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Hines completes 60,000 SF lease for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Hines, the international real estate firm, recently completed a 60,000-square-foot long-term lease for Jones, Skelton & Hochuli at its downtown Renaissance Square.

The Phoenix-based firm with 80 attorneys and 125 support staff will be relocating from mid-town Phoenix to the new downtown Phoenix location. The law firm specializes in trial practice, insurance law, personal injury defense, commercial litigation, defense of corporations, self-insured professionals, governmental entities, insurance companies and medical malpractice carriers.

Managing Partner at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli William D. Holm said, “Moving to Renaissance Square provides Jones, Skelton & Hochuli with greater access to the courts, and enables us to participate in the energy and vitality in downtown Phoenix.”

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is leasing floors 24 – 27 with a balcony reception area on the 27th floor.

Other major tenants at Renaissance Square include Bryan Cave, Ernst & Young, Gammage and Burnham, Quarles & Brady and The Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Renaissance Square is a set of twin downtown buildings located on a full-city block at 2 N. Central Ave. and 40 N. Central Ave.

Property Manager of Renaissance Square Steve Hamel said, “Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is a high-quality tenant that will serve as a dynamic addition to Renaissance Square’s mix of business and community leaders.”

Chuck Nixon with CBRE represented the law firm and Pat Devine of Cushman & Wakefield represented Hines in the transaction.

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Hines leases high-profile downtown space to The Counter

Hines, the international real estate firm, recently leased 3,200 square feet to The Counter, which has located its trendy build-your-own burger joint with a full bar in Renaissance Square’s free-standing, high-profile retail building.

The Counter opened recently in the courtyard of Renaissance Square’s twin 25 and 27-story buildings near office tenants and visitors, as well as light rail riders at the Washington/Central Avenue stop. The Renaissance Square courtyard location will be the first Phoenix location for the California-based company.

“The Counter is a perfect fit for our retail building. The burger joint is trendy and focuses on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. We anticipate The Counter will have a strong following in downtown Phoenix,” said Steve Hamel, Property Manager of Renaissance Square.

“We are very excited to open our first Phoenix location in such a great location, and are enjoying the relationships we are building with other downtown businesses,” says John Lutz, COO and partner of TCB Arizona LLC.  “The support, positive feedback and well wishes we have received so far have been very enjoyable.”

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Hines commences construction at Chandler Viridian

Hines, the international real estate firm, has commenced construction on the infrastructure at Chandler Viridian and is moving forward with the design of the Class-A, six-story office building for the mixed-use property’s master plan development.

Chandler Viridian, located at the northwest corner of the Loop 101/Loop 202 interchange in the heart of the Price Corridor in Chandler, will include a central plaza with 240,000 square feet of Class-A office space, a luxury multifamily complex, a modern brand hotel, and retail options along with a pedestrian promenade to the Chandler Fashion Center.

Hines awarded the infrastructure project to Markham Contracting Co., Inc. of Phoenix which will be installing the necessary utilities and roads over the next six months to prepare the various uses for vertical construction. Hines also has hired Trademark Visual, Inc. of Phoenix to design and install new Chandler Viridian monument signs, and the McGough Group of Phoenix partnered with Service Direct Landscape of Phoenix to design and install the phased programming of site and landscaping improvements. The Phase One infrastructure is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

Hines is working with RSP Architects of Tempe to design the Class-A six-story, 240,000-square-foot office building named the Offices at Chandler Viridian. The office building will feature 41,000-square-foot floor plates, high ceilings with energy efficient glass to allow for plenty of natural light, and access to a three-story parking garage. CBRE is now leasing the office space for delivery in early 2017.

“We are thrilled to commence construction on the first phase of Chandler Viridian.  Installing the infrastructure is the first step while we design the office, hotel, and retail components of the project.” said Chris Anderson, managing director and city leader for Hines. “The location offers unparalleled exposure with access to Chandler’s robust technology and bio & life sciences industry clusters.”

“CBRE is excited to commence leasing of the office space. We believe the high-quality location along with the large, flexible floor plates and robust amenities within walking distance will be attractive to a large variety of tenants considering the Southeast Valley,” said Jerry Roberts, executive vice president at CBRE.

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Hines feeds homeless in downtown Phoenix

Hines, the international real estate firm, joined forces Friday, May 29, with Phoenix’s Lodestar Day Resource Center to help end homelessness.

Along with Nibblers Catering, employees from several of Hines’ Phoenix properties served nutritious meals and water to hundreds of Valley community members dealing with homelessness. Representatives from Hines’ properties, including Renaissance Square, 24th At Camelback and U.S. Airways, supported staff in the charitable efforts.

“As members of the local community, Hines encourages its employees to donate a day of public service each year,” said Chris Anderson, Managing Director and Local City Leader for Hines. “We participate in many charitable events throughout the year.”

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After Hours: Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas
Superintendent, Wespac Construction
Years at HINES: 11

Jerry Thomas handles on-site supervision of day-to-day construction activities, including quality control, material delivery, subcontractor schedules, daily reports, safety meetings, detailing, project closeouts and project meetings for owners, architects and subcontractors. After a long day of work, though, Thomas puts in a few extra hours at the gym to train for extreme activities, including one of the most eccentric and challenging races in the country — Escape from Alcatraz, which he completed last April.

What did you think you’d be when you grew up? 

Fireman or police officer.

Of what personal or professional accomplishment are you most proud?

I’m most proud of a Wespac project I did in Central Coast, Calif., The Clubhouse at Trilogy Monarch Dunes. This elaborate and one-of-a-kind clubhouse won a Gold Nugget award.

Best business advice you’ve been given?
Always put your family first and no matter how hard you work, it will always be there tomorrow.

Advice you’d share with people early in their real estate career?

Location, location, location.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love old-time movies and musicals, including Turner Classics.

One of your hobbies includes extreme racing. Why did you register for the Escape from Alcatraz race?

During Christmas time, I was surprised over dinner by my 10-year-old godson, Bennett Curran, who told me he was escaping Alcatraz and swimming to shore with his swim team. I thought he was crazy, along with his parents, for letting him do this. However, he explained that he is on a team that supports F.A.S.T. (Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training), which encourages kids saving kids. His excitement was contagious and inspired me. The more I thought about it, I thought this is a great cause and a way to get into shape, so I decided I’d like to join and swim with my godson. Of course, then everyone thought I was crazy — my wife even increased my life insurance benefit. As it turned out, Bennett was one of the youngest and I was one of the oldest to swim with F.A.S.T. and escape Alcatraz. What an experience!

What was your experience like?
It was harder than I originally thought, especially once we started training. This consisted of jumping into Bartlett Lake every week in the middle of winter. The water was 50 degrees, which was rough. It was difficult to support one another and, at times, we definitely had second thoughts, but we both hung in there, toughed it out and kept training. During the actual Alcatraz swim, when we were all jumping off the boat, I ended up swallowing half of the San Francisco Bay thanks to another little swimmer who accidentally jumped on top of me in his excitement to escape. After choking for a long while, we were guided to a different and farther route to swim because of the changing rip tide currents. The sea was very choppy, but in the end we both went on to finish in 1 hour 17 minutes and swam just under two miles. We ended the race tired and cold but very proud. We celebrated with everyone at Ghirardelli Square over a gigantic ice cream sundae called the “Earthquake.”

Have you competed in any other extreme races or have any similar adrenaline-rush activities/hobbies?

I parachute, scuba dive and am a mono ski racer. I am looking forward to swimming with Bennett again next year to support F.A.S.T. 2015 at Alcatraz, as well as swim under the Golden Gate Bridge. We also recruited Bennett’s brother, Jonathan, so it’ll be another exciting year.

How much time to do train every day/week?
After work, I swim three to four times a week and work out at the gym two to three times a week. It’s definitely difficult to balance extreme sports training with a work schedule and personal life, but it all was worth it and very rewarding in the end. I proudly display my medal at my home to keep me motivated.

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CBRE to market office space at Chandler Viridian

CBRE has been awarded the marketing assignment for the ±240,000 SF office portion of Chandler Viridian, the $150 million, mixed-used project to be developed by Hines. The multi-faceted development project will be located on the former Elevation Chandler site near Chandler Fashion Center. Construction on the project is slated to begin 1Q 2015 and will include multifamily and hospitality components in addition to the premier, class A office product.

The Offices at Chandler Viridian will benefit from an excellent infill location in the heart of Chandler’s major employment and tech-hub. In addition to the strong corporate employment located to the southwest in the Price Road Corridor, the property will also boast proximity to numerous restaurant, retail and entertainment options within blocks of the project in addition to amenities that will be on-site upon Viridian’s completion.

Hines is a world-class developer with a keen understanding of what modern office users want and CBRE is incredibly excited to be a part of this project,” said CBRE’s Jerry Roberts, who along with Corey Hawley and Pat Boyle will head up the marketing and leasing team for The Offices at Chandler Viridian. “With its corporate friendly environment and diverse, well-educated workforce, Chandler Viridian will be located in the core of one of the Valley’s major employment hubs. Chandler is already well-known for drawing industry leaders from all knowledge-worker sectors including high technology, aerospace,bioscience and financial services. The addition of a premier, live-work-play environment offered by Hines’ Viridian will only serve to further enhance the area’s appeal for major employers.”

The state-of-the-art project is expected to draw the interest of major companies looking to locate or expand in metropolitan Phoenix, and will be a welcome addition to a submarket currently suffering from a dearth of available office product, particularly large blocks of quality contiguous, space. At the end of Q2 2014, the Chandler submarket led the Valley office market with a vacancy rate of 10.1 percent, compared to a 22 percent vacancy Valley-wide. Additionally, class A space in Chandler recorded a vacancy rate of only 3.9 percent at mid-year, compared to 16.9 for the entire metro area.

We expect The Offices at Chandler Viridian will be met with high demand from users. The City of Chandler is as business-friendly as any in the Valley and the community’s strong leadership has created an environment that companies want to locate in,” said Roberts. “Unfortunately, those users are currently faced with a lack of available product to suit their needs. Viridian will help to satisfy some of that demand.”

At build out, the 25.6-acre Chandler Viridian will feature 335 apartments units in a four-story building, ±240,000 square feet of office space in a six-story building, a 10-story, 150,000-square-foot hotel with 180 rooms and two pads for retail/restaurants. The pedestrian friendly project will feature gardens, promenades, courtyards and plazas that would be interconnected with 1.5 miles of paths and trails. The commercial components of office, hotel and retail will be developed on the northern portion of the tract and the multi-family residential units would be situated in the southern part of the site along the west side of the 101 Loop/Price Road Freeway and just north of the 202 Loop/San Tan Freeway.


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Hines closes on purchase of 25-acre Chandler Viridian

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that it has closed on the purchase of the 25.5-acre site for Chandler Viridian, a mixed-use property on the northwest corner of the Loop 101/Loop 202 interchange, adjacent to the Chandler Fashion Center. Hines has been working on Chandler Viridian for nearly two years due to the significant legal complications related to the unfinished Elevation Chandler project. With the legal process regarding the site now complete, Hines expects to demolish and remove the structure in December 2014.

“Chandler Viridian will expand the area’s economic engine by creating a true live, work and play environment. The visibility and walkability of Chandler Viridian exceeds many other mixed-used projects in the area,” said Chris Anderson, Managing Director and local City Leader for Hines. “Hines is excited to develop the last available site adjacent to the Chandler Fashion Center and complete the master plan envisioned by the Chandler City leadership and citizens over 15 years ago.  The support received from the Chandler City Council, city staff and Alliance Bank of Arizona has been instrumental to our success.”

“This is a high-profile site in the midst of the Price Corridor, and the entire community will benefit from having a new project there,” said James Smith, the City of Chandler’s Acting Economic Development Director. “This is the moment our residents have been waiting for – to see that failed structure come down, and new development take its place.”

Alliance Residential is developing the Class A multifamily property at Chandler Viridian. Multifamily construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015. Alliance Residential is headquartered in Phoenix with 33 regional offices nationwide.

“Alliance Residential has served as a partner throughout the entitlement and land-closing process, collaborated on the design and plays an important role in delivering on the promise of Chandler Viridian,” says Anderson.

“We are excited to develop the residential component within the well-designed, mixed-use project led by Hines,” said Ian Swiergol, Managing Director of Development, Southwest for Alliance Residential. “This urban community will meet the ever-growing demands of today’s renter profile and will complement the great mix of employment and entertainment options within the Chandler Fashion Center submarket.”

In addition to the luxury apartments, Chandler Viridian will include a six-story modern brand hotel, a central plaza with 250,000 square feet of Class A office, and retail options along with a pedestrian promenade to the Chandler Fashion Center. Chandler Viridian is located in the heart of the Chandler retail entertainment district.

Construction on the horizontal infrastructure for the commercial properties is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015. The hotel, office and retail projects will begin construction later in 2015 and into 2016.

RSP Architects of Minneapolis serves as the architect of record for Chandler Viridian. A general contractor has not been selected.

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Hines buys Elevation Chandler site for $8.25M

Cassidy Turley announced the sale of a 10.55-acre site at the northwest corner of Loop 101 and Loop 202 Freeways in Chandler, Ariz. Hines Interests Limited Partnership purchased the former Elevation Chandler site for $8.25 million. The seller was Price & Frye Investments, LLC.

Cassidy Turley Executive Managing Directors David Fogler and Steven Nicoluzakis and Managing Director Don Arones represented the seller during the transaction.

“The challenges with the Elevation Chandler site have been well documented,” said Mr. Nicoluzakis. “Closing this property was a long process. It took perseverance by all parties involved and the support and cooperation of the City of Chandler to deliver title. Ultimately having a quality developer like Hines, with their experience and credibility, was important in closing the deal.”

Cassidy Turley was awarded the listing for the property in 2010, and originally had it under contract in 2011, but due to the litigation that was the result of a flawed trustee sale that contract was cancelled. Over the past four years the property has overcome numerous legal obstacles, including a fight that eventually led to an Arizona Supreme Court Ruling regarding ownership and the right to sell. Cassidy Turley put the property back on the market and through a bid process; Hines was selected and put the property under contract in November 2012.

Hines has announced plans for a mixed-use development with retail, office and multi-family residential on the property that they are calling Chandler Viridian. Demolition of the existing building will take approximately three months.

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$150M Chandler Viridian project zoning entitlement approved

The Chandler City Council on Thursday night approved zoning and a development agreement for Hines to develop the Chandler Viridian mixed-use project located near the Chandler Fashion Center and Loop 101/Loop 202 interchange.

The 25-acre project will include a modern brand hotel, Class A multi-family and a central plaza with 250,000 square feet of Class A office and retail options along with a pedestrian promenade to Chandler Fashion Center. Chandler Viridian will enhance the overall value of the area and be a positive contribution to the Chandler Fashion Center’s substantial roster of retail tenants.

Chandler Viridian will be developed at the site of the currently unfinished Elevation Chandler mixed-use project. Hines is committed to razing the blighted structure, delivering on the Chandler community’s long desire.

“Culminating years of hard work, we are excited to move forward with our innovative mixed-use development that will bring new jobs and tax revenue to Chandler,” said Chris Anderson, Managing Director of Hines. “We are thankful to the Mayor, the City Council, and the City Planning Department for working with Hines to take the next step in making this opportunity a reality.”

Hines expects to close on the site later this year and commence construction in 2015.

24th at Camelback is the new location of D/P/S's Phoenix expansion.

Top design firm expands to Phoenix market

A prominent design firm, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S), recently leased 1,750 square feet at Hines’ 24th at Camelback. The transaction is D/P/S’ first location in Phoenix.

The firm, which has served clients in the Southwest for more than 50 years, is an ENR Top 500 design firm and is dedicated to helping build dynamic and sustainable communities. In addition to architecture, D/P/S provides interior design, landscape architecture, planning, and structural engineering services.

“D/P/S is a high-quality tenant that will diversify the types of businesses already located at 24th at Camelback, the premier office and retail area of Phoenix,” said Carol Kleinberg, director – property management for Hines AZ & NM and designated broker for Hines GS Properties.

Major tenants at 24th at Camelback include Greenberg Traurig, Cisco Systems and Cassidy Turley. The Class A office tower is 302,209 square feet.

The mixed-use building, situated on 8.5 acres, is LEED Gold certified and has earned ENERGY STAR certifications for nine years.

Cassidy Turley served as the broker for Hines. D/P/S was not represented by a broker.

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EPA Recognizes Hines with 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.  Hines will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2014.

This is the tenth time Hines has been recognized by the EPA and the seventh time Hines has received the Sustained Excellence Award.

Hines’ portfolio of ENERGY STAR buildings consists of 185 facilities and more than 60 million square feet. With an average performance rating of 82.4, the portfolio is 39.7 percent more energy efficient than the national average.   This translates into estimated annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing more than 45,987 automobiles from the road for one year.

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through participation in ENERGY STAR.  Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“Hines is honored to receive this award,” said Hines President and CEO Jeffrey C. Hines.  “We use ENERGY STAR in tandem with Hines’ proprietary building management tools to support our engineering efforts to maximize performance, minimize risk and preserve long-term value.”

Hines Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer added, “Our participation in the ENERGY STAR program is an important aspect of the firm’s sustainability program.  ENERGY STAR signals lower expenses for our tenants, higher returns for our investors, partners and clients, and a better environment for everyone.”

The 2014 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

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Hines promotes, hires eight employees

Hines announces the hire of four employees and the promotion of four employees who have decades of experience in development, property management and construction, building a robust and strategic Phoenix team.

“We’re cultivating a talented team to reflect Hines’ strong commitment and further investment in the Phoenix marketplace,” said Chris Anderson, Managing Director of Hines. “With the addition of new top market leaders and the promotion of experienced employees, Hines will expand its depth in Arizona projects.”

New Hires:

Brandon Dillingham serves as the Director of Arizona Development for Hines. Dillingham conducts analyses and executes acquisitions and development projects in the Southwest. He previously served as the Development Manager at Macerich. He brings experience in project management and on-time delivery of more than 2.6 million square feet of high-quality projects.

As Property Manager of Renaissance Square, Steve Hamel oversees the 1 million-square-foot twin tower in downtown Phoenix. He previously worked at Cole Real Estate as the Regional Property Manager. He brings 12 years of industry experience and previously oversaw a portfolio of 7 million square feet of retail and office space throughout the Southwest.

Scott King, who previously served as the President at BDT Construction, is Hines’ new Construction Manager. King oversees new ground-up structures, infill renovations and tenant improvements from conceptual estimating and design to project completion. King brings experience in project management and on-time delivery of more than 2.7 million square feet of profitable and high-quality construction projects.

Carol Kleinberg is General Property Manager at Renaissance Square and the Designated Broker for Hines GS Properties. Kleinberg manages a staff of 10 and collaborates with the City of Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Partnership and GPEC to elevate Renaissance Square’s position. She previously served as the Director of Strategic Alliances at the Plaza Companies. Kleinberg has 25 years of experience in the Phoenix commercial real estate industry, specializing in the operation, management and rebranding of properties. During her career, she has managed more than 3.5 million square feet of office, medical office, retail and industrial properties and provided a key role in the development of 700,000 square feet of office and industrial properties.


Hines promoted Michelle Brown from Assistant Property Manager to Property Manager for 24th at Camelback I & II and Kierland One. She has seven years of experience in commercial real estate. Brown previously oversaw property management operations for 14 tenant improvement projects in a 24-month period, totaling more than 1 million square feet and $20 million.

Darwyn Harp now serves as the Designated Broker for Hines. He previously served as Hines’ General Property Manager & Facility Manager at US Airways and Property Manager at Papago Spectrum. Since joining Hines in 1996, Harp has contributed to the property management of more than 4 million square feet of commercial real estate. He has extensive experience in financial reporting, training and managing personnel as well as the leasing and construction management of occupied and unoccupied space.

Theresa Holder is now the Assistant Property Manager at 24th at Camelback I & II. She is an integral member of the Phoenix NAIOP Chapter and has been heavily involved in the local real estate community for many years.

Martin Ortiz is now an Assistant Engineering Manager at Renaissance Square. He previously served at 24th at Camelback I & II. Ortiz oversaw nearly 300,000 square feet of tenant improvement construction at Camelback II and was a key team member in helping the property achieve LEED EB Platinum certification.

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Hines’ Robert Bonilla Named ‘Building Engineer of the Year’

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Phoenix has named a Hines employee the Building Engineer of the Year. Robert Bonilla’s peers nominated him for the honor.

“This award is a direct reflection of the respect that Robert has gained among his colleagues in the Phoenix market and in the industry,” said Chris Anderson, managing director of Hines. “Robert’s tireless efforts as a leader in energy reduction and sustainability make him an invaluable asset to Hines.”

Bonilla is the general engineering manager at Renaissance Square. Since Hines acquired the property in 2007, Bonilla has led Renaissance Square to six consecutive ENERGY STAR(R) certifications, as well as a LEED(R) Gold certification. In 2013, the property won BOMA of Greater Phoenix’s Kilowatt Krackdown award for having the highest reduction in kilowatt hours (kWH) year after year for a building over 500,000 square feet. Bonilla celebrated his 18th year at Hines this January.

(from L to R): Rob Martensen, Christine Nagle, Paul Sieczkowski, Mary Beth Campbell, all with Colliers International

Commercial Real Estate Firms Gets Charitable for Holidays

Arizona Builders Alliance:

Members of the Arizona Builders Alliance, a construction industry association, has collected thousands of toys that will be wrapped and delivered to approximately 300 children in CPS custody (residents of Sunshine Group Homes) and approximately 100 children who live at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa. A major toy-wrapping effort will take place on Thursday, Dec. 19, when Santa’s helpers from the construction industry are overtaking Corbins Electric facilities and turning it into gift-wrapping workshop, in preparation for the toy deliveries.
Four companies within the construction industry locally – McCarthy Building Companies, Corbins Electric, Sundt and Wilson Electric – are leading the effort on behalf of the Arizona Builders Alliance to collect, wrap and distribute the toys. More than 100 construction companies are participating in the general toy drive benefiting CPS children in need this year.
“This is my third year serving as chair of our holiday toy drive event, which is very important to me,” said Joshua Marriott, an estimator at McCarthy Building Companies. “The amount of joy that the gifts and party bring to the kids is priceless. The toy-wrapping effort takes a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.”
Volunteer elves will be wrapping hundreds of toys at Corbins Electric on Thurs., Dec. 19, and delivering them on Fri., Dec. 20, to Sunshine Acres and Sunshine Group Homes. Members of the media are welcome to attend the wrapping festivities where tons of toys are wrapped and loaded into a box truck for delivery to the children on Dec. 20 where volunteers will pass out gifts to children at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home and they will also get a special visit from Santa. The Sunshine Acres Party is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.


Throughout the year, Hines and Colliers International in Greater Phoenix are busy developing and brokering projects.
But each December, they are as busy as Santa’s elves ensuring that needy Phoenix families have a holiday to celebrate.
John Orsak, director of Hines property management, started “Santa’s Sak” in 2011. The program provides the abused, neglected and troubled youngsters involved with All My Children, Inc., with electronics, games, books, sporting equipment and passes for movies and activities.
Hines has helped 100 kids in the last two years and expects to deliver presents to another 100 this year on Dec. 21. The experience touches Orsak, especially Hines’ impact on a teenage girl who said she wouldn’t have had anything to celebrate on Christmas without Santa’s Sak.
Colliers International in Greater Phoenix has been adopting families during the holidays for more than 15 years and also makes time for employees to feed the homeless.
Started by Paul Sieczkowski, senior vice president, about 30 to 50 Colliers employees participate in the adopt-a-family program each year. A former Colliers employee even dresses like Santa and the employees surprise the family.
One year, Colliers delivered presents to a family that lived in a house with a dirt floor. The family cried when Colliers presented the gifts and food.
Colliers will deliver more presents and cheer this year on Dec. 23.
Colliers also helps hungry families. About 30 Colliers employees served lunch at St. Vincent de Paul on Dec. 6.

McCarthy Building Companies: McCarthy Building Companies builds and renovates schools throughout the Southwest, with many projects right here in metro Phoenix. As a result, the education services team hears about many needs within local school districts. Over the years, there has been a consistent request from schools for books that students can take with them to read at home in order to develop reading skills. To meet this need, the members of McCarthy’s education team have worked in tandem with the company’s Heart Hats committee for the past seven years to create an annual Santa Book Delivery.
On Dec. 20, McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers will join Santa, Mrs. Claus & the Jolly Elf (played by McCarthy employees) for the delivery of new wrapped books to every student at Heatherbrae Elementary in Maryvale, a Title I school that serves kindergarten through 5th grade students in the Cartwright Elementary School District. Santa & Mrs. Claus will visit with each child individually, giving away 750 books to students at the school.
McCarthy’s goal is to have a gift for everyone at the school, so gift cards are given to each teacher along with a donation of school supplies from Office Essentials, assisting teachers who are reaching into their own pockets these days simply to provide supplies for their classrooms.
Books and gift cards are provided by McCarthy’s Heart Hats. The new books are chosen based on reading and grade level, with the help ofeducators’ recommendations. Two or three titles are chosen per grade based on popular or suggested reading titles for the age group. The books are not gender specific so they are appropriate for either boys or girls.

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24th at Camelback Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

The Phoenix office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that 24th at Camelback II has achieved platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Rating System. The property, owned by Hines and an East Coast pension fund advised by Invesco, is the first LEED EB Platinum, and most efficient, multi-tenant property in Arizona.

The 11-story, 307,000-square-foot Class A office building was developed by Hines in 2010, and is located in the heart of Phoenix’s Camelback submarket.

In addition to earning LEED Platinum, 24th at Camelback II earned the ENERGY STAR® label in 2012. With a current ENERGY STAR rating of 93, the campus is 46 percent more energy efficient than the average U.S. office building. This translates to an estimated $1.43 per rentable square foot in annual energy cost savings and annual greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing 557 passenger vehicles from the road.

Green features and programs include: reduced heat island effect through covered parking and reflective roofing; use of low-VOC materials and finishes; a 30 percent reduction in indoor, potable water usage; electronic waste recycling programs; a 60 percent reduction in landscaping-related water consumption; enhanced indoor air quality systems; and a construction waste diversion rate greater than 50 percent. Additionally, Hines offers its proprietary GREEN OFFICE for Tenants program, which is designed to assist tenants in greening their office space.

Energy savings, equipment efficiencies, water conservation and recycling programs directly benefit the tenants in terms of lower operating costs. By achieving LEED Platinum, the local project team demonstrates to our owners, tenants, prospective tenants and the community that this property is being managed to the highest standard of excellence,” said Hines Director John Orsak.

Global Sustainability Officer Gary Holtzer, added, “Hines has a long track record of commitment to sustainable development, and active leadership in the USGBC LEED programs. The 24th at Camelback II building is the firm’s latest commitment to sustainable development in Phoenix.”

Hines is a leader in Phoenix for sustainable real estate development and operations. 24th at Camelback II’s sister building, 24th at Camelback I, also managed by Hines, is ENERGY STAR labeled and certified LEED Gold under the Existing Building rating system. The US Airways headquarters building in Tempe, which was developed and is managed by Hines, is LEED Gold certified and is one of just five properties in the United States (and the only one in Arizona) to have earned 11 consecutive ENERGY STAR labels—one for every year since the building’s first full year of operations in 2000. Hines also owns and manages Renaissance Square, a two-building, LEED EB Gold, ENERGY STAR-labeled office complex in downtown Phoenix.

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Hines/PCCP Venture Acquires Kierland One in Phoenix

Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today that along with joint venture equity partner PCCP, LLC, it has acquired Kierland One, a Class A, 175,441-square-foot office building located in the North Scottsdale Airpark submarket of Phoenix.

Completed in 1999, the four-story building is located at 16430 N. Scottsdale Road across from the Promenade Shops, within the Kierland master-planned development.   Situated on 11 acres and surrounded by first-class amenities, executive housing and the Loop 101 Freeway, the property, which is vacant, is well positioned to attract a new generation of tenants.

Hines Managing Director Chris Anderson, said, “We were attracted to Kierland One because of its premium location, the quality of the project, and the continuing Phoenix market recovery. This is a great addition to our portfolio of Class A office properties in Phoenix. The building’s flexible floorplates present a unique opportunity for large tenants.”

“Given the building’s prime location, coupled with the Hines/PCCP sponsorship, we believe we can attract a great lead tenant for the project.  We look forward to providing a building that suits the specific needs of a future user,” said Ron Bonneau, vice president with PCCP.

Barry Gabel, executive vice president with CBRE, represented the seller in the transaction. Jeff Hartland, executive vice president with Cassidy Turley, will be overseeing leasing.

PCCP, LLC is a premier real estate finance and investment management firm focused on commercial real estate debt and equity investments.  PCCP has over $6 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors.  With offices in New York, San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, PCCP has a proven track record for providing real estate owners and investors with a broad range of funding options to meet capital requirements.  PCCP originates and services each of its investments, ensuring that clients benefit from added value and outstanding investment returns.  PCCP has invested more than $6.5 billion throughout the United States and continues to seek investment opportunities with proven operators seeking fast and reliable capital. Learn more about PCCP at www.pccpllc.com.

Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,273 properties representing more than 514 million square feet of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.  Currently, Hines manages 406 properties totaling 148.5 million square feet, which includes 78.3 million square feet for third parties.  With offices in 113 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $24.3 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world. Hines is also a world leader in sustainable real estate strategies, with extensive experience in LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, BREEAM, Haute Qualité Environnementale and DGNB green building rating systems. Visit www.hines.com for more information.

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Chris Anderson Re-Joins Hines As Managing Director To Oversee Arizona, NM Operations

The Phoenix office of Hines announces that Christopher “Chris” Anderson has re-joined the firm as managing director to oversee Hines’ operations in Arizona and New Mexico.

In that capacity, he will lead all operations including new business, development, property management and asset management.

From 2006 to present, Anderson served as vice president of development for Forest City Enterprises, Inc. in Albuquerque, N.M., and was responsible for their Mesa del Sol 12,900-acre master-planned community.

Prior to that, he was a senior project manager for Hines starting in 2000, and was involved in the development of 24th at Camelback I in Phoenix; the development management of the Glendale Arena (now Jobing.com Arena); and the land acquisition for the Scottsdale Corporate Center.

“Arizona and New Mexico are ever-growing markets that are important to us, and Chris will be instrumental in expanding the Hines brand by identifying additional growth opportunities,” said Mark Cover, senior managing director and CEO of the firm’s Southwest Region.

Anderson currently serves as a board member and vice chair for the Albuquerque NAIOP chapter, is board secretary for the PB&J Family Services (a non-profit community organization), and is a board member for the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation. He was also recognized by New Mexico Business Weekly as one of the Top 40 business leaders under 40 years old.

Anderson holds a Masters of Real Estate and a Masters of Construction Management from the University of Denver, and a BS in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from Arizona State University.

Hines has been active in the New Mexico market since 1983 and the Arizona market since 1996. The firm has developed 2.4 MSF in the two states, and currently manages 2.3 MSF there.


Hines Value Added Venture III Acquires 24th & Camelback


The Phoenix office of Hines announced that the Hines U.S. Office Value Added Venture III (VAV III) has acquired its first investment, 24th at Camelback I, from GLL Real Estate Partners, who has owned the property since 2006. Financials were not disclosed.

Designed by Pickard Chilton and completed in 2000, 24th at Camelback I is a 302,209 SF Class A office tower, including approximately 27,209 SF of ground floor retail/restaurant space.

Hines developed the 8-story property on 8.5 acres located at 24th St. and Camelback Rd. in Phoenix’s Camelback Corridor submarket, and has managed the building since inception. 24th at Camelback I has received LEED® Gold designation, nine ENERGY STAR® labels, and was awarded the TOBY Award in 2011 for BOMA’s Greater Phoenix Office Building of the Year.

“We are very pleased with the acquisition of such a high-quality building in Phoenix’s Camelback Corridor,” said Senior Managing Director and fund manager Dave Congdon. “This asset is well positioned to capitalize on the continued recovery in the Greater Phoenix market.”

Added Hines Managing Director Travis Overall: “The Camelback corridor is a premier office location in Phoenix, and this acquisition capitalizes on the strength of the Hines firm: strong local teams of real estate experts in key markets who have long track records of buying, developing, leasing and operating office projects.”

“We are very pleased with our investment experience with this asset,” said GLL’s Christopher Quiett. “I think we had a significant impact on both the building and in operations during our stewardship, and we anticipate that companies located at 24th at Camelback will see even more positive impacts under Hines’ ownership. They are an excellent company.”

The Hines U.S. Office Value Added Venture III closed in August 2012 and is capitalized with $210M of equity for more than $600M of total leveraged capacity in the U.S. office sector. VAV III targets investments through which the firm can create value through leasing, management or redevelopment activities.



Hines Hires CBRE as Exclusive Leasing Agent For Renaissance Square


The Phoenix office of Hines announced that CBRE has been awarded the exclusive leasing assignment for Renaissance Square, a 2-building, 965,000 SF office complex in Downtown Phoenix.

Renaissance Square is owned by the Hines U.S. Core Office Fund, L.P. and the property is managed by Hines.

This assignment marks CBRE’s first opportunity to work for Hines in Metro Phoenix. The leasing team is Jerry Noble, Patrick Devine, Greg Mayer and Katie Kelley of CBRE’s Phoenix office.

“Renaissance Square’s architecture is timeless, its image is first-class and it is owned by one of the strongest international real estate firms — Hines,” Devine said. “This property has a lot to sell — image, location, stability, to name a few, and it can definitely compete with newer deliveries in the downtown market. Tenants are looking for stable, solid owners and operators, and that’s what they’ll find at Renaissance Square.”

“The Phoenix recovery is underway, and Renaissance Square is in a great position as a leading Downtown office property.  Businesses will be well-served by the property and leasing teams we have in place,” said Blake Williams, managing director of the Hines U.S. Core Office Fund.

One and Two Renaissance Square were designed by the architecture firm Emery, Roth & Sons, Inc., and were completed in 1987 and 1989, respectively. One Renaissance Square is 25-stories tall, and Two Renaissance Square contains 27 stories. The buildings are clad in red granite, and are connected by a pedestrian sky bridge. The project provides parking for 1,690 cars in its two adjacent garages.

Renaissance Square is 70% leased to large corporate tenants, such as Ernst & Young, Quarles & Brady, and MidFirst Bank, as well as many prominent local businesses.

Renaissance Square has received the Energy Star label for energy efficiency each year from 2008 through present. In 2010, both buildings received Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for Existing Buildings (EB).