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Discovery Triangle Launches Healthy Initiative

The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation is launching a fresh food initiative that will bring a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods located in the Discovery Triangle. The “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” will sell fresh, affordable and high-quality fruits and vegetables out of a donated, retrofitted Valley Metro bus.

A launch event was held on February 25 at the Brunson-Lee Elementary School in Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell jumped off the bus with bags of apples for the kids. The mayors and community partners spoke at the event. The bus, stocked with fresh produce, was available for tours.

“The Fresh Express is another example of Phoenix finding innovative ways to address problems and improve the quality of life of residents,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

“Tempe children and families in need in this area will be well served by the new service,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This is a great – and truly fresh – idea to make our community even stronger and healthier.”

The Discovery Triangle, which facilitates redevelopment in Phoenix and Tempe, developed the initiative after examining the lack of accessible grocery stores in the area, considered a “food desert,” and seeing a need to enhance the health of residents. Providing a mobile option is key since many of the residents in the area depend on public transportation.

“As civic entrepreneurs, the Discovery Triangle brings partners together to solve issues impacting the region. We believe increasing the accessibility of affordable, healthy food and health education will boost the region’s economic development opportunities,” said Don Keuth, president of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation.

Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle will begin selling produce in March with a pilot program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Routes will include schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other gathering places throughout the Discovery Triangle region.

Chase Bank, the founding sponsor, provided seed and operations funding to help launch Fresh Express. “Many people in the Discovery Triangle are dependent on public transportation to get to a grocery store. Now residents will have more options with the Fresh Express bringing affordable fruits and vegetables to convenient, walkable locations,” said Paul Groves, who heads the JPMorgan Private Bank in Arizona.

The bus also will offer on-board community health resources including nutrition education and health screenings. Produce will be sold at affordable prices. All forms of payment will be accepted including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

FRESH EXPRESS PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Several local organizations are partnering on the initiative:

· Discovery Triangle Development Corporation – Managing the initiative

· Valley Metro – Coordinating bus operations and in-kind donations

· Peddler’s Son – Providing fruits and vegetables

· ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation – Offering health screenings

· UMOM New Day Centers – Providing training and staffing

Sponsors whose donations have made the bus possible:

· Chase (founding sponsor)

· Valley Metro

· Junior League of Phoenix

· Blue Cross Blue Shield

· Arizona Community Foundation

· St. Luke’s Health Initiative

· eeko Studio

· Blue Media

· First Transit

· Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority

· UA College of Medicine

· Southwest Gas

· Creative Bus Sales Arizona

· ThermoGuard

· Custom Made Gas Tanks

· Safeway

· Phoenix I

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Architect Of The Year 2010

SmithGroup

Winner of Best Medical Project: Banner Ironwood Medical Center
Winner of Best Educational Project: ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation
Winner of Best Office Project: One Central Park East

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the United States and employs 800 professionals. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the higher education, healthcare, workplace, and science and technology markets.

Sustainable design is at the core of every SmithGroup project. With 346 LEED Accredited Professionals and 42 LEED-certified projects, SmithGroup is a national leader in sustainable, environmentally intelligent design. It continues to raise the bar by adopting the rigorous energy standards of the AIA-AZ Architecture 2030 Challenge. SmithGroup has been an active presence in the Valley of the Sun since 1973, and is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. Architect of the year 2010

Past accolades for SmithGroup include being chosen as the AIA Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year in 2007, a distinction that “recognizes the continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm who have produced distinguished architecture over a period of 10 years, and have made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession and their community, and have transcended their local boundaries in making these contributions.”

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Best Educational Project 2010

ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

The rapid growth of Arizona State University, and the birth of its new Downtown Phoenix campus, created a special architectural and urban opportunity. This compact, 5-story building serves as both the campus’ primary gateway on its marquee corner, and will house one of the largest nursing programs in the United States. The urban infill project created much needed density within the Phoenix Downtown core, and reused existing plant materials that were salvaged prior to new development.

Developer: City of Phoenix
Contractor: DPR Construction
Architect: SmithGroup
Size: 84,000 SFRed Awards March 2010 AZRE
Location:550 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
Completed: August 2009

Honorable Mention: Ironwood Hall

Developer: Maricopa County
Community College District
Contractor: Caliente Construction
Architect: Architekton
Size: 57,446 SF
Location: 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler
Completed: December 2009


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