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6 tips for returning to work after maternity leave

Congratulations! You’re a mom who packs up her pump when you head to work, so your baby can continue to have the very best nourishment. You’re also ensuring breastfeeding security when the two of you are together by maintaining your supply while you are apart.

Whether you’re just returning to work or simply need a refresher, here are some tips to make it a win-win-win: for you, your baby and your employer.

Tip 1: Make a connection.

Every breastfeeding mother has a story about what worked for her when she returned to work. If you know other women who have pumped at work, talk to them about their experiences and solutions to any challenges they may have had.

You can also connect with other mothers on breastfeeding message boards.

Tip 2: Find time to pump.

Plan your pumping schedule to replicate your baby’s nursing times, so that your body gets the necessary signals to continue producing milk.  

Avoid skipping sessions as this signals your body to produce less milk.  Make sure you have regularly scheduled pumping sessions.

Tip 3: Be flexible, but don’t neglect your breasts.  

Consider your employer’s needs, as well as your own.  

Even if you only have a few minutes, still pump and don’t skip a session, if at all possible.

It will be uncomfortable as your breasts fill with milk, and regular stimulation is more important for your body’s response than pumping time.  

However, a drained breast will replenish more milk, so ideally pump until your breasts are noticeably less full.

Set aside time if your schedule is unpredictable, or be creative about when you pump.

For instance, it’s possible to read or eat lunch while pumping especially when using a hands-free pumping bra.

Tip 4: Find a private place to pump.

It’s important to pump without disruption, so that the necessary hormones are released for let-down.  

Having a lactation room at work is ideal, but other options are a private office or storage room that can lock.  

Avoid using the bathroom, as it’s not a sanitary place to pump.

Tip 5: Discuss the situation with your employer.  

It’s important to explain your need to have regularly scheduled pumping sessions to your employer.

And remember, The Affordable Care Act is on your side!

This healthcare law stipulates that an employer must provide the time and space for pumping moms.  And, by the way, it specifically points out that the “space” should not be a bathroom.

For more details, you can visit The Department of Labor’s website: http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/.

Tip 6: Know your facts.

Hopefully you won’t run into any obstacles with your employer.  But if you do, the following facts can help you make a convincing argument to gain support.

A study published by the United States Breastfeeding Committee states:

. Lactation programs are cost-effective, showing a $3:1 return on investment.

. One-day absences to care for sick children occur more than twice as often for mothers of formula-fed infants.

. Breastfeeding lowers insurance claims for businesses. One study showed that for every 1,000 babies not breastfed, there were over 2,000 extra physician visits, 212 extra hospitalization days, and 609 extra prescriptions to treat just three common childhood illnesses.

Overall, by supporting lactation at work, employers can:

• Reduce turnover

• Lower recruitment and training costs

• Cut rates of absenteeism

• Boost morale and productivity

• Decrease health care costs

We know that pumping takes extra effort, especially at work. But it’s worth it for your baby, for you and even for your employer.  For more information or breastfeeding support, go to www.lansinoh.com.

Gina Ciagne, Lansinoh’s global vice president of healthcare relations, is a nationally recognized expert on breastfeeding.


Big Deals: Office, June 2014 – July 2014

azre_big_dealsThere’s no such thing as a “small” deal in this industry, coming out of a recession. However, it’s the big deals, and the brokers who make them, that make the market an interesting one to watch. In every issue, AZRE publishes the top five notable sales and leases for a period of 60 days (one month out from publication) based on research compiled by Cassidy Turley and Colliers International with CoStar.

Top 5 Notable Leases and Sales (June 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014) Source: Cassidy Turley Research Department, Colliers International and CoStar.

Office Sales

1. Stapley Corporate Center, Mesa
180,083 SF; $32.5M
Buyer: Buchanan Street Partners
Seller: DESCO Southwest
Listing BrokerS: Chris Toci and Chad Littell, Cushman & Wakefield
BUYING BrokerS: Mark Gustin, JLL

2. 92 Mountain View, Scottsdale
115,200 SF; $24.1M
Buyer: Equus Capital Partners, LTD
Seller: Teachers Retirement System of Illinois
Listing Brokerage: CBRE

3. Scottsdale Gateway I, Scottsdale
106,931 SF; $20M
Buyer: Equus Capital Partners, LTD
Seller: Teachers Retirement System of Illinois
Listing Brokerage: CBRE

4. Chandler Corporate Center, Chandler
67,561 SF; $13,914,000
Buyer: Palisades Capital Realty Advisors
Seller: Held Properties
Listing Brokerage: JLL

5. Zanjero Falls, Glendale
147,405 SF; $9.1M
Buyer: Select Healthcare Solutions
Seller: Pacific Coast Capital Partners
Listing Brokerage: Cassidy Turley

Office Leases

Rivulon, Gilbert

Rivulon, Gilbert

1. Rivulon, Gilbert
Landlord: Nationwide Realty Investors
Tenant: Isagenix International LLC
Landlord Brokers: Fred Darche and John Cerchiai, Lee & Associates
Tenant Brokers: Pat Williams and Andrew Medley, JLL

2. ASU Research Park, Tempe
Landlord: Arizona State University
Tenant: Amkor
Landlord BrokerAGE: Cassidy Turley

3. City North, Phoenix
77,391 SF
Landlord: ScanlanKemperBard Companies
Tenant: Sprouts Farmers Market
Landlord BrokerAGE: JLL
TENANT BrokerAGE: Cresa

4. First Chandler Business Park, Chandler
Landlord: MJA Investments
Tenant: Crown Castle
Landlord BrokerAGE: Lee & Associates
TENANT BrokerAGE: Colliers International

5. Black Canyon Tower, Phoenix
33,373 SF
Landlord: The Koll Company
Tenant: Homesite
Landlord BrokerAGE: Colliers International

Laurie Sandau joins GPE Commercial Advisors

Laurie Sandau, GPE

Laurie Sandau, GPE

GPE Commercial Advisors welcomed Laurie Sandau, Associate Vice President as the newest member of its brokerage team. Sandau brings more than 11 years of local and national commercial real estate experience with Lawyers Title NCS. Her expertise in marketing and business development combined with her knowledge of the title and escrow process brings a fresh perspective to the brokerage.

Sandau’s previous experience working with real estate transactions gives her a unique understanding of all elements involved in successful closings. Her practice in facilitating complex escrows and coordinating lenders, attorneys, and buyers/sellers, will certainly benefit her capabilities as a broker, says a GPE spokesperson. Sandau’s extensive network covering all aspects of the industry will also prove to be a tremendous benefit to her clients, GPE reports.

Sandau will focus on Investments, office, medical office sales & leasing as well as tenant Representation. She will also team on a number of projects with Julie A. Johnson, Alexandra Loye and Bret Isbell. Please join us in welcoming her to our team.

Industry_East_West_Sold-2, Cassidy Turley

Big Deals: Office, Oct. to Nov. 2013

There’s no such thing as a “small” deal in this industry, coming out of a recession. However, it’s the big deals, and the brokers who make them, that make the market an interesting one to watch.
In every issue, AZRE publishes the top five notable sales and leases for a period of 60 days (one month out from publication) based on research compiled by Cassidy Turley and Colliers International with CoStar.
Top 5 Notable Leases and Sales (October 1 to November 30, 2013) Source: Cassidy Turley Research Department, Colliers International and CoStar



1. Stetson Plaza, Scottsdale Industry_East_West_Sold-2, Cassidy Turley
89,700 SF; $18.5M
Buyer: Alliance Residential Company
Seller: Triyar Companies, LLC
Listing Brokers: David Fogler, Steven Nicoluzakis and Don Arones, Cassidy Turley

2. Missouri Falls, Phoenix
187,648 SF; $13,801,858
Buyer: ICIC Commercial Investments, LLC
Seller: For 1031 Missouri LLC
Listing Brokerage: CBRE

3. Sky Harbor Towers, Phoenix
273,623 SF; $12.1M
Buyer: Orsett Properties, Ltd.
Seller: LNR Partners, Inc.
Listing Brokerage: Cassidy Turley

4. Arcadia Gateway Center, Phoenix
89,811 SF; $10,555,000
Buyer: MIG Real Estate, LLC
Seller: Bible Education Legacy Fund I
Listing Brokerage: Cushman & Wakefield

5. 1511 N. Project Dr., Tempe
61,807 SF; $7.8M
Buyer: SRP
Seller: Altier Credit Union
Listing Brokerage: Colliers International



1. Desert Canyon 200, Phoenix Desert Canyon 200
68,554 SF
Landlord: Washington Capital Management, Inc
Tenant: Matric Absence Management
Landlord Brokers: Ashley Brooks, Jim Bayless and Jenny Aust, CBRE
Tenant Broker: Steve Corney, Jones Lang LaSalle

2. Camelback Esplanade II, Phoenix
42,787 SF
Landlord: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Tentant: Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.
Landlord BrokerAGE: Cushman & Wakefield
Tenant BrokerAGE: Cushman & Wakefield

3. Perimeter Gateway 101, Scottsdale
25,000 SF
Landlord: Desert Troon Companies, Inc.
Tenant: Accolade
Landlord BrokerAGE: Lee & Associates

4. University Offices, Phoenix
15,044 SF
Landlord: Three Strands, LLC
Tenant: ComTrans
Landlord BrokerAGE: Sperry Van Ness

5. Papago Park Center, Tempe
13,926 SF
Landlord: Phoenix Investors #13
Tenant: AdOn Network
Landlord BrokerAGE: Lee & Associates

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FirstSouthwest Expands Nationwide Presence with Phoenix Office

Dallas-based diversified investment bank FirstSouthwest, which has served as financial advisor on more bond and note transactions in the past ten years than any other firm, ranking No. 1 nationally for nine of the past 10 years according to MuniAnalytics, today announced the firm expanded its nationwide presence with the opening of a new office in Phoenix located at 2398 E. Camelback Road.

In addition to public finance advisory and underwriting, the Firm also offers professional experience in asset management, capital markets, corporate finance and correspondent clearing. Known as a leader in public finance, FirstSouthwest takes a client-focused team approach to capital financing advisory service. This begins at the preliminary strategic stages of preparation for capital projects and continues with market leading advisory service for structuring, pricing and closing financing transactions. FirstSouthwest currently serves more than 1,600 public finance clients.

“I am pleased to welcome industry veterans Terry Maas and Bruce Kelley to the FirstSouthwest team,” said Hill A. Feinberg, chairman and CEO of FirstSouthwest. “Under their leadership, we look forward to providing our clients in this community with the highest level of service and professionalism that our company was founded on more than 65 years ago.”

Terry Maas joined FirstSouthwest in October, 2011, and in his role as senior vice president he manages both the Phoenix office and the Western region. With 37 years of experience in the public finance industry, Maas specializes in general government, utilities, airports, health care and special district financing. He has served many issuers in California, Nevada and Arizona over his career and has been responsible for the creation of billions of dollars in funding for many types of capital projects. Maas has been active in Arizona public finance for over 30 years having represented the cities of Scottsdale, Glendale, Phoenix, Nogales and many others as both underwriter and financial advisor. He is currently financial advisor to the Arizona Health Facilities Authority, the major issuer of health care bonds in the state. Maas is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds both an M.B.A. and an M.P.A. from California State University.

Bruce Kelley has over 30 years of experience, primarily in the health care area, and will serve as senior vice president in the Phoenix office.  Kelley specializes in merger and acquisition, affiliations and joint ventures, as well as underwriting and financial advisory services, involving nonprofit and governmental health care entities. He has acted as advisor in numerous transactions involving the acquisition or sale of healthcare facilities, including both acute care hospitals and systems, health maintenance organizations and transactions involving home health, hospice, personal care, skilled nursing and senior living facilities, and has provided underwriting or financial advisory services to many of Arizona’s hospitals. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.

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Best Office Project 2011

Chandler City Hall

Best Office Project 2011: Chandler City Hall, SmithGroupDeveloper: City of Chandler
Sundt Construction
125,000 SF
175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
October 2010

Chandler City Hall is a low-to-mid-rise complex consisting of administrative offices, a public TV studio and Council Chambers. City Hall is a modern, efficient and environmentally appropriate building. The complex is designed with open space and shaded walkways. Flexibility within the building allows for change as both the community and the city’s technological needs evolve. The space within the building is multi-functional, able to accommodate individuals, small social groups and large gatherings. Space also includes bicycle storage and changing rooms. Above all, the new Chandler City Hall is not just another office building. It creates a sense of place and identity, giving the residents of Chandler a destination that serves as the city’s new community center.

Honorable Mention: Mercy Medical Commons

Honorable Mention, Office Project 2011: Mercy Medical CommonsDeveloper: Irgens Development Partners
Okland Construction
Architectural Nexus
Grubb & Ellis
47,000 SF
3645 S. Rome St., Gilbert
September 2010