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Marina Heights is a development partnership between Ryan Companies and Sunbelt Holdings. Fellow Valley Partnership member Cushman & Wakefield was awarded the leasing assignment.

A valley of partners

Partner-to-partner transactions building up the valley
one project at a time

When Valley Partnership was founded 27 years ago, it was on the principles of responsible development. It has since grown to thousands of members throughout the commercial real estate community — from subcontractors to some of the largest developers in Arizona.

Eastmark includes a partnership between DMB Associates and Marham COntracting Co.

Eastmark includes a partnership between DMB Associates and Markham Contracting Co.

“In 2014 and beyond, Valley Partnership developer companies are the leaders of almost every major commercial real estate project announced, including Marina Heights, the numerous announcements of deals at Eastmark, and Liberty Center at Rio Salado,” says Valley Partnership President and CEO Richard Hubbard.

The members have rallied behind the idea of partnership, Hubbard says.

“These developers use Valley Partnership partners for all construction disciplines related to the project including planning, design, architecture, general contracting, engineering and even law and accounting,” Hubbard says. “Many of those ‘partner-to-partner’ transactions have come from long-standing relationships created through Valley Partnership. I would say that every level of partner in Valley Partnership, from board member to sole proprietor, is participating in the current commercial real estate building activity in the Valley.”

Some companies, such as Evergreen Devco, take the partner-to-partner very seriously.

Valley Partnership Chair of the Board Doug Leventhal is the principal and COO of Evergreen Devco. Though Evergreen has focused much of its recent work in Denver, the company finds exclusive value in partnership with fellow VP members for Arizona projects.

“I can say that for all our Arizona work, we tend to work exclusively with the companies that see the value in Valley Partnership and either are active members or active sponsors,” Leventhal says. “Our general contractors, for example, need to be members or sponsors almost as a prerequisite to getting our business. Our architects, engineers, attorneys and title companies need to be members of Valley Partnership — or have a good reason why they are not! It’s important to Evergreen that we collectively support Valley Partnership since we all benefit from its mission to promote responsible development in the Valley. We are all connected in this unique way.”

Liberty Center at Rio Salado is a partnership between Liberty Property Trust and Markham Contracting Co.

Liberty Center at Rio Salado is a partnership between Liberty Property Trust and Markham Contracting Co.

That unique connection, as DMB Associates President Charley Freericks sees it involves Valley Partnership’s advocacy role for developers as well as a genuine passion for making Arizona a great place to live.

“Valley Partnership understands that real estate isn’t the only driver of the economy,” says Freericks. “We are the beneficiaries of a strong and growing economy and it’s in our interest to make this a great place to live.”

Freericks, who has been a member for 10 years, served on the board of directors, was chairman in 2009, and has sat on multiple committees.

Most of DMB Associates’ partners at the developers’ 6,000-acre masterplanned community of Eastmark – and around the Valley – are Valley Partnership members, Freericks says.

“Over the years, we have worked with so many contractors, consultants and service providers who are members it would be hard to name them all,” he says. “In fact it might be difficult to find any that aren’t members.”

Valley Partnership has multiple avenues for paving those partnerships. There are 10 committees, including one for an annual golf tournament and a community building project. One of the most popular and frequent member events, is the Friday Morning Breakfasts — a monthly morning panel discussion about an industry trend featuring local experts.

Freericks reflected on a breakfast about the impact and trade partnership Arizona has with Canada as a particularly helpful one for his masterplanned communities of Eastmark and Victory at Verrado, which target Canadian homebuyers.

“Valley Partnership attracts important speakers and hosts debates of candidates for state and local offices which helps me make better informed decisions,” he says. “The Valley Partnership advocacy team was a huge help to the Fighter Country Partnership efforts to bring the F-35 mission to Luke. This will impact our economy for generations to come. Valley Partnership’s role as the champion for moderate regulation has impacted all of our properties over the years and will continue to do so.”

Heather Markham, vice president of Markham Contracting Co., says her company has been a member of Valley Partnership since 1992 and is also a Stewardship Sponsor. Markham has attended breakfasts for the last five years and is one of the students in Valley Partnership’s inaugural Young Advocates Program. As a co-chair of the Community Project Committee, Markham says she also appreciate’s Valley Partnership’s commitment to networking and giving back to the community.

“I believe this involvement in the community is critical personally as well as professionally for everyone,” she says.

Markham has been self performing grading, paving and wet utilities civil infrastructure in the Southwest since 1977. Though Valley Partnership has only been around since 1987, Markham says the company has worked with many current Valley Partnership companies for nearly four decades. Partners include DMB Associates (Verrado and Eastmark), Macerich (Sonoran Crossing), Sunbelt Holdings (Vistancia), APS, Grayhawk Development, Lennar, Vintage Partners, MT Builders, HilgartWilson, Pulte, Atwell, Dibble Engineering, Wood Patel & Associates, Hoskin & Ryan, Siteworks, Speedie & Associates, Trench Shore Rentals, Alliance Bank of Arizona and Cemex.

“Valley Partnership plays a very strong role in responsible development of the commercial real estate community and provides an excellent venue for all the stakeholders in the process to come together and discuss issues and concerns as well as success stories,” she says. “This promotes strong partnerships between cities, counties, towns, state, land owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers and every trade partner involved in making Arizona a great place to live and work.”

Jackrabbit Trail

Maricopa County gets three miles of new trails

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recently completed construction of three-miles of new trails along the Maricopa Trail. This segment of trails connects the southeast corner of White Tank Mountain Regional Park to the Jackrabbit Trail Park and Ride in Buckeye. Combined with previously built, but disconnected portions of the trail, this opening creates an eight-mile portion of the Maricopa Trail for hikers, equestrians and mountain bike enthusiasts.

“Most of the work was completed by a County contractor. However, this March, the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors celebrated National Surveyor’s Week by assigning volunteers to lay out the trail for the contractor. Three private land surveying firms, Wilson & Company, Hoskin Ryan Consultants, and Bowman Consulting, all sent surveyors and volunteers to help with this effort,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3.

In addition to the surveying work, Case New Holland supplied equipment and personnel to complete extensive earthwork, and culvert placement that was required before the departments’ contractor could build the trail.

“This is exciting news,” commented Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “I’m a big supporter of the Maricopa Trail, and it’s great to see the excellent progress that is being made on it, especially through partnerships and volunteer efforts.”

The Maricopa Trail was authorized by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 2004, and is approximately 60 percent complete. When completed, the Maricopa Trail will be approximately 240-miles in length winding around the Valley connecting all of Maricopa County’s regional parks together.

“Nobody can do everything alone but collectively we can do a great deal to enhance the landscape of Arizona. Hoskin Ryan has always believed in giving back to the community and the people who make this state one of a kind,” said Marketing and Business Development Manager for Hoskin Ryan Consulting Kristina Locke.

In conjunction with National Surveyor’s Week, Mike Franks, a Survey Chief of Parties and Michael Banta RLS, Survey Manager at Hoskin Ryan volunteered time and provided survey services by staking a portion of a new piece of the Maricopa Trail that will connect the trail to the White Tanks Regional Park. The Maricopa Trail is encompassed within one of the largest regional park systems in the nation. Maricopa County has over 120,000 acres of open space parks, which include hundreds of miles of campgrounds, trails, nature centers and desert views. Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department’s vision is to connect residents and visitors with nature, cultivate an appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty, and create positive lasting memories.

The new trail segment may be accessed from White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Maps for completed segments of the regional trail system can be found at http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/. Individuals and agencies interested in donating their time and expertise to the trail system are asked to contact the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.