wespac Construction Inc.


Brokerage Team Finalists

Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy
Todd Fogler, Ryan Eustice and Jami Savage-Gray
Tom Adelson, Jim Fijan, Jerry Robert and Corey Hawley

Leroy Breinholt
Trent Rustan
Tyson Breinholt

Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Toci and Chad Littell
Jackie Orcutt, John Grady and Mackenzie Ford
Larry Downey

Mike Haenel, Andy Markham and Will Strong
Robert Buckely, Tracy Cartledge, Steve Lindley

Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Bill Honsaker, Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Dave Seeger, Karsten Peterson and Mark Gustin
John Bonnell and Brett Abramson
Mark Detmer and Bo Mills
Pat Harlan, Steve Sayre and Kyle Westfall
Pat Williams, Steve Corney, Vicki Robinson and Andrew Medley

Lee & Associates
Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney

Velocity Retail
Andy Kroot
Darren Pitts and Dave Cheatham

The project and brokerage team winners will be announced at the RED Awards reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort between 6 and 8 p.m. At the event, winners of AZRE’s 2015 developer, general contractor, architect and subcontractor of the year awards will also be announced.

Tickets are now available for the RED Awards. here for more information.

Architekton names three senior associates

John Williams

John Williams

In conjunction with its 25th year anniversary, Architekton named John Cahoon, John Williams and Harold Gephardt senior associates. After 25 years of practice, this is one of the first in a series of celebratory events that coincide with the firm’s silver jubilee.  Founded June 1, 1989, the firm is known for award-winning, creative solutions to complex projects that balance functionality with aesthetics, and for the firm’s ability to manage strict client budgets and produce high quality architecture.

John Cahoon

John Cahoon

John Cahoon has been an architect with the firm for 9 of his 26 years in the industry. He has managed the design, documentation and construction of large projects worldwide including master planned communities, university student centers, government projects and religious facilities. A career that spans over 30 years, John Williams has been an architect with the firm for 4 years and follows a design philosophy that is dedicated to ensuring that the architecture is sustainable, hospitable and distinct for the client and the community to which it inhabits. Harold Gebhardt has been with Architekton for 14 years as controller and CFO.

Harold Gebhardt

Harold Gebhardt

Since its founding in downtown Tempe, the firm has completed projects that have not only been deemed a success by users and the surrounding communities, but have gained critical acclaim through publication and awards. A never-ending passion of the firm’s partners and team members to be creative, sustainable and innovative has resulted in more than 125 local, regional and national citations for design excellence.

From four founding partners —each with their own area of expertise and professional experience— Architekton has grown to a staff of 35.  Today, we possess an even broader spectrum of talents and project experience.  Our diversity is a direct result of our firm’s philosophy and evolution.  We are recognized for our experience, dedication, technical expertise and unparalleled service. Our success in a vast array of building types and project scales has been recognized with project awards by local, regional and national groups but, more importantly, by loyalty from our clients.

Scottsdale Polo Championships

Heineken Expands Party Tent at Polo Event

Heineken may be known for brewing America’s highest quality and favorite pale lager, but equally as satisfying, its ability to help throw the biggest polo party in the country at the 3rd Annual Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013.

With space for more than 600 people, The Heineken Red Star Corral, A Polo Day Club features an outdoor patio, all-day D.J., and an on-site after party until 7:00 p.m. There is no more exciting place to watch the world’s hottest and sexiest polo players take to the field for an afternoon of non-stop polo action on November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Heineken used a similar party tent at the Long Beach Grand Prix.  Check out the body surfing from last year’s Polo Party.

Here’s the quick rundown of the festivities – On Saturday, November 2nd, gates open at 10:00 a.m. for the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower. The first match will pit America’s high school champions, Work to Ride, against the country’s 2012 college champions, the University of Virginia.

The next match, at 1:00 p.m., will feature a Battle of the Sexes with a Women’s All-Star Team vs. Arizona Polo Club (men).

At 3:00 p.m., the U.S. Military Polo Team will square off against the Clogau Wales Polo Team (United Kingdom). Jeff Hall, one of the best polo players in the world, and one of just a few top-rated Americans, will be captaining the U.S. Military team.

But heart-stopping polo action isn’t the only feature at WestWorld on Nov. 2nd. Attendees will also enjoy a sneak preview of the 2014 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and see some serious horsepower with a preview of the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2014 Collector Car Auction along with local car clubs lining the field. This year will also feature the 2013 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance car show.

And if you can’t wait until Saturday, join us Friday, November 1st, when gates open at 3:00 p.m. for a sneak preview of the Championships and a fashion show. There will be an all-star match at 4:00 p.m. and then a 5:30 p.m. introduction of the players. It will culminate with a 6:00 p.m. Sunset Equestrian Fashion Show presented by Phoenix Fashion Week.

Tickets and tables are now on sale for the 2013 event. Go to www.thepoloparty.com to purchase tickets.


Sun Devil Fitness Complex Opens at ASU Polytechnic Campus

After 13 months of construction, the 61,495 SF Sun Devil Fitness Complex at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa celebrated its official grand opening.

The $18.7M building is the product of a CMAR effort between ASU, Gilbane Building Company, Architekton and 360 Architects.

Gilbane was chosen for the project based on the firm’s extensive experience in sports and recreation construction and long history of exceeding expectations on ASU projects. The team completed the recreation and fitness complex under budget and on-time, while utilizing state of the art sustainable technologies.

The two-story fitness building features an outdoor pool, three basketball courts, two racquetball courts, cardio areas, locker rooms, showers, a health/wellness center, exterior basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts soccer and softball fields.

Funded through student fees, it was important to ASU to engage the students and give them a voice to help guide the project. To encourage student engagement, the construction team created a Facebook page for the Sun Devil Fitness Complex project that provided a common social media platform to share progress photos, and schedule and status updates.

The student population engaged in an open discussion with the team to comment on design, scope and finishes.

“Throughout design and construction, ASU, Gilbane, Architekton and 360 Architects focused on the students and their needs, fully engaging the campus population to construct a facility that they want.” said Tom Goderre, vice president. “The great level of collaboration produced a truly incredible facility that serves the best interests of the ASU faculty and students.”

RED Awards 2012 - Grand Canyon University

RED Awards 2012: Best Education Project, Grand Canyon University Arena

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Education Project was Grand Canyon University Arena.

Best Education Project

Grand Canyon University Arena

Developer: Grand Canyon University
Contractor: Perini Building Company
Architect: Architekton and 360 Architecture
Size: 135,000 SF
Location: 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Completed: September, 2011

Grand Canyon UniversityThe Grand Canyon University Arena is the focal point of the school’s $200M expansion project. The 5,000-seat facility was completed in a little more than a year without disrupting students’ class schedules, events or parking availability. Amenities include five high-definition video boards, an outdoor balcony, five concession stands and a carpeted expansive concourse. Glass panels on the north and south sides of the arena provide onlookers a view of the various events taking place inside. The arena adheres to sustainability through its use of high-efficiency lighting, chillers and a Variprime system that operates with changeable water pumps depending on the amount needed. In addition, the design stays true to the campus architecture as the brick base of the arena ties it to the brick buildings of the historic 60-year-old campus.


Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

NAU Health and Learning Center

Developer: Northern Arizona University
Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: OWP/P Cannon Design
Size: 277,000 SF
Location: 105 E. Franklin Ave., Flagstaff
Completed: July, 2011

Video by Cory Bergquist

RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Grand Canyon University Student Rec Center, AZRE January/February 2011

Education: Grand Canyon University Student Recreation Center


Developer: N/A
General contractor: UEB Builders
Architect: Architekton
 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Size: 55,000 SF

The $10M, 2-story center will serve as a practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the wrestling team. It will include locker rooms, athletic training facilities and a fitness center for students and staff. Completion date is 3Q 2011.

AZRE January/February 2011
Grand Canyon University Event Center - AZRE September/October 2010

Education: Grand Canyon University Event Center

Grand Canyon University Event Center

Developer: Grand Canyon University
Contractor: Perini Building Co.
Architect: Architekton & 360 Architecture
(Kansas City, Mo.)
Size: 135,000 SF
Location: 3300 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix

The 5,000-seat Event Center will be the new home of the GCU men’s and women’s basketball teams, in addition to hosting conferences, concerts and high school athletic events. The $60M venue, which broke ground in June, is the focal point of an expansion that includes a 4-level dormitory, 55,000 SF student recreation center and 29,000 SF classroom building.

AZRE September/October 2010

Best Public Project 2010

Surprise City Hall

Surprise City Hall was constructed during very turbulent economic times, which forced the city to undergo several internal personnel changes. The changes occurred after construction had begun, drastically affecting the project. Without the collaborative efforts, communication and positive attitudes of the design and construction teams — keeping the project on target and within the original budget — the project may not have become a reality.

Developer: City of Surprise
Contractor: D.L. Withers Construction
Architect: Architekton
Size: 290,000 SF
Location: 15984 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise
Completed: March 2009

Honorable Mention: Camelback Ranch
Spring Training Facility

Developer: City of Glendale
Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: HKS Inc.
Size: 205,000 SF
Location: 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Completed: February 2009

AZRE Red Awards March 2010 | Previous: Best Multi-Family Project | Next: Best Retail Project

Desert Foothills YMCA, AZRE March-April 2009

Public: Desert Foothills YMCA & Community Center


Owner: Valley of the Sun YMCA/Maricopa County College District
Contractor: Summit Builders
Architect: Architekton
Size: 48,355 SF
Location: Carefree Hwy. & 60th St., Scottsdale

The Desert Foothills YMCA is 10.45-acre campus that consists of three components: a 27,842 SF YMCA facility, a 20,513 SF community center and a new Paradise Valley Community College facility, which will be operated by the Maricopa County Community College District. Construction on the $8.8M development began 4Q08, and will finish 3Q09.

AZRE March/April 2009