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Honoring excellence in corporate counsel

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy.
Az Business magazine is recognizing the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC Awards). The 30 finalists and winners were honored Thursday, January 16 during a ceremony and dinner at the Ritz Carlton Phoenix. Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:

Melissa M. Buhrig
Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary
Western Refining
Since 2005, Buhrig has served as a founding member of the Western Refining legal department. Her responsibilities include corporate governance, compliance, and securities matters for the company. Prior to joining Western Refining, Buhrig was a shareholder in Barfield Law, a Miami, Florida-based boutique firm representing commercial insurers and business leaders in corporate and litigation matters. Before that, she was a founding member of the satellite litigation department in the Naples, Florida office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cirsi, a national law firm.

Carolann Bullock
Human resources legal attorney
Intel Corporation
Bullock joined Intel in Chandlers as an HR legal attorney in 2010 following an extremely successful career in private practice. Bullock joined Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in 1995 and was elected a shareholder in the firm just four years later. When she departed for Intel and the new challenge of an in-house legal role, she was chair of the firm’s well-respected Labor & Employment Practice Group. While in private practice, Bullock’s practice was devoted to counseling and defending employers faced with claims of sexual harassment, disability, gender, age, race, wrongful discharge and employment-related tort and contract claims.

Lawrence Cuculic
Vice president and general counsel
Best Western International, Inc.
Cuculic manages the legal department for Best Western, the largest hotel chain in the world, in a manner that is efficient, effective, and respectful. Cuculic is also actively involved in managing strategic direction, providing guidance on corporate legal issues, board and board committee matters and managing relationships with external counsel. Since his arrival at Best Western, Cuculic has been thrust into various complex litigation, including IP and antitrust class action matters. Through his guidance, Cuculic spearheaded legal victories for Best Western that resulted in a complete mitigation of damages.

Bob Desmond
Chief intellectual property counsel
Honeywell International, Inc. – Aerospace
Desmond is the chief IP counsel for Honeywell Aerospace, a $12 billion business unit of Honeywell International Inc. which has more than 7,000 employees in Arizona. Honeywell Aerospace’s Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, summarized Desmond’s contributions to Honeywell Aerospace as follows: “Bob has developed a world-class intellectual property process within Honeywell Aerospace. He has not only refined and improved our intellectual property portfolio, but also created a sustainable process for refreshing its contents and ensuring the true business value of the IP is being properly realized. He has set the standard for Honeywell and the broader aerospace industry.”

Ruth Franklin
Corporate contracts counsel
ON Semiconductor
Franklin leads an international team of six member,s including both lawyers and contract professionals who are charged with negotiating semiconductor manufacturing sales agreements with customers throughout the world. These negotiations can span many months and typically involve describing every aspect of the manufacturing and supply processes within ON Semiconductor. Franklin is fond of saying that this is a job she is passionate about because it uses all the various areas of expertise that she has built up over her career: detailed lawyering, strategic planning and tactical negotiations.

GoDaddy in-house legal department
GoDaddy
GoDaddy’s legal team is led by General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Nima Kelly. GoDaddy’s 13-lawyer legal team counsels this rapidly-growing Internet company as it accomplishes its mission of empowering its customers to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. GoDaddy currently serves more than 12 million paying customers worldwide with 4,300 employees working in 21 states and eight countries. Under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, GoDaddy’s legal department has been re-engineered to efficiently deliver high-quality legal advice at the pace needed to keep up with its business partners. Divided into Intellectual Property, M&A/International, Litigation/Employment, Agreements and Internet Policy functions, its lawyers work as a cohesive team and are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves,” become intimately involved with their clients’ day-to-day activities and help them accomplish their business goals. Issues range from the serious (patent litigation and international expansion) to the sublime (the Super Bowl ads and talent agreements with Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg and Ke$ha for the annual blowout Holiday Parties). The team also works to develop effective and responsible Internet policy for GoDaddy and the global online community.

Jill Harrison
In-house counsel
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
Harrison has served as one of the corporate counsel at Gore for nearly nine years. She leads the medical device manufacturer’s product liability litigation and counseling practice globally. For much of her tenure at Gore, Harrison also led strategic counseling and litigation in the area of non-competes and trade for Gore’s Medical Products Division and provided extensive employment law counseling and litigation management for sales associates in the division. Harrison also assumed a significant leadership role in developing and implementing an innovative integration program for new legal team members to effectively facilitate their participation in the company’s global legal team.

John T. Jozwick
Senior vice president and general counsel
Rider Levett Bucknall
Rider Levett Bucknall hired Jozwick by contract in 2002 for a temporary assignment analyzing claims made by subcontractors in a major wastewater treatment plant project. As word spread with clients about his expertise in analyzing construction disputes, forensic claims, and construction defects, Jozwick was offered a full-time role. Under his direction, the company’s claims department grew from one temporary contractor to five full-time employees. Jozwick also played a major role in developing advisory services into a significantly profitable service. Today, the advisory service line offers clients risk analysis, claims analysis, dispute resolution, expert witness and dispute avoidance services.

Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network’s legal team
Senior vice president and general counsel
Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network
Kelly has been an in-house lawyer at Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network for the past nine years. By creating an efficient and modern legal department, Kelly has been able to provide advice to everyone from executives to operational employees. His continued innovation led him to improve the SLHN Risk Management Department so that it can effectively manage all of the complex risk that a $1 billion company is faced with. Kelly’s strong leadership is as highly valued as his skills as an innovator. Johnathan Wallach, one of Kelly’s employees, said, “Alan has been a true mentor who actively promotes initiative in all people who work for him.”

Margaret Koppen
Deputy general counsel
Standard Microsystems Corporation
Koppen is Standard Microsystems’ main transactional attorney. Kim Van Amburg, senior vice president and general counsel at Casino Del Sol Resort, said that during her 10 years at the company, Koppen has been able to hone a “specific expertise in negotiating terms of sale agreements with her employer’s customers,” some of which are the world’s largest semiconductor companies. Koppen has been instrumental in “increasing efficiency, production, and accountability without increasing the size of the legal department.” Her contributions to the company have helped double the company’s revenue. She teaches the University of Arizona College of Law’s first-ever contract drafting course, which she developed.

David Koval
Vice president and general counsel
Kitchell
Koval went to Kitchell in 2004 as an employee for one of the company’s subsidiaries, Kitchell Contractors. In this role, he brought credibility to the company through refining legal processes, streamlining and creating uniformity in subcontractor relationships and evaluating the company’s risk. His results earned the respect of everyone at Kitchell and he was eventually tapped by CEI Jim Swanson to oversee all legal activities for the 60-year-old company. Kitchell’s interests include real estate development, commercial construction, program and construction management and air conditioning wholesale supplies.

Erin Lewin
Senior vice president and general counsel
Avnet, Inc.
Lewin leads Avnet’s 98-member global legal department and provides advice and guidance to the company’s business leaders. “Erin has demonstrated her ability to effectively guide a global team that deals with a complex, multinational legal environment while serving as a leader who fosters collaboration and employee engagement for her team,” said Avnet CEO Rick Hamada. In 2013, Lewin’s team oversaw the legal aspects of 12 acquisitions with a combined deal value of $367 million and combined revenue value of $1.2 billion, as well as the divestiture of two subsidiaries.

Kelly LoCascio
Chief compliance office and executive vice president
Angel MedFlight
LoCascio has been with Angel MedFlight, a worldwide air ambulance company, since 2008. In 2008, LoCascio was named one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in Arizona and stays involved in the community by volunteering for the American Cancer Society, FreshStart and HomeBase Youth Services. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. In addition to practicing law and volunteering, LoCascio was crowned Ms. Arizona Woman in 2007. This competition is part of the Arizona United States Pageants. She also ecompetes in triathlons.

Michael Mason
Senior counsel, labor and employment
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Mason is a strategic partner helping his internal clients solve legal problems in a changing industry. Mason transitioned two years ago as a shareholder at a large national firm, Greenberg Traurig, to a role with Pinnacle West. Mason often works to build consensus with various teams to reduce the threat of litigation. He challenges external counsel to be creative but cognizant of the costs of litigation. Mason served as the young lawyer representative to the State Bar Board of Governors for several years and currently sits on the Executive Council for the Labor and Employment Section for the Arizona State Bar.

L. Richards McMillan
Senior vice president and general counsel
Freeport McMoRan
McMillan has been senior vice president and general counsel of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. since October 31, 2007. McMillan served as senior corporate and securities law attorney of FCX since 1995. The Tulane University Law School graduate joined FCX after a 30-year career with the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, L.L.P., where he served as partner. McMillan served as head of Jones Walker’s corporate and securities section and also served as a member and chairman of the Jones Walker’s Executive Committee.

David Mulvihill
Vice president and general counsel
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
Mulvihill is general counsel of the Make-A-Wish, a national nonprofit organization with 74 chapters that grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A substantial portion of Mulvihill’s time is spent protecting the Make-A-Wish name and trademarks from infringement by sound-alike organizations and others. In connection with these efforts, he has worked closely with various state charity officials, as well as with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Mulvihill was a partner in a firm in Pittsburgh, where his practice focused on commercial litigation.

Carmen L. Neuberger
Senior vice president and general counsel
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
A hospital that is a part of the ever evolving health care environment “requires a knowledgeable talented and dedicated general counsel,” said Debra Stevens, director of marketing and communications for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Neurberger not only possesses the knowledge and talent Stevens speaks of, but she essentially developed the hospital’s entire legal department. During this process, Neurberger was able to create a program which allows the hospital to manage and control its own risk. She is also credited with developing and implementing a code of ethics, and improving the relationship between the legal and human resources departments.

Daniel Oseran
Privacy counsel
eBay
Oseran has worked in the information technology and legal fields for more than a decade, ensuring legal compliance, designing network infrastrcuture and managing large project teams. He also enforced information technology laws on behalf of the 5th largest District Attorney’s office in the country, and prosecuted the first state level case of Internet anti-piracy in the United States. Oseran advises business units on developing privacy-protective products, campaigns, websites and other programs. He also manage internal tools to report compliance and communicate policies. Before moving to eBay, Oseran led Paypal’s innovation and continuous improvement of the IT control framework, including the integration of multiple compliance requirements.

John M. Pons
Executive vice president and general counsel
Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Pons has been instrumental in guiding the legal department at Cole in supporting the company’s overall mission in the acquisition, management and disposition of real property. The company has seen tremendous growth, listed on the NYSE and has lined itself up for a merger/acquisition that is poised to make it one of the 15 largest REITs in the United States. Pons’ demeanor and guidance has helped make Cole’s legal department high-functioning, highly collaborative and highly-engaged. Before attending law school, Pons was a captain in the United States Air Force where he served from 1988 until 1992.

Deanna Pickering
General counsel
Lumension Security, Inc.
As the sole in-house lawyer, Pickering manages legal issues across the globe and is often called upon to do the day-to-day legal work, such as customer contract review, that helps the organization save money on outside lawyers. But as the general counsel for a software company with operations in North America and Europe and a sales force throughout the world, Pickering has to help the organization move forward with strategic initiative and work with other executives to manage risk, solve legal issues, and support and direct outside lawyers in a competitive and rapidly changing business environment.

Daniel J. Quigley
General counsel
Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise
Quigley began his representation of the Tohono O’odham Nation with respect to its gaming operations in 1995. However, it was in 2003 that the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise created its own in-house legal department and hired Quigley as its first general counsel. Quigley has faithfully represented the Nation’s gaming interests through a time when it has experienced exponential growth. Among his more noteworthy triumphs are the successful campaign for the 2002 Indian Gaming Initiative (passed by Arizona voters in 2002) and subsequent Gaming Compact negotiations with the State of Arizona.

Darrell Sherman
Vice president, general counsel, secretary
Taylor Morrison
Sherman joined Taylor Morrison as vice president and general counsel in June 2009 and helped the home builder launch a successful IPO in 2013. He is responsible for the company’s legal affairs including transactions, governance, litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Sherman was general counsel at Centex for four years in the Southwest and Mountain States Regions and associate general counsel at Del Webb/Pulte for five years. Prior to joining the homebuilding industry, he was a finance and real estate attorney at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in its Phoenix office.

James Silhasek
Executive vice president and general counsel
Discount Tire
Silhasek manages the legal and real estate departments and is specifically involved in all real estate acquisitions, matters of taxation and complex business litigation. Silhasek began his association with Discount Tire in 1980, while in private practice, and joined the company in 1988. During his association with Discount Tire, it has grown to become the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer with more than 870 locations in 28 states. Silhasek received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University Law School and a Master’s of Law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Legal department
The natural and organic grocery chain hired its first in-house counsel, Brandon Lombardi, in January 2012 and he set about assembling an in-house legal department that could provide the needed legal services with the quality, acumen, and responsiveness that he and his fast-paced client demanded. Sprouts’ recent success, including the IPO which was shepherded from commencement to completion by Lombardi and his team, serves as a model for how to aggressively yet responsibly build a business. That success could not have been achieved without Sprouts’ legal department. That this 10-person team did not exist two years ago makes their accomplishments even more impressive.

Karen Stein, IO’s legal department
General counsel
IO
Stein oversees all legal and risk management functions of the company. She holds a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Emory University, an MBA from Loyola University with a concentration in finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has practiced law since 1994, focusing on business transactions, licensing, and intellectual property. Before joining IO, Stein practiced at the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta and served as the Assistant general counsel for the PGA Tour for 10 years.

Matthew Stockslage
Vice president and associate general counsel
Dignity Health
Stockslage is the senior legal leader for Dignity Health’s Arizona and Nevada service areas, which includes six hospitals — including the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute — and more than 40 affiliated outpatient sites. As one of three regional legal leaders reporting to Dignity’s general counsel, Stockslage supervises a staff of 11 and is the lead attorney for joint venture transactions and relationships across the Dignity system. He has helped implement a restructuring of the Dignity legal department, its work flows, reporting relationships and client accountabilities to facilitate Dignity’s implementation of healthcare reforms and to accommodate its growth strategy to become a national healthcare provider.

Randall S. Theisen
Executive vice president, general counsel, assistant secretary
Western Alliance Bancorporation
Theisen has served as general counsel of Western Alliance Bancorporation and its three bank affiliates includes Alliance Bank of Arizona, BankWest of Nevada and Torrey Pines Bank since February 2006. Theisen joined WAL from Squire Sanders & Dempsey and has more than 20 years of legal experience representing financial institutions in banking, corporate and financial services law. He was named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005.” He serves on the Business Law Committee and Consumer Financial Services Committee for the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Arizona Bankers Association.

Michael Walker
Senior associate counsel, labor and employment/litigation
Insight Enterprises, Inc
Walker is the sole litigator and labor and employment lawyer for Insight in the United States and Canada. Insight is a Fortune 500 company that provides hardware, software and related services to business and government agencies. Walker is “stunningly successful” at preventing, resolving, and promptly defending claims that go through litigation in labor and employment, commercial matters and in actions brought by government agencies according to Mark Rogers, association general counsel for Insight. Walker has also been able to reduce spending on several categories of work. “Above all, (he) is a practical problem solver and has excellent business judgment,” Rogers said.

Stuart Zigun
Assistant general counsel
Emerson Network Power
Colleagues say Zigun in the kind of attorney every business wishes it had. Zigun has an exceptional depth of understanding of his clients’ business and products and is intimately familiar with the company’s strategy and direction. In more than 30 years as an in-house counsel, Zigun has never had an agreement he worked on be litigated. This is a testament to his ability to successfully resolve disputes. Zigun, who earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Cornell and his law degree from Boston University, has represented large public companies that include Raytheon, Motorola and Emerson.

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Kitchell, Hardison/Downey Partner for Breast Cancer Research

When they started working together on construction projects several years ago, long before they became part of the same company, Kitchell and hardison/downey construction inc. (h/dc) realized they had common visions, goals and values, resulting in increased work and revenues. But in the past year their shared passion for one particular cause is reaping benefits outside the building industry – for breast cancer research.

At its recent “Build Fore Good” golf tournament at Kierland golf course, the two companies raised nearly $30,000 benefiting the John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center.Golf Tournament Banner, Kitchell

“As the statistics indicate, most everyone knows someone impacted by breast cancer in some way,” said Kitchell CEO Jim Swanson. “Our companies, while predominantly male, are highly attuned to this issue because of our loved ones who have been impacted by breast cancer.”

The tournament sold out quickly with 144 golfers playing in a scramble format. The title sponsor was Blount Contracting Inc., and many other partners and subcontractors that enjoy work relationships with Kitchell and hardison/downey also donated generously to support this year’s cause.

One “Build Fore Good” golfer hit the jackpot, literally, when he left the tournament with an Audi A4 after shooting a hole-in-one. Participants also had the chance to win a hole-in-one Harley Davidson, and an Octane Raceway package by clocking the fastest tee-to-putt play on one of the longest holes on the course.

“We work hard and play hard – and when we play, we want to do it for a cause that’s near and dear to us – breast cancer research clearly hits a nerve with a lot of guys,” said hardison/downey President Pat Downey.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in 2012 breast cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer in among females in Arizona. This is a statistic that mirrors national figures of 119 out of 100,000 women of all races diagnosed with the disease.

The John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center, located at the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley campus, was the first center in Arizona and the second in the country to use digital, low-dose 3D mammography, and currently the facility performs more 3D mammograms than anywhere in the world. Last year the Center performed 26,868 exams and served individuals from more than 200 zip codes. The Center was recently named a Brest Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the national professional organization for physicians specializing in medical imaging. This is a designation held by only 7 percent of the country’s 8,600 breast imaging centers.

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Mark-Taylor, Kitchell Break Ground On Southern Arizona Development

 

A year after opening two successful multi-family developments in Maricopa County, the joint venture of Mark-Taylor and Kitchell has embarked on a unique mixed-use development that brings out the best of their combined experience and utilizes the gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The 24-acre development in Oro Valley, being called “San Dorado,” will combine an exclusive residential rental community with a unique shopping destination. The project recently broke ground at the SEC of First Avenue and Oracle Road, in the shadows of gorgeous Pusch Ridge.

Mark-Taylor is designing and overseeing construction of the 274-unit exclusive apartment community, the Villas at San Dorado, while Kitchell will spearhead the retail component.

The “main street” style is a multi-use center that will house a unique list of retailers and restaurants, in addition to incorporating a few acres of grassy open space, which could be utilized by the town for chili-cook offs, farmer’s markets, etc.

There will be a series of interconnected pathways and ramadas built between to two developments, as well as a grand entry monument built on Oracle Road to promote the “resort-style” sense of arrival.

“This location in and of itself is quite an attractive place to live and warrants an upscale apartment community, but by offering a unique place to shop and dine next door, this development becomes truly one-of-a-kind,” said Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina. “Walkability to this degree is a very rare feature in the Arizona market.”

The Villas at San Dorado will provide the most spacious apartments in Southern Arizona, offering one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans averaging nearly 1,100 SF. The Villas’ features include some you may only expect to see in a modern, custom home, such as kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, dual-vanity sinks, pendant lighting, and private garages.

“It’s difficult to compare apartments today versus those built even 10 years ago. The interior finishes have clearly been taken to another level, but the amenities offered within the community rival those of professional gyms and spas,” Brozinasaid.

The Villas will feature the largest fitness facility in the industry, a spinning studio, virtual personal trainers, a cyber café with Mac and PC options, the quintessential lagoon-style pool that has become a Mark-Taylor trademark, and a guard-housed porte-cochere main entry gate.

The rental community is expected to open for leasing in the Spring of 2014, along with many of the retailers.

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After Hours: Kari McCormick of Kitchell

Director of Client Services — Native American Division
Kitchell, Phoenix
With Kitchell for 2 1/2 years
Born in Scottsdale
Received bachelors in Business Administration from ASU; attended Fuller Theological Seminary
Husband Terry Fong;  son, AJ (26), daughters, Kassi (21), Hunter (12), newly adopted foster child; stepdaughter, Nici (31); 2 grand daughters; Great grandfather (maternal), Joseph P. Allyn served as one of the original Associated Justices on the Supreme Court of the Arizona Territory appointed by Abraham Lincoln; (paternal), Territorial Secretary Richard C. McCormick served at the same time in 1800s

Favorites:

Sports/Teams — College, ASU 1st and UA 2nd (my dad played football there so I have to support them as well). I root for our local teams: Diamondbacks, Suns and Cardinals, but I love watching a great soccer or tennis match.
Music — Eclectic from alternative, hard rock, jazz and blues. Saw Carlos Santana and got to meet the band; it was incredible!
Destinations — Loved traveling to Australia seeing the Great Barrier Reef, an ancient rainforest and spending time at Ayers Rock. My husband is from the Fiji Islands so we will be traveling there this summer to attend a wedding. A European trip is on our near to-do list, but I would love to visit Viet Nam, Galapagos Islands, and Africa.
Activities — Golf, tennis, reading, and traveling with family

What did you think you’d be when you were growing up?

Veterinarian or marine biologist.

What accomplishment you are especially proud of?

Having kids that have grown into kind, independent and balanced human beings making their own mark in the world. Parenting is the toughest job and you never know if you’re doing it right, you just hope and pray you don’t mess it up too bad. Professionally a highlight would be serving my second term on the National Indian Gaming Association Executive Board. You are nominated and elected by your peers, which makes this so special. I was awarded the 2012 Great Women of Gaming Rising Star Award which again was from a nomination of peers, so I feel really blessed to have so many wonderful colleagues who I admire and respect.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I used to do competitive kick boxing, I was an early elementary school teacher and I attended seminary with intentions of becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Advice:

Received — It all comes out in the wash. When you can’t control the behaviors and actions of others, you can spend your time fighting the chaos or you use your energy to create justice through your own actions.   At the end of the day, people will judge you not on the words of others, but on your actions and integrity by which you live.
To Share — Because 90% of my work is with tribes and tribal development, the question I get asked the most is why is working with tribes so different? I always advise anyone interested in working with tribes to first and foremost understand, tribes are sovereign nations. Just as any foreign government they are fully empowered to form their own governments, create laws and are charged to create an environment of well-being in education, health, economic development for their members to thrive. Because of this, tribal development can be (ital) very challenging because it’s not all about profit and bottom-line cost. There is a much deeper sense of responsibility toward future generations and well-being of whole communities with any development. Once you understand and respect the sovereignty, and that each tribe is very different in their structure and way of doing business, it can be one of the most gratifying markets with immeasurable intrinsic rewards knowing that what you do can change communities.

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Mark-Taylor Celebrates 4 Victories at AMA Tribune Awards

 

The mantel at Mark-Taylor got a little heavier after this year’s Arizona Multihousing Association Tributes dinner, as the company was honored with four awards including the prestigious Developer’s Award for its Parcland Crossing community.

“These wins reinforce what we already know – we have great properties and committed, loyal team members who make these spectacular places to live,” said Mark-Taylor President Dale Phillips.

Parcland Crossing in Chandler was presented with the Developer’s Award, the recognition that caps the night’s festivities at the AMA’s annual event. The Developer’s Award honors the best new community developed between 2011 and 2012.

The 383 unit-project was a collaboration of Mark-Taylor and Kitchell Development, and was built at a pivotal time in Arizona real estate, as one of the first new large-scale, luxury rental communities to be built in more than two years.

Parcland Crossing has surpassed occupancy goals and is anticipated to reach 90%-plus occupancy just 12 months after opening in July 2012.

San Marbeya in Tempe was recognized as the Best Team and Community built between 1994 and 2004; Azul in Gilbert was recognized as the Best Team and Community built between 2005 and 2012; and Mark-Taylor’s Director of Service Support, Roger Nahrgang, was named the Regional Maintenance Supervisor of the Year.

In selecting the honorees, judges of the Tributes Awards consider factors including professional presentation, industry experience, industry education, problem-solving capabilities and impact on the properties.

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Greg McCormick joins Kitchell as Healthcare Project Director

 

Kitchell has hired Greg McCormick as Project Director in the Healthcare Division.

A 28-year industry veteran, McCormick previously worked for Gilbane Building Company, Turner Construction Company and Summit Builders.

“Greg brings a wealth of healthcare construction experience to Kitchell,” said Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth.

“His commitment to superior customer service and relationships is known throughout the Valley and his skill set and deep knowledge is a great complement to our team of dedicated healthcare construction professionals.”

In the Valley, McCormick played a critical role in the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Central Utility Plant and pharmacy remodel projects, the Biltmore Medical Mall OSC-TI project, the replacement Forensics Hospital at Arizona State Hospital, among many others.

His construction career has taken him to California, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

 

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Kitchell-Built Banner Health Center to Open in Queen Creek

 

Banner Health will open its first medical facility in the Town of Queen Creek on May 1, with the Banner Health Center offering primary care, basic imaging and lab services for adults and children. Kitchell served as general contractor.

The Center, at 21772 S. Ellsworth Loop Rd., will join Banner Ironwood Medical Center in San Tan Valley in providing medical services to the region.

Staff physicians will include a family practitioner and pediatrician, with more physicians already planned as the center grows with community needs.

It includes 18 exam rooms, and its electronic medical records are accessible from all Banner hospitals and facilities.

“Banner Health already enjoys a great relationship with the southeast Valley community through Banner Ironwood Medical Center,” said Jim Brannon, CEO for Banner Medical Group. “We are so pleased to bring additional Banner caregivers close to home for these valued neighbors.”

The Banner Health Center in Queen Creek is the first of four in the East Valley to open after a shared ground-breaking on Oct. 25, 2012. Banner Health Center in Gilbert is scheduled to open on May 22, followed by a center in Chandler in early August and one in East Mesa in early September.

An additional Banner Health Center will open in Goodyear within the planned community of Estrella on July 10, joining the existing Banner Health Centers in Peoria/Sun City West, Surprise, Buckeye in the Verrado Community, Maricopa, and South Loveland, CO.

Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and East Valley residents are invited to attend the Banner Health Center Community Preview Event scheduled April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center.

Just the facts:

>> Project started: Oct. 25, 2012

>> Project budget: $10.7 M

>> General contractor: Kitchell Contractors

>> Architect: HMC Architects

>> Total Acreage: 11.7 acres

>> Phase I: 21,052 SF, 32 exam rooms (16 will open with the center; 16 additional rooms are being built but not yet equipped or staffed)

>> Phase II: 63,980 SF, 64 exam rooms

Jerry Ackerman

Kitchell Promotes Jerry Ackerman to Project Director, Healthcare Division

Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth announced that Jerry Ackerman has been promoted to Project Director.

Ackerman has been with Kitchell since 2006 and has found a home working on projects for Banner Desert Medical Center.

“Jerry’s leadership style and personality has made a great impact,” Whitworth said. “His attention to detail is exemplary and he naturally embodies the ‘What You Do Matters’ philosophy, one of the pillars of Kitchell’s vision and values.”

Ackerman received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and has been in the construction industry since 1993.

In addition to working on projects for Banner Health, he has also worked on Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital (Leonardtown, Md.), and Calvert Memorial Hospital (Prince Frederick, Md.), among others.

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Kitchell Completes Early Childhood Development Center for Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

 

Kitchell recently completed the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation’s H’man ‘Shawa Early Childhood Development Center in Northeastern Maricopa County, about 35 miles northeast of Phoenix.

The 15,500 SF building accommodates infants, preschool, pre-k and kindergarten children with nine classrooms. H’man ‘Shawa, translated from Yavapai, means ‘the little children.’ Integrated into the daily curriculum for all children are elements of local and native culture, including Yavapai language instruction.

Members of the Fort McDowell Tribal Council, including President Dr. Clinton M. Pattea, students, families and Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh were on hand for the grand opening festivities of the facility, which was funded by the Tribal Government.

The project, a BITCO-Kitchell joint venture, represented a return to the Fort McDowell Yavapai community for Kitchell which has helped remodel and expand the Tribe’s nearby casino, commonly known as “The Fort.”

 

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Workshop Helps Industry Understand Nuances of Working in Indian Country

 

With 22 recognized tribes in Arizona, each with their own governance, leadership and protocols, working within the American Indian community and in Indian country has become an enviable skill in the business world.

Kitchell has found through first-hand experience that the best way to approach tribal work is by aligning with those who understand the culture, and accepting that patience, strong listening skills and non-verbal cues are critical to the American Indian way of doing business.

These were just a few of the messages shared with construction industry representatives at Kitchell’s Cultural Awareness Workshop, an annual event that brings together Kitchell employees, subcontractors and partners to help everyone better understand the nuances involved in working with tribal communities, regardless of the type of the vocation or project.

“I learned only through personal experience that sitting respectfully and listening at their pace was a skill I had not mastered,” said Kitchell Native American Division Business Development Manager Kari McCormick.

“We’re so used to filling space with words – and that was something I had to adjust when working with the Navajo Nation – respectfully listening, and waiting for them to finish sharing their thoughts.”

This insight and others were shared by Kitchell and the nationally known experts that the company engaged to facilitate the workshop – Jeff Thompson, who has spent 32 years working in Indian Country, and Robert J. Miller, a professor from Lewis & Clark Law School who has practiced American Indian law since 1993.

Unlike the direct communications approach favored by many of today’s successful business leaders, those operating in Indian Country rarely ask direct questions as a matter of course, especially when anticipating a negative answers. By mastering listening skills, the experts shared, you should understand their point of view and anticipate outcomes.

“Allow time to process and let the story evolve,” Thompson said. “No one wants to hear negative answers.”

Another tip that seems to be universally accepted in any business situation: use humor. “Someone in a management or supervisory role should use humor, preferably self-deprecating humor, as a leveler. It’s a very powerful tool.”

 

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Bernardo Joins Kitchell as Operations Manager

Kitchell announced it has hired Bryan Bernardo as Operations Manager.

Based in Phoenix, Bernardo will oversee operations, with a focus on lean construction, on Kitchell job sites in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas, as well as operations throughout Kitchell’s offices.

Prior to joining Kitchell, Bernardo worked for The Weitz Company for 25 years, most recently serving as Managing Officer of its Southwest regional office based in Arizona.

“We are thrilled to have Bryan join the Kitchell family,” said Kitchell President Dan Pierce. “His proven successes, especially applying Lean principles to cut costs and eliminate waste, will be a great asset.”

 

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Patient Experience Simulation Lab Inspires Conference Attendees

Attendees of the 2012 Healthcare Design Conference held recently at the Phoenix Convention Center were privy to a unique showcase: the first “Patient Experience Simulation Lab” allowing small groups of designers, hospital administrators and other healthcare stakeholders to experience a virtual tour of unfriendly design features compared to an actual tour of a “patient-empowered room.”

The full-scale model was the result of a design competition that the Institute for Patient-Centered Design held to gather best practice ideas from healthcare designers. The winning submission, created by Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater, came to fruition with the help of DWL Architects + Planners which created the construction documents, i-Frame Building Solutions which provided the walls for the room model, and Kitchell which built the mock-up.

“We are empathetic builders – looking at each project by putting ourselves in the patient role,” said Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth. “That’s why participating in this project was so intriguing.”

The project was built in two short days in a 2,000 SF space, leaving room for facilitated discussions and a virtual experience alongside the model. The popular workshops, which took place throughout the conference, engaged a diverse group of patients, designers, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders in a collaborative exchange for improving the patient environment of care.

Featuring color selections indigenous to Arizona – even a back-lit picture window that emulated a grassy hospital courtyard area — the room allowed participants to experience the inpatient room from the perspective of the end users, moving about the space while assuming the role of the patient or family member in a pre-determined scenario. Feedback from the sessions will be included in ongoing research that will result in new evidence-based design tools for patient room design.

“This room is not the patient room of the future; but, rather a laboratory for examining the impact of design features on the patient experience,” said the Institute’s Tammy Thompson. “We were able to usher through those who are responsible for building hospitals and share patient insights in a collaborative environment, providing powerful feedback from practicing nurses, real patients and their families.”

 

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Kitchell celebrates Casino Arizona Bingo Hall Expansion

Bingo fans have a new place to play — thanks to the new 1,000-seat bingo hall built by Kitchell — at Casino Arizona at the 101 and McKellips in Scottsdale.

The 26,000 SF addition represents the reintroduction of bingo into the gaming operations of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), which also owns and operates the Four-Diamond rated Talking Stick Resort.

Tucson-based Seaver Franks Architects designed the state-of-the-art Bingo Hall.

“The Community is pleased to offer a new venue of entertainment for our guests,” said SRPMIC Vice President Martin Harvier. “Our partners on the project have built and designed a facility that will be enjoyed by all.”

“This is an exciting day for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Kitchell’s Native American Division Vice President Brad Gabel. “We are thrilled to have played a role in bringing this facility to life, a great entertainment addition to the area. Good luck to all the bingo players out there!”

Kitchell, which has constructed several buildings for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, applies its innovative approaches to quality assurance, safety, value engineering and environmental protection — among other industry-leading practices — to a wide range of construction and program management projects in the hospitality, healthcare, corrections, utility, renewable energy, retail, performing arts and academic communities.

Its specialized divisions and subsidiaries include commercial, healthcare, Native American, custom homes, FDI planning consultants, environmental services and American Refrigeration Supplies.

 

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Q&A: President Dan Pierce of Kitchell

Q&A: Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell

Q: Technology is playing an important role in today’s construction market. What are some of the latest advancements you’re seeing utilized to make building better?

A: We’ve seen remarkable advances with respect to building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The capacity to share information efficiently has enhanced our ability to collaborate with owners and architects. Tablets, iPads, laptops and smartphones are commonplace — the line between design and construction has blurred. And I’ve been very impressed with the caliber of the young people who have chosen construction as a career. Their aptitude in leveraging the various technologies are enhancing our capacity to service our customers.

Q: How has Kitchell developed such a strong presence in healthcare?

A: I think that we’ve managed to develop strong relationships with our customers over the years. For example, we have worked on the hospital campuses that are now part of Banner Health since 1962. Those types of relationships have helped us anticipate many of the challenges that face healthcare providers in our marketplace. We see ourselves as strategic partners.

Q: Are you seeing signs of promise in Arizona’s commercial construction industry?

A: Despite Arizona’s oversupply in most market sectors of the built environment and the fact that we will likely be lagging most areas of the country in terms of economic recovery, we are seeing more activity in 2012 with a number of our design partners. Our development company is also seeing more activity. I see that as a very positive sign and I am optimistic.

Q: How has Kitchell managed to stay successful during the past five years?

A: Because of our diversity, we have been able to remain nimble and adaptive to the marketplace. This is what makes us unique. The size of our company — and the fact we’re employee-owned — is perfectly suited to be fluid and flexible, to be able to adjust workloads to exactly where we need to be at any given moment.


Dan Pierce has had a hand in the construction of numerous commercial projects throughout the Southwest, and has been with Kitchell for more than 30 years, having joined the company right out of college. As President of Kitchell Contractors, Pierce oversees divisions, including everything from renewable energy and healthcare to custom homes and medical technology planning.

Pierce has a bachelor’s degree in construction from Arizona State University. He served on the Accreditation Review Board and the Department Advisory Council when the construction management program was established at Northern Arizona University. An ASHE-Certified Healthcare Builder, he is on the Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, has served on the Board of the Foundation for Blind Children and is involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

For more information on Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell, visit Kitchell’s website at kitchell.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

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Technology Revolutionizes Hospital Construction

“Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.” — R. Buckminster Fuller 

With apologies to the sage Buckminster Fuller, the technology that is being developed for hospital construction is being done so for all the right reasons: to enhance quality, increase speed, decrease waste, save money and boost safety.

On the current, and extensive, renovation of Chandler Regional Medical Center, which features 180,000 SF of new construction anchored by a 5-story tower, Kitchell is harnessing the latest technologies, and refining new ones, that will continue to evolve as hospital construction unfolds until the opening in spring 2014. The project began with evidence-based design of the re-envisioned hospital featuring a triangle- shaped bed tower and a complete reorientation of the entrance.

Some of the challenges facing the hospital construction team include reorienting the main entrance, extensive infrastructure work, upgrading the central plant, doubling the emergency room and an intricate kitchen renovation — all while patients continue to receive uninterrupted care with no risk of infection. Fortunately, Kitchell has teamed with other professionals eager to utilize the latest technology to streamline the building process while enhancing quality and preserving safety. And it certainly helps that the entire hospital construction team is committed to tearing down the traditional “wall” between the design and construction sides, which is a win-win-win (owner, designer, construction firm — not to mention the building’s inhabitants) for all.

An integrated hospital construction team was established from the start that includes owners, architects, engineers, facility users, subcontractors and suppliers. Here are some tactics the team is deploying to achieve success:

  • Virtual model created three years out
    From the beginning, Kitchell, architect Orcutt | Winslow, Van Borem and Frank, Paragon and LEA Engineers designed and coordinated the project utilizing the most up-to-date BIM software. Integrating Archicad and REVIT into a federated model of the building (include an accompanying image) yielded a virtually constructed facility three-plus years in advance of the tower receiving its first patient.
  • Continuous collaboration courtesy of the Human Factor
    At the job site, a free-flowing workspace complete with design studios and interactive spaces facilitates innovation and consolidates the creation of intellectual property and management of construction. All of the hospital construction project’s principal players are empowered to make decisions and to commit resources on the spot, all in the same room, to keep momentum moving forward. Work studios are defined by activities to be tackled, not disciplines. This co-location “no silos” approach breaks down traditional barriers between engineers, designers and construction personnel while stimulating dialogue and innovation.
  • Lean and streamlined
    Each step of the building process is analyzed to promote continuous and reliable workflow throughout and identify ways to avert possible clogs in the project stream. As the project moves from design to construction, Kitchell is using the earlier planning and knowledge of technology to make the construction process as lean as possible. Pull planning, bringing subcontractors into the scheduling process, has been critical.Early BIM planning is setting the stage for prefabrication of interior corridors, systems and bathrooms. This is not your grandfather’s prefabrication — this is highly sophisticated off -site, controlled building of highly complex and technical components which, once built, are literally “plug and play.” The philosophy behind this strategy is to maintain quality and increase speed of construction while decreasing waste.
  • Full-scale (foam or wood) mock-ups
    Kitchell will construct a full-scale mock-up of the prefabrication areas to demonstrate not only what the finished rooms will look like but also what it will feel like to physically experience the spaces. Even the smallest details were designed in REVIT to enhance the authenticity of the final mock-up.
  • In the field
    Vela Systems enables real time data to be gathered and tasks assigned and transmitted right from where the work is happening via Kitchell’s mobile application on iPads. There is no distinction between in-the-office and in-the-field. RFIs, submittals, project specifications, drawings, etc. are available to everyone — including owners and subcontractors — for immediate, actionable information. Being able to identify and communicate potential issues saves time- and labor-intensive, costly rework caused by incomplete or old information.
  • BIM kiosks — 24/7 access to information without a computer
    Once the construction of the new patient tower is in full swing, several BIM kiosks will be activated so subcontractors will be able to pull up documents and the latest coordinated models throughout the hospital construction. These are all housed in a digital archive.

Decades ago, even just a few years ago, the type of technologies deployed to make design and hospital construction a seamless, flawless process were virtually unheard of. But without these advancements, the world of commercial design and construction would involve much more guesswork and risk. In today’s building world, the right technologies are being deployed for the right reasons.

For more information on Kitchell and their hospital construction projects, visit Kitchell’s website at kitchell.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

Construction Project News

Construction Project News March/April 2012

March/April 2012 List of Construction Project News in Arizona, starting with Allred Company’s second phase of construction of Allred Park Place.

NEW CLASS A OFFICE BUILDING TO RISE IN CHANDLER

San Diego-based Douglas Allred Company plans for the second phase of Allred Park Place with construction of a 92,109 SF, 2-story office building in Chandler. The project, which broke ground at the end of January, is the first speculative office construction to take place in the greater Phoenix area since 3Q 2009. Mark Krison and Scott German of CBRE’s Phoenix office will handle leasing of the Class A office building. The CBRE team also has the marketing assignment for Allred Park Place Phase I, three Class A office buildings totaling 261,860 SF, of which 52,742 SF is available. Balmer Architectural Group of Phoenix is the architect; Willmeng Construction of Mesa is the general contractor. Expected completion is 4Q 2012. Future plans for Allred Park Place include construction of several additional office buildings, which will eventually exceed 1 MSF.

NEW PHOENIX FBI OFFICE BUILDING OPENS ITS DOORS

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and commercial builder/developer Ryan Companies US, Inc. officially opened the 210,202 SF facility that Phoenix-based FBI personnel will call home for the next 20 years. The facility at 21711 N. 7th St. is built and owned by Ryan Companies and replaces the FBI’s four previous Phoenix locations, allowing expansion and consolidation of agency operations and personnel through a long-term lease agreement. The project created more than 1,500 construction jobs and was completed within more than 500,000 “safe man” hours. The GSA required that the facility achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Ryan Companies used Energy Savings Performance utility agreements to achieve, maintain and/or exceed Energy Star benchmarks.

KITCHELL, ORCUTT | WINSLOW TO CONSTRUCT NEW PATIENT TOWER

Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow have been selected to design and construct a new patient tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health. The $125M project will expand capacity, enhance key service lines, and drive new office and medical development in the East Valley. The 5-story inpatient tower is anticipated to remove capacity constraints with the addition of 96 in-patient beds. Site work began last December with vertical construction of the tower scheduled to begin in 4Q 2012. At the peak of construction, it is estimated that the project will have a workforce of more than 200. It is expected to be complete by 3Q 2014. The patient tower follows a recently completed $10M cardiovascular department expansion, also built by the team of Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow, including two cardiac catheterization laboratories, an additional nine-bed pre/post cardiac short stay unit and ancillary support infrastructure.

CHICAGO CUBS’ SPRING TRAINING FACILITY UPDATE

With the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs scheduled for completion in 3Q 2013, there is much speculation about what the stadium will look like and how the new general manager of the Cubs will make his mark. Last October, Jed Hoyer was named GM of the Cubs. As his new role, Hoyer will have a “tremendous amount of impact in the design of the facility,” says Bob Hart, vice president of Hunt Construction, the project’s general contractor. (Populous is the architect). As for design of the stadium, there is no word on whether the facility and its surrounding area will have similarities to Wrigley Field or Wrigleyville. “The conceptual design has not yet been determined,” Hart says. “We are expecting the bulk of the design to start in the near future and will last (until) the middle of 2012.” One major decision that has been made regarding the new stadium is that the Arizona State University baseball team will be entering in a contract with the City of Mesa to share the facility with the Cubs. ASU and the Cubs plan to begin play there in 1Q 2014.

SRP, SUNPOWER TO BUILD SOLAR PLANT ON ASU POLY CAMPUS

SRP, ASU and SunPower Corp. have agreed to build a 1MW solar photovoltaic power plant at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. The facility will be the first commercial deployment of SunPower C7 Tracker technology, a solar photovoltaic tracking system that concentrates the sun’s power seven times designed to achieve the lowest levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar power plants. SunPower is engineering and building the plant on the SEC of the Polytechnic campus. Under a purchase-power agreement, SRP will buy the entire output of the solar plant, and in a separate agreement, ASU will purchase all of the energy attributable to the plant for its use at the campus. Construction is contingent on a number of factors, including receipt of all applicable permits.

$12M VETERANS INITIATIVE APARTMENTS BREAK GROUND

Madison Pointe Apartments, a $12M, 79,785 SF housing project designed to give veteran residents convenient access to medical care and veteran services, broke ground in February at 4134 N. 9th St. in Phoenix. Developer is the NRP Group; general contractor is NRP Contractors LLC; and architect is Todd & Associates. Colliers International will provide brokerage services. The project was financed with funds from Bank of America, the Arizona Department of Housing, and the City of Phoenix. Madison Pointe will be a short walk to the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, Vietnam Veterans of American and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Estimated completion is 4Q 2012.

DPR, WINSLOW | ORCUTT TEAM UP FOR HOSPITAL LOBBY RENOVATION

The lobby at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is undergoing a $4M renovation project with DPR Construction as the general contractor. Architect for the 12,840 SF renovation is Orcutt | Winslow. The project consists of exterior and interior renovation and expansion of the existing main entrance and lobby. The area will include a welcome/greeting desk, admitting office, gift shop, new coffee bar, for service area, along with an indoor/outdoor meditation area. Expected completion is 2Q 2013.

MCCARTHY COMPLETES 17MW SOLAR STATION FOR APS

McCarthy Building Companies recently completed the $14.3M, 145-acre APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend. The project involved installation of the largest photovoltaic system in Arizona. It included a racking system, modules and electrical system for the 17MW facility. Subcontractors included Blount Contracting, Buesing Corp., Schuff Steel, Ironco and Delta Diversified.

Find out more on the above construction project news at the following links.

Douglas Allred Company – www.douglasallredco.com
Ryan Companies US, Inc. – www.ryancompanies.com
Kitchell – www.kitchell.com
Orcutt | Winslow – www.owp.com
Hunt Construction – www.huntconstructiongroup.com
SunPower Corp. – us.sunpowercorp.com
NRP Group – www.nrpgroup.com
DPR Construction – www.dpr.com
McCarthy Building Companies – www.mccarthy.com

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2012 RED Awards: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Kitchell, DAVIS and Banner Health captured top honors Thursday night as Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine held the 7th Annual, 2012 RED Awards (Real Estate and Development) to recognize the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2011.

The event drew more than 400 CRE professionals to the Arizona Biltmore as winners and honorable mentions were selected from a record 116 nominations received in 12 project categories and individual and team broker categories.

Kitchell was named General Contractor of the Year; DAVIS was Architect of the Year; and Banner Health won Developer of the Year.

2012 RED Awards category winners:

Best Education Project: Grand Canyon University Arena; Best Hospitality Project: Westin Downtown Phoenix; Best Industrial Project: Dunn-Edwards Phoenix; Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Best Multi-Family Project: Devine Legacy on Central; Best Office Project: Fountainhead Office Plaza; Best Public Project: Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities; Best Redevelopment Project: Adelante Healthcare Surprise; Best Retail Project: iPic Theater/Tanzy/Salt; Most Challenging Project: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; Most Sustainable Project: DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters; and Best Tenant Improvement Project: Limelight Networks.

Merit Award winners were OASIS Hospital (Healthcare) and P.L. Julian Elementary School (Education).

Broker of the Year honors went to Jay Hoselton, Cushman & Wakefield, Individual Leasing; Ken Elmer, Commercial Properties Inc., Individual Sales; Bo Mills and Mark Detmer, Cushman & Wakefield, Team Leasing; and Tyler Anderson and Sean Cunningham, CBRE, Team Sales.

2012 RED Awards honorable mentions:

Education: NAU Health & Learning Center; Healthcare: Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center; Hospitality: Casino Del Sol Hotel Convention Center and Parking Structure Expansion; Industrial: Crescent Crown Distribution; Most Challenging: Arizona Science Center Phase III Remodification; Multi-Family: Phoenix Towers Terrace; Office: UniSource Energy Corporate Office; Public: Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower; Redevelopment: The Q Building at Paradise Valley Community College; Retail: American Sports Complex-Retail Center; Most Sustainable: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; and Tenant Improvement: Gap Fulfillment Center.


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RED Awards 2012: Best Healthcare Project, Phoenix Children's Hospital

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Healthcare Project was Phoenix Children’s Hospital.


Best Healthcare Project

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Developer: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: HKS
Size: 760,000 SF
Location: 1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
Completed: October, 2011

Phoenix Children's HospitalPhoenix Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric hospital in the Southwest and one of the biggest in the country. The facility embraces sustainability techniques. They include energy conservation through sun-shading screens found in each room, cutting an overuse of paper through online distribution and maintaining air quality while utilizing recycled materials. PCH was built to keep up with the expected growing population in Maricopa County. The team produced a pediatric hospital four months early and $50M under budget. Inspection and renovations were completed at night to avoid disrupting the neighboring hospital. Open forum meetings between the owner, architect and contractor with nearby residents contributed to the building productivity and swiftness. Before opening the facility, Kitchell executed an All-Systems Testing method that verified the effectiveness of every life-safety feature. The value and efficiency of this trial run led the Phoenix Fire Department Fire Safety Advisory Board to vote on implementing the All-Systems Test in every project that calls for a Fire and Life Safety Report. The project is a winner of the Valley Forward Merit Award – Environmental Technologies-Central Energy Plant, and the 2011 Modern Healthcare Design Award.

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Honorable Mention

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Developer: Banner Health
Contractor: DPR Construction
Architect: Cannon Design
Size: 133,000 SF
Location: 2946 E. Banner Gateway Dr., Gilbert
Completed: June, 2011


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RED Awards 2012: General Contractor of the Year, Kitchell

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for General Contractor of the Year was Kitchell.


General Contractor of the Year

Kitchell

Winner of Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Honorable Mention for Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

RED Awards 2012 - KitchellKitchell’s contracting of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new 11-story pediatric tower enables it to serve its pediatric patients with 168 new beds, as well as high-quality outpatient care in new clinics housed on site. Modeled on a night-blooming desert flower and visible from throughout the Valley, the building is visually striking.

However, it is the inner workings of the hospital that are most remarkable – all designed and built with the highest quality patient care, comfort of patients and families, and proximity of specialties in mind. The project also included a new central plant, renovations, and two parking garages, which had to be built in a highly active environment in a busy metropolitan area. Kitchell also implemented an All-Systems Test that will potentially be a staple in the construction of future structures requiring Fire and Life Safety Reports.

The Phoenix landmark was completed four months ahead of schedule and $48M under budget.

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Public Projects: Keeping Construction Companies Alive

Of the 15 Arizona school districts that asked voters in November to approve bonds to build or renovate education facilities, 11 got the go-ahead despite the lingering recession.

That’s good news for many of the state’s construction companies that have relied on publicly-funded projects to boost business and keep workers employed as private investment in new buildings plummeted with economy.

And for public entities with the need and the seed money, it’s a good time to snag a good deal in a highly competitive market for construction materials and services.  But while public projects have helped, government spending has not been the great savior of the industry, according to Arizona’s construction company leaders.

The recession has taken its toll on public building plans with shrinking tax revenue sopping up funds pegged for new schools, city halls, police stations or libraries.  And as absolutely essential projects get checked off the list, public spending is expected to dwindle.  However, at least some projects are still getting budgeted and built, says Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Region.

“From 2003 to 2007, we probably had our best market in decades, but by 2008, everybody knew we were in trouble,” Calbert says.

“Private (projects) stopped overnight.  Public work continued.”

Citing a recent market outlook report for Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Calbert says overall construction value slipped 40% in 2008 from its 2007 high, tumbled another 23% in 2009 and 27% in 2010.  The report predicts 2011 value will increase 40% when the final numbers are compiled, but will sag slightly this year (2012) before heading back up in 2013.

Building During the Recession

Much of the 2011 increase is a result of federal stimulus funding for schools, infrstructure, solar-fueled projects and other green upgrades, Calbert says.

Among the infrastructure projects McCarthy landed is construction of the $140M, first phase of the PHX Sky Train, a people mover pegged to connect Phoenix

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Sky Harbor International Airport visitors and employees to the terminals, light rail system and parking lots.

McCarthy’s usually packed education division had a 2011 workload values at about $110M, Calbert says.  That’s down from a high of $170M in 2008.  And about 40% of the 2011 business was out-of-state work as McCarthy took jobs in New Mexico to make up for Arizona’s shortfall.

“Public work has kept us going, but we had to go beyond Arizona,” he says.  Among the school projects McCarthy snagged during the recession is  a $20M addition and renovation for Barry Goldwater High School, says Terry Bohl, the company’s education services director.  Parts of that multi-faceted project were completed during summer 2011 break, and other non-disruptive work is still ongoing, he says.

During the summer break, McCarthy completed 600,000 SF of school construction in Metro Phoenix, including the new buildings, renovations and mechanical upgrades. Still in the works is a new, $12M, 80,000 SF elementary school in Chandler, Bohl says.

Chandler is one of the few Arizona cities able to afford other-than-school public projects during the downturn.  The city broke ground on a $74M city hall complex in mid-2009.  After leasing, saving and budgeting for 25 years, Chandler didn’t have to borrow money to build it, says spokeswoman Jane Poston.  Best of all, Chandler’s project came in $10M under original budget thanks to the sagging economy.

“We had significant cost savings building in a recession,” Poston says.  Designing a much-needed firehouse as solar-fueled and LEED-certified helped Gilbert land a $3M federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, says spokeswoman Beth Lucas.

Maricopa County also saved a bundle by opting to build during the recession, says Thomas Goderre, district operations manager for Gilbane Building Company.

Gilbane teamed with Ryan Companies US on a 700,000 SF superior court tower in Downtown Phoenix (construction value $260M).

“The Maricopa County Court Tower project was big and constructed at the perfect time for Maricopa County, Gilbane/Ryan and the subcontractor community,” Goderre says.  “The county was able to realize construction cost savings in the range of $15M to $20M compared to a normal construction climate, while Gilbane/Ryan and the local subcontractors were able to put a lot of people to work during a very tough economic downturn.”

The court tower was completed in November.  That, along with a new Phoenix Politce precinct and four ASU student recreation centers, are among the publicly funded projects that “helped us weather the storm,” Goderre says.

Looking For New Opportunities

In Arizona, about 75% of Gilbane’s business has been publicly funded projects, he says, but Goderre sees that changing as public money dies up and private investment returns to the market.

Sundt Construction vice president Jeff Fairman says he also believes privately funded projects will take over more of his company’s resources during the next few years as cities and school districts continue to get squeezed.

Tempe-based Sundt bills about $1B in a normal year.  Business has dropped overall during the recession, but the company’s 50/50 ration of public/private business has so far remained static, Fairman says.

Sundt has about $500M worth of public work in progress right now, but most of that is in multi-year projects, he says.

Both the volume of new business and overall construction value have shrunk as pre-recession plans that weren’t shelved were at least downsized.  “The bells and whistles went away,” he says.

Besides building the new Chandler City Hall complex, Sundt landed a potpourri of publicly-funded projects during the economic downturn including K-8 and higher education buildings, municipal infrastructure projects, a federal courthouse and a U.S. Marine Corps simulator facility in Yuma.

Mesa-based Caliente Construction has specialized in upgrading or repurposing existing facilities during the downturn, says CEO Lorraine Bergman.  The company is renovating old post office space to accommodate a student center for ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.  Caliente has several projects completed or ongoing to make security, technology or mechanical improvements in public buildings from schools to prisons, Bergman says.  “It’s come down to necessity.  You can’t let the buildings fall apart,” she says.

Kitchell president Jim Swanson says the public sector produces “a sizable piece of our business,” typically employing about 30 percent of the company’s workforce in Arizona and California.

Commercial construction work is down for nearly all Kitchell’s business segments, Swanson says.  And public projects in no way take up the slack, he says.  Instead, he’d give props to the healthcare industry for keeping his business healthy.

For more information on the companies and public projects mentioned in this article, please visit the following websites:

calienteconstruction.com

gilbaneco.com

kitchell.com

mccarthy.com

sundt.com

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Susan Davenport - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

After Hours: Susan Davenport

After Hours: Susan Davenport

Knowing more about the people we work with is the fun side of the business. It helps start conversations and strengthens business relationships. To nominate a colleague, request an After Hours form from Peter Madrid, peter.madrid@azbigmedia.com.

Susan Davenport

  • Project Director, Alternative Energy and Federal Markets Kitchell
  • Born in Lakewood, Colo.
  • Attended Univ. of Kansas, bachelor’s degree in biology
  • With Kitchell for eight years in its Phoenix office

Responsibilities

To identify and develop new business opportunities and manage client relationships in the alternative energy and federal markets.

Favorites

Sports Teams: Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, Boston Celtics, Team Radio Shack and New Zealand All Blacks.

Activities: Riding my road bike, hiking, writing, and hanging out in, on or around water.

Destinations: Favorites include Croatia, Greece, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

Accomplishments

In three years I’ve raised nearly $65,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and American Cancer Society on behalf of cancer fighters everywhere.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a three-time cancer survivor.

Advice

Received: If you don’t make your clients feel like No. 1, somebody else will. Don’t give them the opportunity to try.

To Share: Treat every day like it’s your first day of work. There’s a reason that you were drawn to his business. Don’t lose sight of it.

Parcland Crossing - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Multi-Family: Parcland Crossing

Parcland Crossing

Parcland Crossing - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Developer: Mark-Taylor/Kitchell
General contractor: Mark-Taylor Development
Architect: Whitneybell Perry, Inc.
Location: South Loop 202 and Alma School Rd., Chandler
Size: 383 units

The $44M luxury apartment community in Chandler will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 625-1,400 SF. Luxury amenities will include a resort-style pool and clubhouse. Expected completion is 4Q 2012.

Kitchell, Orcutt | Winslow Picked to Design and Build New Patient Tower

Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow have been selected to design and construct a new patient tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center, a member of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). This project will expand capacity, enhance key service lines, and drive new office and medical development in the East Valley.

The five-story inpatient tower is anticipated to remove capacity constraints with the addition of 96 in-patient beds. Site work on the $125 million project begins this month with vertical construction of the tower scheduled to begin in November 2012. At the peak of construction it is estimated that the project will have a workforce of more than 200. It is expected to be complete by fall 2014.

 “We are confident that this expansion will help meet the needs of the community by allowing us to develop new healthcare services and expand existing ones,” said Patty White, president and CEO, Chandler Regional Medical Center.

The expansion will accommodate the hospital’s emergency and medical-surgical services, with 32 intensive care and private cardiovascular intensive care rooms, 64 telemetry and medical-surgical beds, six additional operating suites, ancillary support and infrastructure including a second helipad, chapel, kitchen and dining area, central plant and 275 parking spaces. The addition of 96 in-patient care beds will bring the hospital’s total bed count to 339.

The hospital leadership team hopes to add incremental capacity in order to continue providing for the healthcare needs of this growing community. The patient tower follows a recently completed $10 million cardiovascular department expansion, also built by the team of Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow, including two cardiac catheterization laboratories, an additional nine-bed pre/post cardiac short stay unit and ancillary support infrastructure.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Chandler Regional, further expanding our portfolio of Catholic Healthcare West projects,” said Kitchell Healthcare Division Manager Steve Whitworth. “With our vast healthcare experience, hospital clients benefit from the innovations and efficiencies we’ve created on other projects.”

To learn more about Chandler Regional, please visit ChandlerRegional.org.

 

Best Public, Commercial Buildings - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Arizona's Biggest, Best And Most Memorable Public And Commercial Buildings

Steel, Glass and Marvelous: A look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in Arizona

OK, so we don’t have the skylines of L.A., New York or Chicago. But for a state barely celebrating its first centennial, Arizona — Metro Phoenix in particular — is home to some fairly impressive commercial and public buildings.

Arizona doesn’t have the 110-story Chicago Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) … but the Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix looms as the tallest building in Arizona at 40 stories.

We don’t have New York’s swanky Plaza Hotel … but the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa — The Jewel of the Desert — is a world-famous travel destination.

The Los Angeles Coliseum? … Nope, we don’t have that either. But University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale already has played host to one Super Bowl and two BCS National Championship Games.

As part of AZRE’s Arizona Centennial Series, a look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in the state.

Best Sports Venue

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Contractor: Hunt Construction
Architect: Peter Eisenman
Year built: 2006

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale - AZRE September/October 2011One might say that the Arizona Cardinals scored when they found their new home in $455M University of Phoenix Stadium. With a multi-purpose design, the 63,400-seat stadium is host to not only football and soccer games, but to an array of events including motor sports competitions, trade shows and concerts. While the stadium may pride itself on its innovative versatility, the building’s design is equally as impressive. The exterior of the stadium, with alternating reflective metal panels and the iconic “Bird-Air” retractable fabric roof, was designed to replicate a barrel cactus. The interior features artistic elements including nostalgic photos and a series of murals representative of Arizona.


Tallest Building

Chase Tower - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Chase Tower, Phoenix
Contractor: Henry C. Beck Co.
Architect: Welton Becket & Associates
Year built: 1972

Chase Tower certainly stands out in the Phoenix skyline with its modern use of glass, steel and concrete. This 40-story financial establishment was originally constructed for Valley National Bank, which after a series of mergers is today Chase Bank. In addition to its contemporary style, the tower strays from tradition with its underground, retail entry level, as opposed to the traditional commercial lobby space used in other buildings of its type. Aside from the tower’s primary use as an office space, Chase Tower offers restaurants, retail and, of course, banking services.


Oldest Commercial Building

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
Contractor: J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace (renovation Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011by Huntcor, phases 1 and 2; Joe E. Woods, Inc., phase 3)
Architect: Lescher & Mahoney
Year built: 1929

As the only designated historic theater and last remaining example of theater palace architecture in the Valley, the fully restored Orpheum Theatre leaves little to the imagination when it comes to envisioning the grandeur of drama and cinema in America’s Golden Age. The original Spanish Baroque style theater was built by J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace as the final major construction project before the Great Depression. Once dubbed the “Grand Dame of Movie Theaters,” the Orpheum was originally intended for film and vaudeville performances. Though ownership of the theater has been passed down from Paramount to cinema aficionado James Nederlander to the City of Phoenix in 1984, its elegant, 1,364-seat Lewis Auditorium and glamorous marquee at Second and Adams prove that the “Grand
Dame” status has survived.


Best Hospitality Property

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect and builder: Albert Chase McArthur
Year built: 1929

Albert Chase McArthur certainly called upon the teachings of his former instructor, Frank Lloyd Wright, when he designed “The Jewel of the Desert,” The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The resort’s construction features McArthur’s signature concrete “Biltmore Block,” whose geometry mimics the surrounding palm trees. In its early days as the preferred resort of celebrities and heads of state, the Biltmore was owned by William Wrigley Jr. With expansions and renovations including two golf courses, a spa, the Paradise Guest Wing and Pool, ballrooms and additional meeting spaces, the resort retains its status of elite hospitality and one of the largest hotels in Arizona.


Phoenix City Hall - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Best Government Building

Phoenix City Hall
Contractor: Hunt Construction Group
Architect: Langdon Wilson
Year built: 1993

In relation to its surroundings, and rising up 22 stories, Phoenix City Hall can be classified as one of the Valley’s few skyscrapers. The building, also called the Phoenix Municipal Building, replaced the Old City Hall, which was located in the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building. The building is home the City of Phoenix and the origin of legislation regarding public safety, transportation, recreation and sustainability. Phoenix City Hall is the common stomping ground for the governments of the city’s eight districts.


Most Expensive Commercial Building

Most Expensive Commercial Building - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011CityScape, Phoenix
Contractors: The Weitz Company and Hunt Construction
Architect: Callison Architecture
Year built: 2010

The phrase “never a dull moment” is often reserved for people and places that provide some source of endless entertainment—and that’s exactly what CityScape offers. The $900M, mixed-use development hits the perfect balance of work and play with its collection of commercial towers, entertainment venues, retail and restaurants spanning two city blocks. The mixed-use facility may be one of the few places Valley residents and tourists can exercise, have a relaxing morning in Patriot’s Park, grab sushi or burgers for lunch, grocery shop, buy that new dress, attend a baseball game and finish the day off at a swanky restaurant or bar—all without getting in a car.


Best Medical Facility

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: HKS
Year built: 2011

TPhoenix Children's Hospital - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011he visual spectacle that is now the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new main building impacts countless drivers on State Route 51 with its lights and seamless architecture. And with the 11-story tower capable of serving 425 patients, the hospital hopes to impact equally as many children. With the new tower comes additional clinic space and operating rooms, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a separate Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in response to the hospital’s successful Children’s Heart Center. The hospital’s recent makeover was not limited to the construction of the new tower, but included renovations to the existing buildings and new of satellite centers.


Best Public Building

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Contractor: Ryan Companies US
Architect: RSP Architects
Musical Instrument Museum - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Year built: 2010

Former Target CEO and African art collector, Robert J. Ulrich, was inspired to found the Musical Instrument Museum after visiting a similar museum in Belgium. The museum’s modern design is meant to compliment its surrounding desert landscape. MIM’s interior features a tile path, “El Río,” that flows to connect each of the museum’s galleries, as well as structural lines designed to echo those of common musical instruments. The museum boasts a unique collection of 14,000 musical instruments from 200 countries, with an emphasis on those of Western origin and includes pieces which once belonged to music legends including John Lennon and Eric Clapton.


Biggest Commercial Building

Phoenix Convention Center
Contractor: Hunt-Russell-Alvarado
Phoenix Convention Center - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect: HOK Venue
Year built: 2008 (final phase)

Home to countless trade shows, conventions and formal events and weighing in at 1.9 MSF, the Phoenix Convention Center is among one of the largest of its kind. The many structures of the convention center are built with stones and materials native to Arizona and designed to emulate our southwestern landscape and culture. Each building combines innovation and tradition with state-of-the-art technology services for vendor presentations and art from nationally recognized artists that highlight Arizona’s cultural identity.


Most Recognizable Building

Biosphere 2, Tucson
Builder: Space Biosphere Ventures
Architect: Phil Hawes
Year built: 1987, 1991

Biosphere Tucson - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Biosphere 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to the original biosphere made famous by years of evolution—Earth. The facility functions as a world within a world, separated from the outside by a 500-ton steel liner. Under its 6,500 windows and 7.2M cubic feet of sealed glass, self-sufficient ocean, wetland, grassland, desert and rainforest ecosystems thrive. In addition to the awe-inspiring glass dome structure, it includes the Technosphere basement floor and the Energy Center with electrical and plumbing services to maintain climate and living conditions within the dome. Biosphere 2, originally  funded by a $30M gift from the Philecology Foundation, is now managed by the science program at the University of Arizona.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2011