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Danielle Casey – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the struggles of being a single parent and what it’s like to be the only female voice in a boardroom. All of these women are active in their communities and industry organizations. And, all of them are changing the Arizona landscape one deal, drawing and deadline at a time.

Danielle Casey
Economic development director
City of Scottsdale
Years in the industry: 10

After a long absence, the Scottsdale Economic Development Department was revived in 2013 by Danielle Casey and her team. The department has since visited with more than 150 Scottsdale companies. The past president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development is responsible for executing the city’s initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support and revitalization.

What is the hardest professional or personal challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?

In many city strategic planning efforts I have successfully completed, taking the time to truly build consensus is highly challenging but ultimately more rewarding. It requires patience, compromise and remembering that getting the product right in the end is better than getting it right now.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?

I am tremendously proud of my time as president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development in 2014-15. The association has never been stronger, all due to amazing volunteers and staff.

What is your most memorable deal or project and why?

Working with Banner Health to bring the first healthcare center to the City of Maricopa, because it served a huge public need in the community and was the result of years of commitment and partnership.

What is your favorite part of your job?

It feels amazing to meet someone who just got hired at a company that you had a hand in bringing into the community.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and how did that aspiration affect your career?

I wanted to work in a museum and be an anthropologist (with a huge crush on Indiana Jones). Surprisingly, the study of people, places and culture translates well to business development.

What is one little-known fact about you?

I am pretty handy and love old cars. My first car was a VW Bug I bought with babysitting money and rebuilt with my dad.

City of Scottsdale charges into tangential tourism effects of 2015 Super Bowl and Phoenix Open. Pictured: Ornate flood control dike in Scottsdale. 123RF.com, Copyright: DesertSolitaire

Scottsdale prepares for the Super Bowl effect

Although the City of Scottsdale is not the host of the 2015 Super Bowl, there are many events that will attract visitors during their stay for the major sporting event.

“Scottsdale’s entertainment district is without a doubt a pull for Super Bowl visitors who are looking to celebrate at bars and clubs,” said Megan Doyle, Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau community affairs manager. “That said, it’s only a fraction of what attracts visitors to Scottsdale.”

The nice weather in Scottsdale will encourage visitors to participate in outdoor activities such as Jeep tours or hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, said Doyle. With the Waste Management Phoenix Open running from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1 at TPC Scottsdale, coinciding with the Super Bowl, it will be a busy time for Scottsdale. The city will even be the host of the ESPN Fan Fest the week leading up to the game.

“It’s Scottsdale―people just for some reason enjoy coming to our city, for whatever it may be,” said Mariah Schultz, head of operations for Signature Flight at Scottsdale Airport.

When the Super Bowl was last in the Valley in 2008, Doyle said Scottsdale-area hotel occupancy reached 93.8 percent. According to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, many hotels have already been sold out for months, and several others have just limited availability during that week.

In 2012, the Waste Management Phoenix Open brought 150,000 to Scottsdale alone. Because this event will be overlapping with the Super Bowl, which is expected to bring 100,000 people to the area, Doyle said that they are expecting a tremendous increase in visitation this time around.

Although the Super Bowl takes place in Glendale, the Scottsdale Airport is a popular location for travelers to fly into during the event.

“For Super Bowl weekend in 2008―Tuesday through Thursday, we experienced about a 54% increase in airport operations when compared to that weekend the year before in 2007,” said Sarah Ferrara, aviation planning and outreach coordinator for the Scottsdale Airport. “We expect a similar increase in operations for this year’s Super Bowl weekend.”

In order to combat airport traffic and help make the process smoother for travelers, two of the fixed-based operators at the Scottsdale Airport will be taking reservations for departures from the airport from 5 p.m. Super Bowl Feb. 1 and 2, according to the Scottsdale Airport Operations Plan.

In order to accommodate some of the visitor traffic, not only during the Super Bowl but also during the season with heavy tourism, the city will be providing a hospitality trolley for the second year in a row. This trolley, called the Day Tripper, will run along Scottsdale Road between Scottsdale Fashion Square and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, according to Holly Walter, transportation public information officer for the City of Scottsdale.

Walter said Scottsdale has a highly advanced Traffic Management Center that allows for the management of the road conditions during events like the Super Bowl. They are able to control traffic via cameras, control signals and adjust their timing and more. This will help combat traffic surrounding events like the ESPN Fan Fest that will be taking place in the downtown Scottsdale area.

“As a result, police officers don’t have to spend their time directing traffic―they can handle other public safety duties while working special events,” Walter said. “We plan to have the TMC staffed 24/7 for the two week period surrounding the Super Bowl.”

In order to ease traffic congestion and improve safety within designated areas of the downtown area, Walter said the city council would be considering a transportation safety zone ordinance drafted by members of the police department, transportation, City Manager’s Office and City Attorney’s Office. This will likely be considered by the city council in November or December.

Representatives of the Old Adobe Mission join Mayor Jim Lane to receive a 2014 Scottsdale Environmental Design Award.  Pictured left to right:  Tim Conner, City of Scottsdale Environmental Initiatives Manager; Father Gregory Schlarb, Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church; Rad Masinelli, board chairman, Old Adobe Mission; Mayor Jim Lane, Vice Mayor Guy Phillips, and Ernie Corral, whose family was one of the original families who built the church.  He attended services at the church as a boy.

Mission Wins Scottsdale Environmental Award

Picture3At a presentation by City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, the Old Adobe Mission, the first Catholic parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the oldest standing church in Scottsdale, was recognized with a 2014 Scottsdale Environmental Design Award.

The Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards program was initially formed in recognition of the Late Councilman Tony Nelssen. It is a partnership between the city’s Environmental Quality Advisory and Development Review boards, assisted by members of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program’s purpose is to encourage and recognize aesthetically expressive sustainable designs appropriate to the upper Sonoran Desert and Scottsdale’s unique contexts, and promote expanded quality green & sustainable development through education by example for the general public.

In a new category for 2014 called Scottsdale Legacy Projects, the Old Adobe Mission was one of seven projects nominated. This category recognized projects over 25 years old that were built with a unique approach to Desert Sensitive Design. Four awards were made by a third-party jury of building and landscape architects, who recognized the Old Adobe Mission in part for its thick walls, deep-set windows and use of materials from the land during construction.

The City of Scottsdale Environmental Design Awards are presented every two years. For more information contact the City of Scottsdale at (480) 312-3111 or visit www.scottsdsdaleaz.gov.

Built by hand by the Mexicans who first settled in Scottsdale in the late 1910s, the Old Adobe Mission located at 3821 N. Brown Avenue was completed in 1933. Today it stands as a monument as one of only three remaining adobe structures in downtown Scottsdale. For more information about the Old Adobe Mission, its current “Building A Legacy” Renovation Campaign, or to schedule a tour, call (480) 980-3628. The Mission officially re-opens for the season October 18, 2014.

TGen fundraising event moves to Scottsdale

The 9th annual stepNout Run, Walk Dash, a major fundraising event for pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), is moving to the Scottsdale Sports Complex.

More than 1,000 participants have attended stepNout in each of the past few years, and even more are expected to attend this year’s morning-long event on Nov. 2 in Scottsdale, featuring fun, competitive races for all ages and abilities, including the event’s signature 5K run.

“We are thrilled to announce that our enormously successful stepNout event will come to the City of Scottsdale. By partnering in this new way with the City of Scottsdale, TGen is generating answers and hope in the search for new treatments for patients with pancreatic cancer,” said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff.

Vowing to “fight pancreatic cancer, one step at a time,” stepNout organizers plan to raise more than $150,000 this year on the way to eventually surpass the $1 million mark in fundraising. Participants have donated more than $750,000 since the event started in 2006 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

One of TGen’s goals is to develop a method of early detection for pancreatic cancer. Currently, there are no tests to catch this disease in its early stages. As a result, it often is not diagnosed until its late stages, making it more difficult to treat.

Pancreatic cancer this year will take the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans, the nation’s fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death.

TGen’s pancreatic cancer research is led by Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, TGen’s Distinguished Professor and Physician-In-Chief, and Chief Scientific Officer for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare, a partnership with TGen.

Dr. Von Hoff is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on pancreatic cancer. He and his team have helped develop three different treatment regimens to improve survival for people with advanced pancreatic cancer. If applied earlier, these regimens have the potential to make an even more powerful impact against the disease.

“We are proud to add stepNout to the calendar of exciting and meaningful events that call Scottsdale home. TGen is one of the most significant contributors to Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor of research and medical facilities, offering world-class healthcare opportunities to residents of Scottsdale and all Arizona citizens,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane.

Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive, is a state-of the-art, 71-acre competitive sport facility offering tournament level playing conditions. The facility accommodates a variety of flat field sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, Ultimate Frisbee and rugby. In addition to sports fields, the complex has a lighted basketball court, a shaded playground, multi-use paths, open park space and two restroom facilities.

If you go to stepNout

What: TGen’s 9th annual stepNout Run/Walk/Dash for pancreatic cancer research.
Where: Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive, northeast of Hayden and Bell roads, between Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
When: 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Registration starts at 7 a.m.; races begin at 9 a.m.; an awards ceremony is set for 10 a.m.; and a kids’ dash is planned for 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Registration fees range from $15 to $35, depending on age and competition. Children ages 4 and under are free.

Registration: Register at the event, or register online by Oct. 28 by visiting www.tgenfoundation.org/step.
Parking: Free.

Mighty McDowell: The rise, fall, rebirth of Scottsdale’s southern core

By Kelly Corsette,Communications and Public Affairs Director, City of Scottsdale


When Cox Communications scoured locations for its next generation high-speed Internet service, it sought a smart, hip, tech-savvy customer base.

It selected a luxury apartment development rising immediately east of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center – in the heart of Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor.

The city council made revitalization of the McDowell Corridor and southern Scottsdale a key priority during recent strategic planning sessions, and the Cox announcement is another significant signpost on its road to recovery.

McDowell-1969-2014-Animation-SmThat road is getting much busier, with many more projects planned, underway or recently completed.

“Things are moving in the right direction, no doubt,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We put the component elements in place, and we are seeing results in the form of more activity and investment.”

Highs and lows on McDowell Road
Through the past four decades, McDowell Road in Scottsdale has witnessed the highs and lows of growth, recession and renewal as the regional economy boomed, then busted and is now slowly but steadily recovering.

When the “McDowell Motor Mile” was home to auto dealers from every major brand, it accounted for the lion’s share of city retail sales taxes. The intersection at Scottsdale and McDowell roads was one of the busiest in the entire Valley – until the freeways opened.

Los Arcos was the Valley’s first indoor mall and another major economic engine for the city, but the mall struggled as newer centers with more stores and better amenities opened. By 2000, the mall was closed and soon after, the ground stood empty, much like it had in 1969 just before the mall went up.

After discussions to build a hockey arena for the Phoenix Coyotes fell through, officials with both the city and Arizona State University saw an opportunity for something special in the strategically located McDowell Corridor – a place where academics and tech startups could merge, grow and create a new chapter for the Scottsdale economy.

City council member Virginia Korte has seen all that and more during her long career in business and community work in Scottsdale.

“My family has been vested on McDowell for more than 40 years,” says Korte. “I have witnessed the rise and fall of the McDowell corridor, and I believe it will rise again.”

SkySong takes flight
Nearly 10 years ago, the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona State University Foundation reached an agreement to redevelop the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads into what would become SkySong – a 42-acre development that enjoys a unique relationship with Arizona State University.

The city invested more than $80 million to help build SkySong.

In addition to locating its own innovation units at the center, ASU provides tenant companies with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses.

For several years after SkySong opened its doors in 2008, the project was an island, as much of the surrounding property remained vacant lots and empty properties.

But the landscape at SkySong has evolved quickly in the past two years, with additional office buildings (290,000 square feet) under construction, and tenants moving in to the new the SkySong apartments on the site. The project’s first retail component, more than 10,000 square feet of stores and restaurants, was announced in May.

Residential revival
Next door to SkySong, luxury apartments called “San Travesia” will welcome residents by the end of the year. These will be among the first in the nation to offer Cox’s new gigabit Internet service, which seems a perfect fit for the young professionals working at SkySong and elsewhere in the many software and technology companies that call Scottsdale home.

Further west, an old car dealership is being re-cast as modern urban residential. “Las Aguas” will include more than 150 apartments, with walk-up access right from the McDowell sidewalk, as well as 18 “carriage house” units built atop garages. Most residents will park in the two-story structure remaining from the previous auto dealership.

“With residential in place, the retail will return,” says Korte. “McDowell will re-establish an identity, a real sense of place as a destination with everything people want.”

Creative re-use
Nearby, designer Jeff Berghoff has taken another defunct dealership and turned it into the headquarters for his landscape design, installation and maintenance company.

Berghoff is on the board of the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, a new private group focused on southern Scottsdale and the McDowell Road Corridor. His story is an example of the new, creative thinkers who are pushing McDowell beyond its historic reliance on auto dealers.

“It hit me that I have a growing business, and I have a lot of employees,” Berghoff says in a video on the Gateway Alliance website, “and this would be a really great space to move my business.”

Upgrading infrastructure
Cox’s decision to launch its latest technology on McDowell shows the high priority that businesses and people place on modern infrastructure. Earlier this year, Google identified Scottsdale (along with Phoenix and Tempe) as a potential target community for Google Fiber, its ultra high-speed Internet product.

Google is evaluating a checklist and information provided by the city, and later this year should announce whether they will bring the product to Scottsdale.

“When you have this much interest from technology giants like Cox and Google that tells me that Scottsdale is in a great position for the future,” says Mayor Lane.

Since 2007, the private sector has invested about $400 million in the McDowell Corridor. The city is upgrading its infrastructure as well.
•    See a map of private investment on the McDowell Corridor (pdf/1.5mb)
A $2 million project will widen the McDowell Road bridge over the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt to add bike lanes and a protected pedestrian path, allowing people to directly access the parks and amenities in the greenbelt. Construction should begin late summer 2014 and take about one year.

The city also will widen the sidewalk on the north side of McDowell between Scottsdale and Miller roads to meet accessibility standards and, where possible, separate it from the curb to improve pedestrian safety. Construction should begin late in 2014 or early in 2015.

Beyond asphalt and concrete, the city will invest nearly $450,000 in transit money to increase the frequency of bus service on McDowell and Thomas roads, and add a SkySong stop to a route that includes the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

What’s next on McDowell?
Scottsdale’s McDowell Corridor shows how cities evolve, how neighborhoods and business districts are created, change and re-emerge. City leaders expect that story to be a strong one in the coming years, for one factor has remained constant.

The McDowell Corridor has and continues to be a lynchpin, a crossroads that connects unique and economically significant Valley landmarks to one another.

To the south, more than 60,000 students attend classes at Arizona State University. To the north, Downtown Scottsdale has emerged as one of the most diverse and dynamic city centers in the state. Papago Park’s stunning rock formations and cultural attractions rise to the east and to the west, the Loop 101 Freeway provides a strategic transportation link.

Connecting it all is the McDowell corridor, steeped in history and reinvigorated by millions of dollars in public and private investment.

“I can’t help but feel optimistic about McDowell,” says Korte, “because all I see is positive stuff happening.”

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Scottsdale Cultural Council CEO Resigns

Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO William H. Banchs has announced his resignation from the nonprofit organization effective August 31. Banchs plans to return to Miami to pursue new professional opportunities.

“During Bill’s five-and-a-half-year tenure he worked successfully to completely restructure and reorganize the Cultural Council’s governance and management, and to strengthen its development programs,” remarked Ellen Andres-Schneider, chair of the board of trustees.

“This was all done in accordance with a new strategic plan he helped to create. These positive developments took place during an unprecedented recession, which occupied the majority of Bill’s tenure. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Bill for his persistence and determination in bringing about these positive outcomes, which have helped pave the way toward a bright future for the Cultural Council,” Andres-Schneider added.

“I have been very fortunate to have served one of the most comprehensive cultural organizations in the nation. The artistic experiences I have had at the Scottsdale Cultural Council have been on par with the best I have ever seen or heard anywhere,” noted Bill Banchs. “I particularly wish to thank the City of Scottsdale for its commitment to the arts, the Cultural Council staff for its dedication to such high standards of artistic excellence, and the board of trustees for its active engagement and participation in our efforts to strengthen the organization and broaden its audiences and base of private-sector support.”

Banchs began his position with the Scottsdale Cultural Council in January 2008. He previously served as president of the Miami-based National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for 17 years.

The Cultural Council will appoint an interim CEO and begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Danielle Casey

Scottsdale Names Danielle Casey As Its New Economic Development Director


The City of Scottsdale hired Danielle Casey as economic development director, the top choice from an open recruitment that resulted in 111 candidates. She start June 10.

Casey has spent the past eight years with the City of Maricopa, including two years as economic development director and the last year as assistant city manager. She has more than seven years of experience in economic development as an analyst, manager and director and is the president-elect of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).

“It is a true honor to be joining the Scottsdale team,” she said. “The professionalism of the organization and staff was obvious to me in the thorough nature of the recruitment process.

“I am humbled to have been selected to lead the economic development department as it works to achieve the goals set forth as part of the Council’s strategic planning process, and am eager to begin my service to the City of Scottsdale.”

In Scottsdale, Casey will direct a staff of nine whose responsibilities include: business retention, expansion and attraction; supporting Downtown Scottsdale as a destination attraction for visitors and residents; and administering contracts for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Scottsdale Cultural Council.

“Danielle is an energetic and creative professional who will be a very positive addition to our economic development team,” said Paul Katsenes, Scottsdale’s community and economic development executive director. “We are in a very exciting time as the character of Scottsdale’s economy evolves, and Danielle will play a very important leadership role as we move forward.”

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (International Economic Development Council) and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (National Development Council).



Scottsdale to Host 1st Annual Commercial Real Estate Summit


Want to know what’s happening in the commercial real estate market in Scottsdale?

The First Annual Scottsdale Real Estate Summit is scheduled for April 12 from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd.

The title of the summit is “It’s all about Scottsdale,” and is being hosted by the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors. It is designed specifically for commercial/residential agents, developers, business owners, government entities, investors and residents interested in economic development.

Speakers include Barry Broome of GPEC, Jim Keeley of Colliers International, Paul Kastenes of the City of Scottsdale, and Jim Pederson, founder and chairman of the Pederson Group.

Afternoon sessions will include such entities as DMB Associates, Macerich, the City of Scottsdale Aviation Department, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Arizona Office of Tourism, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Hendricks Berkadia.

Speakers will focus on transportation, healthcare, tourism, retail, housing, growth in the airpark, economic initiatives in south Scottsdale and plans for the Loop 101 corridor within the SRPMIC.

Register online at  SAARonline.com. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration. Call (480) 945-2651 for more information.





Northcentral University Expands Scottsdale Location

Northcentral University, an online graduate school, announced the grand opening of its expanded Scottsdale Academic and Administrative Center.

Northcentral University moved into its current location at 8667 E. Hartford Dr. in Scottsdale in April of 2011, leasing 26,750 SF of office space. Due to an increase in its student body over the past year, the university is doubling the size of its center to 54,215 SF. Sachse Construction was the general contractor; Rossetti was the architect.

The grand opening ceremony on Dec. 12 included a ribbon cutting attended by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, as well as members of the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.

“This is an exciting time for Scottsdale, to have a premier online graduate school like Northcentral University, expanding its presence here. Northcentral University brings additional job growth to North Scottsdale as well as a deep commitment to becoming an engaged member of the community,” Lane said.

The Scottsdale campus is home to Northcentral University’s academic and business operations; 220 employee work at the location.

“Northcentral University provides its students with a unique online learning experience,” said Dr. Scott Burrus, provost and chief academic officer. “Students have been attracted to our one-to-one teaching method based on the Oxford Tutorial Model, where they work directly with their faculty member and not in a team-based setting. Furthermore, 100% of our faculty, full-time and adjunct, hold doctoral degrees.”

Northcentral University has received several accolades, including the following rankings by U.S. News and World Report:

>> #5 Business School in Faculty Credentials and Training

>> #6 Education School in Faculty Credentials and Training

While Northcentral University offers bachelor’s degrees, 95% of the student body is enrolled in graduate programs.


Shop Small, Small Business Saturday in Scottsdale

Shop Small And Spend Small Business Saturday In Scottsdale

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but how about Small Business Saturday? On November 24, 2012, support local businesses and shop local — or, “Shop Small.”

According to the 2011 Small Business Saturday Consumer Survey by Echo Research, and commissioned by American Express, more than 100 million people nationwide took part in Small Business Saturday.

This year, the City of Scottsdale is encouraging Scottsdale residents to take part in the one-day event. They’ve even created a Facebook page for it, for both shoppers and businesses. Businesses can use the page to post information about their shops, special deals for Small Business Saturday and other products and services.Download materials such as this sign on Shop Small's website.

Shoppers can join Small Business Saturday Scottsdale on Facebook for a chance to win a $25 American Express gift card. Winners will be selected in time to use the gift cards on Nov. 24.

Shop Small’s website has made it easy to determine which small businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday with its “Where to Shop” tool. And for those businesses interested in participating, they can promote themselves with American Express’s free, downloadable marketing tools.

For more information about Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 24, visit shopsmall.com. And, don’t forget to check out the Small Business Saturday Scottsdale Facebook page.

Are you a Scottsdale business participating in
Small Business Saturday?
Let us all know in the comments section!

Water Works Engineers

Water Works Engineers Leased Space

Water Works Engineers LLC has leased nearly 5,000 SF at The Alter Group’s 187-acre Riverwalk Arizona business park in Scottsdale.

Water Works Engineers provides products and services to the municipal water and wastewater community and is hiring employees as part of its expansion.

The company’s customers include the City of Mesa, City of Phoenix and the City of Scottsdale.  Along with its office in Scottsdale, the company also has offices in California, Utah and Texas.

The Alter Group has developed 1 MSF of projects for its corporate users and has ranked No. 3 in the National Real Estate Investor survey of America’s top office developers.

For more information on Water Works Engineers and their projects, visit the website at www.wwengineers.com.

Sustainability Discussions at the GoGreen Conference

GoGreen Conference ’11 Sustainability Panel Discussions (Part II)

In the first part of the GoGreen Conference ’11 coverage, we reported that sustainability education and patience were the buzzwords of many of the panel discussions. Here’s why:

The panel discussion titled “Green Your Workplace: High Impact Change at Your Business,” moderated by Ed Fox, chief sustainability officer for APS, focused on how to turn the idea of going green and sustainability into governance. This challenge small and large businesses face was the topic of discussion among the panel, which included:

  • Bryan Dunn, senior vice president of Adolfson & Peterson Construction;
  • Jonce Walker, sustainability manager of Maricopa County;
  • Anthony Floyd, LEED AP, green building program manager of the City of Scottsdale;
  • and Leslie Lindo, president and co-founder of IKOLOJI.

Fox began the discussion asking the panelists how one would convince the leaders of companies to pursue incorporating green elements into the workplace.

Floyd suggested offering incentives and marketing materials and free literature to spur interest. Lindo agreed providing incentives to employees will help encourage them to make the changes second nature. She also suggested owners become educated themselves and have a strong advocate in the office.

Walker took a different approach and said reducing consumption to afford sustainability is one step a business can consider taking. The company must be efficient and through this efficiency, it will convince others that the extra cost will be worth it.

Walker continued to say that it helps to know all the benefits of turning your particular business green — environmental, economical, etc. — and know your audience.

“Ninety percent of clients are bottom-line driven,” Dunn said. They want to save energy and save money, he added. Two ways companies can do this is by making their own operations more efficient (switching your lighting to LED, for example) while also anticipating changes in the marketplace.

Dunn also said behavioral modifications must take place. You can switch to LED, but the appropriate actions must be taken by the staff, i.e. remembering to turn off the lights.

But what was stressed was the acceptance of risk. While making your business more environmentally friendly and sustainable will help you save money in the long run, it will take some time to get there with few obvious returns. Or, as Fox put it, the few “low hanging fruit.”

In the following discussion, “Applying Sustainabilty Best Practices to Impact Community Equity and Diversity,” moderated by Dr. George Brooks, owner of Southwest Green and NxT Horizon Group and including Greg Peterson, founder of Urban Farm; Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward; and Rosanne Albright, Brownfields Project Manager of the City of Phoenix, regenerative sustainability was the hot topic as well as education.

“Nature regenerates itself, not just sustains itself,” Peterson said. “Education is the key piece to sustainability.

Urban farming (or growing and sharing food), recycling land via the Brownfields Land Recycling Project, and the importance of parks and open space in the state were all covered in this discussion.

“Energy, food, health, poverty — they are all connected,” Brooks said. “Local sourcing and urban farms can help offset the costs of energy.”

Peterson’s final thoughts?

“It’s really a grassroots movement,” he said. “For those of you in the government, get out of our way.”

Visit the GoGreen Conference website at gogreenconference.net.


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Best Industrial Project 2011

Keller Electrical

Best Industrial Project: Keller Electrical

Developer: Chamberlain Development
Contractor: Sun State Builders
Architect: Winton Architects
Broker: DAUM Commercial
Size: 105,000 SF
Location: 1881 E. University, Phoenix
Completed: August 2010

The Keller Electrical project was one of the first buildings in Arizona to complete a solar rooftop energy system with APS. The 270KW system is capable of powering a substantial amount of the total building demand. Keller employs more than 100 workers at its state-of-the-art manufacturing, testing and office headquarters. Keller’s clients include APS, the City of Phoenix, the City of Scottsdale and most large motor companies worldwide. Keller is located on 6.55 acres at Sky Harbor Business Park. The project received new markets tax credit financing, a program designed to spur investment into low-income communities.

Honorable Mention: Power-One (Phase I & II)

Honorable Mention Industrial Project: Power One - Wespac

Developer: Power-One
ontractor: Wespac Construction
Broker: CB Richard Ellis
3201 Harbour Dr., Phoenix
January 2010

Southwest Build-it-Green Expo & Conference

Speaking Opportunities At The Annual Southwest Build-It-Green Conference

Don’t miss out! The annual Southwest Build-It-Green Expo & Conference is scheduled for April 15-16, 2011 and speaking opportunities are still available! Fill out your speaker form (PDF) today.

As the largest sustainability expo in Arizona, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Last year’s expo attracted more than 200 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees, with topics ranging from green awareness, to solar power, LEED certification, water filtration, and many more.

BIG also features guest speakers of local, national and international prominence. Among some of the speakers last year were Anthony Floyd, AIA, LEED-AP Green Building Manager for the City of Scottsdale; Dr. Tom Rogers, professor and Chair of Construction Management at Northern Arizona University; Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward; James Brew from the Rocky Mountain Institute; Lori Singleton, manager of Sustainability Initiatives and Technologies at Salt River Project and many more.

In addition to the conference, the exhibits showcase products such as eco-friendly appliances and environmentally conscious landscaping techniques that aim to reduce Arizona’s carbon footprint. There are a wide variety of topics and something for everyone – homeowners and businesses alike.

For more information visit www.builditgreenexpo.com.

Red Awards 2010

Most Sustainable Project 2010

Appaloosa Branch Library

Wide arrays of environmental designs and products for the Appaloosa Library have been submitted for LEED Gold certification. Formerly used to accommodate overflow parking for Rawhide, most of the site has been restored with native vegetation that includes transplanted cacti and trees salvaged from the old lot. Building materials were selected to reduce the heat island effect, and to make use of locally produced products. Building design includes locations for collecting recyclable materials to minimize garbage that needs to be transported to landfills. Additionally, 93% of construction waste materials were recycled. An interactive flat screen monitor placed in the lobby displays the real-time operation of various systems, including energy consumption and solar energy generation. It can also provide historical trends, as well as generate alarms or alerts under certain conditions.

Developer: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Haydon Building Corp.
Architect: DWL Architects + Planners
Size: 21,242 SF
Location: 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., Scottsdale
Completed: September 2009

Honorable Mention: Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriott Most Sustainable Project 2010

Developer: The Summit Group
Contractor: Wespac Construction
Architect: Mind’s Eye Architecture
Size: 101,869 SF
Location: 2650 S. Beulah Blvd., Flagstaff
Completed: August 2009

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