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Andrea Stone - Headshot

G&K Attorney Joins Board of Children's Museum

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm announced today that Andrea L. Stone has joined the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

The Children’s Museum Board of Directors is a professionally diverse group of community leaders who understand and value early childhood education. The mission of the Museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the adults who care about them.

“The Museum focuses on learning through play, strives to build cultural understanding and promotes positive social interaction.  I believe in this mission, and I believe everyone in our community benefits, directly or indirectly, from this wonderful resource,” said Stone.

Ms. Stone is an associate whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property counseling, protection and litigation.

Andrea Stone - Headshot

G&K Attorney Joins Board of Children’s Museum

Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., a full service business law firm announced today that Andrea L. Stone has joined the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

The Children’s Museum Board of Directors is a professionally diverse group of community leaders who understand and value early childhood education. The mission of the Museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the adults who care about them.

“The Museum focuses on learning through play, strives to build cultural understanding and promotes positive social interaction.  I believe in this mission, and I believe everyone in our community benefits, directly or indirectly, from this wonderful resource,” said Stone.

Ms. Stone is an associate whose practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property counseling, protection and litigation.

Kimpton's Hotel Palomar

Palomar offers superb Staycation options

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters, and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the pefect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:
* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

Hotel Palomar_Pool Cabanas

Palomar Offers Superb Staycation Options

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the perfect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as I call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:

* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

Hotel Palomar_Pool Cabanas

Palomar offers sublime Staycation options

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters, and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the pefect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:
* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers Staycation deals

As the weather warms up and Memorial Day rolls around, it’s got everyone thinking about what they’re doing and where they’re going this summer. If staying locally is in the cards, the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape offers some amazing deals.

Here are just a few of the Staycation options at the hotel this summer (mostly all packages run through the end of the year):

$102 and a Round of Brew:  Cheers to great rates! Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Runs June 1 – September 8, 2013. Rates start from $102 (Rate code:  BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (add just $10 more than the Best Available Rate for two comedy tickets. Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix –or- Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (rate code: PFAM).

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

Hotel Palomar is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once. Just a few of the perks of staying at Hotel Palomar Phoenix:
* Located at CityScape Phoenix, just steps from downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment hub.
* Hosted evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m.
* Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
* Third-floor outdoor pool and lounge with views of the city skyline.
* Complimentary use of Gold’s Gym Elite, adjacent to the hotel.
* Pet friendly services and amenities.

Circus Vargas

A Circus That Entertains, Gives Back: Circus Vargas Presents “Magikaria”

Are you ready to revisit one of your beloved childhood memories? Or perhaps finally conquer your fear of clowns? Because ladies and gentlemen, the circus is coming to Scottsdale. Almost everyone has at least one cherished memory that took place under the big top with their family; but, recently, circuses have been viewed as a dying entertainment breed. Circus Vargas is striving to change that perspective. This family-owned company, run by couple Nelson and Katya Quiroga, is not only revamping and revitalizing the traveling circus, but also giving back to the community along the way.

This Quiroga family not only aspires to wow children with their dazzling, family-friendly fantasy, but also aims to play a philanthropic role with their productions. On Saturday, January 26, the Circus Vargas will be auctioning off a special package at Fiesta Mall in Mesa. All of the proceeds from the auction will go the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

On Sunday, February 3, the finest aerialists, clowns and magicians in Arizona will perform at the Scottsdale Street Fair, located at the Pavilions at Talking Stick. The Circus Vargas cast will give the audience a sneak peek of its new show “Magikaria” at the event by showcasing their stunning acrobatics and extravagant magic tricks. Not only will the cast be performing at the street fair, they are also giving out tickets to upcoming shows.

The full production will take place in at the Pavilions at Talking Stick from Feb. 14-18. Be sure to arrive early because there will be an interactive show for children of any age to participate in 30 minutes prior to the actual performance. The children will have a chance to converge with cast and even create their own magic tricks.

Regardless if you are a circus veteran or if it’s your first time witnessing this sort of extravaganza, Circus Vargas’ “Magikaria” creates the ultimate entertainment experience for anyone looking to be whisked away to another world — even if only for a couple hours.

Tickets for Circus Vargas’ “Magikaria” are available at circusvargas.com, by phone at (877) 468-3861 or the circus box office, which will be open the day before the show.

Top 5: Best Places to Take Kids - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Best Places to Take Kids (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Best Places to Take Kids — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 716-2000
azscience.org
Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.


Children’s Museum of Phoenix

215 N. 7th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 253-0501
childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from infants to age 10, the focus is on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.


Verde Canyon Railroad

300 N. Broadway,
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
(800) 582-7245
verdecanyonrr.com
Acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, this four-hour scenic ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona,” featuring spectacular views that are breathtaking and invigorating to the senses.


Schnepf Farms

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd.,
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
(480) 987-3100
schnepffarms.com
It is in Schnepf’s mission statement to educate the public about Arizona agriculture. The most important aspect of the educational field trips is the fact that children are learning about where their food comes from and they are visiting a true family farm. Open October through May.


Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145,
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 478-7600
visitsealife.com
Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Best Places to take the Kids (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Best Places To Take The Kids (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Best Places to take the Kids — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-716-2000
azscience.org
Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.


Children’s Museum Of Phoenix

215 N. 7th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-253-0501
childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from infants to age 10, the focus is on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.


Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145, Tempe, AZ 85282
480-478-7600
visitsealife.com
Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.


Schnepf Farms

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,  AZ 85242
480-987-3100
schnepffarms.com
It is in Schnepf’s mission statement to educate the public about Arizona agriculture. The most important aspect of the educational field trips is the fact that children are learning about where their food comes from and they are visiting a true family farm. Open October through May.


Verde Canyon Railroad

300 N. Broadway,
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-582-7245
verdecanyonrr.com
Acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, this four-hour scenic ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona,” featuring spectacular views that are breathtaking and invigorating to the senses.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Free museums in Arizona

Free Museums In Arizona

Every year, the International Council of Museums chooses a day in May as International Museum Day. This year that day is on Friday, May 18. Many Central Arizona museums are hosts of special events during this month and offer discounted or free admission. However, getting your daily dose of culture doesn’t have to break the bank or wait until May each year. The following is a current list of free museums in Arizona:

Phoenix

  • Arizona Capitol Museum
    Free admission every day
    More than 20 exhibits help tell the story of Arizona’s growth as a state from its territorial days to the present.

    1700 W. Washington
    (602) 926-3620
    lib.az.us
  • Gallery at City Hall
    Free admission every day
    The City of Phoenix’s historic and contemporary art collection. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    200 W. Washington St.
    (602) 262-6213
    phoenix.gov
  • The Phoenix Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and First Friday
    Free admission every first Friday of the month
    The Phoenix Art Museum and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix grant free admittance during First Friday. Although not exactly your typical museum, First Friday is held every first Friday of the month, hence the name. Art exhibits are strewn throughout Downtown Phoenix, and local vendors sell their handmade crafts.

    1625 N. Central Ave.
    (602) 257-1222
    phxart.org

Glendale

  • Katydid Insect Museum
    Children under the age of 3, free
    Although not exactly free, this museum’s entrance fee is only $4 for adults. The Katydid Insect Museum is for the bug lovers and the non-squeamish. You can either take a guided tour or wander amongst the thousands of mounted bugs and insects in labeled display cases.

    5060 W. Bethany Home Rd., #7
    (623) 931 8718
  • The Bead Museum
    Free admission on Thursday after 5 p.m.
    This museum offers a collection of more than 100,000 bead-related artifacts that explore how beads were used in art and as currency throughout the years.

    5754 W. Glenn Dr.
    (623) 931-2737
    thebeadmuseum.com
  • Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area
    Free admission every day
    This 17-acre park/museum hybrid features 13 original historic buildings, a rose garden, a barnyard and historic orchards. The Sahuaro Ranch Park is one of Arizona’s oldest ranches.

    9802 N. 59th Ave.
    (623) 930-4200
    glendaleaz.com

Scottsdale

  • African American Multicultural Museum
    Free admission every day
    The focus of this museum is on African American culture. Exhibits feature art and historical items that change quarterly.

    617 N. Scottsdale Rd., #A
    (480) 314-4400
    aamuseum.org
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    Free admission all day Thursday and on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or SMoCa, has exhibits that present contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

    7374 E. Second St.
    (480) 874-4665
    smoca.org
  • Scottsdale Historical Museum
    Free admission every day
    “The mission of the Scottsdale Historical Museum is to present, preserve and interpret through research, exhibits and educational programming, the prehistory, history and cultural heritage of Scottsdale and the Southwest.”

    7333 E. Scottsdale Mall
    (480) 945-4499
    scottsdalemuseum.com

Mesa

  • Mesa Contemporary Arts Center
    Free admission every first Sunday of the month
    The Arizona Museum for Youth and Arizona Museum of Natural History grant free admission on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. Special activities are also held such as a create-your-own-artwork for kids area and free outside performances in the MCA’s courtyard.

    One E. Main St.
    (480) 644-6500
    mesaartscenter.com

Tempe

  • ASU Museum of Anthropology
    Free admission every day
    Exhibits showcase current issues related to culture and society as well as archaeology and human origin. The museum is open Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    900 S. Cady Mall
    (480) 965-6224
    asuma.asu.edu
    ASU Tempe campus, building SHESC
  • Tempe Center for the Arts
    Free admission every day
    This performing and visual arts center is publicly owned and entrance is free. Includes a gallery with exhibits of two- and three-dimensional artwork by local and internationally recognized artists.

    700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
    (480) 350-2829
    asuartmuseum.asu.edu
  • ASU Art Museum
    Free admission every day
    The ASU Art Museum has five modern galleries filled with contemporary art. The museum is located inside the Nelson Fine Arts Center and is closed on Sunday and Monday.

    Mill Ave. and 10th St.
    (480) 965-2787
    asuartmuseum.asu.edu

 

 

Children's Museum of Phoenix

Children’s Museum Of Phoenix Receives $150,000 Grant

Children’s Museum of Phoenix receives $150,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare.

With the focus on improving the health and eating habits of young children and their caregivers, the awarded grant to Children’s Museum of Phoenix will help fund the Healthy Children Program.

Through 150 workshops with hands-on projects and on-site training, the grant will enable the opportunity to influence community members on the importance of youth’s health and wellness. “With this support from UnitedHealthcare, we can help children establish healthy habits through positive, fun experiences that empower them to make good choices for their bodies and minds,” said Deb Gilpin, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Children Program will include activities and educational seminars at the museum as part of the grant.

Such seminars will include childhood obesity prevention workshops, lectures provided by Arizona State University nursing students on a range of health topics, along with child development workshops for caregivers and educators. Some of the great hands-on activities within the program are; yoga and physical activity exercises, hands on activities about how the body works and how to create healthy habits at a young age along with activities on proper nutrition habits for the brain and body.

“Building this exhibit with the Children’s Museum is a great way to help encourage Arizona’s youth to live healthful lives,” said Jeri Jones, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer and Individual of Arizona. “Our collaboration with the Children’s Museum is an example of working within the community to make changes in how kids think about healthy living and reducing childhood obesity in Arizona.”

As United Healthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier, the awarded grant will seamlessly coincide with the museums mission of engaging minds, muscles and imaginations of both children and caregivers.

 

For more information on the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, visit childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

CFO of the Year Awards

CFO Of The Year Awards 2011 Finalists And Winners

The CFO of the Year Awards are given to professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. This program provides many benefits to the business community by highlighting the important roles that financial executives play within the region. In addition to the awards, we’ll publish a special report that will accompany the November issue of Arizona Business Magazine.

Here are the CFO of the Year 2011 Finalists:

Karen M. Abraham

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Karen Abraham is responsible for providing direction and accountability regarding all financial matters at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. That was evident as she helped the company’s revenue grow from $313 million when she took over as vice president of finance in 1997 to $1.5 billion as CFO today.
In addition to the revenue boost, Abraham provided the vision and leadership to partner with other BCBS plans to decentralize the infrastructure necessary to process transactions, which will save the company millions of dollars.
Along with her many achievements, Abraham was responsible for getting the BCBS Association requirement to obtain a rating from S&P. Because of this rating, Abraham implemented a change in how the organization is managed, specifically providing an additional discipline in the budgeting, forecasting and rating of its products.
Abraham is a member of the Ethics and Compliance Committee that wrote the book for the organization’s policies for the finance and purchasing departments and other parts of the organization. She sits on several community boards, including the YMCA Town Hall Board and the W.P. Carey School Finance Advisory Board.


Darryl Baker

Chief Financial Officer
iGo, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Through his role as CFO, Darryl Baker has been instrumental in the revenue growth of iGo, Inc., a technology and consumer products company.
In the past year, Baker has boosted iGo’s product diversity by adding three new product categories, and has been instrumental in the acquisitions of Adapt Mobile and Aerial7, and teaming up with Pure Energy.
Baker is the driving force behind the iGo Code of Business Conduct and Ethics document, which he adheres to. In addition to this code, Baker leads iGo in an ethical manner and ensures that the financial reporting process is carried out smoothly to ensure the safeguarding of company assets.
As CFO, Baker is responsible for safeguarding company assets, maintaining its balance sheet, providing timely and accurate financial and operating performance reporting, implementing cost controls and reducing unnecessary expense, and forecasting and planning to ensure appropriate financing for the company’s business objectives.


Dan Behrendt

Chief Financial Officer
TASER International, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Since 2004, Dan Behrendt has been revamping TASER International, Inc. in order to ensure success.
Behrendt successfully redesigned TASER’s warranty programs, leading to a $25 million increase in revenue. In addition to this redesign, he created key performance indicators for each company department. This process measures growth and ensures that the company is moving toward its goals.
During a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, Behrendt made the decision to use an open door policy when others were against the idea. Because of his decision, after a 30 percent drop in revenue, TASER witnessed revenue growths of 42 percent and 47 percent the next two years.
In addition to his achievements, Behrendt oversees all aspects of corporate finance to make sure TASER is performing at the highest possible degree for its shareholders. He also runs the information technology department to ensure the company is being provided with the highest level of support and service.
In addition to building the company, Behrendt created the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers as a way to give back to the community.


Karen Bretz

Vice President Finance
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Karen Bretz relies on her unique ability of blending her analytical and creative mind to financially manage and grow Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
Bretz refinanced the foundation’s main building, expanded a second site, and developed the thrift store initiative with ease. Since she became CFO, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation has received a clean audit. In addition, Bretz’s financial leadership led to the foundation’s first profitable year from operations since 2003.
She revised the employee handbook to make the company’s policies and practices more clear. Bretz also created an internal grievance committee to implement processes to identify and resolve client complaints and grievances.
Bretz is responsible for the management of foundation finances, along with support for the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors. She manages strategic initiatives, including job placement services, the development of a thrift store, and managing the facilities of both of the Women’s Resource Center buildings.


Thomas R. Castellanos

Chief Financial Officer
Valle del Sol Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011In tough times for nonprofits and state-funded service providers, Valle del Sol is lucky to have Thomas Castellanos improving its finances.
By forming a Multiple Employer Welfare Association as a strategic cost reduction, Castellanos saved more than $600,000 in the group’s first year. Castellanos has been a change agent for Valle del Sol in order to achieve its goal of providing services to the underserved community. He focuses on the finance, accounting, facilities, and information technology side of the business. In the past year, four new clinics have opened and become licensed in Maricopa County with Castellanos’ assistance.
Castellanos created the idea of a chair of the board fund to address shortfalls in funding, given Arizona state budget cuts. This would allow services to be provided for AHCCCS recipients for a limited time until they could find coverage.
In addition to these achievements, Castellanos has increased Valle del Sol’s accountability by instituting internal controls within finance.


Mark D. Cavanaugh – Winner, Small Private Company

CFO of the YearSenior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Firetrace USA, LLC

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011It’s been said that “without Mark Cavanaugh, Firetrace would cease to function.”
When Cavanaugh began working at Firetrace in 20005, the aerospace and defense business had $189,000 in revenue. In 2010, that amount rocketed to more than $64 million. Focusing on the industrial commercial markets, Cavanaugh has strategically grown operations to India, Dubai, Singapore, Australia, and, in 2011, Brazil.
Using his public policy efforts, Cavanaugh secured more than $100 million for fuel tank fire suppression and got fire suppression mandated for all military vehicles.
Leading the Firetrace team in the adoption of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act, Cavanaugh is safeguarding the company’s financial assets.
Cavanaugh has been instrumental in the growth of the aerospace and defense team by using the philosophy, “Hire the best people and get out of their way.”
Cavanaugh is active in the community, coaching youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball.


Thomas B. Fischer

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Express Messenger Systems, Inc. dba OnTrac

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Thomas Fischer provides leadership and coordination in OnTrac’s financial, business planning, accounting and budgeting efforts.
During Fisher’s tenure, revenues at the overnight package delivery company have increased more than 200 percent, stockholders’ equity has increased 200 percent, and long-term debt has decreased from 75 percent to 10 percent.
Fischer also has played a crucial role in defining and executing the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP.) The ESOP currently is worth more than $15 million for 550 active participants.
Fischer’s aptitude for budgeting, cost control principles and managing resources is critical to the company’s success. His abilities in contracting and negotiating have allowed OnTrac to grow and expand.
Fischer works with the regional management team to foster healthy relationships within the company. He also exhibits leadership by encouraging his team to think critically and promote an enriched personal and work atmosphere.
He is an avid runner and a member of a Tucson running club.


William “Bill” McClung – Winner, Non-Profit

CFO of the YearChief Financial Officer
Southwest Human Development, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011After just three years at Southwest Human Development, Bill McClung has helped the agency grow and improve. In the past three years, the company has seen a positive gain in net assets of more than $1.5 million.
This can be attributed to changes McClung made to budgeting, financial reporting and cost containment systems. In fiscal 2011. Southwest Human Development reported revenue in excess of $45 million. Budgeted revenue for fiscal 2012 is $53 million.
In preparation for the tri-annual federal review of Southwest Human Development’s largest program, Head Start, McClung and his team completely rewrote agency policies and procedures to meet federal requirements.
McClung has developed a top-of-the-line board of directors financial oversight committee and has made technological improvements, acting as the organization’s chief information officer. He has proven to be adept in preparing internal financial statements for management and the board of directors that enable them to better understand and manage finances at all levels.
Under his method of “leading by example,” the company has experienced almost no turnover in staff.


Steven L. Ortega

Chief Financial Officer
Leslie’s Poolmart LLC

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011For the past six years, Steven Ortega has kept Leslie’s Poolmart functioning swimmingly.
Leading the company through the national economic downturn, Ortega has helped it achieve 47 straight years of sales growth and 47 quarters of consecutive operating profitability.
During Ortega’s tenure, the company has developed a comprehensive five-year strategic growth plan. This plan was created as a roadmap to achieve the company’s goal of growing to $1  billion in annual sales revenues.
Ortega was instrumental in a financial transaction with CVC Capital Partners to invest in the company, which helped provide capital structure. Since 2005, Ortega has opened 172 retail stores, 17 new commercial service centers, relocated 12 retail stores, and remodeled more than 200 stores. In addition, Ortega was a key part in two strategic company acquisitions that led to market growth in both Texas and Arizona.
Ortega provides strategic leadership in which he revamped the new store development process, enhanced the company’s compensation plans, and enhanced the review and approval process for all contracts and agreements.


Tanya Perry

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Goodwill of Central Arizona

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Respected for her leadership, Perry has led Goodwill of Central Arizona to a new level of growth and success.
During her four-year tenure, Goodwill of Central Arizona has grown from 37 retail locations to 46. Along with retail growth, revenue has grown from $60.1 million to a projected $87 million.
Perry has been responsible for the stability, credibility, and overall effectiveness of the financial operations of the organization. Goodwill’s balance sheet has greatly improved, and debt balances have decreased from $22.3 million to $13.9 million.
Perry has created a financial culture that is focused on transparency, credibility (internally and externally), integrity, and a culture that is consultative, synergistic, supportive and advisory.
She was instrumental to the development of an innovative campaign called “Band Together to Spread Goodwill,” which features “Giving Bands” that are being sold at all Goodwill locations. Proceeds benefit nine different charities.


Kellie S. Pruitt

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
Healthcare Trust of America, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) has been in business for just four years, and its seasoned leader, Kellie Pruitt, is steering it in the right direction.
During Pruitt’s tenure, the company increased its financial flexibility by obtaining a $575 million unsecured credit facility, and was assigned an investment grade credit rating by Moody’s and S&P. In the past two years, Pruitt and efforts by the management team have led to a $1.6 billion increase in equity. As CFO, Pruitt is responsible for managing HTA’s accounting, tax, and finance, treasury and investor relations functions. She established the company’s corporate headquarters and closed over $1.2 billion of acquisitions   has helped hire and train all the company’s employees with the CEO.
Pruitt is involved in all strategic operating and financial decisions, but also actively drives and monitors the results. Her leadership has been essential to leading the company through the recession, always with HTA’s financial health and the best interest of the company’s investors in mind.
Displaying the highest level of ethics, integrity and trust, Pruitt believes in transparency with employees, the board of directors, and investors. She always believes in doing the right thing, even if it isn’t the most popular decision.


Dena L. Richter

Chief Financial Officer
SynCardia Systems, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011By overseeing all financial activities of SynCardia, Dena Richter leads the company that manufactures the Total Artificial Heart that helps people who suffer from heart failure. Her roles as both CFO and HR Director allow her to utilize her talents as a financial director and employee mentor. Financial reporting, cash management and five regulatory audits per year are just a few of Richter’s extensive responsibilities. Her leadership ability resulted in the vertical integration of a supply chain with an $800,000 purchase of a supplier’s Segmented Polyurethane Solution (SPUS) reactor. Trinity Capital Investment’s confidence in Richter led to their approval of an additional leasing capacity of $2 million along with a $1 million investment in SynCardia’s Series E equity round. These are just a few of her financial accomplishments. Her fiscal management of the company has resulted in explosive growth and sales. SynCardia’s success through Richter’s example has increased product manufacturing, allowing a great number of people to receive the care their lives depend on.


Jack Seaver

Chief Financial Officer/Human Resources Manager
CCS Presentation Systems

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Jack Seaver’s fiscal actions help the company provide quality audio and video systems for clients such as Intel, Arizona State University and Ratheon. With 13 years of experience, Seaver plays an essential role in making CCS one of the largest A/V integrators in the United States. His collection policies put the company’s current accounts receivable percentage at 90.4 percent based on approximately $5 million in receivables. Due to his initiation of the American Express “Plum” Credit Card, CCS receives 2 percent cash credit for all payments made accordingly. Seaver’s unparalleled leadership style has the company recognized for having one of the best operational practices in the industry. Known as the “rock” of the company, his generosity always shines through. Whether making a personal donation to a struggling employee or raising money for the Red Cross and local charities, Seaver goes above and beyond his written responsibilities through selfless acts of kindness.


Andrew A. Stevens

Chief Financial Officer
Liberty Distribution Company, LLC

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011As CFO and board member, Andrew Stevens is responsible for all financial aspects of Liberty Distribution, including financial reporting, treasury and risk management, investor relations, planning and analysis. As a crucial member of the company’s board, Stevens sets the strategic direction of the business while providing valuable feedback to the group. He works with sales to competitively price new account acquisition proposals, and significantly contributed to the acquisition of a competitor’s assets in 2008. Stevens seeks “balance” between risk and reward when analyzing opportunities, and is known by co-workers as both a leader and team player. His dedication to the success of Liberty Distribution does not hinder his commitment to service. Stevens has been an active member of organizations such as Childsplay, the America West Airlines Foundation and the University of Arizona Alumni Association. An active member of the church and the community, Stevens strives to bring people together through his discipline learned as a CPA.


Brian Swartz

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Apollo Group, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011After previously joining the Apollo Group as vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer in 2007, Brian Swartz was appointed CFO two years later.
Swartz is recognized by the company for his influence on goals and performance. Despite a 40 percent decline in new enrollment, he helped Apollo maintain its fiscal strength. His review of the company’s cost structure resulted in the identification and reduction of more than $100 million in costs through operational initiatives. With the help of colleagues, Swartz spearheaded a comprehensive overhaul of the governance practices at Apollo after discovering a stock option backdating issue. His oversight of the “Apollo Excellence” program helps ensure business processes are streamlined and cost-efficient. These are just a few ways Swartz continues to contribute his expertise toward the company’s enormous success.
Stevens also is actively involved in the community through serving on the board of directors of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.


Susan Sweeney

Chief Financial Officer
CyraCom International, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011As CFO of CyraCom International, a provider of language services for people with limited English proficiency, Susan Sweeney executes an extensive array of financial duties.
During her four-year tenure, Sweeney has accomplished an incredible amount for CyraCom. Under her guidance, the company doubled revenues to $37.4 million, and increased the earnings per share by 180 percent. The company also met all cost and revenue budgets for 41 of the past 42 months, with a staff that expanded from 248 employees to 600. Sweeney’s leadership helped increase CyraCom’s borrowing capacity from $1.5 million to $18 million, enabling its first acquisition. As a result of these successes, CyraCom was honored as the second-fastest growing company in Southern Arizona by the Arizona Daily Star, as well as listed in the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing companies for 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Sweeney’s grasp of cost-control and decision management has made her an admirable part of CyraCom’s team. Her personal interest in the well-being of employees has them continuing to hold a full suite of benefits.


Dan Urness – Winner, Public Company

CFO of the YearChief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer
Cavco Industries, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Dan Urness has led Cavco Industries to financial success.
He is responsible for IT functions, payroll, human resources oversight, corporate development work, as well as all financial affairs. More importantly, he has been highly influential in the company’s growth.
By providing innovative ideas into Fleetwood Homes’ and Palm Harbor Homes’ bid strategies, Cavco changed from a regional manufacturer to the second-largest national supplier, retailer, financier, and insurer of systems-built housing in the U.S.
During the 2008 economic market crisis, Urness demonstrated his valuable leadership by actively managing the company’s excess cash and investments to prevent that loss in value and liquidity that many other companies experienced. This proved critical when funding subsequent expansion.
By recognizing that the implementation of a company-wide enterprise resource planning IT system would be critical to future success, he worked closely with the IT department to identify and retain the chosen provider.
Urness volunteers as a youth leader in his free time.


Dale Wanek

Chief Financial Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011With 12 locations and growing, the Boy & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix relies on Dale Wanek to oversee the accounting, information technology, human resources, and facilities functions.
In his role, Wanek has worked with the organization to achieve many milestones. During his tenure, the organization has had yearly clean audits without discrepancies. His vendor negotiations have resulted in savings of $150,000 in the past year. The Boys & Girls Clubs also remodeled existing locations, and has undertaken an expansion plan for a dental clinic that is expected to be completed in 2012.
Wanek’s innovative approach to finance has helped establish new policies, such as fortifying the organization’s reserves to maintain a minimum of 90 days of cash on hand, and strengthening the business relationships in the community to solicit donations.
Wanek also helped secure a $10.8 million new construction loan to build three new clubhouses. The organization recognizes him as both an easygoing and engaging person with whom to work.


Steve Ward

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Steve Ward serves as both CFO and COO for the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Arizona’s oldest and largest nonprofit AIDS organization.
Ward’s timely and effective tactics regarding finance have helped the agency excel during the economic crisis and beyond. By helping the agency with effective banking arrangements, it continues to have strong months of fundraising.
His ability to submit financial, operational, and qualitative program narrative data directly addresses grantor’s needs. The Southwest Center benefitted from Ward’s financial planning by receiving voter approval for $3.6 million in public funding to establish a community center.
He oversees a clinical trial program which previously lost $300,000 per year, but is now breaking even and growing in revenue thanks to his leadership.
Ward has been called an ambassador of collaborative, creative solutions among community partners. His popular “can-do” attitude and optimism have helped the agency become a critical outlet for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.


Margaret Wolford

Chief Financial Officer
Children’s Museum of Phoenix

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Margaret Wolford has assembled financial reporting systems and procedures that have advanced the Children’s Museum of Phoenix to an unparalleled level.
When her fiscal management began, the organization was staffed with a small operational planning group that oversaw $22 million in multi-year charitable gifts. After her influence and leadership, Wolford converted the museum’s systems to sophisticated management software.
The reporting systems she established advanced the museum to a level of efficiency many mature organizations have not yet seen. As a brand new museum, Wolford increased operational staff members from 12 to 85 in three weeks. The budget also skyrocketed to $3 million.
Aside from her museum duties, she is an activist working on issues of human understanding and world peace. She models both peaceful and humane behavior in the workplace, and embeds the principles of ethical practices into everything she does.


Michael Zimmerman – Winner, Large Private Company

CFO of the YearChief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
The Go Daddy Group, Inc.

CFO of the Year Awards 2011 Finalists - AB Magazine November/December 2011Under the financial supervision of Michael Zimmerman, the Go Daddy Group is the world’s No. 1 domain name registrar and largest Web hosting company.
Responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, as well as daily financial affairs, Zimmerman has taken the initiative as a true leader over the past 10 years. He was instrumental in managing a financial deal with other investors worth more than $2 billion. Amid the economic recession, Go Daddy earned double-digit growth, thanks to Zimmerman’s relentless approach with financial tracking.
Under his leadership, Go Daddy also increased sales by 21 percent, added a new facility and hired 400 employees. Zimmerman also oversees Go Daddy Cares, which donated more than $4.7 million in 2011, surpassing previous contributions.
After negotiating a partnership with the “.co” domain name that resulted in a Super Bowl commercial, the marketing strategy generated more than a 500 percent spike in domain name sales.
Zimmerman shows commitment to doing the right thing with each decision he makes, and is known as a “down-to-Earth and appreciative person.”

Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011

 

 

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Special Merit 2011

Schuff Perini Climber

Schuff Perini Climber, Children’s Museum of PhoenixDeveloper: Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Contractor:
Perini Building Company
Architect:
Ganymede Design Group
Size:
37-foot tall interactive exhibit constructed of 50 tons of steel
Location:
Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix
Completed:
April 2010

The Schuff Perini Climber, a 50-ton wild maze of steel, is the newest and perhaps most unique interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. It is the largest and most creative climber in the U.S. With 981 pieces of steel all placed at an angle and no design repetition, the structure was comparable to erecting a complicated building. Adventuresome climbers (it is intended for youths 10 and under) have four options to ascend the structure. Children can crawl, walk and climb on tube steel columns and beams, a water-park slide lined for traction, a ladder, plywood ramps and see-through fiberglass grating. As part of the design/build team, Schuff Steel spent more than 400 hours inputting each piece (all 981) into AutoCAD. Perini Building Company and its subcontractors built and attached all of the super-sized appendages, laid plywood, painted, and enclosed the structure with wire netting. Approximately 75% of the climber was donated, with Schuff and Perini the major contributors.