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Phoenix Chamber honors winners of 2015 IMPACT Awards

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) recognized eight outstanding Valley businesses at the 28th annual IMPACT Awards today, with Pinnacle Transplant Technologies and Goodwill of Central Arizona earning accolades as the 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year. The luncheon celebrated the remarkable contributions these companies and their employees make to the Greater Phoenix community.

“Congratulations to our 2015 IMPACT Businesses of the Year, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies and Goodwill of Central Arizona,” stated Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. “Their work is so impressive across the full spectrum that they are truly deserving of special recognition. Both organizations enhance our community and demonstrate the true spirit of entrepreneurialism in everything they do. We are proud to recognize their outstanding achievements.”

2015 IMPACT Business of the Year (Small to Medium Business Sector – 250 employees or fewer): Pinnacle Transplant Technologies Russ Yelton, CEO

Founded in 2010, Pinnacle Transplant Technologies (PTT) recognized the need to establish a processing and distribution facility that would enable medical professionals to acquire quality tissue for transplant. Located in Phoenix, Ariz., PTT’s newly constructed 24,000-square-foot processing facility was designed by tissue banking experts to meet the specific demands of the industry.

PTT specializes in processing musculoskeletal tissue for use in orthopedic, dental, spine, trauma and other medical procedures and reconstruction surgeries. A multi-service tissue bank dedicated to the ethical participation in the Donate Life ™ process, PTT only works with federally chartered organ procurement organizations accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. One of two 2015 IMPACT Award recipients in Entrepreneurial Excellence, PTT is dedicated to providing superior tissue for transplantation, assuring transplant patient safety and provide reverence to our donor families.

“It is such an honor to receive the 2015 IMPACT Business of the Year Award,” said Noah Stromer, chief operating officer of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our associates and to the generosity of donor families. The underlying force of what we’re doing and the positive impact that we’re having on people keeps us going. Every day, our goal is help people and make their lives better. It’s a great honor to be in such company with all of this year’s IMPACT recipients.”

Website: www.pinnacletransplant.com  | Phone: 623.277.5400

2015 IMPACT Business of the Year Award (Large Business Sector – More than 250 employees): Goodwill of Central Arizona Tim O’Neal, President and CEO

Founded in Phoenix in 1947, Goodwill of Central Arizona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides job training and other services for Arizonans who want to find a job, pursue a credential or degree or strengthen their finances. Its vision is, “Through the work of Goodwill, all people will have the opportunity to learn, work and achieve their greatest potential.” Goodwill’s mission: “We Put People to Work.”

Goodwill fulfills this mission by providing job training, education and employment placement services to job seekers in Arizona. Its services are offered at no cost to the community, and funded in large part by its retail stores, where donations of gently used clothing and household goods are sold. Goodwill of Central Arizona currently operates 63 stores, 14 donation centers and 22 career centers in Maricopa County, Yuma and Prescott. Serving as a link to employment for job seekers of all skill levels and backgrounds, Goodwill’s clients include senior citizens, veterans, individuals with language barriers and people with disabilities or other specialized needs.

“It’s great to work for an organization that helps people and puts them on their feet,” said Tim O’Neal, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Arizona. “It’s very special to be a part of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s IMPACT Awards, but the best thing about receiving this award is that it brings greater awareness of our workforce development efforts that we focus on each and every day. Winning this award would not even be possible if it weren’t for our partners, the people who generously donate and our valued associates.”

Website: www.goodwillaz.org  | Phone: 602.535.4000

IMPACT Award Recipients in the Small to Medium Business Sector (250 employees or fewer):

Community Champion: Arizona School Choice Trust

Economic Driver: HDR, Inc.

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Pinnacle Transplant Technologies

Response to Adversity: Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.

 

IMPACT Award Recipients in the Large Business Sector (More than 250 employees)

Community Champion:  Wells Fargo

Economic Driver: Goodwill of Central Arizona

Entrepreneurial Excellence:  EXOS

Response to Adversity:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Sentinel Award Recipients

For their willingness to champion efforts that ensure Arizona’s business climate is healthy and competitive, the Chamber recognized Arizona State Representative Kate Brophy McGee, Arizona State Representative Bob Robson and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio with Sentinel Awards.

Concluded Sanders, “All of the companies and Sentinel Award recipients honored today continue to set new standards that positively impact the greater Phoenix business community and we are proud to recognize their outstanding achievements.”

For more information on all the 2015 IMPACT recipients,  visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact2015.

Low Level Aerial view of Downtown Tucson, Arizona

One South Church attracts 22KSF of new office tenants

CBRE recently negotiated long-term office leases with major tenants at One South Church, the landmark building in downtown Tucson, Ariz. Global engineering firm HDR has leased 9,659 square feet of space, while Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible work space, has inked a deal for the entire 12,659-square-foot 12th floor.

Buzz Isaacson with CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord, Chicago, IL-based Equity Commonwealth. Kevin Calihan with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented Regus, and Pat Williams with JLL’s Phoenix office represented HDR.

Regus’s lease marks its entrance to the Tucson market. The company has an expansive presence in Phoenix with 21 locations Valley-wide in the best office building in almost every submarket in the metropolitan area.

We’re very excited about the Tucson market,” said Rob Downing, Regional Director of Real Estate for Regus. “The Southwest, and Arizona, in particular, has been a focus for us over the past several quarters. Our Phoenix centers are performing exceptionally well, but our clients were regularly inquiring about locations in Tucson. With the space at One South Church we will finally be able to meet that demand.”

Regus’s new center is currently undergoing tenant improvements to ensure the company will be able to offer its full suite of flexible workspace solutions to the Tucson market. The new work center is slated to open in mid December. Regus is also in the process of identifying a second location in north Tucson with hopes to open that work center sometime in 2015.

HDR relocates to One South Church from their previous location at Williams Centre. The global engineering firm played a major role in bringing the Sun Link Modern Streetcar project to fruition and this move brings the company right onto the streetcar’s 3.9-mile route.

Regus and HDR are excellent examples of companies seeing the value of locating in amenity-rich downtown Tucson,” said CBRE’s Isaacson, who has held the marketing and leasing assignment for One South Church since 1986 and has brokered the sale of the building twice. “There has definitely been a demographic shift toward urban, live-work-play environments. Smart employers recognize that in order to attract and retain top talent they need to locate in areas that offer the “lifestyle” type of work environments employees want.”

Built in 1986, One South Church is Tucson’s premier high-rise office building. Located in the heart of downtown Tucson, the 23-story office tower is located in one of Tucson’s three major employment centers, along with the University of Arizona and Tucson International Airport. Located along the new Sun Link Modern Streetcar route and within minutes of Interstate-10, which boarders the west side of downtown, the property benefits from easy accessibility as well as the numerous retail amenities located in the area.

Natural light floods the five-story atrium space

ASU's ISTB 4 Achieves LEED Gold Certification

 

Arizona State University’s recently opened Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) research facility was recognized as LEED Gold certified from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

To earn the LEED Gold, the $110M, 7-story ISTB 4 achieved 46 total LEED points under the LEED for New Construction Version 2.2 Rating System. One of the major project goals for the 298,000 SF building was to reduce energy as much as possible — when fully occupied ISTB 4’s energy use will be nearly one-half of a typical laboratory building.

HDR, as executive architect, collaborated with the design architect, Ehrlich Architects,  for the uniquely sustainable research and laboratory building. Sundt Construction was the general contractor.

As sustainable designer, Mathew Cunha-Rigby, LEED AP BD+C, point outs, “ASU and HDR were committed to making ISTB 4 a high performance, sustainable building from the beginning of the project. The university set a minimum goal of LEED Silver, with a stretch goal of LEED Gold.

“ASU also outlined sustainability targets that needed to be met for all new projects on campus, which helped influence many of the design strategies that were implemented in the building.”

Some of the sustainable strategies implemented in the building include:

>> Optimal building orientation based on local climate conditions and a high performance façade with vertical sunshades to reduce heat gain and incorporate passive cooling strategies.

>> Efficient active systems to minimize lighting, mechanical and process loads including energy recovery, reduced heating and cooling requirements for ventilated air, variable-air-volume settings for offices, labs and fume hoods, as well as, energy-efficient lighting, with occupancy sensor controls.

>> On-site renewable energy. ASU allocated energy produced by a photovoltaic array on the adjacent parking structure to ISTB 4 to supply more than 16% of its energy use.

>> Building performance monitoring to ensure the building will continue to meet its energy use reduction goals over the life of the building.

>>  Minimized resource use. Local building materials, extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, totaled more than 44 percent of the entire material cost.

>> Daylighting. The building envelope and the interior space are designed to admit natural light into as many spaces as possible, and a central atrium brings daylight deep into the building interior.

>> Users are encouraged to use alternative transportation. ISTB 4 is within one fourth of a mile from a light rail stop and bus stops, serving five different bus routes. Bicycle racks are provided on site and the number of parking spaces has been reduced by 55% from that of a typical university building, with 10% of the parking spaces dedicated to carpool and fuel-efficient vehicles.

With the ISTB 4 certification, HDR now has a total of 14 LEED Gold projects.

 

Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology Building 4, AZRE May/June 2011

Education: Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4


INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING 4

Developer: Arizona State University
General contractor: Sundt Construction
Architect: HDR and Ehrlich Architects
Location: 850 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe
Size: 290,000 SF

The $160M ISTB4 is a 7-story building that will include collaboration rooms, meeting rooms and offices for faculty and administrators. There will also be lab space, which will contain 166 modules. Completion is expected by 2Q 2012.

AZRE May/June 2011