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Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell, AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

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

Bernards & Construction

Bernards Names Mike Rock To Lead Phoenix Office

Mike Rock - Bernards

Mike Rock

Bernards, a nationally recognized general contractor serving the U.S. Southwest, has appointed Mike Rock as vice president in the company’s Phoenix office, founder, CEO and president of the company, Doug Bernards, announced.

Rock takes over Bernards’ Phoenix office, which was established just a few years ago by Director of Operations Carl McFarland and Director of Client Development Tom Harrison.

The new VP was primarily responsible for capturing the group’s latest project, the first phase of a potential multi-year land development, infrastructure, construction management and general construction of Eastmark, a master-planned, single family home community on 2,500 acres in Mesa, being developed by DMB.

Rock is the former president of Kitchell Contractors, and has overseen large-scale projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Mexico and Hawaii.

“We are delighted to welcome such an industry star and a national leader to Bernards’ executive team,” Bernards said. “Mike will be a key player in our company’s leadership continuity plan, and a powerful catalyst for Bernards’ expansion in the Arizona regional market.”

McFarland and Harrison have been responsible for the Phoenix office’s projects in several states in the Midwest and Southwest. The team has built momentum fast, culminating in its current project of providing construction management services for the $75M renovation and expansion of the downtown Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, including a 267-room Hilton Hotel.

Rock will spearhead the company’s focus on expanding its client roster for building and managing construction of high profile, sustainable projects in the region, with a focus on Bernards’ core business areas, including sports and entertainment, educational, developer-driven projects and healthcare facilities.

“I look forward to working to bring creative innovation and a program of diverse projects and clients as we grow this dynamic region,” Rock said.

A LEED AP since 2004, Rock is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has completed executive business courses with Stanford Executive Leadership, FMI Leadership Institute and AGC Leadership Development Forum.

He is a board member of the Arizona Contractors Association, a board member of the Arizona Science Center and the Urban Land Institute and was a past executive leader of the John C. Lincoln Hospital annual food drive.

For more information on Bernards, visit their website at www.bernards.com.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, AZRE July/August 2010

Medical: Southwest College Of Naturopathic Medicine


Developer: Southwest College
General contractor: Kitchell Contractors
Architect: [merz]project
2164 E. Broadway, Tempe
Size: 15,000 SF

The $1.9M medical campus renovation began construction in April and finishes in November. The project will transform part of the 25-year-old corporate office complex into a medical haven. Phase I includes a 40,000 SF renovation with 6 classrooms, retail pharmacy and community outreach clinic.

AZRE July/August 2010
Mountain Ranch Marketplace At Estrella, AZRE January/February 2009

Retail: Mountain Ranch Marketplace At Estrella


Developer: Kitchell Development Co. & Newland Communities
Contractor: Kitchell Contractors & Arthur Porter Construction (Bashas)
Architect: Butler Design Group
Size: 175,162 SF on 22 acres
Location: NWC Estrella Pkwy. & Elliot Rd., Goodyear

Phase I of the $60M grocery/drugstore-anchored retail center began June 2008, with a scheduled September 2009 completion.
The project achieved LEED CS certification. Major tenants include Walgreens, Chase and Mini-Skool Early Learning Centers. Broker: Hogan & Associates

AZRE January/February 2009