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Cassidy Turley Completes 69,471 SF Lease for 1st United Door Technologies

Cassidy Turley announced it completed a lease for 69,471 square feet for 1st United Door Technologies, LLC at Geneva Industrial, 1016 W. Geneva Drive in Tempe. Senior Vice President Bruce Calfee and Vice President Josh Wyss, of Cassidy Turley’s Industrial Group, represented the Tenant while Executive Vice Presidents Steve Sayre and Pat Harlan represented the Landlord, CLPF Geneva Industrial, LP (Phoenix).
1st United Door Technologies is a Tempe, Arizona based garage door manufacturer. The company specializes in steel and wood doors for both commercial and residential use. Ownership is comprised of the former owners and senior management of Anozira Door Systems. Since 1982, 1st United Door Technologies has been serving Homebuilders across the Nation with unique and distinctive garage doors that enhance the beauty and value of the Builders homes. With over 150 years of door installation and manufacturing experience, the management team is known for providing innovative and quality products at very competitive prices. The new Geneva Industrial location is part of a company expansion.
Built in 1981, Geneva Industrial is a ±69,471 square-foot, industrial manufacturing building. The property is part of the South Tempe Industrial Corridor and is in close to the I-10 and US-60 Freeways. The building is currently 100 percent leased.


Scottsdale company opens first vehicle charging station

A Scottsdale-based company is opening the first of 26 planned charging stations for electric vehicles along Interstate 10 in Arizona.

Officials with GOe3, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and members of the Clean Cities coalitions are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at the Bowlin Travel Centers’ Picacho Peak Plaza between Phoenix and Tucson.

The company says travelers can make a 20-minute stop at Picacho to charge up their electric vehicle with either a DC fast charger or 70 amp charger.

GOe3 officials say the Arizona charging stations will be part of a network of 1,000 stations that will stretch along I-10 as well as I-8 and I-40. They say they want to make coast-to-coast travel via electric vehicle a reality by 2015.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Resort

Resorts Look To Join The Green Travel Revolution

Being eco-conscious for your next getaway? The green travel trend is gaining momentum. Today’s travelers looking for guilt-free getaways are finding more options as resorts and other tourist-related businesses go green.

Think incentives for employees who carpool, eco-friendly kitchens and recycling programs for guests and employees. Many resorts have already begun to join the “go green” revolution. As more resorts embrace these new initiatives, it will increasingly play a role in hotel business from a consumer as well as management standpoint.

At Harrah’s Ak-Chin, in Maricopa, Ariz., green practices have been adopted through multiple programs and incentives over the years. Harrah’s HERO’s, the resort’s employee volunteer group, and CodeGreen, Caesar’s international environmental sustainability initiative that focuses on renewable energy, reduction of carbon emissions and water consumption, have allowed the Harrah’s Ak-Chin resort to make a commitment to the environment and sustainability and create a green image.

With the green travel trend popping up in resorts everywhere, here are some green initiatives guaranteed to deliver eco-conscious travelers a guilt-free stay:


Sustainable Cuisine

Resort guests want and need to eat. With more resorts jumping on the green bandwagon, in-house restaurants are switching up their menus. No more flown-in ingredients. Today’s chefs are getting creative using fresh ingredients grown by local food farmers. Taking it one step further, some resort restaurants are growing and using their own fruits and vegetables in resort gardens.

Green Team

Resorts aren’t the only ones going green; its staff and guests are, too. Incorporating the benefits of green efforts into the hotel operations helps foster a green image. Staff can continue to train on benefits and reasons for eco-friendly operations and help reduce consumption and waste. Through Harrah’s HERO’s program, resort staff can volunteer and work to improve the community through initiatives and eco-awareness. But they aren’t the only ones — guests can engage in green activities by assisting in demonstrations on how to use new technology and will receive awards when participating.

It’s Electric

Out-of-town, eco-friendly visitors and local travelers now have more fueling options for their electric vehicles. Charging stations provide the option for guests to plug in and plug out when they need to. Not only does this new addition support sustainability practices, but it also helps resorts in their conservation efforts.

Eco-Friendly Features

Renew, reuse, and recycle. That’s the motto of many resorts that are transforming their amenities by using recycled, renewable materials. From carpet and bathroom tiles, utilizing solar power to help conserve energy and having large windows to let natural light come in to the rooms, resorts are being both environmental-friendly and cost-effective. In Harrah’s new resort tower, the new thermostat technology automatically resets the thermostat to a set temperature to conserve energy once guests leave the room. The resort also emphasizes recycling, offering front-of-house recycling for guests with four bins on the casino floor and two large wall displays to show various Harrah’s Ak-Chin recycle facts and energy tips.

Conservation in its many forms is here to stay. The green revolution has resorts everywhere adopting changes to align with the eco-conscious traveler. As the trend continues to invade the industry and travelers become more increasingly aware of environmental concerns, more resorts will create programs and initiatives to help their staff and employees adapt and cater to the environment needs.

Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations - The future will happen first in Arizona

Electric Vehicles And Charging Stations an Arizona Reality

The future will happen first in Arizona. That’s because Phoenix and Tucson made a list we can be proud about – we’re one of six states selected to deploy “smart” charging stations as part of an electric vehicle (EV) program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Thousands of charging stations will soon be placed throughout our region and 900 zero-emission Nissan LEAF electric vehicles will rollout in our metro areas.

As a project stakeholder, Valley Forward Association was privileged to participate in a press conference at the Desert Botanical Garden to officially unveil ECOtality’s plans to electrify Arizona’s Sun Corridor.

ECOtality is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies and is facilitating The EV Project, the largest electric vehicle infrastructure venture ever undertaken. It will deliver 15,000 residential and commercial charges to 16 cities in six states.

Part of the planning process included the involvement of local government agencies and regional stakeholders to ensure the proper locations for the charging stations. Collaboration on the infrastructure is essential to prepare Arizona for the next wave of electric vehicles and enable more rapid adoption. The company also evaluated a variety of factors, including population density, zoning regulations, employment centers and transportation routes, when developing the blueprint.

The goal of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making the Valley ‘plug-in ready’ and enhance alternative transportation efforts that encourage individuals to incorporate green technology into their lives. The success of EVs is dependent on charge infrastructure that makes recharging convenient, practical and cost-effective.

Standing in the way of wider spread EV adoption are perceptions and myths about how far the car will go on electricity – approximately 100 miles on a full charge – in addition to fears of being stranded, even though charging stations are being placed every 30 miles along most freeway systems. ECOtality plans to collect and analyze data from the vehicles and charging systems to characterize vehicle performance and the effectiveness of local charging infrastructure under various use patterns and climate conditions to prepare for the next deployment and help encourage additional adoption.

The EV deployment plan is good news for Arizona on several fronts, including more green jobs, less pollution and a reduction on foreign oil dependency.