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Discovery Triangle Launches Healthy Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Several local organizations are partnering on the initiative:

· Discovery Triangle Development Corporation – Managing the initiative

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

· Peddler’s Son – Providing fruits and vegetables

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

· UMOM New Day Centers – Providing training and staffing

Sponsors whose donations have made the bus possible:

· Chase (founding sponsor)

· Valley Metro

· Junior League of Phoenix

· Blue Cross Blue Shield

· Arizona Community Foundation

· St. Luke’s Health Initiative

· eeko Studio

· Blue Media

· First Transit

· Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority

· UA College of Medicine

· Southwest Gas

· Creative Bus Sales Arizona

· ThermoGuard

· Custom Made Gas Tanks

· Safeway

· Phoenix I

Sara Dial - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Sara R. Dial – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Sara R. DialChief development officer, Discovery Triangle Development Corporation

Dial is president and CEO of Sara Dial & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in site selection, government relations, and economic and community development. She also helps lead the Discovery Triangle, a nonprofit services company that hopes to form a coordinated, regional force for urban redevelopment.

Surprising fact: “I was a nationally-ranked competitive swimmer as a child. It taught me the skills to be successful in business and life: self-discipline, focus, drive and teamwork.”

Biggest challenge: “In 2008, Mayor Phil Gordon challenged me to create a big idea around urban revitalization. After months of research and outreach, the Discovery Triangle, a new approach to regional urbanism, was born. Today, the Discovery Triangle region is thriving.”

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Discovery Triangle Names New Board Chairman

Tom Kelly - Discovery TriangleThe Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (DTDC) named Tom Kelly, CEO of Schaller Anderson, as its new board chairman.  The outgoing chairman is Martin Shultz, Senior Policy Director for Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom as our new board chairman,” said Don Keuth, president of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation. “As a founding Board member, Tom has helped lead the advancement of the Discovery Triangle vision.  His experience and leadership will be critical as we continue to progress with key initiatives,” said Keuth.

Kelly spent more than 20 years consulting with healthcare companies and Medicaid agencies before joining Schaller Anderson, an AETNA company in 2006. As President and COO, he is primarily responsible for finance, human resources and commercial and behavioral health plan operations.

Since 2009, Kelly has been involved with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation, a non-profit development services company that encourages, facilitates and enables (re)development opportunities in the 25-square mile economic growth area known as the Discovery Triangle.

“Metro link, Papago Park, and two vibrant and burgeoning downtowns make the Discovery Triangle the place to be for the design of a new urban experience. I’m delighted to be a small part of it,” Kelly said.

As board chairman, Kelly will lead a multi-pronged tactical plan designed to ensure the region reaches its optimal level of success. The plan places a major emphasis on connectivity and mixed land use, infill development and urban form and aims to be a model for sustainable and responsible development.

Kelly received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Masters from New York University. In addition to the Discovery Triangle, Kelly also serves on the Board of Fidelis Care, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and Covenant Health System.

The Discovery Triangle is a multi-city urban development and investment initiative led by the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (DTDC), a public/private, not-for-profit organization.  As its name implies, the Discovery Triangle is a rich center for knowledge and innovation. Encompassing the urban areas of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, the effort capitalizes on existing infrastructure, multi-model transportation options and the hundreds of cutting-edge companies clustered in the area.

DPR Construction New Headquarters

Old Boutique Gets New Life As DPR Construction's Headquarters [VIDEO]

Rising from the remains of the former Castle Boutique on 44th Street and Van Buren, DPR Construction’s new Phoenix headquarters – the DPR Boutique – opened today as a living laboratory for how to live and work sustainably in the desert environment.

Located in the heart of the Discovery Triangle development zone, the DPR Boutique is on track to be the first Net Zero building in Arizona, where on-site renewable energy generation is equal to or greater than consumption. It is a short walk from the 44th Street light rail stop and incorporates numerous green building features and systems to inspire, educate and encourage clients and the community on green building design.

“We’re proud of our new office and how it physically, environmentally and visibly represents our core values and culture,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of DPR Phoenix. “While many building owners may think it’s impossible to turn a 30-year-plus old building at the end of its intended life cycle into something forward-thinking and sustainable, that is precisely what we’ve achieved for our new home.”

DPR Construction New Boutique HeadquartersTo help celebrate the building’s opening, councilman Michael Johnson and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) GardenWorks program participated in a ceremonial planting and ribbon cutting.

DPR Construction has built its reputation in green construction through excellence in client projects. The company wanted its Phoenix headquarters to reflect its commitment to innovative construction practices and sustainable design. DPR took on the challenge to turn an existing structure into a completely net-zero building that is also a comfortable and efficient workspace for its employees. Using prior experiences, the team was able to reduce design time and sustainability consulting fees by 75 percent.

“SmithGroup is excited to be a part of part this visionary project undertaken by DPR,” said Mike Medici, AIA, managing director SmithGroup. “Their innovative approach will be a leading example of sustainable urban development for the Greater Phoenix area.”

Examples of the building’s sustainable design:

  • Clad in zinc, the roof’s solar chimney is an integral part of the building’s passive heating and cooling design. The zinc used for this solar chimney is extra material from a previous project, making good use of existing resources.
  • Other features of the natural ventilation system include automatically adjusting windows, shower towers and tubular daylighting.
  • Four shower towers provide up to four tons of cooling at peak operating conditions.
  • The towers feature inexpensive plastic tubing and dual shower heads to create air flow pulling water up and dispersing it back through the shower heads and misting heads to provide evaporative cooling effect.
  • 79-kilowatt solar array offsets 100 percent of power demand while providing shaded parking.
  • The xeriscape landscaping is designed to provide shade and provide additional passive cooling.

“We are excited to open our new office to the public and share the numerous green building features and systems,” Elrod said. “People will be able to see for themselves that it is possible to live and work sustainably in this desert environment. We hope our visitors will be informed, educated, and most of all inspired to think about changes they can make in their own projects, at work and at home.”

Take quick look at DPR Construction’s Annual Open House event on Nov. 3:


Discovery Triangle - AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

Discover The Discovery Triangle

In the current economic environment, even small strategic advantages can have significant rewards. For an initiative such as the Discovery Triangle,which leverages the resources and potential of the geographic center of our region, expect those advantages and rewards to be considerable and vital to the Valley’s future economy.

The Discovery Triangle will enable the area to compete in the global marketplace by more effectively packaging assets, highlighting opportunities and creating an environment that will attract investment to the area. Spanning 25 square miles, 16,000 acres and two municipalities, this urban planning approach creates new opportunities for citizens, business owners and other stakeholders in the region to participate in shaping the characteristics of their community.

The Triangle is anchored by Downtown Phoenix and the Biomedical District to the west; Tempe and the Arizona State University Tempe campus to the southeast; and Papago Park in the northeast corner. Organizations participating in the public-private initiative include the City of Phoenix, City of Tempe, APS, SRP, Schaller Anderson, ASU, the University of Arizona, Gateway Community College, Cox Communications, Apollo Group, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Sundt and CB Richard Ellis.


Twenty-five years ago, there was no Loop 101 or 202, Chase Field, Tempe Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art Phoenix Convention Center or TGen. These landmark initiatives required public and private sector leadership, regional collaboration and determination — the same characteristics driving the Discovery Triangle today.

The Triangle started as Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon’s proposed Opportunity Corridor four years ago. With the support of Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, it has expanded in scope and participation.

“I applaud the regional cooperation that is taking place and am encouraged by the thoughtful approach of our leaders in setting forth a promising vision for our future,” says Martin Shultz, chairman for the initiative and vice president of Government Affairs for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation.


Within the Discovery Triangle are 3,296 properties. Of those, more than 330 are vacant parcels and 510 are classified as properties with potential.

These properties are located within a thriving community, rich in the arts, culture, recreation and employment. One of first initiatives of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation was to develop an asset inventory of the area. This CBRE-developed database, which can be viewed on Google Earth, documents information on the Triangle’s commercially zoned properties, transportation corridors, recreational and cultural amenities, schools and educational institutions. This database is an important new tool that will be used by the economic development teams from the cities, GPEC, chambers and state to attract industries.

Additionally, the asset inventory served as a demographic analysis of the region. Who lives in the area? Do we have the lifestyle, cultural and educational opportunities that can attract and retain technology-oriented companies and their employees? Do we have the raw space and type of facilities required by these companies? What educational facilities are located in the region?

Following are a few key discoveries:

The region has a young and diverse population.

There are 20 venues for the performing arts, 21 museums, 25 parks and more than 50 miles of bike paths.

More than 7,000 businesses are located in the region, with more than 150,000 employees.

Eighty-one businesses are bio-tech or solar power-related companies.

The employment density in the region is high relative to the entire Valley.

The 10th busiest airport in the U.S. is located at the center of the Triangle.

Half of the current 20-mile Valley Metro Light Rail system runs directly through the Triangle.


The Discovery Triangle has undertaken a visioning process with 10 expert groups in areas ranging from sustainability and education to entrepreneurship and transportation. More than 120 experts — all public and private sector volunteers — are creating a 20- to 30-year vision for the region. An initiative of this magnitude, incorporating many of Arizona’s best minds, would be cost prohibitive for any single municipality.

“In the short term, the Discovery Triangle will have a streamlined and expedited development approval process spanning several jurisdictional boundaries,” says Darin Sender of Sender Associates, who also is chair of the Development and Planning expert group.

This expert group is developing plans to establish Discovery Triangle-specific zoning codes to encourage creativity and drive reinvestment, create a quasi-public entity to support city planning efforts, and prepare suitability studies and plans for land use, infrastructure and transportation.

“The Discovery Triangle will be transformed from a place that people drive through to a place where people want to live,” says Paul Johnson, former mayor of Phoenix and chair of the Neighborhood Revitalization expert group.

The group’s recommendations include the creation of a market-driven housing plan based on surveys of stakeholders to determine what would encourage them to move into the area, and assistance to Phoenix and Tempe in the creation of flexible processes for urban development that allow for constant market fluctuations.

Tools recommended by the Public Policy expert group include the use of the new Revitalization District to support development of key infrastructure in the Triangle, the creation of tools to establish and support dedicated funding sources for the Discovery Triangle infrastructure improvements, and the cataloguing and packaging of existing development tools to make them accessible to businesses of all sizes.


Initial areas of focus have been initiated and include:

Serving as the catalyst for regional collaborations to stimulate high-value projects with Triangle partners.

Analyzing current Arizona public policy for urban redevelopment, researching the best practices of other urban areas nationally to ensure competitiveness with other regions, and working to advance a comprehensive urban public policy for the region.

Promoting and packaging the assets of the area, celebrating the history and diversity of the neighborhoods within the Triangle.

Engaging expert groups and their stakeholders to create short- and long-term plans and collaborate toward a shared long-term vision for the area. The areas of focus include: public policy, sustainability, job creation, entrepreneurship, education, neighborhood revitalization, transportation, health and nature, and planning and development.


The Discovery Triangle is not a short-term project nor a stopgap measure designed to temporarily boost the Valley’s economy. It is a long-term vision designed to create a transformative urban model for redevelopment, foster regional planning and encourage partnerships that will grow. In time, the Triangle will become a hub for international, discovery-based companies, a showpiece for the region and an urban core connector.

Who’s Who Discovery Triangle Experts

Development and Planning Expert Group
Darin Sender, Sender Associates, Chair

Education Expert Group
Pearl Esau, Teach for America, Chair

Entrepreneurial Expert Group
Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona, Chair

Health and Nature Expert Group
Darren Petrucci, ASU, Chair

Neighborhood Revitalization Expert Group
Paul Johnson, Old World Homes, Chair

Public Policy Expert Group
Grady Gammage, Gammage & Burnham, Chair

Sustainability Expert Group
Ed Fox, APS, Chair

Transportation Expert Group
Marc Soronson, HDR, Chair

Job Creation Expert Group
Barry Broome, GPEC, Chair

Social Sustainability Expert Group
Debra Freidman, ASU, Chair

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011