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The award was accepted at the Willis Safety Awards gala at the AGC National Convention. Tony O’Dea, Gilbane corporate safety director, (second from the right) accepted the award on behalf of Gilbane. Tony was joined on the stage by Gilbane employees Alex Alon (Center), Project Executive, and Pablo Burgos (second from left), Project Engineer, Puerto Rico.

Gilbane Building Company Receives 1st Place in AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards


In recognition of the firm’s industry-leading safety record, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) named Gilbane Building Company a national winner in the organization’s 14th Annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program.

The CSEA program, sponsored by Willis, is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program, recognizing companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs and achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems.

“Safety is a fundamental value to us,” says Tony O’Dea, Gilbane’s corporate director of safety. “Every one of the 13,000 men and women – employees, contractor partners, vendors and our clients – who work on Gilbane projects everyday are members of our extended family. We are honored to receive this recognition by our peers in the AGC for our successful safety program.”

Gilbane’s win was based on three years of safety performance as well as stellar safety records from three signature projects: Genzyme Biologics Support Center, Maricopa County Court Tower, and the Einstein New Regional Medical Center.

Gilbane was also recognized for its comprehensive safety program elements, compelling examples of employee involvement, management commitment to safety and innovative programs implemented.

“There is really nothing in our business more important than safety,” said Bill Gilbane Jr., president and COO. “We are 100 percent committed to making sure everyone on and around our job sites is safe, first and foremost. Awards like this one shine a light on our relentless pursuit of an incident- and injury-free industry.”



Sun Devil Fitness Complex Opens at ASU Polytechnic Campus

After 13 months of construction, the 61,495 SF Sun Devil Fitness Complex at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa celebrated its official grand opening.

The $18.7M building is the product of a CMAR effort between ASU, Gilbane Building Company, Architekton and 360 Architects.

Gilbane was chosen for the project based on the firm’s extensive experience in sports and recreation construction and long history of exceeding expectations on ASU projects. The team completed the recreation and fitness complex under budget and on-time, while utilizing state of the art sustainable technologies.

The two-story fitness building features an outdoor pool, three basketball courts, two racquetball courts, cardio areas, locker rooms, showers, a health/wellness center, exterior basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts soccer and softball fields.

Funded through student fees, it was important to ASU to engage the students and give them a voice to help guide the project. To encourage student engagement, the construction team created a Facebook page for the Sun Devil Fitness Complex project that provided a common social media platform to share progress photos, and schedule and status updates.

The student population engaged in an open discussion with the team to comment on design, scope and finishes.

“Throughout design and construction, ASU, Gilbane, Architekton and 360 Architects focused on the students and their needs, fully engaging the campus population to construct a facility that they want.” said Tom Goderre, vice president. “The great level of collaboration produced a truly incredible facility that serves the best interests of the ASU faculty and students.”

Maricopa County Court Tower Garners Awards

Maricopa County Court Tower Garners Awards

Good things come in pairs. The Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower (MCDCT) team, comprised of Gilbane Building Company in association with Ryan Companies US, Inc., can attest to that.

After winning the 2011 Best of NAIOP Economic Project of the Year Award, the MCDCT team also received a RED Award honorable mention in AZRE for Best Public Project. The tower was recognized for outstanding industrial or office economic projects that impact the county and the construction community in a beneficial way.

“The Economic Project of the Year Award is proof of the wisdom of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Works,” said Todd McMillen, Gilbane’s project executive.

The 700,000 SF tower opened on Arizona’s 100th birthday, Feb.14, with its long-awaited debut and a dedication by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Designed by Gould Evans Associates, the tower sits in the heart of Phoenix and houses more than 200 courtrooms. Not only is the tower Maricopa County’s first LEED Silver certified project, it has benefitted the economy through creating more than two million hours for employment opportunities.

Due to infrastructure improvements, and a land exchange between the city and the county, hundreds of thousands of dollars of annual deferred maintenance were omitted. The project created more than 1,600 jobs; 1,200 in the construction trades, 300 in professional, and 100 service jobs in such things as printing, delivering, and other areas.

Over the life of the project, the estimated local payroll benefit will be $110M in taxable income. In addition to local businesses benefiting, the vast majority of the tower was completed using Arizona businesses and Arizona workers, even more proof of the economic impact.

Local materials were purchased whenever possible: Schuff Steel provided the steel and fabrication; Coreslab provided the precast facade.

“This project was a major economic engine for construction in the greater Phoenix area for over three years,” said Steve Jordan, Ryan Companies director of construction. “Not only did it provide for a consistent source of income for many workers and their families, but because the project was paid for in cash, it also saved the citizens of Maricopa County nearly $200 million in financing charges that will never need to be collected in higher taxes.”

Newsmakers, AZRE Magazine March/April 20111

Newsmakers: AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

Newsmakers: March/April 2011

Rommie Mojahedand Mary Ridberg were appointed directors of leasing for the Phoenix office of Sperry Van Ness. Mojahed and Ridberg will be responsible for recruiting, business development and growth of the leasing team.

Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman joined CB Richard Ellis’ Multi-Housing Private Client Group in Phoenix. Smuckler, senior vice president, and Seaman, senior associate, will form a new team working with private-capital multi-family investors. Smuckler, who leads the team, comes to CBRE from Marcus & Millichap, where he was a director of the National Multi-Housing Group. Seaman also joins CBRE from Marcus & Millichap, where he was a senior associate. CBRE also hired Timothy Keating as senior office operations manager.

The Plaza Companies announced it is opening a new Tucson office and hired a leasing professional. Plaza Companies currently provides property management and leasing services to three medical office properties in the Tucson area: Academy Medical, Desert Medical Center, and LaCholla Medical Center. Plaza Companies has hired Lauri Abbinante, a Tucson resident who has worked in the Tucson brokerage community for more than nine years, as senior portfolio manager and leasing specialist.

Commercial Properties Inc. (CPI) has added 11 new agents over the past few months at its Tempe and Scottsdale locations. They are: John Soldo, Trent Rustan, Josh Gosnell and Brandon Koplin, Tempe; and Nicholas Miner, David Verwer, Homer Savard, Donn Kinzle, Sam Walker, Phill Tomlinson and Bob Deininger, Scottsdale

Quarles & Brady announced that Brian Booker, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the board of directors of The Wellness Community. Booker’s practice focuses on commercial litigation with emphasis in commercial and professional liability, real estate, securities fraud and products liability.

Grubb & Ellis announced that Robert Stephens has joined the company as vice president, Industrial Group. Specializing in the representation of industrial tenants and landlords, Stephens joins Grubb & Ellis from Cushman & Wakefield, where he spent 15 years as a senior director. Grubb & Ellis also announced that Andrew Banister and Alan Gillespie joined the company’s Investment Services group as senior vice president and vice president, respectively. They will specialize in the sale of office and industrial properties.

DLR Group recognized seven individuals at its regional annual meeting. They were rewarded for their commitment to the firm and willingness to accept and excel in leadership roles. David Boehm was appointed as senior principal; Scott Shively was promoted to principal; Elizabeth Rendon and Eric Loos were promoted to senior associates; and Karen Heck, Rickey Austin, Andrew Dunlap and Jason Hocking were promoted to associates.

CB Richard Ellis promoted Gavin McPhie to managing director of its Valuation & Advisory Services (VAS) Group in Phoenix. McPhie, who has nearly 10 years of real estate appraisal and consulting experience, joined CBRE in 2005. CBRE also hired Timothy Keating as senior office operations manager.

NAI Horizon added Rick Foss to its Industrial Properties Group. He has spent the past 10 years representing a wide range of industries in the acquisition of their real estate facilities. Prior to joining NAI, Foss worked at Insignia ESG, Grubb & Ellis and Cassidy Turley | BRE Commercial in Phoenix.

Grubb & Ellis announced that Jeffrey Chalfin has joined the company as vice president, Investment Services. Chalfin specializes in the sale of multi-tenant retail assets and joins Grubb & Ellis from Sperry Van Ness, where he began his career in 1998.

Mortenson Construction promoted Paul Kitching to director of operations. Kitching has been with Mortenson since 1997 through the joint venture project, Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City, Minn. He became an official Mortenson team member in the Minneapolis office in 2000, with a focus in sports and healthcare

Gilbane Building Company named D. Thomas Goderre district operations manager in its Phoenix office. Goderre will manage all of Gilbane’s business and construction operations throughout the district.

Cassidy Turley | BRE Commercial announced that Scott Boardman has joined the company’s Office Services Group as a senior associate. Boardman will be partnering with senior VPs Trevor Klinkhamer and Jeff Hartland to form a new Office Services Group team.

Cushman & Wakefield promoted Will Strong to the senior associate post within the Bo Mills and Mark Detmer Industrial Specialty Group. Strong specializes in representing and consulting corporate tenants, institutional landlords and developers in the acquisition, development and disposition of industrial real estate.

Sundt Construction promoted three employees: Thomas Mertz to senior vice president and manager of Sundt’s federal division (formerly vice president of business development); Herbert Chong to vice president of business development (formerly project director); and Gregory Ayres to area manager (formerly senior project manager).

Vince Lujan accepted the position of president and CEO of Salt River Devco, the asset management and commercial development company for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Lujan, a Pueblo Indian from New Mexico, served as interim president and CEO of Devco since March 2010. Jeff Roberts was appointed asset manager and will oversee management of six commercial office buildings totaling 370,000 SF in Chaparral Business Park.

Jones Lang LaSalle vice president Jason Moore moved from the agency to the tenant representation team in the company’s Phoenix office. Moore will specialize exclusively on tenant representation and consultation for corporate clients in Phoenix.

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011