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Clay Wells

Clay Wells Joins Gilbane as Sr. Manager of Business Development For Arizona

Gilbane Building Company’s Phoenix office named Clay Wells, a 20-year construction and business development veteran specializing in healthcare, higher education, and corporate construction, to lead the company’s new business efforts in the Arizona public and private markets.

“Gilbane is consistently ranked as one of the top five healthcare and higher education construction firms in the country,” Wells says. “Our strong client relationships, project success and experience in the West provides a solid foundation on which to build. I’m looking forward to growing the company’s presence in Arizona to better align this region with Gilbane’s already impressive resume.”

In his previous role as a director with McShane Construction Company, a commercial and multi- family builder, Wells was responsible for building short- and long-term strategic business development programs for key markets in Arizona as well as developing new market segments.

He is actively engaged with local community organizations such as Mountain Park Health Center Foundation, Arizona Town Hall, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and the Arizona Association for Economic Development.

“With Clay’s combined knowledge and experience in the Phoenix market and surrounding communities, we are confident he will continue to grow our portfolio within Gilbane’s key market sectors of healthcare, higher education and public works,” says Andy Faber, Gilbane’s regional manager and senior vice president.

Wells received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Murray State University. He is an avid cyclist who enjoys the local terrain Phoenix has to offer.

 

NAIOP Arizona's Developing Leaders - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders Pairs Veterans With Young Professionals

NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders mentoring program designed to pair veteran and young CRE professionals to bolster the industry

For a group that has yet to commemorate its first class, NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders mentoring program has some fairly heady goals.

That’s evident by its mission statement:

* To Improve the communities in which we develop, build, and broker commercial real estate;

* To Impact the careers of young real estate professionals through educational development, and exposure to pertinent topics;

* To Instill the knowledge, values, and expertise of today’s industry leaders in developing leaders;

* To Influence the professional growth of developing leaders by fostering valuable long-term relationships with industry peers.

NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders mentoring program is relatively new to the Arizona chapter, although it’s been around for awhile nationally — where it has been successful.

“It was a natural evolution,” Clay Wells, a co-liaison on the NAIOP Arizona board of directors and director of business development at McShane Construction Company, says about implementing a mentoring program. “The first year we were involved with getting our feet wet. The second year we tried to make it grow by working on charitable events.”
Now in its third year, it’s time to get the ball rolling.

“The program will bring the best elements of the entire membership together,” says NAIOP Arizona president and CEO Tim Lawless. “It will create synergy with older more experienced people and younger up-and-coming members.”

The goal is for those in the commercial real estate industry to help provide protégés with insight on how to become successful, says Nate Goldfarb, an associate at CBRE and co-chair of the mentoring program.

The program will be comprised of 10 highly experienced industry professionals as mentors, each paired with two protégés who are existing developing leaders under the age of 35.

Other chapters have had mentoring programs for several years, with those in San Diego and Colorado boasting some of the strongest programs, according to Wells.  “We looked at other chapters and tried to steal the best details,” he says.

Lawless will be involved in the final mentor screening process and says he will be looking for the best and brightest people who are experts in their niche and would bring the most to the table.

Protégés will be selected based on application information and not on personality, says Wells, who is part of the selection committee that is made up of five to six board members.
Initially an email survey was sent out to all developing leader candidates to probe interest and to determine which industries members would like mentors from, Goldfarb says.

“There was a strong response from potential protégés and response from prospective mentors was phenomenal, particularly senior members,” Goldfarb says.

“We’re looking for an Icon,” says Lawless, adding that NAIOP Arizona’s membership has an excellent crop of mentor candidates such as Keith Earnest from RED Development and NAIOP chairman Mike Haenel of Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial.

When protégé and mentor are paired they will meet at least once a month for 10 months.
“There will be a lot of active listening to the mentor who has already walked the path,” Goldfarb says.

The inaugural class function will be held this fall and will be a black tie event, according to Goldfarb.

“We want to make events special for protégés so that they are impressed by the mentor, the program and the events.”

[stextbox id="grey"]For more information about the NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders mentoring program, visit www.naiopaz.org/dl.[/stextbox]

AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

 

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Best Office Project 2010

One Central Park East

One Central Park East is the first new high-rise spec office building built in Downtown Phoenix in more than eight years. The $175M development contains 495,000 SF of Class A office space on 16 floors, resting atop a 9-level parking garage. The design philosophy took a functional and efficient office floor plate and articulated it with shading devices on each façade in response to the harsh environment. This enabled the team to take a typical developer-driven office model and create a building with a sophisticated layer of shade fins to make it appropriate for Phoenix’s desert climate. The project is adjacent to the light rail system, making it one of the first transit-oriented developments in Downtown Phoenix.

Developer: Mesirow Financial
Contractor: Holder Construction
Architect: SmithGroup
Broker: CB Richard Ellis: Brad Anderson
Size: 700,000 SF
Location: 50 E. Van Buren, Phoenix
Completed: November 2009

Honorable Mention: Orbital Sciences Corp. Best Office Project 2010

Developer: Gilbane Development Company
Contractor: McShane Construction Company
Architect: Gromatzky Dupree & Associates
Broker: CB Richard Ellis:
• Jerry McCormick & Team
Size: 83,183 SF
Location: 3377 S. Price Rd., Chandler
Completed: September 2009


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Orbital Sciences, AZRE July/August 2009

Office: Orbital Sciences


ORBITAL SCIENCES

Developer: Gilbane Development
General contractor: McShane Construction Company
Architect: Gromatzky Dupree and Associates
Location:
NWC Price & Dobson roads, Chandler
Size: 82,000SF

The 3-story, Class A build-to-suit office facility is being built for the Orbital Sciences Corp., one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of smaller, more affordable space launch systems. Construction finishes in August, and includes a post-tensioned concrete frame and glass curtain wall enclosure.

AZRE July/August 2009