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TriWest-MRP, WEB

TriWest Healthcare expands Phoenix HQ

TriWest Healthcare Alliance has leased the entire 119,131-square-foot office building at 16010 N. 28th Ave. to accommodate its expansion for its recently awarded contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.).

The company, which had previously occupied a portion of the building as its corporate headquarters, has committed to extend its lease and expand into 55,000 square feet with the remainder of the facility, totaling 119,131 square feet.

“This lease represents one of the largest office space transactions in Metro Phoenix for 2014,” said Larry K. Downey, Vice Chairman with Cushman & Wakefield.  Downey serves as exclusive agent for TriWest Healthcare.

The building is located within the four-building Marconi Research Park, situated in Deer Valley.  Marconi Research Park provides direct access to Interstate 17 and the property’s corporate neighbors include Farmers Insurance, Paychex, NAU and Deer Valley Credit Union.

“The facility’s current location is extremely accessible to TriWest’s clients and employees.  The office layout and build out of the current facility is extremely efficient based on TriWest’s office space requirements,” according to Downey.

TriWest Healthcare recently was awarded a five-year contract to administer the VA Patient-Centered Community Care (VAPC3) program.  TriWest, which specializes in providing benefits to military members and their families, announced the awarding of the contract last fall.  This expansion, which is necessary to accommodate growth, will result in the addition of approximately 275 employees.

Downey of Cushman & Wakefield represented TriWest in the lease negotiations.  Ashley Brooks, Jim Bayless and Jenny Aust of CBRE serve as exclusive leasing agents for Marconi Research Park and its landlord, Sabel Financial Group of Newport Beach, CA.

4127 E. Van Buren

Prosper Marketplace expands into Phoenix

Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc. negotiated a 17,998-square-foot lease for Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending company that opened a new office at Airport Tech Center, 4127 E. Van Buren St.

It is the first office outside the company’s San Francisco headquarters. The Prosper platform connects people who want to borrow money with people who want to invest money, offering an alternative to traditional banking institutions.

“They initially toured over 20 locations and buildings,” said Larry Downey, Vice Chairman for Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona. “Airport Tech Center gave Prosper Marketplace a central location within the city and great access to the transportation freeway corridors. This is a very functional building for them and gives them the flexibility and room to expand within the project.”

Located minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the new location is currently recruiting, with plans to expand to 40 employees in its first year. The office will eventually employ about 150 people.

“The Prosper platform has grown more than 400 percent over the past year, and we expect continued growth in 2014. Prosper Marketplace is excited to open a new office in Phoenix to support our growth, and we are looking forward to being part of the local business community,” said Josh Tonderys, Chief Risk Officer, Prosper Marketplace.

“We are encouraged by the expansion of companies like Prosper Marketplace,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The new jobs that will be available at the Phoenix office show a transformative shift from traditional back office jobs, providing exciting new opportunities for the existing technical talent in the region.”

Downey and Curtis Chickerneo of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant. The landlord, Arden Realty Limited Partnership, was represented by Jerry Roberts and Corey Hawley of CBRE. Occupancy is in late July.

shops at esplanade

2 new restaurants opening at Esplanade

Cushman & Wakefield today announced the opening of two new restaurants at The Shops at Esplanade, located on the southeast corner of Camelback Road and 24th Street.  The new tenants are part of Esplanade owner, MetLife, and Cushman & Wakefield’s efforts to revitalize the property’s retail presence.

“We have worked diligently with MetLife to attract an exciting and successful blend of restaurants and retailers at the property that will suit this market,” said Jon Cowen, Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield.  “The Camelback Corridor provides a fabulous market opportunity for the correct tenants and we’re pleased that ownership’s plan is coming to fruition.”

Pearl Live!, a Scottsdale–based company, will open a sushi restaurant with live entertainment.  Pearl Live! at the Esplanade will be the second sushi/entertainment concept for renowned restaurateur, Jimmy Carlin.  The Esplanade location will feature a large, outdoor patio, an indoor/outdoor bar, and live music.  Situated directly across from the Ritz Carlton, the space was previously occupied by Morton’s Steakhouse. Mr. Carlin plans to cater to the business lunch and happy hour crowds, but also provide an upscale venue at night.  Bob Tam, former corporate chef for PF Chang’s and current Director of Culinary Operations for Maven Hospitality Group (who recently opened The Strand Urban Italian in downtown Phoenix), will be responsible for the creation of Pearl Live!’s menu.  The approximate 7,977 square foot sushi restaurant is slated to open in May.

Solo Trattoria, a new concept from Chicago-based Gemstone Café Group, plans to open their doors at the Esplanade in mid February.  Brittany Harrison of Catalyst Commercial represented the tenant in this transaction, bringing the company’s first location to Arizona.  The Modern Italian restaurant leased approximately 2,555 square feet of space which was previously occupied by Picazzo’s Pizza.  Solo Trattoria, with its cozy and inviting ambiance, will feature fresh tasting Italian food, including Naples style thin crust pizza, authentic pastas, imported cheeses, and wine and beer.

Jon Cowen and Summer Jackson of Cushman & Wakefield serve as exclusive leasing agents for the Shops at Esplanade, while Larry Downey, Jerry Jacobs, and Michael Crystal lease the available office space for property owner MetLife.

Larry Downey

Larry Downey Named Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield announced Larry Downey has been named Vice Chairman, a title reserved for an elite few throughout the firm’s worldwide offices.

The distinction marks the first time in the 25-year history of the company’s Phoenix office that an individual has been assigned that designation.

“The Vice Chairman title honors Cushman & Wakefield professionals who stand out as top performers, both in production and fulfilling the core values of our firm,” says Tom Johnston, senior managing director of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.

“In order to be considered for this distinction, professionals must not only be perennial top producers, but exhibit leadership, a genuine commitment to collaboration, mentorship of our future leaders, exemplary client reviews, and a strong history of dedication to charitable causes. Over the years, Larry has excelled in each category and elevated the importance of the Phoenix market to the firm.”

Larry Downey is a 28-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry. He represents both tenants and building owners.