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Papago Tech

LGE Design Build completes 63,000 SF Papago Tech

LGE Design Build has completed construction on Papago Tech, a 63,000-square-foot research, development and manufacturing shell building near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Arizona State University.

Papago Tech, 500 S. 48th Street in Phoenix, is located on 48th Street and Washington. The building has 24-foot clear height ceilings, ample power and freeway visibility.

Silagi Development, a real estate investment firm based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., owns the building.

“The location is second to none in the Phoenix area. The proximity to ASU, Loop 202, I-10, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport makes Papago Tech an optimal destination for tenants,” said Moshe Silagi, president of Silagi Development.

“As a speculative building, LGE Design Build approached this project with thoughtfulness to ensure we included all the elements future users would find appealing in a manufacturing and R & D building. The result is a beautiful building that will serve the client well for years to come,” said Dave Sellers, LGE Design Build’s president.


LGE completes aerospace manufacturing machine shop

LGE Design Build has completed a 15,000-square-foot aerospace manufacturing machine shop for J.B.’s Precision Industries, a certified woman-owned, small manufacturing business.

J.B.’s Precision Industries constructed the building, located at 2320 W. Parkside Lane in Phoenix, to grow its business after leasing for 21 years. The family-owned aerospace and defense manufacturer serves clients such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

The new building has a 16-foot clear height ceiling for the high-technology equipment.

“The new building is an investment for employees and our family. We hope to grow the operation in the next two years and provide additional opportunities for employees and the community,” said Stacy Hoffner, majority owner of J.B.’s Precision Industries. Her husband, Mike Hoffner, is also an owner.

Three generations of the Hoffner family currently work at J.B.’s Precision Industries. Most employees have worked there for 10-20 years. The Hoffners are also proud to employ a veteran and would like to hire more veterans in the future.

“LGE Design Build constructed a modern building that will help this high-technology company continue to advance its business for years to come,” said Dave Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

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Bean Drywall gets new digs in Phoenix

LGE Design Build has completed an 11,071 SF office and related warehouse storage facility for Bean Drywall, a Phoenix-based company that installs gypsum drywall for construction projects in the Valley and the Prescott/Sedona area.

The building, 23011 N. 15th Lane in Phoenix, is the third LGE Design Build has constructed for Bean Drywall over the last 15 years.

The new building is also home to Parkside Construction, a general contracting firm. Mike Bean, owner of Bean Drywall and Parkside Construction, has future plans for LGE Design Build to construct another building across the street for Parkside Construction.

“Our new building helps our businesses meet efficiency needs,” Bean said. “The quality of LGE is second to none. I would not go anywhere else.”

“In addition to constructing buildings, LGE Design Build becomes a long-term partner with clients to help their businesses grow,” said Dave Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

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Heritage Marketplace enters phase two

LGE Design Build is starting the construction of the second phase of Heritage Marketplace with rapid leasing momentum.

Courtesy of LGE Design Build

Courtesy of LGE Design Build

Phase 2, slated to begin construction in late June with a December completion, is already experiencing strong pre-leasing activity. Phase 1 is complete and 100 percent leased for retail and restaurant spaces.

An integral part of Gilbert’s historic Heritage District, Heritage Marketplace is a family friendly, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development in downtown Gilbert located on the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue.

“Heritage Marketplace and its tenants have increased the energy of the Heritage District and further solidified the District’s place as one of the best places to dine in the Phoenix Metropolitan area,” said Scott Powell, economic development administrator for the Town of Gilbert.

The second phase includes two buildings totaling 32KSF with ground floor restaurant and retail space, and second floor office space. The north building is about 10KSF and the south building is about 22KSF.

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In Phase 1, LGE has completed 31,000 square feet of a dynamic mixed-use office/retail/restaurant project. Tenants include Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Pomo Pizzeria, Barrio Queen, Zinburger and Petersen’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream.

LGE also has completed the second floor of the building, constructing 3KSF of office space. Pacific Pharmacy Consultants, LLC, a full-service pharmacy brokerage firm, has leased space. Additional space is available for rent.

“Interest from retailers, local restaurants and office users is incredible and the residents of Gilbert are responding equally strong,” said Dave Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “With 100 percent of the first phase retail and restaurant space leased, we expect the second phase to continue to drive new high-quality tenants.”

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Scheduling Institute opens in Phoenix warehouse district

Scheduling Institute; Image provided by LGE Design Build

Scheduling Institute; Image provided by LGE Design Build

LGE Design Build has completed the renovation of the former Jackson’s on 3rd restaurant into a 23KSF West Coast training center for the Scheduling Institute, a medical and dental practice training company based in Alpharetta, Ga. PHArchitecture was the architect of record.

The new training center, located at 245 E. Jackson St. in the downtown warehouse district, will complement the company’s existing training facility in Atlanta, provide greater reach into the western U.S. and double the organization’s capacity for events, workshops and seminars.

The Scheduling Institute is the largest dental training company in the world, helping thousands of dentists to make more money while working less. The Scheduling Institute provides unique coaching strategies and team trainings to boost practices’ production, collections and new patient numbers.

Scheduling Institute; Image provided by LGE Design Build

Scheduling Institute; Image provided by LGE Design Build

Although the Scheduling Institute had previously considered other cities, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the CEO and President of the organization, Jay Geier, decided that Phoenix was the ideal West Coast hub. The facility’s proximity to light rail, entertainment and the airport attracted the company.

In transforming the building, designers incorporated the original look with brick on the exterior as well as interior walls.

“We preserved the unique historic elements of the building and combined them with a modern approach to office space,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “LGE Design Build is proud to provide this new home to the Scheduling Institute and contribute to the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.”

Scheduling Institute; Image provided by LGE Design Build

Scheduling Institute; Image provided by LGE Design Build

Portland on the Park, Courtesy of DAVIS

Concentrated Culture: The symbiosis of new-build and adaptive reuse

There are undeniable truths in commercial real estate. For instance — retail follows rooftops. However, when the right variables come together, the presence of retail can create a demand for mixed-use communities.

This is a phenomenon Michelle Schwartz, associate at RSP Architects, has observed in her firm’s recent work.

“Arizona has such a short history when compared with the rest of the United States and as such, we have developed around a more vehicular centralized  society,” says Schwartz. “When we look at new communities — and the desire for connection in neighborhoods — creating mixed-use flexibility where residents can truly live-work-play is unique.”

The Row, Courtesy of RSP Architects

The Row, Courtesy of RSP Architects

RSP Architects has designed The Row in downtown Chandler, a 60KSF two-story mixed-use development in the city’s newly designated entertainment district. The project’s anchor is Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an Austin, Texas-based dine-in theater expected to bring 700 people to downtown Chandler four times a day.

“Today’s retail focuses on experience, which is exactly what The Row will bring,” Schwartz says, adding that many restaurateurs’ interest in the area has been piqued by the project.

Another rooftop project that has sought out a vibrant area in which to incubate is Portland on the Park, a 14-story luxury condo development by Habitat Metro and Sunbelt Holdings, designed by DAVIS Architecture. This project, jokes Habitat’s Timothy Sprague, has a three-acre front yard and 32-acre backyard, referring to the Japanese Friendship Garden and Margaret T. Hance Park adjacent to the site.

“The big different between suburban and urban environments is we’re able to do our own placemaking,” says Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham. “It’s critical to be near meaningful open spaces and more interesting amenities.”

Sunbelt Holdings, largely known for its master planned communities throughout Arizona, is stepping off the golf courses and bringing its suburban sensibility to the urban environment of downtown Phoenix. The company’s 149-unit Portland on the Park is also being constructed near the evolving Roosevelt Arts District. The cultural developments of the parks and Roosevelt Row were “absolutely critical” to the identity of Portland on the Park, Graham says.

He’s been following the development of the area for almost five years, since his eldest son moved into Portland Place. Through his son, Graham says, he watched and learned to understand the dynamics of the area, which has evolved over the course of the project with light rail and the growth of ASU’s downtown campus.

Graham says he’s seeing similar trends in Chandler, Phoenix and Gilbert and he has his eyes on Mesa.

“I think there’s a direct correlation between Marina Heights and Portland on the Park, Tempe Town Lake and Margaret T. Hance Park,” Graham says. The urban energy and urban vibes they share, he says, “is because of ASU students and the really fun, cool gathering places like The Yard.”

The Yard in Tempe

The Yard in Tempe

The Yard on 7th Street and Camelback Road was the shot in the dark heard around the Valley.

A former motorcycle garage was turned into a multi-tenant restaurant space that shares a patio and yard area. The Fox Restaurant Concepts design has since been emulated in what is Sam Fox’s largest project to date, The Yard at Farmers Arts District.

“When The Yard opened, it opened everyone’ eyes,” says Dave Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

“The first Yard was very much an exploratory mission to see how successful it’d be,” says Brian Frakes, who worked on the first Yard with WDP Partners, and the second Yard with Common Bond.

“The Tempe one was different because it was west of the rail,” explains Frakes. “It was a dense, urban area. State Farm hasn’t even opened up yet, but there were a lot of good things coming. One-thousand multifamily units around us, and we noticed a strong southeast Valley group at The Yard on 7th. We wanted to capture the southeast Valley (at the new Yard).”
There were a lot of State Farm and multifamily conversations in the planning stages of The Yard in Tempe, says Frakes.

Marina Heights

Marina Heights

“I think it’s the sum of all the parts that makes these places so dynamic and interesting. I think restaurant and retail is the big driver because employers are looking for that amenity base,” says Frakes.

Sellers announced plans for The Colony, a similar concept nearby the original Yard development. He is also working in downtown Gilbert’s Heritage District on The Marketplace, which houses a Fox concept restaurant, among others, and office space. Since Gilbert doesn’t have the same kind of old buildings as downtown Phoenix, LGE Design Build built Marketplace to look like something that had been there much longer than it had.
“It is risky,” Sellers says. “It’s not your cookie cutter retailer. It’s not a power center where you have a Walmart. It’s not that. You’re developing what the clientele and customer kind of like, hoping the retailers believe in it.”

Retailers acclimate, he adds.

“What’s neat is we have projects that are larger retail, national users trying to fit into a space that isn’t a typical space,” he says. To Graham’s point, Sellers says his company is looking to develop before big projects come through the pipeline.

Rivulon, for example, is a $750M mixed-use business park that broke ground in 2014 on Gilbert Road and the Loop 202 in Gilbert.

Gilbert’s Economic Development Director Dan Henderson sees a symbiotic relationship between developments such as Nationwide Realty Investors’ Rivulon project and the Heritage District.

Zinburger at Heritage Marketplace

Zinburger at Heritage Marketplace

“Candidly, you need both (types of development),” says Henderson. “You can’t have one without the other. These things work with each other and are in some ways the defining element of opposites attract. People will be attracted to both areas for different reasons.”
He refers to Heritage District as the “living room” of the community and Rivulon as the “family room” of Gilbert.

“What we’ve found in (Nationwide Realty Investors President) Brian Ellis and his team is a partner that is not looking at today, but at 20 years from now,” says Henderson. “It’s a similar partnership in the Heritage District.”

“The $64,000 question is: Is it a blip or shallow market?” Graham asks. “It’s not a blip. It’s a trend. The market is deeper than (people) think it is. A lot of people are thinking there’s a slowdown in master planned communities and that’s what’s driving apartment development, but it’s a modified business and trend that’s going to stay.”

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Southwest Naturopathic campus has grand opening

LGE Design Build has completed construction on a 47,863-square-foot, two-story $9.5 million building for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe.

Called the Community Commons, the building offers state-of-the-art classrooms with study areas, exercise spaces and a library expansion four times larger than the previous space. The Community Commons’ 6,100-square-foot regenerative pain clinic and rehabilitation center will enable the college to pioneer an interdisciplinary approach. For the public, the building houses an organic café, teaching kitchen, yoga studio and a natural medicine dispensary.

SCNM Interior 635 HDR no logoThe campus addition supports SCNM’s record-enrollment numbers, growing patient volume in the medical center and future plans to add new degree programs and community classes. In July, SCNM graduated its largest class of naturopathic physicians in the college’s 21-year history.

“Once in a generation the chance comes along to transform a college,” said Dr. Paul Mittman, president and CEO of SCNM. “Rarely can this happen by adding a single building, but that’s exactly what has happened with the addition of the SCNM Community Commons. The Commons is reshaping the SCNM experience by bringing a fully-realized naturopathic lifestyle to students, patients, staff and visitors.”

SCNM Interior 467 HDR no logo“LGE worked closely with SCNM to create a beautiful building that will stand the test of time and enable SCNM to expand its reach into the community,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

SCNM is seeking LEED Platinum certification. Parking canopies include photovoltaic solar panels.

Cawley Architects of Phoenix designed the building. Pacific 33, a California-based design firm focusing on healthcare, designed the interior with references to nature and naturopathic medicine. One World Development of Calgary, Alberta, served as the developer.

Swen Anderson joins LGE Design Build

LGE Design Build has recently hired Swen Anderson to serve as vice president of business development to grow the company’s relationships with current and potential clients, economic development officials and industry leaders.


Anderson also will cultivate projects in existing sectors such as healthcare, industrial/warehouse, office, medical, education restaurant and retail while helping LGE expand in the marketplace.


“Business development is a new position at LGE Design Build,” said Dave Sellers, LGE Design Build’s president. “Swen is the perfect leader for the role as he brings extensive commercial real estate experience in overseeing construction projects as a real estate development vice president and a construction superintendent. He understands our clients’ needs.”


During his 13 years in the real estate industry, Anderson successfully managed the construction and development of more than $150 million in residential and commercial assets. He is directly responsible for the sourcing and underwriting of more than $30 million, including debt and equity structures. In addition, he created and implemented strategic plans to expand market share, streamline operations and improve market impact.


Anderson was previously vice present of business planning and real estate development at Skyline Education where he worked with LGE from the perspective of a client. In 2012, LGE constructed Skyline Education’s $7 million Skyline Prep High School in Phoenix.


“I know first-hand that LGE provides seamless experiences for clients. The company’s expertise, frequent communication and unique design and building process with a single point of contact makes the firm top-notch in the industry,” Anderson said. “I’m honored to join LGE.”


In his Skyline Education role, Anderson was responsible for managing all phases of acquisition, development, capital sourcing, entitlements and construction management for projects. He oversaw the $22 million development of two schools, the repositioning and relocation of several facilities and building leases.


Anderson served in the United States Marine Corps and earned a Master of Real Estate Development and a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.


Anderson is involved with ASU’s Master of Real Estate Development Alumni organization as well as NAIOP, Valley Partnership and Arizona Builder’s Exchange.



Ground breaks on adaptive reuse project The Colony

Western Vertical Holdings, a company formed by Bob Agahi and David Sellers, has begun construction on Phase 1 of The Colony, an adaptive re-use project located on 7th Street just north of Missouri Avenue in Phoenix.  The Herb Box, innovative world cuisine with locations in Old Town Scottsdale and North Scottsdale; Stock & Stable, an American gastropub by the creators of Clever Koi in Midtown Phoenix; and Pure, a sushi restaurant based in Scottsdale; have already committed to the project and expect to open restaurants at The Colony in November. Additional local concepts are in negotiations to lease space in the 1st phase.

The Colony will be a 22,467-square-foot infill redevelopment built in two phases. The project is located in what is becoming an emerging local restaurant district in Central Phoenix. The first phase of the project is a renovation of a building originally built in the 1950’s, which has stood mostly vacant in recent years. Terry Brodkin of Scottsdale was the owner of that building and is a partner in the first phase of The Colony with Agahi and Sellers. Phase 2 will be a newly built ground up 8,122 square foot building on the north side of the development, which will begin construction this summer and is expected to be open 2nd quarter of 2016.

“The Colony is an example of a market shift of local restaurateurs and retailers wanting to locate in infill areas,” said Dave Sellers, who is also president of LGE Design Build in Phoenix. “Densely populated areas are now more desirable for restaurants and retail businesses than strip centers.” LGE will serve as the general contractor for both phases of the Colony.

The Colony will be just south of The Yard, Sam Fox’s popular multi-restaurant destination which was formerly a motorcycle garage and dealership. The area between Central Avenue and 7th Street, north of Camelback Road and south of Glendale Avenue, is emerging as a destination for dining with The Yard, St. Francis, Postino, Joyride, Federal Pizza, Windsor and Churn locating in the area.

“Our goal is to bring the Best of Local to The Colony. We’ve had numerous overtures from national tenants and we have respectfully declined them every time,” said Bob Agahi. “The passion, creativity and experience you get from a local operator is unparalleled to a national chain.” Agahi is also a partner in Scottsdale-based Triyar Companies.
Stock & Stable is an example of the Best of Local.

“Stock & Stable draws inspiration for design and culture from the nearby historic Murphy Bridle Pass,” said Jared Porter, a chef/owner of Stock & Stable. “Stock & Stable delivers an energetic, comfortable and dynamic mix of food, drink and atmosphere that appeals to all walks of life in a diverse neighborhood setting.”

Michael Rumpeltin, founder of Phoenix-based Brick & West Design, is the project designer. Rumpeltin has designed some of the most high-profile restaurant concepts in the Valley including Culinary Dropout and Little Cleo’s at The Yard Phoenix, Old School 07, Joyride Phoenix, Dakota, Comoncy, Taco Guild and Postino Tempe. “Passion for these food-focused projects is what drives me. They are highly social environments and because the restaurants are local, serve as incredible catalysts for community,” said Rumpeltin.

In April, Sellers and Agahi will develop another project in the immediate area also designed by Rumpeltin, a single tenant building at 7th Street, south of Montebello Avenue, located diagonally across the street from The Colony. A Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana will be the tenant. The existing Planned Parenthood facility will be razed for the new 5,800-square-foot restaurant. That project is slated to open in the 1st quarter of 2016.

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LGE completes remodel of El Hefe Scottsdale

LGE Design Build has completed the remodel of El Hefe Scottsdale, a 3,800-square-foot taco restaurant, bar and DJ venue in the entertainment district of Scottsdale near several other recently renovated/constructed restaurant, bars and nightclubs.

The remodel enhances El Hefe’s hybrid concept of a restaurant with nightlife, a trend the taco shop innovated when it opened in Old Town Scottsdale in 2008.

El Hefe Scottsdale Part 3 053 HDR no logoDuring the last two years in Old Town Scottsdale, LGE Design Build and AV3 Design of Phoenix have worked together on the renovation/construction of several other restaurants, bars and clubs within walking distance of El Hefe, located at 4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, such as Maya Day + Nightclub, Livewire, Bottled Blonde, Hi Fi and the Mint.

“Downtown Scottsdale is evolving in a positive and responsive manner, and renovations like this serve to enhance our reputation as one of Arizona’s most livable urban cores,” said Scottsdale Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane.

El Hefe’s remodel added about 35 percent more restaurant seating, created a central bar and installed a 70-foot front canopy creating a promenade effect and drawing energy from the street to the open-air patios. In addition, El Hefe incorporated new technology with a 90-foot HD one-of-a-kind projection wall to show sports games and moving graphics. Lights on two walls transform the comfortable restaurant into a nightclub atmosphere.

“Our remodel of El Hefe fuels new energy and connectivity into Old Town Scottsdale,” said Dave Sellers, LGE Design Build’s president. “People wanting to enjoy Old Town’s nightlife can now walk El Hefe Scottsdale Part 2 123 HDR no logofrom venue to venue experiencing updated bars, restaurants and clubs.”

Recently reopening, El Hefe’s business has already been bolstered from the renovation, said Ryan Hibbert, CEO of Riot Hospitality Group, owner of El Hefe.

El Hefe was successful with strong sales when the owners decided to renovate the 2008 building. Previously, the space was disjointed into two separate bar areas and the DJ wasn’t a focal point.

“The remodel at El Hefe Scottsdale has integrated the highest levels of technology along with the most beautiful finishes possible,” Hibbert said. “Our brand El Hefe has reached a higher level of success than any of us had ever hoped with such an incredible build out.”

The renovation promotes the El Hefe brand’s Day of the Dead festive atmosphere and keeps its pink accent lights, black steel, reclaimed wood and black granite.

“We designed El Hefe to be a ‘people showcase’ with a seamless interior and exterior,” said Artie Vigil, architect and urban designer with AV3 Design. “We created transparency between the restaurant and street, building energy and vibrancy that spills out into the entertainment district. El Hefe is an establishment to see people, enjoy life and eat great food.”

Known for its tacos, El Hefe Scottsdale won the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s 2014 Best Overall Food.

El Hefe Scottsdale 034 HDR with pink no logoVigil also has designed El Hefe Tempe and El Hefe Chicago, also owned by Riot Hospitality.

Riot Hospitality is working with LGE Design Build on renovating an existing bar/restaurant in Tempe for Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, located next to El Hefe Tempe. Riot Hospitality expects to open the 7,300-square-foot country bar in August or September.

Riot also is working with LGE Design Build to gut and remodel the former Stingray Sushi location on Scottsdale Road into Riot Hospitality’s new fresh food concept, called Farm and Craft, which will serve only local food and beer. Farm and Craft is expected to open in the 2,500-square-foot building in September.

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LGE completes construction on Savage Universal HQ

LGE Design Build has completed construction on a new 64,000-square-foot office and warehouse building in Chandler for Savage Universal, which has provided products for the photography industry since 1937.

Needing a more efficient space for its headquarters, the family-run company hired LGE to construct a new building at the gateway of the Chandler Airport Business Park, located at 2050 S. Stearman Drive near the Loop 202.                      

Savage Universal converts seamless paper in 69 different colors into background paper for commercial, industrial and portrait photographers all over the world. The company also converts other types of materials such as cotton, linen and muslin to supplement background paper, and makes portable and permanent studio systems.

“LGE constructed a high quality building that will suit our specific office and warehouse needs for years to come,” said Sylvester Hank, president of Savage Universal. “We are proud of our new home. We are welcoming national and international customers to visit when they are in the area for trade shows.”     

The company, with about 50 employees, sells to distributors and dealers. Savage Universal provides about 65 percent of the world market share of photographic background paper.

Savage Universal’s building includes 10 warehouse dock doors to assist in product distribution. The building also includes a small museum, located near the front lobby, that will showcase historic equipment, catalogs, brochures and other company documents dating to the 1930s. The museum is expected to be completed in a couple of months.

“Our team had fun constructing Savage Universal because the project combined multiple uses for office and warehouse space and also a small museum to display the company’s heritage,” said Dave Sellers, LGE Design Build’s president.

The building’s design draws inspiration from Savage Universal’s industry.

“We incorporated a unique system of metal panels over glass into the design of the contemporary building to emphasize the high technology nature of Savage Universal’s business,” said Sherman Cawley, a principal of Cawley Architects.

Construction completed on Livewire music venue

LGE Design Build has completed the construction of Livewire, Arizona’s newest premier 14,000-square-foot live music venue bringing fresh nightlife to the former development known as Axis/Radius in the entertainment district of Scottsdale.

Livewire, located at 7340 E. Indian Plaza, includes a stage, two interior bars and a second floor balcony fronting the street. Livewire also has a box office and a first floor retail booth to sell shirts and souvenirs. With capacity to entertain more than 1,100 people, national touring acts and select up-and-coming local bands play at Livewire.

“Livewire is designed to exceed to the customer base’s expectations of Old Town Scottsdale with engaging spaces to foster nightlife activity, plenty of sightlines to the street and captivating lighting, creating a stunning music venue,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

Next door at Bottled Blonde, LGE completed renovations in 2014 for the pizzeria and beer garden’s open bar area, patio areas near the sidewalks and an open casual setting around a fireplace. Bottled Blonde serves a contemporary Italian menu at picnic-style tables.

Evening Entertainment Group of Scottsdale operates Livewire and Bottled Blonde, which are both open.

AV3 Design of Phoenix served as the project architect and interior designer.
LGE’s other projects in Old Town Scottsdale include Triyar Phase I & 2 (a three-building, 12,500-square-foot restaurant/retail project), Scottsdale Retail Plaza Phase I (four retail, restaurant, bar and nightclub venues), Mint and Lo- Lo’s Chicken & Waffles.

LGE Design Build plans 20,000 acts of kindness

LGE’s 20 x 20,000 year-long campaign launched in January and will provide backpacks, socks, soap, crayons, healthy snacks, diapers and other needed items for babies and kids in the Valley. In total, LGE will donate 20,000 items during 2015. Each month a different nonprofit dedicated to children will benefit from LGE’s fundraising efforts.

“Since my father started LGE Design Build 20 years ago, we have focused on building and creating a better community. It’s what we’ll continue doing for the next 20 years,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

Many of the organizations LGE is assisting serve a low-income and homeless population. Inspired by her own experience with homelessness as a child, Carrie Garcia, LGE’s executive assistant who is helping to lead the organization’s 20 x 20,000 campaign, enjoys giving back to these organizations.

“Assisting nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of children from low-income and homeless backgrounds is very rewarding,” Garcia said. “As a company, we want LGE Design Build’s 20th anniversary to make a community-wide impact.”

In January, LGE presented Childhelp, a non-profit charity aiding victims of child abuse, with a $3,000 grant to help train its service dogs. LGE also is designing and building a new dog run at no cost.

“Childhelp is honored and grateful to be one of the recipients of LGE Design Build’s 20,000 Acts of Kindness campaign. By contributing to our animal therapy program in such a significant way, LGE is impacting countless children who have suffered severe abuse by ensuring they are nurtured and loved by our four-legged heroes,” said Sara O’Meara, Childhelp’s founder, CEO & chairman. “Childhelp therapy dogs are responsible for so many breakthroughs and so much healing. LGE’s kindness will create 20,000 miracles for the children we love.”

Childhelp’s service dogs play an important role in supporting abused children.

“When a child is brave enough to tell of their deepest secret, having experienced abuse, we count on the unconditional affection of a dog to provide comfort,” said Maureen Basenberg, Childhelp’s director of Arizona child advocacy programs who oversees the organization’s Facility Dog Program. “The availability of trained facility dogs provides abused children with an abundance of reassurance and affection.”

LGE has completed more than 750 projects, representing more than 18 million square feet, during the last 20 years. Select projects include Adelante Healthcare’s built to suit in Mesa, Crescent Crown’s 345,000-square-foot office and distribution facility in Mesa, Garmin International’s 60,000-square-foot regional office in Chandler and FedEx’s North Phoenix build to suit.

LGE created the David R. Sellers Foundation to fund its 20 x 20,000 campaign. Named after the founder of LGE Design Build, the foundation is a tribute to the late David R. Sellers who placed family and community at the top of his priorities.

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NPL Construction’s 50KSF operations center is completed

LGE Design Build has constructed a 50KSF regional operations center for NPL Construction Co., an energy distribution contractor.

NPL Exterior 045_HDR no logo The project consists of a two-story operations facility, located at 7326 N. Glen Harbor Blvd. in Glendale, including office space, a training facility, and a warehouse storage area plus several acres of land for NPL’s large fleet of equipment.

“Constructing NPL’s regional operations center involved a detailed, transparent process to meet the goals of the project and the varied intended uses of the structures,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

NPL Interior 176_HDR no logo“We always understood where the project stood in terms of timeline and development. As the owner of the project, that level of communication was invaluable to our entire organization,” said Jim Connell, director of business development for NPL.

The project is seeking LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A unique feature of the building is its natural gas-powered heat pumps for cooling and heating. In addition, NPL is outfitting the parking structures with solar arrays.

NPL Exterior 087_HDR no logo“NPL placed a high priority on reducing the use of energy and incorporating sustainability into the project,” said Sherman Cawley, principal of Cawley Architects.

The building’s front canopy is designed to resemble the equipment NPL uses to build gas distribution systems.

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Fairview Medical Center breaks ground near Chandler Regional

LGE Design Build has started construction on Fairview Medical Center, a 20,250-square-foot medical office building, near the Chandler Regional Medical Center and Loop 202.

Brain & Spine Center and Desert Kidney Associates will be the first tenants to open offices in the Fairview Medical Center, 2201 W. Fairview, next summer.

“LGE Design Build is seeing increased demand for medical office buildings near regional medical centers and also transportation corridors,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “The Fairview Medical Center is designed to provide patients with easy access to the parking lot and main entrance, and also assist doctors in providing more individualized care.”

Brain & Spine Center’s 8,000-square-foot office, more than twice the size of its current location, will include a waiting room, separate procedural area, larger clinical patient space, a large conference room and an educational area. The space is designed to help patients in wheelchairs and scooters maneuver easily. The practice specializes in care for patients with dementia, seizures, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

“We are designing the clinic based on our patients’ needs,” said Dr. Hemant Pandey, a partner with Brain & Spine Center.

Desert Kidney Associates’ 4,100-square-foot space will include an education room for patients, patient rooms and office space. To reduce wait times, Desert Kidney Associates has numerous offices across the state including in the East Valley, Show Low, Lake Havasu City and Kingman.

“We should see patients within 24 to 48 hours. They won’t have to wait months to see a specialist,” said Dr. Maninder Chatha, a partner with Desert Kidney Associates.

LGE Design Build constructed a 10,000-square-foot building for Desert Kidney Associates in Mesa a couple of years ago.

“Fairview Medical Plaza has been designed to provide a comfortable surrounding for patients, visitors and staff,” said Paul Devers, principal with Cawley Architects in Phoenix.

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New office breaks ground at Cambridge Watermark

LGE Design Build has started construction on a 12,939-square-foot, two-story office building at the Cambridge Watermark office plaza in Chandler to respond to growing demand for office properties.

Eric Pyles, who owns a nearby 34,000-square-foot office building, has hired LGE Design Build to construct a companion office building located at 2450 S. Gilbert Road to accommodate demand near the Chandler Airpark and Loop 202. The site also has an existing retail center.

“We are developing the building with high-end finishes such as stone veneer to appeal to businesses in this growing area of Chandler,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

The new building, expected to be completed in April, has two 6,500-square-foot office spaces marketed to professionals such as attorneys, architects and CPAs.

“The new building features a two-story lobby that complements the architectural features of the current office building such as a curved standing seam roof, stone columns and special steel ornamentation,” said Paul Devers, principal with Cawley Architects in Phoenix. “The idea was to create a petite jewel box office building that would fit comfortably next to the existing larger building.”

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LGE Design Build starts construction on Crown Castle BTS

LGE Design Build has broken ground and is currently in the process of constructing Crown Castle’s 70KSF, two-story class-A office build to suit in Chandler.

Crown Castle, the nation’s largest provider of wireless infrastructure, expects to move into the new facility next summer, located at southeast corner of Germann Road and Stearman Drive. Crown Castle provides wireless carriers with the infrastructure they need to keep people connected and businesses running. With approximately 40,000 towers and 14,000 small cell nodes supported by approximately 6,000 miles of fiber, Crown Castle has a significant presence in the top 100 U.S. markets.

“With an innovative, cutting-edge client, the design intent is to create a unique experience by providing a specific context within the desert and Chandler,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “We’ll connect the outside environment with texture, colors and materials to convey corporate elegance.”

The build to suit’s entry includes steel beams and columns, accented by sandstone and a wood finished, with interior concrete panel walls and tinted glazing, contributing to a sophisticated corporate feel. The building also will have two balcony areas and metal trellises to provide shade around the building.

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Garmin opens new research, development office in Chandler

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, Friday formally opens its new 60,000 square foot research and development facility in the Chandler Corporate Center.

“We are delighted to open such a state-of-the-art research and development facility here in Chandler,” said Merlin Smith, director of auto OEM software at the Garmin Chandler facility. “We chose to expand in Chandler because there is a large population of highly-skilled engineers here locally – and we have very much appreciated the support of both the city and state throughout this process.”

The new facility, located near McClintock Drive and Chandler Boulevard, is LEED Gold-certified and contains space for offices and research and development labs. Currently, approximately 130 associates work in the Chandler office, and this expansion will allow the office to gain an additional 141 new engineering and R&D jobs, as business conditions warrant.

The Chandler office supports Garmin’s software engineering needs, including aviation, automotive OEM, and desktop applications. Garmin has been an employer in the greater Phoenix area for more than 15 years, and has been leasing office space at a nearby office in Chandler for five years. The new facility represents $11 million in new capital investment.

“Chandler welcomes Garmin’s expansion here as we continue to grow our research and development community with solid, progressive employers,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Leading edge firms like Garmin choosing to locate and expand in Chandler show that we continue our commitment to bring the best companies and jobs to our community.”

Garmin was founded in 1989 and employs more than 10,000 associates globally. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of consumer electronics, many of which are enabled with GPS. Its product portfolio includes wearable fitness and wellness devices, GPS-enabled high-definition action cameras, and navigational products for pilots, boaters, hikers, hunters, and drivers.

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Sought-after parcel in First Chandler Business Park sells for $2.2M

An 8.56 acre commercial parcel at the SEC of Germann and Stearman Roads sold for $2,221,000 or $5.95 per square foot.

The fully-improved parcel is located within First Chandler Business Park and will be the future home of Crown Castle, a wireless infrastructure provider. Plans call for the construction of a 70,000 SF built-to-suit office building. LGE Design Build will be the developer.

Lee & Associates Arizona principals Ken McQueen and Chris McClurg represented the land owner, Vintage Farms. The buyer MDB Chandler, LLC was represented by Colliers International. The sale marks the second land sale within First Chandler Business Park in the past month, both of which will have industrial developments under construction by year’s end. This activity is complimented by an already under construction, 65,000 SF build-to-suit
project at the park.

Overall, the hot Chandler Airport area is seeing strong activity with new projects moving forward. A FedEx facility will be occupying a 48-acre site within the submarket. In total, there will be an additional 530,000 SF of various industrial product type added to the market in the coming year. There is also high demand for new offi ce product with several new projects to be developed in the area.

LGE breaks ground on METSO facility

LGE Design Build broke ground on a 44KSF service facility for Metso Corporation on June 6.  The facility will be located at Pecos and Sossaman roads in Mesa, Ariz.

The new facility is ideally positioned and equipped to service Metso’s customers throughout the southwest U.S. and northern Mexico.  The new facility will accommodate a wide variety of mining, construction, recycling services and advanced repairs, as well as direct on-site repair and field service.

LGE is handling both the design and construction of the new facility which includes notable design features including a large service area that will house two 60-ton bridge cranes as well as welding and machining bays. The bridge cranes will enable Metso to service and repair very large-scale mining equipment, including grinding mills, crushers and screens – all key components to mining operations in the region.

The building will also provide ample office and workspace for approximately 65 current
office and field Metso Services team members who will be based there, including up to 40 new positions.  These positions (some existing and some new) will cover a variety of skill sets, from machining, welding and fabrication to field service and administrative personnel.


Randall Reisinger, Metso Senior Vice President, Service Business Line Operational
Hubs, said the new facility provides and extension of Metso’s strong existing presence in Mesa.


“Our service team has been established here since the mid ‘90s,” he says, “which makes
this location ideal for our employees and their families who already call it home. It’s a move that allows us to expand our physical capacity and our capabilities, while remaining in an area that’s served us and our customers so well for so many years.”

Construction of the service facility, located on a 10-acre site on Pecos Road in Mesa, will
begin immediately with completion slated for the first quarter of 2015.  In the interim, Metso is leasing a fully equipped facility nearby, giving them a “jump start” on the expanded service offering they plan to deliver starting in 2015. Metso has already transferred existing employees to this leased facility, and there are plans to fill several new positions in the coming months.

LGE Design Build president David E. Sellers said the project had both familiar and new aspects to it.  “We have been designing and building facilities like this one for two decades, but this one had a few different wrinkles to it,” he said.  “Needing to design a space that can accommodate the two 60 ton bridge cranes was challenging, but we came up with a design that is both functional and efficient.  It’s going to be a great facility that will allow Metso to create a greater footprint in Mesa.”

Cashen Realty closes two land sales in high-demand infill corridors

7th St & San JuanLGE Design Build snags highly sought after 7th Street corridor land
The Colony North, LLC (David Sellers, LGE Design Build) acquired 57,000 s.f. of land from LCP Holdings, LLC (Mark Panattoni). The Property is located at the SWC of 7th Street and San Juan Avenue. The sales price was $1.2 Million. LGE Design Build plans to construct 10,000 s.f. of buildings suitable for retail and restaurant uses.

16th Street and Octillio streetNew Leaf Communities beats out five other bidders to take central Phoenix residential land
Lee/Watt New Leaf, LLC (Steve Pritulsky, New Leaf Communities) acquired 2.8 acres. The property is located at the SWC of Ocotillo and 16th Street. The property is zoned R1-6 and the purchase price was $1.6 million. The buyer will develop single-family residential on the site.


New to Market: Papago Tech

LGE Design Build is set to break ground on Papago Tech, a 62,880 square foot research, development and manufacturing facility at 48th Street and Washington in Phoenix. The ground breaking will take place the week of June 2.

Designed by Cawley Architects, the facility is being developed by Silagi Development. According to Moshe Silagi of Silagi Development, LGE was the ideal fit to construct a facility like Papago Tech.

“LGE has an outstanding reputation in this area of construction,” Silagi said. “The quality of construction they provide, along with the fact that they have outstanding employees, supervisors and project engineers and consistently bring their projects in on time and on budget made this a simple choice. And on top of all that, they do great quality work and provide a great finished product – they don’t cut back on anything to keep it fast or affordable.”

David E. Sellers, president of LGE Design Build, said he is excited to be working on a project like Papago Tech.

“The Papago Tech project is the type that we love to work on – these kinds of shell office/warehouse projects have been our bread and butter for years,” he said. “We feel really good about this project in a lot of different ways and think we can bring some unique elements to the facility that will make it an outstanding destination for Silagi clientele.”

LGE takes its clients through the entire design and building process with a single point of contact. From concept, architecture and all the details of construction through interior design and completion, clients work with the LGE’s owners and top executives to achieve the ultimate in a beautiful and functional industrial or office building. With more than 17 million square feet and 700 projects of experience, LGE builds for its clients’ success.

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New to Market: Desert Storm Elite

DS-lobby (2)LGE Design Build has broken ground on the new headquarters for Desert Storm Elite, the largest All Star, High School & Middle School cheer training gym in Arizona. The new 21,000 square foot facility is located at 14575 N. 83rd Place in the Scottsdale Airpark and will feature a 24 foot clear height and expanded gym space for training. The building is being constructed on one of the last remaining vacant lots in Scottsdale Airpark.

Desert Storm Elite offers cheer classes in every level from recreational to competitive on a national and international level. The new facility provides them with the opportunity to offer a wide variety of teams for every age and ability, including a special needs team, the “Lightning.”

The center holds more state, regional, national, international and world titles than any other cheer training gym in the state.

“A facility like this seems like it would be a very straight forward project, but there were a ton of subtle things we needed to incorporate to make it exactly the way Desert Storm wanted it,” said LGE Design Build President David E. Sellers.

“Our design team worked very hard to ensure that the end product was exactly what they were looking for to help them continue to produce world-class athletes.”

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New to Market: Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles

An iconic Valley restaurant has turned to a venerable area design build contractor to complete its new ground-up restaurant project in Scottsdale.

LGE Design Build, the Valley’s premier design build contractor for the pas two decades, has been tabbed to build the new location for Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles, the soul food restaurant that has gained national acclaim as one of the top venues of its’ kind in the country.

The new location, at 3133 N. Scottsdale Rd., will replace Lolo’s existing Scottsdale location at 2765 N. Scottsdale Rd, just south of Thomas. The new location, just a quarter mile north of the old restaurant, will span 5,400 square feet and offer the classic southern and soul foods that have made Lolo’s famous.

According to David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build, this project was a labor of love for the LGE team.

“Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles has a unique style and feel to it, and we wanted to be sure that translated to the new Scottsdale location,” said Sellers.

“It’s not like other restaurants; there’s a certain vibe at Lolo’s that the customers come to expect, and our design team work extremely hard to be sure we captured that. By all indications, we have.”

LGE also built the original Lolo’s at 1220 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix in 2002. That location has been frequented and endorsed by a variety of athletes and celebrities including Charles Barkley, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and a variety of members of the Arizona Cardinals and other local professional teams.

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