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RED Awards 2013

RED AWARDS 2013: Best Hospitality Project

On Feb. 27, AZRE hosted the 8th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2012 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. To view all 2013 RED Awards Winners and Honorable Mentions, go here >


Best Hospitality Project

Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Hotel-Palomar-PhoenixDeveloper: Red Development

Contractor: Hunt Construction

Architect: SmithGroupJJR

Size: 175,000 SF

Location: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Completed: June 2012

Located at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, the Hotel Palomar offers a variety of amenities including walking access to more than 15 restaurants and bars, more than 10 clothing and entertainment outlets and a signature restaurant, the Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. A third-level pool deck bar and dining spot (Lustre) adds to the amenities available to guests. The Hotel Palomar also meant nearly 200 contruction jobs to the downtown core. Its chilled water grid means no central air or heat help contribute to its sustainability efforts. The hotel prides itself on its EarthCare program, in which its employees take charge in the various operations. Employee ideas have contributed to sustainability efforts including suggestions to recycle wire hangers, which saves two tons of steel each year and a recommendation to provide phone books only upon request, saving about 130 trees a year. $10 of every daily room rate is donated to the Nature Conservancy and a tree is planted for every guest as part of The Plant a Billion Trees campaign. The hotel is committed to integrating the highest concentration of uses in the greatest density in all of Arizona.

Video by Cory Bergquist


Honorable Mention

Fairmont Princess Ballroom Expansion

Fairmont-Princess-Ballroom-ExpansionDeveloper: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Contractor: Howard S. Wright

Architect: Kollin Altomare Architects

Size: 60,000 SF

Location: 7501 E. Princess Blvd., Scottsdale

Completed: October 2012


RED Awards 2013 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2013

RED Awards 2013

RED AWARDS 2013: Merit Award Cultural

On Feb. 27, AZRE hosted the 8th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2012 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. To view all 2013 RED Awards Winners and Honorable Mentions, go here >


Merit Award Cultural

McCelland Irish Library

McCelland-Irish-LibraryDeveloper: Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation Library

Contractor: Double AA Builders

Architect: John Paul Ahern Architect

Size: 16,000 SF

Location: 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Completed: June 2012

The McClelland Irish Library is a one-of-a-kind building designed to replicate a 12th Century Norman tower castle. The front entrance was inspired by the St. Brigid’s Church on Inis Cealtra in County Clare. The archway is made of Irish Blue Limestone and weighs a whopping 8.9 tons. The greatest architectural challenge was was integrating the design requirements into a cohesive structure and making it function on a very small site. The greatest construction challenge was dealing with the death of general contractor Bernardo Velez, who passed away 6 months after the start of construction. The building includes a library, archive, exhibition gallery, meeting and music practice rooms and reading rooms. The “Castle on Central” adds to the downtown arts and culture community.

Video by Cory Bergquist


RED Awards 2013 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2013

Peter Madrid, AZRE Associate Editor - AZRE Magazine March/April 2011

Editor's Letter: A Glimpse of Arizona's Past, Present, Future

Think of this issue of AZRE Magazine as a kind of time machine. Within its pages, we offer a glimpse of Arizona’s past, present and future in its’ commercial real estate industry.

We launch our coverage of Arizona’s Centennial celebration with the theme “Rising from the Desert: 100 Years of Infrastructure.” We rank the top 10 projects that have served the people of this state; projects that also informed the rest of the nation that Arizona was open for business. No. 1 on our list? Here’s a hint: “Get Your Kicks …”

AZRE March/April 2011The present is represented by our 6th Annual RED Awards, in which we recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects and the construction teams involved. It was my first exposure to these prestigious honors, and I was very impressed with the many incredible nominations.

Finally, this issue examines the future of the industry with our 2011 Annual Real Estate Outlook. We consulted with experts in the various sectors and hopefully have prepared a concise report. A few things we learned: Business attraction and job growth must improve, and Arizona must be a leader in the clean and renewable energy revolution.

Peter Madrid
Associate Editor
(602) 424-8844
peter.madrid@azbigmedia.com
Twitter: @Peter_Madrid

AZRE Magazine March/April 2011