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RED Awards 2012 - Grand Canyon University

RED Awards 2012: Best Education Project, Grand Canyon University Arena

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Education Project was Grand Canyon University Arena.

Best Education Project

Grand Canyon University Arena

Developer: Grand Canyon University
Contractor: Perini Building Company
Architect: Architekton and 360 Architecture
Size: 135,000 SF
Location: 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Completed: September, 2011

Grand Canyon UniversityThe Grand Canyon University Arena is the focal point of the school’s $200M expansion project. The 5,000-seat facility was completed in a little more than a year without disrupting students’ class schedules, events or parking availability. Amenities include five high-definition video boards, an outdoor balcony, five concession stands and a carpeted expansive concourse. Glass panels on the north and south sides of the arena provide onlookers a view of the various events taking place inside. The arena adheres to sustainability through its use of high-efficiency lighting, chillers and a Variprime system that operates with changeable water pumps depending on the amount needed. In addition, the design stays true to the campus architecture as the brick base of the arena ties it to the brick buildings of the historic 60-year-old campus.


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Honorable Mention

NAU Health and Learning Center

Developer: Northern Arizona University
Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: OWP/P Cannon Design
Size: 277,000 SF
Location: 105 E. Franklin Ave., Flagstaff
Completed: July, 2011

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RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

RED Awards 2012 - Westin Phoenix Downtown

RED Awards 2012: Best Hospitality Project, Westin Phoenix Downtown

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Best Hospitality Project was Westin Phoenix Downtown.

Best Hospitality Project

Westin Phoenix Downtown

Developer: National Real Estate Advisors
Contractor: Perini Building Company
Architect: Gensler (interior design)/SmithGroupJJR
Size: 185,000 SF
Location: 333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Completed: March, 2011

Westin Phoenix DowntownIt took collaborative effort from the team of architects, interior designers and contractor to adapt and renovate the Westin Phoenix Downtown in just a year and a half. Located inside the Freeport-McMoRan Center, the hotel occupies floors 11 through 18. Ordinary office space was transformed into the first 5-star property in Downtown Phoenix. Amenities include a 3,000 SF ballroom, pool and  deck, workout room and Province restaurant. Construction for the Westin consisted of adjusting and expanding the plumbing by drilling core holes and airlifting 750 gallons of hot water boilers to the roof.  During the renovations, employee safety and convenience was adhered to. Perini Building Company did not disrupt the routine of the workers already in the building. The team incorporated energy efficiency through LED lighting and the use of a key card to disable unused electricity once a guest leaves the room. The interior design, provided by Gensler, evokes a natural feel, despite the unexpected location for a boutique hotel.


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Honorable Mention

Casino del Sol Hotel Convention Center and Parking Structure Expansion

Developer: Casino del Sol
Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: Leo A Daly
Size: 250,000 SF
Location: 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson
Completed: November, 2011

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RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Westin Phoenix Downtown, CityScape - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

Westin Phoenix Downtown Offers Business Travelers An Intimate, Relaxing Stay

Welcome to the 11th floor, the first floor of the Westin Phoenix Downtown, a truly distinct experience that will cater to your senses — relaxing and rejuvenating from head to toe and from within and out.

As the elevator doors open, you’re immediately engulfed in the Westin’s signature White Tea aroma, and tranquil music soothes your mind and body. Roaming the spaciously wide halls with their high ceilings, the earth tone color palette helps establish feelings of Zen and peace.

But with nearly 3,000 total rooms in Downtown Phoenix, how does the Westin even begin to compete with the other renowned hotels?

“This is what (we) have to contribute to the downtown mix — a level of luxury, service and style,” says Sally Cooper, PR consultant for the Westin Phoenix Downtown. “This hasn’t been here before.”

Construction at the Westin, located from the 11th and 18th floors of the 26-floor Freeport-McMoRan Center, began in November 2010 and opened in March. David Sobek, director of sales and marketing at the Westin Phoenix Downtown, says locating the hotel within the Freeport building allowed them to open their doors much sooner, and with significantly less work involved (Perini Building Company was the general contractor).

The Westin offers fewer guest rooms than most with a total of 242 rooms on six floors — 400 rooms fewer than the next smallest downtown hotel. However, each room is at least 540 square feet compared to the typical 350- to 400-square-foot rooms in other downtown hotels.

Guests can choose from three different types of rooms, including the deluxe guest room; 21 corner studio suites at 720 square feet; and seven, one-bedroom suites at 740 square feet.Westin Phoenix Downtown, Deluxe King Room - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

“You normally don’t build rooms this big,” Sobek says. “Hotels make more money with smaller rooms, but because it was an office space, we benefited from the space.” The Westin also is adding to the nearly 200,000 square feet of meeting space already offered among the hotels within the Downtown Phoenix area. The hotel caters to the individual business traveler, who Sobek says is the market bouncing back first, as well as smaller market meetings.

Sobek believes the Westin will be the hotel business travelers will choose because of its size, service and level of comfort.
“I think we have a niche that doesn’t currently exist because we are that upscale business hotel in downtown,” Sobek says.

Despite its intimate feel, the Westin also features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows in its conference rooms and pre-function areas. These windows boast panoramic views of Downtown Phoenix, including the picturesque desert and the bordering Camelback Mountains, as well as notable venues such as the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field and US Airways Center.

As for Downtown Phoenix visitors and those working in the area, they can take advantage of the Westin’s Latin-inspired, independent, American restaurant Province.

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If You Go:

The Westin Phoenix Downtown
333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
(602) 429-3500

By The Numbers:

Total conference space: 15,244 square feet
Floors occupied: 11-18
Deluxe guest rooms: 214
Corner studio suites: 21
One-bedroom suites: 7


Arizona Business Magazine May/June 2011

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Special Merit 2011

Schuff Perini Climber

Schuff Perini Climber, Children’s Museum of PhoenixDeveloper: Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Perini Building Company
Ganymede Design Group
37-foot tall interactive exhibit constructed of 50 tons of steel
Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix
April 2010

The Schuff Perini Climber, a 50-ton wild maze of steel, is the newest and perhaps most unique interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. It is the largest and most creative climber in the U.S. With 981 pieces of steel all placed at an angle and no design repetition, the structure was comparable to erecting a complicated building. Adventuresome climbers (it is intended for youths 10 and under) have four options to ascend the structure. Children can crawl, walk and climb on tube steel columns and beams, a water-park slide lined for traction, a ladder, plywood ramps and see-through fiberglass grating. As part of the design/build team, Schuff Steel spent more than 400 hours inputting each piece (all 981) into AutoCAD. Perini Building Company and its subcontractors built and attached all of the super-sized appendages, laid plywood, painted, and enclosed the structure with wire netting. Approximately 75% of the climber was donated, with Schuff and Perini the major contributors.

Solis Scottsdale Resort, AZRE July/August 2009

Mixed-Use: Solis Scottsdale Resort And Residences


Developer: Scottsdale Canal Development
General contractor: Perini Building Company
Architect: Three Architecture
NEC Scottsdale & Camelback roads, Scottsdale
Size: 700,000SF

Plans for the $600M development include a 240-room, LEED certified hotel; spa; high-end retail shops; restaurants; 140 resort residences , with direct access to hotel services;16 “Sky” penthouses; 1-acre park and two pedestrian bridges over the Arizona Canal. Construction is scheduled to begin January 2011 and end December 2013.

AZRE July/August 2009