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Eastgroup Rendering

Sky Harbor Business Park has a new spec building

Sun State Builders announced the completion of another speculative development project.  Sun State Builders, Eastgroup Properties and Butler Design Group teamed up to construct the industrial spec building located in Sky Harbor Business Park at 1725 E. University Dr. The team utilized the City of Phoenix self-certification program to expedite the permitting process.

The 31,410 SF design-build project features 24-foot clear height, ESFR sprinklers, T-5 high bay lighting, skylights, and 1200A 480V power. This property’s truck access includes a full concrete drive around the entire building including a 130-foot deep truck court. The lease ready building can be configured for a single occupant or multi-tenant layout, and all tenant improvements will be custom for the end user.

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RED Awards 2015: Best Retail 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.

Marketplace-at-Lincoln-Scottsdale-Shops-B-sw-cornerThe Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale

Developer: Cam-8, LLC
Contractor: JAVCON
Architect: Butler Design Group
Size: 23,136 SF
Location: Scottsdale
Completed: January 2014

The Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale, home to tenants such as SumoMaya, Scramble and Opus Bank, feels like a destination. The redevelopment infill project brings a contemporary design with a composite of artistic masonry, porcelain tile, recycled wood and concrete slats. Active display windows and roll-up doors facing outward to Scottsdale Road help activate the section of the street with the liveliness of the tenants. Construction on the two single-story shops ran concurrently with a high-density multifamily project, which brought some challenges to the already tight infill site, including existing 69KVA power lines along Scottsdale Road.

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RED Awards 2015: Best Mixed Use 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.

SkySong-3-Shot-4SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3

Developer: Plaza Companies
Contractor: DPR Construction
Architect: Butler Design Group
Size: 145KSF
Location: Scottsdale
Completed: August 2014

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, brought new life into a former shopping mall by turning it into a complex of office, multifamily and retail spaces for innovation and economic development. More than 50 companies and 1,000 people conduct business at SkySong every weekday. It’s estimated that the complex will have an economic impact of $9 billion over three decades, according to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Though that’s the complex as a whole, SkySong 3 is 90 percent leased as of January 2015, and is LEED Silver certified. It is the integral next step in the build out of one of the most important mixed use projects in the Valley of the Sun. The design of the building is also forward-thinking, with “fins” along the exterior and “horizontal brows” along windows that shade the structure to reduce solar effects.

Fountain Park at Westgate

Westgate is getting a Dave & Buster’s this fall

Dave & Buster’s, an arcade, bar and event venue for adults, will open at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale this fall.

Westgate’s owner, iStar Financial, will begin construction on a new, 41,000-square-foot building located to the west of AMC Theatres that will expand the existing entertainment district. Dave & Buster’s will join AMC as an anchor tenant.

“We are thrilled to announce Dave & Buster’s as the newest addition to Westgate Entertainment District,” said David Sotolov, senior vice president of iStar Financial. “When iStar acquired Westgate three years ago, we committed to investments of substantial money, new ideas and a concerted effort to solidify Westgate as the preeminent entertainment destination in the West Valley, if not all of metro-Phoenix. Dave & Buster’s is a transformative leap forward in our entertainment tenant mix, and builds upon our earlier successes including bringing Tanger Outlets to Westgate in 2012 as well as Tanger’s expansion in 2014.”

Dave & Buster’s currently has 73 locations in the U.S. and Canada. This is the third Valley location, joining Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge.

Teetsel Properties in Phoenix negotiated the lease and is the development manager for iStar. CBRE handled the leasing representation for both the landlord and the tenant. Butler Design Group of Phoenix and Linear! of Dallas are the architects.

Coldwater Depot Logistics Center

Coldwater Depot Logistics Center enters phase 3

Trammell Crow Company (TCC), one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate developers and investors, and joint venture partner Clarion Partners, a leading U.S. real estate investment manager, announced Tuesday that construction has begun on Coldwater Depot Logistics Center, Phase 3, a 187KSF, class-A speculative industrial building in Avondale, Ariz. Construction is scheduled to be complete 2Q 2015. This is the third and final phase of the venture’s 66 acre master-planned Coldwater Depot Logistics Center industrial park.

Coldwater Depot Phase 3 will be the first distribution building developed in Southwest Phoenix in 7 years that is specifically designed for 100,000-150,000 square foot warehousing requirements. This historically important user size range has been largely underserved as new developments in recent years have focused on much larger buildings. Much of the existing inventory of smaller distribution buildings are now 20-30 years old and do not have desirable attributes such as 30’ clear height, 52’ x 60’ column spacing, ample truck maneuverability, trailer parking and the ability to secure truck courts.

“The Coldwater Depot Logistics Center project has been a tremendous success for the TCC/Clarion venture given the quality of buildings, location along the Interstate 10 freeway and growth and demand within the submarket,” said Cathy Thuringer, Principal with Trammell Crow Company’s Business Unit.  “This third phase will target the smaller industrial user, a segment of the market that has become increasingly active as the economy continues its recovery.”

Coldwater Depot Phase 3 sits on 11.7 acres along Interstate 10 at 127th Avenue in the heart of the Southwest Phoenix industrial market. The site is minutes from Loop 101, Loop 303 and I-17, with close proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport and downtown Phoenix. The facility has access to local, regional and national markets via an integrated network of interstate and intrastate freeways. Local amenities include Avondale City Center, Gateway Pavilions, Shops at Alameda Crossing, Gateway Crossing, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, The Estrella Falls Regional Mall and Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa.

“We’re excited about kicking off this project with the Trammell Crow Company and growing our portfolio in the Southwest Phoenix submarket,” said Ryan Collins, Vice President with Clarion Partners.

Rusty Kennedy, Dan Calihan and Pat Feeney with CBRE’s Phoenix office have been appointed the leasing agents for the building. Butler Design Group is the architect and Renaissance Companies will serve as the general contractor.

Park Lucero

Park Lucero development to bring more than 1,000 jobs to Gilbert

Trammell Crow Company, in partnership with Artis REIT, broke ground on the first phase of the Park Lucero project in Gilbert, AZ.

The industrial park and buildings were designed by Butler Design Group and is being constructed by D.L. Withers Construction, both Phoenix-based companies. Phase I, at build-out, will feature three buildings totaling 210,000 square feet of warehouse/distribution space.

“We saw a need in this market. We brought our vision to the Town, and the Town said ‘absolutely, this is exactly what we need,’” stated Cathy Thuringer, Principal at Trammell Crow Company.

Earlier this year, Catherine Lorbeer, principal planner in Gilbert, noted that the Town did not have an abundance of inventory of flexible warehouse/distribution space. The Park Lucero project answers the market’s demand for this size and type of project and it is projected to generate more than 1,000 jobs.

“Gilbert is honored that Trammell Crow and Artis REIT have decided to invest in the Gilbert community,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “Their investment of state-of-the-art, LEED certified, Class A industrial space helps Gilbert achieve its goal of attracting, retaining and growing science and technology industries which are supported by our talented and highly-educated workforce.”

Phase I of Park Lucero is moving quickly on an aggressive schedule with anticipated completion in March 2015.

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Groundbreaking Arrives for Phase I of Airport I-10 Business Park

Groundbreaking day has arrived for the first phase of Airport I-10—a Wentworth Property Company/Clarion Partners Class-A industrial project being leased by the Phoenix office of JLL that, at completion, will represent one of the largest Sky Harbor Airport-area speculative industrial developments in Phoenix history.
Located at the northwest corner of 24th Street and Rio Salado, Phase I of Airport I-10 Business Park includes three Class A industrial buildings totalling more than 600,000 square feet (277,954 square feet, 169,109 square feet and 156,000 square feet). Phase I of the project is slated for completion in the fall of 2014. At build out, the 58-acre site will comprise five Class A industrial buildings totalling 920,584 square feet.
“This is the last large, developable parcel left in the Sky Harbor International Airport submarket—an area that consistently ranks among the Valley’s top industrial locations,” said Wentworth Property Company Principal James R. Wentworth. “Airport I-10 is already garnering great interest. With Phoenix’s continued population and job growth, we expect this demand to do nothing but rise in the years ahead.”
According to JLL research, the Sky Harbor Airport submarket absorbed approximately 1 million square feet of industrial space last year—almost 30 percent of the more than 3.5 million total square feet of industrial space absorbed Valley-wide in 2013.
Airport I-10 will offer a modern environment for corporate users and will be fully equipped with state-of-the-art features such as ESFR sprinkler systems, 30- to 32-foot clear heights, cross-dock loading and 140- to 200-foot truck courts.
“About 90 percent of the buildings in the airport submarket were built before 2000 and lack the modern features that today’s users are looking for,” said JLL Executive Vice President Pat Harlan, who serves as an exclusive leasing broker for the project along with JLL Executive Vice President Steve Sayre, JLL Associate Kyle Westfall and JLL Managing Director Mark Detmer. “Airport I-10 delivers those benefits at a central location—a site that is truly at ‘main-and-main’ for industrial real estate.”
“Users are looking for space in the 50,000- to 300,000-square-foot range and there simply isn’t the product to accommodate that demand,” said Harlan.


Turner Real Estate Breaks Ground on Eight Buildings in Phoenix

Turner Real Estate Investments of Newport, CA, broke ground this week on eight free-standing, speculative industrial buildings in Phoenix, Arizona. The buildings will be move-in ready with finished office and warehouse space beginning in the first quarter of 2014.  They will range in size from +/-11,000 square feet up to +/-20,000 square feet, and each building will include a private, fenced yard.  The project, called Turner Spectrum Spectrum Ridge AerialRidge at Deer Valley is zoned A-1, light industrial which allows for a very wide variety of uses.

“Turner Spectrum Ridge is the first Class A industrial development to break ground in the Deer Valley submarket in eight years,” says Kent Turner, Director of Marketing for Turner Real Estate Investments. “We believe that with the increased demand from buyers and the lack of available properties in area, the market is ready to accommodate this new development.”

The property is located at 7th Street and Deer Valley Road in Phoenix, Arizona, three quarters of a mile north of the Arizona Loop 101 freeway and just south of the newly constructed Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Regional Headquarters.
Senior Vice Presidents Michael Ciosek and Eric Bell of Voit Real Estate Services have been chosen to market the buildings for sale.
“We’re glad to finally see new development in Deer Valley, and can’t wait for this park to be delivered. There are currently only two existing properties of this type for sale in the area,” said Ciosek.  “The newest buildings in Deer Valley are already 7 years old, so we look forward having brand new, state of the art facilities in the marketplace.”
Butler Design Group is the Architecture firm for the project, and Renaissance Construction is building the structures.


Ryan Companies US To Build 126,000 SF Manufacturing, Industrial Building In Chandler


A 126,000 SF industrial building designed for manufacturing and warehousing operations, known as EastGroup @ Chandler Freeways, is set for completion in 4Q 2013 adjacent to the 202 Freeway. Ryan Companies US, Inc. has been selected as general contractor for the project.

“We continue to invest in Arizona as one of our five core states. We believe the Greater Phoenix industrial market has recovered to the point where there are shortages in certain types of industrial properties, justifying a limited amount of speculative construction,” said Bill Petsas, EastGroup Senior Vice President.

“EastGroup @ Chandler Freeways is consistent with our focus on developing high quality business distribution assets, clustered together in land-constrained submarkets, near major transportation features. This building has state-of-the-art features that will appeal to and allow our customers to operate more efficiently.”

EastGroup @ Chandler Freeways expands EastGroup’s presence in Chandler, where the company owns three buildings and an additional 32 acres for development.

“Ryan Companies US is pleased to be building for an excellent owner such as EastGroup. We feel they will be very successful with this project at Chandler Freeways,” said Todd Holzer, Vice President of Development of Ryan Companies US, Inc., Southwest Division.

Located in the Chandler Freeways Business Park, Ryan Companies US, Inc. sold the 10.5-acre site to EastGroup in March of 2012.

Butler Design Group will provide architectural services.



data center to be built in price corridor in chandler

New Data Center Breaks Ground In Chandler's 'Price Corridor'

NextFort Ventures, a provider of energy-efficient modular data centers, broke ground on a new data center in Chandler. General contractor is Sunstate Builders and architect is Butler Design Group.

The 130,000SF NextFort Venture Data Center, designed with the environment in mind, will be a mix of office space and computing suites in a unique modular architecture. NextFort employs numerous innovations in power distribution, cooling and facilities architecture to achieve up to 40% better energy efficiency compared to other data centers. Additionally, NextFort has a goal of receiving up to 20% of its total energy usage from renewable sources in 2013.

The NextFort Chandler Data Center is the first facility of its kind designed exclusively for high-density applications, offering customers its NextFort High-Density Computing Suites (NextFort HCS). The NextFort HCS is a highly modular design that provides greater efficiency, rapid deployment, unrivaled security, total customer control, and lower operating costs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be breaking ground on the NextFort Chandler Data Center after many months of planning and exceptional cooperation with the City of Chandler,” said Mark Towfiq, President and CEO of NextFort Ventures. “We believe our product is unique in the industry and we are confident that it will provide a powerful and highly cost effective solution for all types of customers, ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies.”

Enormous increases in demand for data storage and computing created in part by the increased use of mobile apps, social networking sites, and the growth of the internet in emerging markets is creating an optimal environment for NextFort as it embarks on this project. The business-friendly environment in Chandler, the low cost of power, and the presence of robust fiber optic networks, makes Chandler an ideal location for NextFort. The company will employ approximately 25 people in Chandler, and will attract businesses of all types to the area.

This project on Germann Road will be Chandler’s second commercial development this year.

“The fact that companies are making this sort of capital investment in our community is a positive sign for the City of Chandler,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “I think it speaks volumes about the quality of Chandler’s business environment in the Price Corridor and throughout the city as well as the continued economic recovery.”

Both new construction projects are taking place in the Price Corridor, which has long been envisioned as Chandler’s technology hub.

“Price Corridor is a key economic play for Chandler, and our community’s commitment to the vision for that area is now paying dividends,” said Pete Wentis, a broker for CBRE and former member of the City’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

In cooperation with the University of Arizona, NextFort will continue to strive for improvements to the energy efficiency of its data center, making the company a leader in the industry.

“The East Valley, and Chandler in particular, have proven to be very attractive to data center operations,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “NextFort is a world-class company and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them – and their passion for innovation – to the region.”

For more information on the new data center in Chandler’s Price Corridor, visit the City of Chandler’s website at chandleraz.gov/Default.aspx?pageid=641.

The Shops At Prescott Gateway - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Retail: The Shops At Prescott Gateway

The Shops At Prescott Gateway

The Shops At Prescott Gateway - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Developer: RED Development
General contractor: Double AA Builders
Architect: Butler Design Group
Location: SWC Highway 69 and Lee Blvd., Prescott
Size: 40,500 SF

The $8M retail center is planned for up to 40,000 SF of restaurants, shops and services, including a Trader Joe’s.

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Best Retail Project 2011

Mountain Ranch Marketplace at Estrella

Best Retail Project 2011: Mountain Ranch Marketplace at EstrellaDeveloper: Kitchell Development Co.
Double AA Builders
Butler Design Group
Land Advisors Organization
109,000 building SF
9890 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear

The 22-acre Mountain Ranch Marketplace at Estrella is comprised of 109,000 SF of retail space and at full build out will total 165,000 SF. The center is anchored by Safeway and includes Chase Bank, Walgreen’s, Subway, Great Clips, Oasis Bagel and several other tenants. Designed in cottage-bungalow architectural style, it features low-pitched gable roofs and deep, overhanging eaves. The project is the first LEED Gold certified neighborhood retail center in Arizona. It also was awarded a $10,000 rebate from APS for performing an energy savings analysis. Mountain Ranch Marketplace is a joint venture between Kitchell and Newland Communities.

Honorable Mention: Scottsdale Pavilions – Theater/Food Court Renovation

Scottsdale Pavilions – Theater/Food Court RenovationDeveloper: De Rito Partners Development
Double AA Builders
Nadel Architects
57,956 SF
9090 & 9120 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
November 2010

AZRE Magazine January/February 2010

Retail: Olive Marketplace


Developer: Frontera Development
General contractor: A.R. Mays Construction
Architect: Butler Design Group
 SWC 51st Ave. & Olive Ave., Glendale
Size: 70,500 SF Phase I & 200,000 SF Phase II

Phase I is being constructed on 13 acres and includes a 40,000 SF Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a 13,000 SF CVS Pharmacy and 17,500 SF of shop space. Phase II will be 21 acres with future development for 200,000 SF of retail space. Wal-Mart and CVS will open by 3Q10 within the $10.5M marketplace. Construction began Nov. 2009, with an estimated Sept. 2010 completion. Brokerage firm is Frontera Development.


AZRE January/February 2010

Ironwood Festival, AZRE July/August 2009

Mixed-Use: Ironwood Festival


Developer: National Retail Development Partners
General contractor: TBD
Architect: Butler Design Group
NWC Pima & Union Hills, Scottsdale
Size: 10,000 SF

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2009. The $50M mixed-use center includes grocers, a Tutor Time, restaurant and bank pads, along with a 2-story retail/office building.

AZRE July/August 2009
Mountain Ranch Marketplace At Estrella, AZRE January/February 2009

Retail: Mountain Ranch Marketplace At Estrella


Developer: Kitchell Development Co. & Newland Communities
Contractor: Kitchell Contractors & Arthur Porter Construction (Bashas)
Architect: Butler Design Group
Size: 175,162 SF on 22 acres
Location: NWC Estrella Pkwy. & Elliot Rd., Goodyear

Phase I of the $60M grocery/drugstore-anchored retail center began June 2008, with a scheduled September 2009 completion.
The project achieved LEED CS certification. Major tenants include Walgreens, Chase and Mini-Skool Early Learning Centers. Broker: Hogan & Associates

AZRE January/February 2009