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RED Awards 2013

RED AWARDS 2013: Best Mixed-Use 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 Mixed-Use Project

Ak-Chin Family Entertainment Center

Ak-Chin-Family-Entertainment-CenterDeveloper: Ak-Chin Indian Community

Contractor: A.R. Mays Construction

Architect: Nelsen Partners

Size: 165,000 SF

Location: 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa

Completed: November 2012

Ak-ChinWith just four months of design and 10 months of construction, the AK-Chin Family Entertainment Center, also known as the Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, opened to the Ak-Chin community and its surrounding communities. The $50M complex is built on 50 acres and is one of the largest and most highly advanced facilities of its kind. It includes a 12-screen, state-of the-art cinema with 3D capabilities and motion seats; VIP theater seating; full bar service and seat-food ordering; a 24-lane bowling center that includes an 8-lane section with fireplace and VIP seatings. It also includes an outdoor amphitheater built to help attract big-name performers and a 2-story laser tag and arcade; a sports bar including 13, 55-inch televisions, pool tables, darts and shuffleboard. A full-service restaurant seats 138 with outdoor dining and a glass water wall. The complex has not only impacted the Ak-Chin community, but also the surrounding cities, primarily Maricopa. Construction created hundreds of jobs and the actual opening also created 350 jobs for which more than 1,400 applications were received. The Ak-Chin Family Entertainment Center provides a base in which the tribe and surrounding communities can build on for future economic development growth.

Video by Cory Bergquist


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