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Amara Resort and Spa

Kimpton begins refresh on Sedona’s Amara Resort

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants begins renovations today at Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, Ariz., one of the leading resorts in the area, that includes a design refresh of the resort’s 100 guest rooms, common areas and restaurant.

The refresh is rolling out in stages, as to not affect the guest experience, with completion expected at the end of June. As Kimpton’s newest addition to its Arizona properties, Amara is a boutique resort located in the heart of uptown Sedona. Nestled along Oak Creek, the resort overlooks the Cleopatra Red Rock Formation where Camel Rock and the much-loved Snoopy Rock are in perfect view.

“‘Modern native’ is the idea our design team was inspired by and we held ourselves to that creative development in all aspects of the refresh,” said Patrick Gaskin, general manager at Amara. “It was important for us to infuse elements of the craftsmanship and traditions of the Hopi and Navajo tribes that are indigenous to Northern Arizona, such as basket-making, rope-weaving, rain sticks and turquoise. Our designers were inspired by native patterns and indigenous skills, but we’ve reinvented it in a contemporary way instead of trying to be too literal.”

Pulling from the color palette of the surrounding lush foliage and the brilliant desert flowers that dot the property, green, aubergine, bright marigold and injections of hot fuchsia can be found throughout the new interiors, which perfectly complement the red rock views that envelop the resort.

Design elements found throughout the rooms are live-edge wooden headboards that were individually crafted from fallen trees and vary from room-to-room, crystal drawer accents and geode artwork that pull inspiration from Sedona’s spiritual center, turquoise table lamps, oversized sitting chairs with woven rope accents, colorful rain sticks positioned above the bed to promote sweet dreams and artwork featuring a jackalope, the mythological creature, adding a bit of whimsy.

The resort’s common spaces that are undergoing design renovations include the living room where guests enjoy complimentary wine hour nightly, the outdoor lounge and lawn areas and the 26,000-gallon infinity edge saltwater pool that overlooks the serene Oak Creek and red rocks.

“With spectacular weather year-round, our outdoor spaces are very social environments and we wanted to create a place that invites our guests to relax in cheery Adirondack chairs on the lawn, cozy up with plush blankets on starry nights over a glass of wine with new friends by the fire pits or catch some Arizona rays by the pool while enjoying the view,” said Gaskin.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Hundred Rox, is being completely redesigned and reimagined by Kimpton, known for their award-winning collection of seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars lead by creative, local chefs that turn farm-fresh flavors into memorable dishes. Set to be unveiled later this summer, the restaurant will embody a new concept along with a new menu and name. Hundred Rox will remain open to resort guests and the public throughout the renovation process.

Guests of Amara can enjoy complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the living room, hosted evening wine hour from 5pm – 6pm daily, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary daily yoga, a heated, sea salt infinity pool and hot tub overlooking the red rocks and Oak Creek, free Wi-Fi for Kimpton loyalty members, custom PUBLIC Bikes for complimentary use, pet-friendly amenities and accommodations and 5,000 square feet of multi-use space accommodating up to 160 people, which can be customized for social and business events.

While Amara is just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sedona’s uptown shopping, dining and cultural hub, the resort is situated below the main area, nestled on the banks of the creek, which makes it feel worlds away.

To learn more about Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828.
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Tutor Perini renovating GCU arena

Tutor Perini Building Corp. is expanding Grand Canyon University Arena’s seating capacity from approximately 4,300 to 7,000 seats. The expansion takes place just two and a half years after Tutor Perini originally built the arena. The most challenging part of the renovation is the aggressive 190-day deadline put in place to meet previously booked university events.

According to Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University’s president and CEO, the idea to renovate the arena came about when GCU switched to NCAA Division l athletics and the men’s basketball games routinely sold out in the first year of competition. Expanded seating will attract nationally recognized NCAA Division l teams and accommodate the 10,500 students expected to be enrolled on the ground next fall. More seating also allows greater participation from West Valley residents and Christian communities that regularly attend GCU events.

Cathey Moses, GCU’s vice president of event planning and marketing said the renovation provides GCU an opportunity to attract higher-profile concerts to the arena. Other campus events, such as commencement exercises and Chapel services can also be expanded.

Tutor Perini is adding a new upper deck, a hanging 11,000-square-foot structural steel mezzanine that will go all the way around the arena with an extra deck above it at the south end. The lower deck at the south end will be retractable for events that require a stage, such as Chapel, concerts and commencement. The renovation also includes more restroom facilities and increased life-safety exiting and smoke evacuation systems. As of this date, Tutor Perini has removed all of the seats in the upper half of the arena bowl and the basketball floor. Scoreboards and other electronics have been stored for safekeeping for future arena use.

The 135,000-square foot arena is GCU’s signature building. The arena is built with a deeper seating bowl than typical, providing all spectators with excellent views.

“I can’t imagine a place that has more seats closer,” said Mueller, noting that the first row of the upper deck will actually be nearer to the floor than the back of the lower deck. Mueller added, “When the architect came up with this drawing, that’s when we became convinced this was the right thing to do. The facility, everybody is discovering, is so important to building a brand and building a fan base. As intimate a setting as it was, it’s going to become even more so.”

Air Transport Components

LGE Design Build Finishes Air Transport Components Renovations

LGE Design Build has recently completed a 67,000 SF tenant improvement and renovation project for Air Transport Components in Gilbert. The renovations included adding 8,000 SF of office space strategically located at the building atrium feature, adding significant airline and power distribution, retrofitting all restrooms, adding a new break room, adding a new roof, all new lighting, all new flooring, all new insulation, and exterior modifications including paint, parking lot re-seal, and landscaping. This building was given a new life, a new tenant, and by using the key features that were already in place this building has been completely re-positioned from a hidden government building left to fill with cobwebs to a thriving production facility. ATC is a quality-driven company with a highly skilled staff of A&P technicians and management that continually strives for excellence in every respect. Its goal is helping customers lower aircraft maintenance costs with a high level of performance, competitive pricing, personalized service and turnaround that complements your schedule.