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Lincoln Property Co. wins International BOMA Award

Lincoln Property Company (LPC)’s LEED Platinum Arizona Game & Fish (AZGF) Department Headquarters in Phoenix is among only 14 buildings from across the world to earn an International BOMA “The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY) award at this year’s BOMA conference, held last week in Orlando, Fla.

From left to right: Jamie Britton (Kimberly Clark, TOBY Award Sponsor), Steve Harrison (BOMA Fellow), Megan Watkins (accepting award for LPC and also is the BOMA Phoenix Vice President), Susan Engstrom (BOMA Phoenix member and International Executive Committee Member), Karen Piper (BOMA Phoenix President), Mark Covington (BOMA Phoenix BAE), Richard Greninger (BOMA International Chair & Chief Elected Officer).

From left to right: Jamie Britton (Kimberly Clark, TOBY Award Sponsor), Steve Harrison (BOMA Fellow), Megan Watkins (accepting award for LPC and also is the BOMA Phoenix Vice President), Susan Engstrom (BOMA Phoenix member and International Executive Committee Member), Karen Piper (BOMA Phoenix President), Mark Covington (BOMA Phoenix BAE), Richard Greninger (BOMA International Chair & Chief Elected Officer).

The TOBY awards are directed by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and are the industry’s most prestigious honor for excellence in building quality and management. Competitors for this year’s international award came from as far away as Beijing, China.

“This event is the Super Bowl of building awards,” said Megan Watkins, Lincoln Property Company’s Senior Property Manager and Vice President of the Arizona BOMA chapter. “It was clear that every winning team took great pride in their building and was honored for the recognition. I was equally honored to accept an international award on behalf of LPC while presenting the AZGF building to the world.”

“This award couldn’t have happened without the work of an outstanding team, led by LPC’s Senior Property Manager Lauren Grant, Mark Weise at the AZ Game and Fish building and all of our vendor partners,” added Lincoln Property Company’s Director of Management Services Alisa Timm. “BOMA leads our industry in promoting excellence, and LPC is proud to be a part of it.”

This is the first time that the Desert West Region of LPC has earned a BOMA award at the international level. The win follows the company’s recent local and regional TOBY wins for the AZGF project in the Government Building Category. It is a particularly significant recognition for LPC, as the company is both the project’s property manager and its original developer.

The AZGF headquarters totals 117,115 square feet at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. It was developed by LPC in 2007 and is the first-ever project to achieve LEED Platinum certification nationally for the organization. The property is owned by the Arizona Wildlife Finance Corporation and managed by LPC.

LPC’s property management effort at the AZGF headquarters includes a strong, longstanding partnership and forward-thinking processes that emphasize a healthy, cost-effective and productive workplace. Examples include a law enforcement branch, 24-hour fitness center, bunkhouse for visiting employees, facility and safety guidelines, and robust communications channels like intranet, web and group email systems that generate the fastest possible response times for maintenance and management needs. LPC also works hand-in-hand with AZGF to give back to the community through local organizations and volunteer opportunities. These efforts, combined with a strong on-site presence, have generated a 95 percent tenant satisfaction rate and routine 100 percent ratings for maintenance-related needs.


Adelante Healthcare to Open LEED Platinum Health Center in East Valley


Adelante Healthcare, a provider of sustainable healthcare for patients throughout the Valley,  opens its seventh location, 1705 W. Main Street in Mesa on Nov. 2.

The site is slated for LEED Platinum certification. and will host a scheduled tour stop for the national Health Design Conference on Nov. 3, hosting architects, engineers and designers who look to the space as a forerunner in healthcare facility design.

LGE Design Build is the general contractor and the architectural firm is Cawley Architects.

The new facility uses earth-friendly design elements such as low-VOC paint, recycled materials, energy-saving technologies, responsible waste disposal, green-living outreach and education. Patients will also find light-filled spaces in vibrant colors, smaller living room-style waiting areas, healing art, positive distractions, and interactive activities throughout the center.

“We are ecstatic to announce the opening of our brand new health center in Mesa,” said Avein Saaty-Tafoya, CEO of Adelante Healthcare. “This facility will not only provide high quality primary and preventive health services to individuals throughout the East Valley, it will also be a community meeting resource, provide nutritionists, a pharmacy, and lab all within a peaceful, welcoming environment, open to all.”

Adelante Healthcare Mesa will provide family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, internal medicine, and dental care. It will also have a healthy café in its lobby offering a full coffee bar and grab-and-go items for breakfast and lunch. The new location will replace the current health center practice now operating at 2204 S. Dobson Road, Suite 101.

“Our new site is slated for LEED Platinum interiors certification, the first community health center in the nation to achieve this designation. It’s also the first comprehensive health center on the Metro Light Rail,” Saaty-Tafoya said.

“We have incorporated design researched to create a healing environment. This is a truly specially built environment of care that will transform how patients access services and will improve patients’ experience.”

The lease for Adelante Healthcare Mesa was negotiated by Aaron Kuhl of Medical Office Brokers.



green schoolhouse - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

This Green Schoolhouse Rocks

Phoenix’s Roadrunner Elementary School is going green thanks to Hensel Phelps and a California-based organization

Investment in a child’s education takes on an entirely new meaning with the Green Schoolhouse Series project. Started in 2008, the Green Schoolhouse Series is in the process of creating the world’s first LEED Platinum design schoolhouse.

In Arizona, it’s happening at Roadrunner Elementary School in Phoenix. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. is the general contractor and one of the first companies to reach out to the project.

“Hensel Phelps’ participation is all about giving back to the community where our employees and their families live and work,” says project manager Alex Bertolini.

“Hensel Phelps’ teamwork, drive and passion for the project continues to amaze the (Cause and Effect Evolutions) team as well as the other partners that have signed onto the project,” says Stefanie Valles, public relations coordinator for San Diego-based Cause and Effect Evolutions, a cause marketing/business development organization.

The Green Schoolhouse Series is a collaboration bringing together corporations, foundations, school districts, communities, media outlets, and volunteers to build high-performance, environmentally-sustainable, LEED-Platinum designed Green Schoolhouses at Title I, low-income, public schools. Hensel Phelps was the right pick for the project because of its reputation in the school-building market as well as being a leader in sustainability, Valles says.

The work at Roadrunner Elementary, 7702 N. 39th Ave., will provide students the opportunity to learn the importance of sustainability and its relevance. Construction began in May and is expected to be complete in July.

Green Schoolhouse Series projects are not just rewarded “Platinum” because of sustainability features, but also for being an influence that ultimately increases students’ performance in school. More than 300,000 trailers are used as classrooms across the country. A quarter of U.S. classrooms are considered dangerous and cause health problems in students, leading to their absence and overall neglect of educational benefits.

According to Greening America’s Schools Reports, the American Federation of Teachers and National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, there is a significant improvement in the following areas:

  • Improved learning: 26% progression in math and 20% progression in reading;
  • Healthier students: 5% increase in attendance and 9% decrease in asthma-related absences;
  • Cost savings: 33% reduction in energy usage and 30% reduction in water usage.

The founders of the Green Schoolhouse Series project, Marshall and Jeff Zotara, began school makeovers long before the company formed. In 2001 they influenced the growth of elementary school sustainability by implementing energy conservation and gardens.

The Green Schoolhouse Series focuses on students in K-12. The Safari model, which is being built at Roadrunner Elementary, will be completed for grades K-5. The Studio is for grades 6-8 and the Loft is for high school students. The project’s purpose at Roadrunner will lead the students and community through a journey of discovery of sustainability through the plan’s technology and education.

While the school is intended for students to move forward in education, the architectural plan, produced by architectural firm Stantec, was designed entirely backwards. All the components were donated before the building process began; therefore the design had to revolve around the various materials that were provided.

If the features mentioned weren’t fascinating enough, the schoolhouse construction would not be built by contractors but by at least 1,000 volunteers. Now that’s an investment in education.

Cause and Effect Evolutions “looks and asks for any skilled volunteers that would like to give back (to the community),” Valles says, as well as the corporate sponsors of the project. More than 1,000 volunteers have donated their time and effort into producing the LEED Platinum design schoolhouse. The volunteers were presented with an “accelerated extreme home-makeover schedule, which is unlike any other building project,” Bertolini says.

The Safari model was also rewarded the Edward E. Kirkbride award in May 2011 for excellence in educational and innovative planning and design. Roadrunner’s added on, versatile space will affect students, parent groups and the community.

“The Green Schoolhouse is geared toward a modern learning environment and provides students with a green mode of thinking,” Bertolini says.

For more information on the Green Schoolhouse Series, visit Hensel Phelps’ blog at henselphelpsconstructionco.wordpress.com.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012