On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.
Winner of Best Industrial Project: Marshall’s Distribution
Finalist in Best Public Project: Maricopa County Clerk of the Courts
Layton may have overseen the 1.5MSF monstrosity that is the Marshall’s Distribution Facility, but our General Contractor of the Year doesn’t look away from the small projects either. Sure, you can fit 21 NFL football fields or 28 Boeing 787 Dreamliners within the state-of-the-art industrial center, but how does that possibly compare to completing a tenant improvement project that makes office morale take a 180-degree turn for the better? In 2013, Layton took on 1.806MSF in projects worth $79,334,000. Layton already has $152M on the books in Arizona for 2014 and 2015 in projects tallying more than 1,256,500 SF. This year, Layton was a finalist in the renovation of the Maricopa County Clerk of the Courts building. The project transformed a maze of seven-foot high cubicles beneath a ceiling of generic fans into a the space in which employee morale and function could thrive. For such a large company to get satisfaction from a comparatively small project speaks to the character of the office culture and work ethic. As mentioned previously, the 1.5MSF Marshall’s Distribution Facility was this year’s Best Industrial Project. This year’s RED finalist and winner are proof of quality over quantity and a company that’s not afraid of the small — or incomprehensively large — projects.