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Maloney-Langmade becomes leader of men

There are not many people in the world who can say they are a licensed plumber, have an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and are a mother to three daughters, ages 7, 11 and 12.

Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade can make those claims.

The president of W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling leads a vibrant plumbing contracting company in a male-dominated industry. Some of her company’s recent projects include the new Chicago Cubs spring training complex in Mesa, the Veteran’s Administration Southeast Healthcare Clinic in Gilbert, Phase IV of CityScape Phoenix, a major solar thermal project at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and the Sky Train Project at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Az Business magazine caught up with Maloney-Langmade — whose company won consecutive Best of the Best Awards for safety from SCF Arizona — for a Q&A.

How did you get into the plumbing business?
My father and mother started W.J. Maloney Plumbing in 1964.  I grew up in and around the business. My dad was always working in the field and my mother performed the bookkeeping. Upon returning from my honeymoon, I learned my mother’s secretary had left the company.  My mother asked me to come to the plumbing shop to help her out with payroll and I never left.

Are there any aspects of the industry that are made more difficult because you are a woman?
Growing up, I always heard and learned about construction but I was not in the field with my father.  Often times, I wish I had the mechanical, hands-on expertise and years of experience that my father had.  To carry on his tradition of quality workmanship, I have had to surround myself with key people who have the same mechanical skill that he possessed.

Are there any benefits to being a woman in a male-dominated industry?
My experience is that both men and women in construction go out of their way to be supportive, kind, courteous and helpful.  People want me to succeed.  They know construction is a tough road.  I am lucky to have received good advice and help.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Turning the company around during difficult times.  We were in a pattern of winning work and doing jobs, but were losing money. Meeting and listening to my key foremen who have been with the company for years, I was able to learn and understand changes that needed to happen. I was able to get the company moving in the right direction when I put together a solid leadership team.  We are now able to estimate, win and perform good work.  We have a great team in place now and the momentum continues to build and grow.

arizona construction - lge design build project - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

Arizona Construction: Project News

Arizona Construction projects 2012:

LGE Design Build has begun work on four tenant improvement projects, including a renovation of the popular Valley eatery Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles. LGE’s projects include: construction on a 35,200 SF office TI for Integrated Device Technology in Tempe; construction on a 23,643 SF office TI for Child & Family Support Services in Phoenix; a 17,607 SF major manufacturing expansion for Galco International in Phoenix; and a 4,200 SF restaurant renovation for Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles in Phoenix.

hardison/downey construction inc. played a significant role in building out the new Gallery@City Hall, an art gallery that features rotating exhibitions at Phoenix City Hall. As a nearly pro-bono project, hardison/downey donated its services to ensure the space was ready for its inaugural exhibit, which celebrates the cultural legacy that Phoenix residents began building nearly a century ago. The space features rotating exhibitions from the city’s historic and contemporary art collection, and is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. hardison/downey is one of approximately 40 businesses and residents that contributed to the privately funded effort.

Riverview Golf Course closed its doors in March as work began for the Chicago Cubs new spring training complex in Mesa. Initial work will include the salvaging and relocation of about 300 trees. Riverview Park closed on April 2, and the softball fields are scheduled to close June 28. Once that is done, major construction work at the $99M will commence. Hunt Construction is the general contractor; Populous is the architect.

McCarthy Building Companies is in the process of completing the Chandler Unified School District’s 30th elementary school, Carlson Elementary School, in southeast Chandler. The $12.4M, K-6 school will have room for 950 students. The 80,000 SF building will include a gym/multipurpose room, media center, classrooms and office space. HDA Architects Inc. is the architect and subcontractors include Midstate Mechanical, Suntec Concrete Inc. and Hawkeye Electric. Two other projects of note: McCarthy recently completed a new multipurpose room and kitchen facilities at the Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center that is undergoing a complete remodel. When completed next fall, the $14.8M project will include a 62,000 SF, 2-story building. McCarthy and DLR Group are combining their efforts on the West-MEC Phase II maintenance building. The $3M, 18,900 SF project is the addition of a pre-engineered building at the school in Glendale.

DPR Construction has been awarded the Banner Boswell Chiller Replacement project in Sun City and the eBay Quicksilver project in S. Jordan, Utah. DPR is working with Affiliated Engineers on the $1.2M installation of a new, 750-ton chiller and 750-ton heat exchanger, new plumbing and new electrical service for the chiller and support equipment at Banner Boswell. Expected completion is 2Q 2012. DPR is working with Winter Street Architects/AHA Consulting Services on the high-density data center that includes a 130,000 SF shell and 10,000 SF of whitespace built out in the first phase. Expected completion is 2Q 2013.

Kitchell broke ground as general contractor of the $70M, 360,000 SF Phoenix Premium Outlet adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino on the Gila River Indian Community. The single-level village style setting will feature 90 store fronts in 9 buildings. It will include outdoor pedestrian courtyards, but there will also be sufficient coverage for all-weather shopping. The project is expected to create more than 300 construction jobs over the next year. Expected completion is 2Q 2013. Architects Orange is architect of the project.

fountain hills tenant improvement project - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012AIID MOVES INTO NEW FOUNTAIN HILLS FACILITY
The American Institute of Interior Design recently relocated from an outdated space it occupied for the past 23 years and is now in a new facility in Fountain Hills. The $1M (suite value and tenant improvement) 4,400 SF project was developed by GMK Building and Development. General contractor was George Kasnoff and architect was Colin Edward Slais. The school design merges classical with contemporary styling in an open floor plan that includes cement flooring, a reflected ceiling plan sculpted at four heights and 37 panorama view windows.

Phoenix architectural firm Westlake Reed Leskosky was the lead design team behind the $42M Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The 40,000 SF historic 1933 U.S. Post Office and Federal Courthouse includes 17,000 SF of exhibit galleries on three floors, including the restoration of a historic courtroom, famous as the site of the Kefauver Committee hearings that marked the exposure of organized crime and the beginnings of federal prosecution in the early 1950s.

Biltmore on the Lake, 11050 N. Biltmore Dr. in Phoenix, underwent a $1M renovation with J&L Construction serving as the general contractor. Biltmore on the Lake is a 420-unit multi-family property developed by B.H. Properties.

Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga. and Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC plan to develop the Retreat, a 774- bed luxury, student cottage project near 22nd St. and Park Ave. in Tucson. It will serve University of Arizona students and is expected to open in time for the 2012 fall semester. … Zaremba Residential of Ohio plans to develop a 420-unit luxury apartment complex near Indian School Rd. and Goldwater Blvd. in Scottsdale. Plans call for a 5-story complex. … JLB Partners of Dallas purchased ±9.7 acres in Scottsdale and plans to build a 369-unit luxury apartment community of the former Portales Place property. Sale price was $13.87M. … Alliance Residential Co. plans to build a 259-unit apartment community behind the Scottsdale Waterfront mixed-use project at the SWC of Scottsdale and Camelback roads. Broadstone Scottsdale Waterfront LLC paid $13.5M for the 3.35-acre parcel. … A Charleston, S.C. company plans to develop a 370-unit apartment complex within the Desert Ridge community in northeast Phoenix.

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The Town of Buckeye is requiring new or increased development fees related to the Development User Fee Schedule. The new fee schedule is to be presented to the Town Council May 15. For more information, visit the Town Development Services website at buckeyeaz.gov or call (623) 349-6211.

Maricopa County is proposing a Text Amendment (CPA2011010) that will redefine a “Major” Comprehensive Plan Amendment by raising the acreage threshold from 100 acres or less to more than 640 acres. For more information, contact Robert H. Kuhfuss at (602) 506-3301. The proposed Text Amendment was tentatively scheduled for the April 11 Board of Supervisors hearing.

The City of Avondale is completing an updated version of its General Plan. The Avondale General Plan 2030 was to be presented to the City Council on April 2 for possible approval. The General Plan 2030 update is scheduled for a citywide vote for adoption on Aug. 28. For more information, visit the City website at ci.avondale.az.us.

The City of Peoria secured a new long-term lease agreement with the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, keeping the Peoria Sports Complex as the teams’ spring training site up to 2034. The Peoria Eighty Three Arrowhead Entertainment District, where the Peoria Sports Complex is located, may positively benefit from the lease renewal. For more information about the Entertainment District, visit p83az.com.

P&Z column compiled by Dave Coble and Karl Woodard, MEUP, with Coe & Van Loo Consultants Inc. cvlci.com[/stextbox]

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012