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ACG-Arizona celebrates leadership for 10th Anniversary

ACG-Arizona is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a leader in the Valley business community by bringing in one of America’s most renowned military leaders at a time of increasing instability in the world.

He’s Admiral Eric T. Olson (RET.), former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command responsible for having built and trained Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special forces during a period of unprecedented activity from 2007 – 2011.  A career-long Navy SEAL and the first to achieve three-star and four-star rank, Admiral Olson was highly-decorated for valor in combat and held multiple leadership roles throughout his career in some of our Nation’s most clandestine military organizations.

Olson will be the keynote speaker at the Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona Chapter’s “A Celebration of Leadership” event on September 15. Olson’s keynote speech will include a discussion of building, training, and leading highly effective teams, as well as current national security concerns and geopolitical challenges.

“A Celebration of Leadership” will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

The event will also mark the 10th Anniversary of ACG-Arizona, and promises to be an exciting evening that brings together a broad spectrum of the Valley business community.

“We are honored to have Admiral Olson speak at this signature event,” said Christine Nowaczyk, Senior Vice President for Bank of Arizona and Past President of ACG-Arizona. “Admiral Olson has had an extraordinary impact on our national security and is one of the most exemplary leaders of our lifetime. His insight into what it takes to truly exercise bold leadership and build high-performing teams should be extremely valuable for those who attend the event. It promises to be a great evening with a program that any business leader will enjoy.”

The event is already receiving support from Bank of Arizona, BDO, CKS Advisors, CliftonLarsonAllen and McGladrey, among other significant local and national companies.

Tickets for the event are $135 for ACG-Arizona members and $155 for non members if purchased by September 1. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.acg.org/arizona or calling 602-448-3981.

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. Today ACG stands at more than 14,000 members from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 56 chapters in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Arizona chapter of ACG includes representatives from corporate investment and private equity groups, financiers, venture capitalists and supporting consultant services. For more information, visit www.acg.org/arizona.

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ASU alumni honor innovators in sustainability

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor alumni, faculty and alumni supporters who are innovators in sustainability at its annual Founders’ Day Awards Dinner, slated for 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.
The award ceremony has been a signature event for the university for decades, and honors individuals who exemplify the spirit of the founders of the Territorial Normal School of Arizona, ASU’s predecessor institution, which received its charter from the Thirteenth Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1885.  As part of the celebration, ASU President Michael M. Crow will provide a university update.

The following individuals will be honored by the Alumni Association at the Founders’ Day event:
Alumni Achievement Awards
Young Alumni Achievement Award – Ryan Delaney ’11 M.S.
Ryan Delaney, a 2011 graduate of ASU’s School of Sustainability, is being honored at Founders’ Day for his work as founder and co-director of Carbon Roots International (CRI), a company that uses sustainability principles to help rural farmers in Haiti develop more efficient agricultural practices.
Delaney collaborated with his co-founders to launch CRI in 2010. The company’s main purpose initially was to develop a viable model for the deployment of a sustainable soil amendment known as biochar in rural Haiti.  CRI ultimately expanded its organizational focus to include the production of a renewable fuel known as “green charcoal,”which allows farmers to convert crop waste into a fuel source with which people can cook.
In 2013, Delaney’s company formally launched an innovative, market-based social enterprise model in northern Haiti that addresses deforestation, energy security, rural poverty, and job scarcity.
Alumni Achievement Award – Rev. Jenny L. Norton ’93 B.S.
The Rev. Jenny L. Norton is being honored at Founders’ Day for her advocacy on behalf of sustainability and social justice issues, and for her concern with the impact of environmental challenges upon the most vulnerable populations within our society.
While serving as an Arizona state representative from District 27 in the 1980s, Norton co-sponsored legislation to mandate the use of clean fuels and to re-write the state’s energy policy. Norton completed her bachelor’s degree in justice studies at ASU in 1993, then completed a divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
At ASU, Norton has established five scholarship endowments, including four in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one in the School of Sustainability. The scholarships assist undergraduate and graduate students interested in justice studies, religious studies, sustainability, and women/gender studies.
Norton and her spouse, Bob Ramsey, were key supporters of Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona building the first LEED-certified Habitat home in Glendale, Ariz. She is collaborating with ASU’s Rob and Melanie Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Habitat for Humanity, and the city of Tempe on a current project that will create entire neighborhoods of sustainable, affordable houses in Tempe, as well as in a village in Guatemala. 
Faculty Achievement Awards
Faculty Research Achievement Award
James Elser, Regents’ Professor and Parents Association Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Distinguished sustainability scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
James Elser is being honored at Founders’ Day for his contributions to major transdisciplinary projects related to biogeochemistry, ecosystem dynamics, and nutrient limitation, with a special emphasis on phosphorus. Since arriving at ASU as a faculty member in 1990, he has been a pioneer in the integrative field of biological stoichiometry, which is the study of the balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in living systems, and has applied this theory primarily in limnology, which is the study of inland waters (lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater).
He is the current president of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). He is the co-author of the highly regarded book, “Ecological Stoichiometry” and co-editor of the new book “Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future.”
He was integral in the 2011 founding of the Sustainable P Initiative at ASU. He is currently the principal investigator for the initiative’s Sustainable Phosphorus Research Coordination Network and a founding leader of the emerging North American Partnership for Phosphorus Sustainability.
He has been recognized for his research with two Fulbright Fellowships and with designation as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. In 2013, he was elected as a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.
Faculty Service Achievement Award
Christopher Wharton ’06 Ph.D., associate professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, College of Health Solutions.
Director, Food Systems Transformation Initiative, and senior sustainability scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
Christopher Wharton is being honored at Founders’ Day for his service work in the field of sustainability and nutrition. He is an expert in local food systems and food security and is the director of the Food Systems Transformation Initiative at ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.  
Wharton’s research interests include developing innovative models that improve small and mid-sized farms’ financial viability, and studying the ways in which the local supply chain can offer increased healthy food access in “food deserts,” or locations in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.
 At ASU, he has performed numerous service activities, including acting as chair of the research seminar series for the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and participating in the school’s curriculum committee. He has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, having chaired the group’s hunger and environmental nutrition practice group and served on its board of directors. He has contributed chapters to two books: “Leisure, Health and Wellness: Making the Connections,” and “Obesity: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Contemporary Global Issue.”
Wharton has been presented with numerous awards, including the 2013 ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness and the 2011 ASU President’s Award for Sustainability. In 2012, he received the Conscious Local Living “Local Face” Award from The Fusion Foundation for his efforts to increase public access to locally grown healthy foods. 
Faculty Teaching Achievement Award
Chad Johnson, associate professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Chad Johnson is being honored at Founders’ Day for his contributions to ASU and the local community as an outstanding teacher and mentor to students. He is praised in evaluations by former students as a caring, passionate and creative instructor, who is able to distill complex biological and ecological dynamics into clear, understandable concepts.
In his research, Johnson tracks animals through their life cycles, studying behavior in conjunction with ecological variations found in nature. His most recent research focuses on the study of behavior and population ecology/genetics of desert-versus-urban populations of black widow spiders native to Arizona. 
He has taught a variety of life-sciences courses – including animal behavior, fundamentals of ecology, and general biology – for the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, located in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on ASU’s West campus. He also has taught sustainability concepts to non-majors through a course entitled The Human Environment, and to honors students through a seminar entitled The Ecology of Human Disturbance. Johnson is a strong advocate of hands-on learning, and utilizes up to a half-dozen undergraduate student research collaborators in his laboratory each semester. Sharing his research and teaching expertise beyond the  sphere of ASU, Johnson has developed a four-session curricular sequence that uses his research program with black widows to introduce middle school science students to scientific discovery. 
Faculty Teaching Achievement Award
Hallie Eakin, associate professor, School of Sustainability.
Senior sustainability scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.
Hallie Eakin is being honored at Founders’ Day for her innovative approach to instructing students in the School of Sustainability. She combines a dynamic lecture style in her classes with in-class discussions, peer-to-peer learning and community-based projects, as well as field trips to observe sustainability concepts and dynamics unfolding in their natural state. 
Eakin’s research seeks to understand the adaptability, resilience and sustainability of different social systems in the face of global environmental and socioeconomic change.
She actively promotes student involvement in her international and local research activities, and draws from her international research experiences to expand students’ horizons in her teaching. She is the author of the book “Weathering Risk in Rural Mexico: Climatic, Economic and Institutional Change,” as well as numerous articles on related topics. 
Eakin has taught a range of courses on sustainability at ASU, including the undergraduate course Sustainable Food and Farms and graduate seminars in Food System Sustainability and Adaptation, Resilience and Transformation.  She also coordinates project-based learning courses in which students design and implement collaborative projects in collaboration with elements of the Phoenix community.
Eakin has drawn from her teaching experience in sustainability science to support curriculum development. She was instrumental in the development of an undergraduate certificate in food systems sustainability at ASU. 
The Philanthropists of the Year Award, presented by the ASU Foundation For A New American University
Rob and Melani Walton
Rob and Melani Walton are being honored for their exemplary support and dedication to creativity, innovation and engaged practice to create a more sustainable world through their philanthropy and corporate leadership.
Rob is chairman of the board of directors of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, serves Conservation International as chairman of its executive committee, and is co-chair of the board of directors for Sustainability at Arizona State University. Melani drives impact and engagement across the Phoenix region as co-chair for ASU Women and Philanthropy, and as a board member for the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Arizona Women’s Board, and the Phoenix Symphony.
The Waltons’ current engagement with ASU helped the university extend its expertise in sustainability outside the bounds of academia by establishing the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, designed to develop scalable solutions to global economic, social and environmental challenges.
Tickets to the Founders’ Day event are $150 for Alumni Association members and $200 for nonmembers. Table and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information about Founders’ Day, or to RSVP, visit asu.edu/foundersday.

Top 5 Accommodations: Uniquely Arizona (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations for Uniquely Arizona! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Accommodations: Uniquely Arizona

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(800) 950-0086
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(602) 955-8614
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

The Grand Canyon Caverns, Cavern Motel Room
Location: On Route 66 at mile marker 115, just 9 miles east of Peach Springs, Ariz.
(928) 422-3223
Imagine, if you can, spending the night in the oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world. You take the elevator 22 stories underground and spend the night in a place so quiet and dark, so large and so old, and so alone. It is not for everyone, but if you have the desire and will, you can do this.
Rancho De Los Caballeros Hotel
1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ 85390

(928) 684-5484
Rancho de los Caballeros isn’t your average dude ranch. It’s a historic ranch resort with the soul of a bed and breakfast. The Ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear—it’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name and your favorite horse.

La Posada
303 E. 2nd St. Winslow, AZ 86047

(928) 289-4366
Rated as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, this hotel is the Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company. It offers guests three gardens (Sunken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.

Photo: Hassayampa Inn

Top 5: Uniquely Arizona Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Uniquely Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 241-1210
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and LON’s at The Hermosa.

Jerome Grand Hotel

200 Hill St.,
Jerome, AZ 86331
(888) 817-6788
Jerome Grand Hotel is not only a National Historic Landmark, but it’s also the highest public building in the Verde Valley with breathtaking views. The hotel was also featured on “Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel in 2011.

La Posada

303 E. 2nd St.,
Winslow, AZ 86047
(928) 289-4366
Rated as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, this hotel is the Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company, offering guests three gardens (Suken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace, and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.

Hassayampa Inn

122 E. Gurley St.,
Prescott, AZ 86301
(800) 322-1927
For nearly a century, the Hassayampa Inn has been a place to escape the stresses of busy urban life, a place for a romantic getaway, and an oasis dedicated to restoring balance within the picturesque setting of northern Arizona.

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(800) 950-0086
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.

Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.

Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012


Spa Getaway - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

A Spa Getaway Is The Perfect Gift For Moms, Dads, Grads

One-day escape: A spa getaway is the perfect gift for moms, dads, grads

With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation ceremonies coming up this spring, give your loved one the most relaxing gift of all — a spa getaway.

A spa day is perfect for anyone looking to escape the day-to-day routine or need a little “me” time and pampering. As for those college grads, now is the time to refresh and rejuvenate before the job search in the real world commences.

And here in Scottsdale, spas are found everywhere; so you’ll find a spa package that fits the needs of all your loved ones.

Whether you are treating yourself or someone else, the hard work should pay off with a spa getaway and escape!

Spa Lamar


For all: Try the hot stone massage, followed by a steam sauna soak in the whirlpool and lunch by the pool.

5115 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 945-7066

Dolce Salon and Spa


Mom: Customized Organic Facial
Dad: Steam Porter Shave
Grads: Swedish full-body massage

6166 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 722-0500

Bliss Spa


Mom: Rookie Mom Rubdown
Dad: Extreme Sports Massage
Grads: Fabulous Facial

7277 E. Camelback Rd., W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences, Scottsdale
(480) 970-211

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa


Mom: Mother-to-Be Massage
Dad: FORE/MAX Massage
Grad: Organic Spray Tanning or Fresh Start Renewal

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale
(480) 624-1000

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa


Mom: Biltmore Block Package
Dad: Sports Recovery Treatment
Grad: Essential Organic Facial

2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
(602) 381-7632

Hawaiian Experience Spa


Mom: Lavender Scrub, Wrap, Massage
Dad: Lomi Lomi Massage
Grad: Classic Relaxation Facial

11300 E. Via Linda, #E, Scottsdale
(480) 661-2991

Body Beautiful Spa


Mom: Mini Break Away Day Spa Package
Dad: Men’s Escape Day Package
Grad: The Unwinder Day Spa Package

4449 N. 24th St., Phoenix
(602) 522-9222

Scottsdale Spa For One


Mom: Hot Stone Massage
Dad: Deep Tissue Massage
Grad: Therapeutic Massage

4227 N. Brown, #4, Scottsdale
(602) 418-2561

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas


Mom: Signature Stress Melter Ritual
Dad: Deep Tissue Massage
Grad: Time Saver Facial

2502 E. Camelback Rd., #215, Phoenix
(602) 553-8800

Aji Spa & Salon


Mom: SAS’HAICHU (Spa VIP Package – Very Important Pampering)
Dad: CHEOJ (Gentleman’s Facial Treatment)
Grad: OI VE’CHOTH (Organic Facial)

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler
(602) 385-5759

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Best Public, Commercial Buildings - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Arizona's Biggest, Best And Most Memorable Public And Commercial Buildings

Steel, Glass and Marvelous: A look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in Arizona

OK, so we don’t have the skylines of L.A., New York or Chicago. But for a state barely celebrating its first centennial, Arizona — Metro Phoenix in particular — is home to some fairly impressive commercial and public buildings.

Arizona doesn’t have the 110-story Chicago Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) … but the Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix looms as the tallest building in Arizona at 40 stories.

We don’t have New York’s swanky Plaza Hotel … but the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa — The Jewel of the Desert — is a world-famous travel destination.

The Los Angeles Coliseum? … Nope, we don’t have that either. But University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale already has played host to one Super Bowl and two BCS National Championship Games.

As part of AZRE’s Arizona Centennial Series, a look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in the state.

Best Sports Venue

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Contractor: Hunt Construction
Architect: Peter Eisenman
Year built: 2006

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale - AZRE September/October 2011One might say that the Arizona Cardinals scored when they found their new home in $455M University of Phoenix Stadium. With a multi-purpose design, the 63,400-seat stadium is host to not only football and soccer games, but to an array of events including motor sports competitions, trade shows and concerts. While the stadium may pride itself on its innovative versatility, the building’s design is equally as impressive. The exterior of the stadium, with alternating reflective metal panels and the iconic “Bird-Air” retractable fabric roof, was designed to replicate a barrel cactus. The interior features artistic elements including nostalgic photos and a series of murals representative of Arizona.

Tallest Building

Chase Tower - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Chase Tower, Phoenix
Contractor: Henry C. Beck Co.
Architect: Welton Becket & Associates
Year built: 1972

Chase Tower certainly stands out in the Phoenix skyline with its modern use of glass, steel and concrete. This 40-story financial establishment was originally constructed for Valley National Bank, which after a series of mergers is today Chase Bank. In addition to its contemporary style, the tower strays from tradition with its underground, retail entry level, as opposed to the traditional commercial lobby space used in other buildings of its type. Aside from the tower’s primary use as an office space, Chase Tower offers restaurants, retail and, of course, banking services.

Oldest Commercial Building

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
Contractor: J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace (renovation Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011by Huntcor, phases 1 and 2; Joe E. Woods, Inc., phase 3)
Architect: Lescher & Mahoney
Year built: 1929

As the only designated historic theater and last remaining example of theater palace architecture in the Valley, the fully restored Orpheum Theatre leaves little to the imagination when it comes to envisioning the grandeur of drama and cinema in America’s Golden Age. The original Spanish Baroque style theater was built by J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace as the final major construction project before the Great Depression. Once dubbed the “Grand Dame of Movie Theaters,” the Orpheum was originally intended for film and vaudeville performances. Though ownership of the theater has been passed down from Paramount to cinema aficionado James Nederlander to the City of Phoenix in 1984, its elegant, 1,364-seat Lewis Auditorium and glamorous marquee at Second and Adams prove that the “Grand
Dame” status has survived.

Best Hospitality Property

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect and builder: Albert Chase McArthur
Year built: 1929

Albert Chase McArthur certainly called upon the teachings of his former instructor, Frank Lloyd Wright, when he designed “The Jewel of the Desert,” The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The resort’s construction features McArthur’s signature concrete “Biltmore Block,” whose geometry mimics the surrounding palm trees. In its early days as the preferred resort of celebrities and heads of state, the Biltmore was owned by William Wrigley Jr. With expansions and renovations including two golf courses, a spa, the Paradise Guest Wing and Pool, ballrooms and additional meeting spaces, the resort retains its status of elite hospitality and one of the largest hotels in Arizona.

Phoenix City Hall - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Best Government Building

Phoenix City Hall
Contractor: Hunt Construction Group
Architect: Langdon Wilson
Year built: 1993

In relation to its surroundings, and rising up 22 stories, Phoenix City Hall can be classified as one of the Valley’s few skyscrapers. The building, also called the Phoenix Municipal Building, replaced the Old City Hall, which was located in the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building. The building is home the City of Phoenix and the origin of legislation regarding public safety, transportation, recreation and sustainability. Phoenix City Hall is the common stomping ground for the governments of the city’s eight districts.

Most Expensive Commercial Building

Most Expensive Commercial Building - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011CityScape, Phoenix
Contractors: The Weitz Company and Hunt Construction
Architect: Callison Architecture
Year built: 2010

The phrase “never a dull moment” is often reserved for people and places that provide some source of endless entertainment—and that’s exactly what CityScape offers. The $900M, mixed-use development hits the perfect balance of work and play with its collection of commercial towers, entertainment venues, retail and restaurants spanning two city blocks. The mixed-use facility may be one of the few places Valley residents and tourists can exercise, have a relaxing morning in Patriot’s Park, grab sushi or burgers for lunch, grocery shop, buy that new dress, attend a baseball game and finish the day off at a swanky restaurant or bar—all without getting in a car.

Best Medical Facility

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: HKS
Year built: 2011

TPhoenix Children's Hospital - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011he visual spectacle that is now the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new main building impacts countless drivers on State Route 51 with its lights and seamless architecture. And with the 11-story tower capable of serving 425 patients, the hospital hopes to impact equally as many children. With the new tower comes additional clinic space and operating rooms, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a separate Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in response to the hospital’s successful Children’s Heart Center. The hospital’s recent makeover was not limited to the construction of the new tower, but included renovations to the existing buildings and new of satellite centers.

Best Public Building

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Contractor: Ryan Companies US
Architect: RSP Architects
Musical Instrument Museum - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Year built: 2010

Former Target CEO and African art collector, Robert J. Ulrich, was inspired to found the Musical Instrument Museum after visiting a similar museum in Belgium. The museum’s modern design is meant to compliment its surrounding desert landscape. MIM’s interior features a tile path, “El Río,” that flows to connect each of the museum’s galleries, as well as structural lines designed to echo those of common musical instruments. The museum boasts a unique collection of 14,000 musical instruments from 200 countries, with an emphasis on those of Western origin and includes pieces which once belonged to music legends including John Lennon and Eric Clapton.

Biggest Commercial Building

Phoenix Convention Center
Contractor: Hunt-Russell-Alvarado
Phoenix Convention Center - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect: HOK Venue
Year built: 2008 (final phase)

Home to countless trade shows, conventions and formal events and weighing in at 1.9 MSF, the Phoenix Convention Center is among one of the largest of its kind. The many structures of the convention center are built with stones and materials native to Arizona and designed to emulate our southwestern landscape and culture. Each building combines innovation and tradition with state-of-the-art technology services for vendor presentations and art from nationally recognized artists that highlight Arizona’s cultural identity.

Most Recognizable Building

Biosphere 2, Tucson
Builder: Space Biosphere Ventures
Architect: Phil Hawes
Year built: 1987, 1991

Biosphere Tucson - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Biosphere 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to the original biosphere made famous by years of evolution—Earth. The facility functions as a world within a world, separated from the outside by a 500-ton steel liner. Under its 6,500 windows and 7.2M cubic feet of sealed glass, self-sufficient ocean, wetland, grassland, desert and rainforest ecosystems thrive. In addition to the awe-inspiring glass dome structure, it includes the Technosphere basement floor and the Energy Center with electrical and plumbing services to maintain climate and living conditions within the dome. Biosphere 2, originally  funded by a $30M gift from the Philecology Foundation, is now managed by the science program at the University of Arizona.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2011


Arizona Biltmore Bankruptcy

Arizona Biltmore, 4 U.S. Resorts File For Bankruptcy

Arizona Biltmore among 5 U.S. resort hotels to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa was one of five luxury resort hotels in the U.S. that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday, days after being acquired by a group that includes affiliates of hedge fund Paulson & Co Inc., Reuters reported.

Tuesday’s filing will not affect business at the Biltmore, located at 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix.

A $1 billion mortgage on the hotels was maturing Tuesday, according to a statement by CNL-AB LLC. Besides the Biltmore, the other properties are La Quinta Resort & Club in California, Grand Wailea Resorts Hotel & Spa in Hawaii; Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami; and the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, Calif.

According to Reuters, 30 affiliates of CNL-AB sought protection from creditors in Manhattan’s bankruptcy court. The affiliates listed a combined $2.2 billion in assets and $1.9 billion in liabilities. CNL-AB acquired the five hotels, plus three other luxury resorts – including the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa – at a foreclosure auction last week, according to Bloomberg News. Desert Ridge Resort and Spa was not included in the bankruptcy filing.

The eight resorts were purchased by Morgan Stanley Real Estate in 2007 for $3.13 billion.

Athena Awards

ATHENA Award Winners Announced

Susan Cordts, Sharon Knutson-Felix and Rachel Bennett Yanof were recipients of 2010 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Awards presented today at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa,

Cordts, President & CEO of Adaptive Technologies Inc., was 2010 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year in the Private Sector; Knutson-Felix, Executive Director – 100 Club of Arizona, was 2010 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year award in the Public Sector; and Bennett Yanof, Executive Director – Phoenix Collegiate Academy, won the 2010 ATHENA Young Professional Award.

The event marks the 23rd year the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has honored Valley businesswomen with the ATHENA Award, named after the Greek goddess of courage and wisdom, and a program of ATHENA International, a foundation dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women.

Cordts, Knutson-Felix and Bennett Yanof were chosen from among 11 other ATHENA finalists who were selected from a large group of nominations received in August.