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Mutual of Omaha selects Ryan Companies to manage 75KSF facility

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company has selected Ryan Companies US, Inc. to manage its three-story, approximately 75,000 square foot office building at Cotton Corporate Center in Phoenix.

MoORyan Companies US, Inc. will provide management services and support facility needs for the company at 4950 South 48th Street, which employs approximately 325 employees and houses its national client services center and a number of its business groups. The secure site requires strict vendor access controls and Ryan Companies will ensure the facility runs efficiently and securely, in direct partnership with the Mutual of Omaha corporate facilities group.

“This assignment is right in line with our 3rd party business growth strategy and represents the addition of a strategic client that can benefit from our local management expertise as well as our national presence in meeting their real estate needs,” said Anna Riley, Regional Director of Management for Ryan Companies. “Our program for Mutual of Omaha is tailored to meet their unique site requirements and company objectives. We are thrilled to have them as a client.”

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Arizona’s Valley of the Scholars

Phoenix may be built on a grid system, but it’s not too hyperbolic to say all roads (and, one day, light rail routes) lead to Arizona State University.

It’s the theory of diffusion of innovations, says Sundt Construction’s Business Development Manager Ryan Abbott. The theory, which has been around since Everett Rogers published a book about it in the ‘60s, suggests how cultures change and adapt to new ideas. What it takes for inertia to kick in on a cultural change is innovators (first 2.5 percent), early adopters (13.5 percent) and an early majority (34 percent). For an idea to carry, Abbott says, it has to reach a tipping point of 15 to 18 percent.

“That is exactly what the university and city did in downtown Phoenix,” says Abbott. “They started by innovating ways of being multiple places at the same time, using integrated technology, synergistic relationships, taking full advantage of mass transportation.  Next, they brought in early adopters — Millennials who wanted to understand and report on society. Where better to be than fully immersed in it at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism?”

Phoenix gets schooled
Sundt Construction built the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, a bright orange and maroon building that sits along Central Avenue and very much serves as the front door of the ASU downtown campus. It was completed even before the first dorms, Taylor Place, were done. The university sits right along the Central and Van Buren light rail stop, which shuttles thousands of students a day to and from classes.

Years later, Sundt was asked to build the downtown’s campus’ Sun Devil Fitness building by the YMCA across the street.

“When we were selected to build ASU’s Sun Devil Fitness, (the university was) approaching the fulcrum that pulls the early majority with it,” says Abbott. “They had a reason for adaptive, creative people to be downtown; now, they were creating the places that keep them there.”

“Part of ASU’s mission is to deliver positive impact in the local community, where we are socially embedded,” university spokesman Mark Johnson says.

Universities serve as the catalyst for business attraction, with its well-educated labor force, as well as a hub for the Millennial generation that is changing the way society looks at work and life.

“At the nucleus of that new societal space is the university supplying its innovation, early adopters and early majority,” says Abbott. “The universities (in downtown Phoenix) are landlords to fantastic restaurants, creators of walkways that connect and amenities that inspire,” Abbott says. “And now that they’ve pulled in the early majority, the late majority and laggards are only to follow.”

Sunbelt Holdings (Portland on the Park) and P.B. Bell are two examples of the Valley’s largest commercial companies breaking ground on their first urban projects in Phoenix. Both companies are known for their master-planned projects, though multifamily trends and the growth of Phoenix’s Millennial population, due to higher ed facility expansions, have caught their eye.

“The expansion of ASU and GCU moving into the downtown area did have an influence on our decision to proceed with developing an apartment community in downtown Phoenix,” says P.B. Bell President Chapin Bell, “We believe that there will be a need for additional housing for both the staff and students that choose to live near the downtown campuses. Also, we expect that the addition of these campuses will generate a new excitement and energy attracting new businesses and downtown dwellers outside of the student population as well.”

P.B. Bell was awarded the adaptive reuse project of the 100-year-old Barrister Place (colloquially referred to as the “Psycho” building, because it appeared in the 1960 film) for a multifamily development.

Downtown Phoenix has been working for more than a decade toward making plans for adaptive reuse and infill projects easier and incentivized.

Kimber Lanning, who founded Local First, was one of the first innovators of a “new societal space” in Phoenix. She actively worked to launch the pilot program nearly a decade ago to streamline the process for adaptive reuse projects in order to retain young, vibrant minds.

“When I started Local First, it was on intuition,” she says. “The kids coming to my store (record store, Stinkweeds) were leaving. I started to think about what do those cities have that connects them to those cities and not Phoenix. They were acting in a local manner. We were too spread out. I set out to create districts. We need to encourage small business development. The brightest people want to be where there are cool restaurants, for instance.”

P.B. Bell Companies has also broken ground this year on Velaire at Aspera, a community near Midwestern University’s campus in Glendale.

“The nearby university is expanding, which will create a  need for new, quality housing,” Bell says.

Strength in numbers
Universities aren’t just attracting new development. They’re actively participating.

“SkySong and the Chandler Innovation Center are strong examples of the kinds of projects that go beyond what you would expect a university to be doing, but provide linkage both to the university and to facilities attractive to new businesses,” says ASU’s Johnson. “We have regular conversations with municipalities around the Valley and around the state about projects that help build the larger infrastructure for economic development. We take those very seriously, but we don’t discuss them until they reach a greater level of fruition.”

Grand Canyon University (GCU), a for-profit, private Christian university, has more than doubled its footprint in the last seven years and plans to move more than 2,000 employees into West Phoenix with an office complex that will break ground next year. The university has 3,500 employees, is expecting 25,000 on-campus students and have half a million annual visitors to its arena. The school also invested $10M into Maryvale Golf Course to bring additional economic activity to the west side of Phoenix and is renovating 700 homes in the neighboring community with Habitat for Humanity over the next few years.

“We’re in the midst of a $1M partnership with the Phoenix Police Department to increase the police presence and combat crime in the areas surrounding our campus, which has had a huge impact on the community,” says GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller.

On top of those and other investments, GCU’s economic impact is about $1B annually, according to Elliott D. Pollack & Co.

“The biggest difference (between GCU and universities such as ASU) is that we are doing it as an enterprise, which means we are using investment dollars to build out a university that can make an impact in numerous ways in the community, all while also paying taxes back to the city, county, state and federal government,” Mueller says. “We’re having the same impact as other universities by producing more and more high-quality graduates and raising the intellectual knowledge of the community, but we’re doing it as a tax-paying enterprise, which adds a second benefit to the area.”

The university also claims to have more than 2,000 students enrolled in the fall semester from California.

“Arizona used to lose thousands of college students, mostly to California, who were seeking a private Christian education,” Mueller says. “Now, those students are staying home. What’s more, the trend has completely reversed, as we’re attracting thousands of students from California and other states to our campus because of the low tuition costs and affordable room and board rates. Those tuition dollars are now coming into the state and are being reinvested right here on our campus, which is a huge plus for Arizona. We hope that a percentage of those students will remain in Arizona after they graduate and build their careers here.”

Ryan Companies, which is working on the 2MSF State Farm build-to-suit at Marina Heights in Tempe and the ASU Research Park, specializes in office development. Nearly all of its office product is affected in some way by university expansions in Phoenix Metro, says Molly Ryan Carson, vice president of development for Ryan Companies.

“The search for educated employees is universal,” she says. “Universities are certainly an important factor in many real estate decisions.”

Universities are surrounded by amenities, such as restaurants and recreational spaces, that appeal to prospective office tenants.

“Having a solid university like ASU in close proximity is viewed as a definite benefit by the tenants we are seeing in the market,” says Carson. “The opportunity to be near tens of thousands of potential employees is very appealing. Additionally, a university often is located in an area rich with amenities, again, a critical requirement for tenants.”

GCU has its eyes on the same type of growth.

“An estimated 1.2 million STEM jobs will be available in Arizona by 2018, yet our universities are producing just half the number of graduates needed to fill this demand,” says Mueller. “We’ve launched programs in computer science, information technology and engineering to help close that gap and are working with industry leaders in Arizona to ensure that we’re producing graduates with the types of skills they are seeking. When we grow out to 25,000 students in the next 4-5 years, it is our intention that 70 percent of those students will be studying in high-demand STEM areas that lead to good-paying jobs. That will have a major impact on the local economy and help attract businesses to Arizona that rely on having that workforce in place.”

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Mark Beal promoted at Ryan Companies

Ryan Companies US, Inc. has promoted Mark Beal to Division Manager in the SouthWest Region. In his new position, Mark is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of his construction team’s activities. He leads and mentors his group of project managers and project engineers through all phases of the construction process, including estimating, design management, scheduling, and interfacing with municipalities. In addition he plays a key role in project pursuits, building community relationships, and maintaining client satisfaction.

“Mark possesses impressive leadership skills and the ability to build trust and confidence with our customers,” said Rick Collins, President of Ryan’s SouthWest Region. “For over ten years he has been a valuable member of the Ryan team and is well deserving of this promotion.”

Mark is known for his ability to manage a project team efficiently and excels at building a great team rapport. His goal is to provide the support and guidance required to maintain team momentum and ensure a Raving Fan is earned on every project. Here is what one client had to say about a project completed in April 2015: “When a project is under a crazy deadline and there are a lot of moving pieces and parts, it truly takes great teamwork to get it all done. You all were a great team.”

“I really appreciate Ryan’s commitment to their customers and employees,” said Beal. “They know that hiring the best people and fostering their development is the best way to ensure the highest standards of quality on behalf of their customers.”

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.


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Amkor Technology celebrates grand opening

Amkor Technology, a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services, joined Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Ryan Companies US, Inc., ASU representatives and other community leaders to officially open the doors of Amkor’s new corporate headquarters today.

Located in the Arizona State University Research Park (ASURP), the 101,949 square foot, two-story office building at 2045 E. Innovation Circle was constructed by builder/developer, Ryan Companies in just nine months. PHArchitecture was the architect of record. The facility features an open office concept for approximately 350 employees— complete with large training and conference areas.

“We are excited to move our corporate headquarters to the prestigious ASU Research Park. The new building is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility and we look forward to being here for many years to come,” said Steve Kelley, Amkor’s President and CEO.

A leading global technology company, Amkor, is a natural fit at ASURP, Greater Phoenix’s premier technology park. Amkor joins other notable technolgy companies at ASURP including Avnet, GoDaddy, Edward Jones and Walgreens.

”It is a point of pride for Tempe that so many prestigious and thriving high-tech companies are choosing Tempe,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “We look forward to the great things that Amkor will continue to do in its beautiful new headquarters and welcome them as part of our community.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the team that brought another exceptional project to the ASURP, and pleased to welcome Amkor’s corporate headquarters to their new home in the valley’s technology hub. The environment is a natural fit for Amkor, offering the perfect opportunity for industry and university collaboration among so many centers of excellence,” said Molly Carson, Vice President of Development at Ryan.Ryan Companies has been the leading builder at ASURP, having constructed more than 50% of the facilities at the Park.

“We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Ryan Companies over many years and we are grateful for that partnership,” Morgan R. Olsen, President of the ASU Research Park’s Board of Directors and Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO of ASU said.

“We welcome Amkor Technology to the ASU Research Park and look forward to their interactions with our leading research faculty and engineering students,” Olsen said. “The addition of Amkor’s corporate headquarters to the Park’s corporate roster reflects the value the Park provides, including a direct connection to ASU and its extraordinary pool of talented graduates.”

Ryan Companies announces two new hires

Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced the expansion of its Phoenix development team. Tyler Wilson and Josh Tracy have joined Ryan to help build the development and construction business in Ryan’s SouthWest division.

Tyler Wilson, Director of Development, has over a decade of experience; specializing in large assets including mixed use, industrial and office properties, sales, leasing and land acquisition. A Phoenix native, Tyler is a respected leader in the valley and known for his great problem solving strategies and strategic thinking capabilities.

“I’m passionate about developing and building attractive, cutting-edge real estate projects that will endure in value—and in collaborating with customers to help ensure their long term success,” Tyler Wilson said.

Josh Tracy, Associate Developer, recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a minor in Real Estate. Josh is known for great customer service skills and, through owning his own small business, understands the importance of utilizing resources efficiently. Josh, also a Phoenix Native, supports the development team in the Phoenix office by analyzing opportunities through financial and market analysis. Additionally, he works with Ryan’s leasing teams to market existing sites and track prospective tenants.

“I enjoy being a part of the development through the entire process— from the excitement with the prospect of a deal, managing all aspects of the development and the wonderful sense of accomplishment when a project is delivered to a customer,” Josh Tracy said.

Tyler and Josh are both involved in the community outside of work. Tyler is involved in local chapters of ULI, NAIOP and CCIM, and is the incoming president of the Men’s Arts Council of Phoenix Art Museum. As father to three children Tyler also stays busy taking family road trips and coaching little league. Josh is also heavily involved with the community, as he mentors youth baseball and participates in community coaching.


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RED Awards 2015: Developer of the Year

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.



Developer of the Year: Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Ryan Companies US, Inc., developed one of the coolest projects of the year (GoDaddy Global Technology Center), and is currently co-developing the largest office project in Arizona (Marina Heights). The two-story, 150KSF GoDaddy design-build was Ryan Companies’ ninth project constructed at the ASU Research Park, showing a dedication to fostering development that will influence innovation and economic development in Arizona. As serious as that sounds, that project features a slide and an indoor race track as well as many other amenities end users look for to snare a Millennial worker — and a RED Award. In November, Ryan Companies US, Inc., was named General Contractor Mentor of the Year by the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona for exceeding its M/WBE contractors spending goal by more than 207 percent in 2014. This created more than $18.5M in growth revenue to M/WBE companies.

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Ryan Companies named general contractor mentor of the year

“Honored to be recognized for building these lasting community relationships,” is how Senior Project Manager Cindy Olsen described the recognition of Ryan Companies US, Inc. as General Contractor Mentor of the Year by the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona (AMCA) at its 17th Annual Awards Banquet on November 8.

Ryan Companies continues its long history of outreach to and inclusion of M/WBE contractors by setting corporate-wide M/WBE spending goals on all construction projects and exceeding these goals year after year. In 2013, Ryan exceeded its spend goal by approximately 20% and is already on track to exceed its 2014 spend goal by over 207%, including the creation of more than $18.5MM in growth revenue to M/WBE companies.

Ryan Companies President, SouthWest Region, Rick Collins expressed appreciation for the AMCA. “We thank the AMCA for its commitment to developing strong alliances between general contractors and quality minority and women-owned businesses throughout Arizona.”

The AMCA annually presents the General Contractor Mentor of the Year Award to firms that have demonstrated generous support of minority businesses through financial and in-kind contributions, outreach, education development, and providing business opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses as well as the disadvantaged business enterprise community.

The 2014 AMCA award recognizes Ryan’s mentoring achievements, including its Emerging Business Inclusion Program, which features relationship-building opportunities for M/WBE firms with Ryan project managers, cash-flow assistance, and project management and field coordination training.

“As a minority contractor, we are grateful for the opportunities and guidance that has been extended to us by Ryan Companies over the years,” said Dan Puente, President, D.P. Electric, Inc. “Their trust in D.P. Electric has enabled us to not only sustain, but grow as an organization through a tough economy.”


GoDaddy Opens Global Technology Center in Tempe

Ryan Companies today joined Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, GoDaddy executives, Arizona State University, government and economic development officials and local business leaders to celebrate the opening of the GoDaddy Global Technology Center at ASU Research Park.

Ryan Companies is the developer for the project and provided design/build services along with its partner, the Smith Group. The GoDaddy facility was the 9th project constructed by Ryan Companies at ASU Research Park.

“The GoDaddy Global Technology Center is exactly the type of project for which the ASU Research Park was created – to provide a best-in-class environment for knowledge-based and technology companies to innovate and for their creative employees to flourish and succeed.  We welcome GoDaddy to the Park and look forward to their interactions with our leading research faculty and entrepreneurial students,” said Dr. Morgan Olsen, President of the Board at ASU Research Park.

“We are so proud to be a part of the team that brought another outstanding project to ASU Research Park. GoDaddy has really set the bar for corporate facilities that support their workforce with this unparalleled campus,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Vice President of Development at Ryan Companies.

The two-story, 150,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility was built to promote the creative and collaborative spirit that GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is known for. The space includes a full-service kitchen with on-site chefs, a slide into the cafeteria area and plenty of opportunities for fitness and fun including a fitness area, locker rooms, an indoor climbing wall, a go-kart track, relaxation stations, a putting green, a yoga room, large outdoor areas, a shaded basketball and sand volleyball courts and a soccer field.

“I am thrilled to welcome GoDaddy and its employees to our city,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This corporate expansion will ultimately bring hundreds of high quality technology jobs to Tempe and continue the tremendous level of quality job growth the city has experienced in the past year.”

The new GoDaddy facility will house engineers, developers, corporate staff and small business consultants. To date, 200 employees have been hired to work in the new Global Technology Center and 250 additional people will be hired in the coming months.

“This is a killer facility. It embodies our GoDaddy spirit, which is energetic, innovative and passionate. It also supports our company culture and values to be extraordinary, own outcomes and join forces,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “We are here to help our customers succeed and it all starts at our core, with our own employees. This environment is collaborative, fun, open and stimulating – exactly what fuels creativity for our customers, helps us attract top-tier talent and gives us a competitive advantage.”


Ryan Companies wins City of Chandler RFP

Chandler City Council has awarded Ryan Companies the request for proposal for the premier downtown property known as Site 6, located on Arizona Avenue, directly across from Chandler’s award-winning City Hall.

Ryan Companies, a nationally recognized company specializing in office development, construction and management, proposes to develop and lease a mixed-use project consisting of two office buildings and related retail and restaurants. Their plan includes outdoor dining, pedestrian walkways and open space.

“We expect this to be a signature development project in downtown,” said Kim Moyers, Downtown Redevelopment Manger for the City of Chandler. “It is expected to open up much-needed office space, bringing jobs to downtown, while building on the momentum we have as an entertainment destination.”

The project is proposed to be built in two phases based on market conditions and pre-leasing. Staff will begin negotiations on a development agreement to be presented to the council by spring 2015.

The 4.25 acre site is vacant, and entirely owned by the city.

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Ryan West Business Park sells for $14.59M

Cassidy Turley announced today that a subsidiary of Cohen Asset Management purchased Ryan West Business Park, a ±242,863 square foot warehouse distribution building at 8313 Latham in Tolleson for $14,591,460 from EG Properties, LLC. Ryan Companies US, Inc’s (Ryan) Real Estate Management group was the asset manager for the seller and will continue to serve as property manager for the buyer. Will Strong, Mike Haenel and Andy Markham, SIOR of Cassidy Turley procured the investment sale transaction, bringing the buyer, Cohen, and the seller together.

“Phoenix’s industrial market continues to attract capital searching for assets with credit tenancy, modern features and a history of being institutionally managed and maintained. Ryan West Business Park fits that description,” according to Will Strong, Vice President with Cassidy Turley’s Industrial Services Group. “Located less than one quarter mile south of I-10, this asset’s location is in the heart of the Southwest Phoenix distribution market and will continue to benefit from strong local labor, improving market fundamentals, and access to the Southwestern U.S.”

Built in 2001 by Ryan, the project was named Ryan West Business Park. Shortly after completion, Ryan was awarded the NAIOP Arizona Industrial Building of the Year for the development which features tilt panel construction, high performance reflective glass, a 30-foot clear height, 59 front-loaded fully-gated and -secured docks/truck wells, 150 feet of truck maneuverability, 17,836 square feet of refrigerator/freezer space and was designed to accommodate future two-story uses.

“Having a strong credit tenant like Circle K in a portion of the building, the ability to lease the remaining 61,713 square feet and projected rental rate growth in this segment made this a strategic acquisition for the buyer,” said Strong.

This is the second acquisition Cassidy Turley has secured for Cohen in 2014 and will be the fifth industrial building purchase in the last seven months by their firm. Cassidy Turley represented them in May for the $29 million purchase of a three-property industrial portfolio, totaling 174,644 square feet and 12.31-acres, from Alliance Commercial Properties.

Cassidy Turley will retain the leasing assignment for the remaining space at the Latham property.

The "Class of 2014" advocates visit DMB Associates' masterplanned community Eastmark.

It takes two

Valley principals host young professionals in inaugural advocates program

A look around the room at a Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast (FMB) reveals a who’s who of Arizona’s commercial real estate industry. You’ll see seasoned professionals sitting next to up-and-comers, and though these are an effective networking tool, Valley Partnership took the concept to the next level.

It created the Valley Partnership Advocates Program for young professionals. The program is a nine-month-long course for a “class” of 20 people under the age of 35 to meet with a new industry leader every month.

The inaugural program began last August and has included sessions hosted by prominent figures from DMB Associates, Inc., Vestar, Arizona State Land Department, Ryan Companies, Sunbelt Holdings, Evergreen Development, ASU and Macerich/WDP Partners. Many of the sessions were hosted by board members, including one held during a board meeting. “I did not understand the power of Valley Partnership and the people behind it until I attended that board meeting,” says advocate Nicole Mass, 35, Kitchell’s director of marketing.

The feeling is mutual. Bruce Pomeroy, founding principal at Evergreen Devco, has worked in the industry for 40 years. During that time, he has trained many young hires and has taught classes for the International Council of Shopping Centers. Pomeroy says of the session he hosted at Centerpointe in Goodyear that “the ‘students’ were very engaged and asked good questions.”

“I believe the most important issue was that the advocates wanted to spend more time with the developers during each monthly event,” says Vice President and General Counsel to Maven Universal Brett Hopper, who helped design the program. “We want to provide the advocates a greater opportunity to interact with senior executives and create long-lasting relationships.”

Stephanie Stephens, 27, marketing and project coordinator at Buesing, says the mentors emphasized the importance of getting involved in the real estate community. That typically starts with something as simple as the monthly Valley Partnership breakfasts, where Stephens heard about the program. Easton Mullen, 37, started his general contracting company Mullen Construction and Development in 2006 and has since built capital with the goal of becoming a developer. The advocates program, he says, created a foundation of contacts to use while his company evolves. “You can’t call these people up on the phone,” he says, “but if you’re part of the program, you can.”

The mentors encouraged community involvement and engagement within Valley Partnership’s committees and leadership roles. CBRE Sales Assistant Chris Marchildon, 28, was approached by board members at the suggestion of CBRE Executive Vice President Barry Gabel, about joining Valley Partnership’s Advocates Program.

sidebar“One of the first things I was told in this business was to ‘be a sponge,’” he says. “The second was to develop as many good relationships as you can along the way. Through the program, I was certainly provided the opportunity to learn success stories from the ground up as well as the chance to ‘soak up’ as much information as I could.”

Recent Denver transplant Kelly Kaminskas, 34, senior vice president at FirstBank, used the advocates program as an introduction to the industry. “It would have taken me years to piece together the information I received by being part of this group,” she says.

Tuition is $150. Applications are available on Valley Partnership’s website through July.

Ryan Companies promotes John Strittmatter to chairman

Ryan Companies US, Inc. CEO Pat Ryan announced today the promotion of longtime SouthWest Division President John Strittmatter to Chairman of the SouthWest Division. Strittmatter opened Ryan’s Phoenix office as its President in 1994 with just two employees.

John Strittmatter1Today the company employs 125 in its Phoenix and San Diego offices and has been responsible for the construction and development of more than 20 million square feet in Arizona and California.

“Ryan has been successful in Arizona and California because of John’s leadership and the relationships he has built and sustained,” said Pat Ryan. “He has maintained an unparalleled commitment to the company, its employees, our customers, our vendors and the community and his reputation is impeccable.”

In addition to his responsibilities as President of Ryan Companies SouthWest Division, Strittmatter has been actively engaged in the community and will continue to do so as Chairman. Currently, he is Chairman of the Brophy College Preparatory Board of Trustees, a Director of the Banner Health Foundation Board and an Advisory Board Member at US Bank in Phoenix. John and his wife, Pat, are also co-chairing the new Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center “Hope Starts Here” campaign.

“We are so grateful for John’s constant support of Brophy, its students, faculty and campus. His service to others is just remarkable,” said Father Eddie Reese, President of Brophy.

“John stepped up to co-chair the “Hope Starts Here” campaign at a critical time in the evolution of our cancer center,” said Andy Kramer Petersen, President and CEO, Banner Health Foundation. “His involvement already has saved lives and will continue to change the lives of cancer patients for decades to come.”

With Strittmatter at the helm, Ryan Companies in Phoenix has received numerous industry awards. In 2013 alone, Ryan Companies was named Owner/Developer of the Year, Firm of the Year and General Contractor of the Year by NAIOP. Ranking Arizona named Ryan Companies Developer of the Year in 2014, Ryan’s 12th year receiving this accolade. Strittmatter was honored with the Best of NAIOP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.


Ryan Companies promotes Rick Collins to president, southwest region

Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced that Rick Collins, currently Vice President of Development in the companies’ North central division based out of Minneapolis, was promoted to president of Ryan’s Southwest region. Collins’ new role will include management of all business development, people and operations for projects in that region. The Southwest region has offices in Phoenix, AZ, and San Diego, CA.

“We could not be more excited about this new opportunity for Rick,” stated Collin Barr, President of Ryan’s North central region.

“His contributions to this market, and to the Ryan culture, have been significant, and we know he will bring that same energy and enthusiasm to his new role.” Rick Collins’ major projects include the Grain Belt Brew House historic preservation, the Midtown Exchange mixed-use development, the conversion of the landmark Foshay Tower into the W Foshay Minneapolis hotel, Two MarketPointe in Bloomington, and the upcoming Downtown East five-city-block project which includes a nearly two block City park and two Wells Fargo office towers totaling more than one million square feet of office space.

“Rick’s strategic vision, creativity, and natural leadership skills will make him a great fit for the President role,” said Jeff Smith, Executive Vice President at Ryan.

“In addition, his strong commitment to the industry and the community will enable him to quickly settle in to the Phoenix market.” Collins has had leadership roles in several Twin Cities nonprofits including the Minnesota Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Cancer Research Fund. He is also active as a leader locally and nationally in NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute.

Collins will be taking over for long-time Ryan Southwest President John Strittmatter, a 29-year Ryan veteran who opened the Phoenix office for Ryan and has built it into a commercial real estate powerhouse during his tenure. Strittmatter, who will be staying on with Ryan to manage the development and construction of the multi-year, 2 million square foot Marina Heights mixed-use campus, is winner of NAIOP’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement award. Under his leadership, the office has won numerous awards including NAIOP Developer of the Year and Ranking Arizona’s No. 1 Commercial Developer twelve times since 2001. Significant recent projects include the FBI Phoenix Division, the Hayden Ferry development, Maricopa County Courthouse, the Musical Instrument Museum, Unisource, One North Central (formerly Phelps Dodge) and WL Gore headquarters.


RED AWARDS 2014: Best Tenant Improvement Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 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. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎

Fennemore Craig
Developer: Fennemore Craig
Contractor: Ryan Companies
Architect: Gensler
Brokerage: CBRE
Size: 120,000 SF
Location: 2394 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 600, Phoenix
Completed: February 2013

fennemore-craigAfter 12 years as a midtown Phoenix law firm, favorable market conditions encouraged Fennemore Craig to make a move to the dynamic and amenity-rich Camelback Corridor, taking the opportunity optimize space by decreasing its overall square footage by approximately 20 percent. The reduction in square footage was accomplished through careful curtailment of file storage and secretary-to-attorney ratios, and the design of destination locations with dual uses in client-facing areas. Given the size and atypical floor plate of the building selected, the project became a planning and efficiency challenge. Rather than segregating the angularity of the exterior glass wall, the client chose instead to celebrate it. Navigating shifting budget priorities and constraints, the team utilized lower-cost systems furniture in secretary stations, reused attorney office furniture from the firm’s existing location, and simplified attorney wall elevations. The end result of this challenging project is a flexible space home to Fennemore Craig’s clients and colleagues, as well as an inviting location for community, social and charitable events.

The Phoenix Art Museum would anchor the retail portion of the project.

Scottsdale Developer to Revisit Mixed-Use Project in Carefree

The professionally laid back town of Carefree could soon be home to Arizona’s newest “Main Street” condo and commercial project, aptly named Easy Street both for the street it fronts and its cool, casual lifestyle.

Butte Development is revisiting plans for the $90 million mixed-use project near Cave Creek Road and Tom Darlington Road.  The project includes 80 ultra-luxurious, amenity-stocked condos and approximately 50,000-square-feet of retail and commercial space.

Butte is working closely with the Phoenix Art Museum and the town of Carefree to consider a 10,000-square-foot satellite museum at the project.  Current discussions include an exhibit schedule that rotates seven times per year and a 1,500-square-foot multipurpose community center.

The Phoenix Art Museum satellite fits strategically into the town of Carefree’s current revitalization plans and builds on the already robust arts community in the area.  The village feel of the town will be enhanced by the museum and other planned revitalization efforts creating an atmosphere similar to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Carmel, California.

Phoenix Art Museum Director Jim Ballinger is excited about the possibilities at Easy Street.

“We are doing due diligence research.  We are very interested in the possibility of a quality outreach program in the Northeast Valley.  If the community support is there, we will respond to that request,” Ballinger said.

The Phoenix Art Museum would anchor the retail portion of the project with other tenants to include chef-driven restaurants, a sidewalk café, art galleries, boutique clothing, custom jewelers and unique home accessories.

The town of Carefree also voiced strong support for this potential development.  Mayor David Schwan stated that “Both the Easy Street development and the Phoenix Art Museum would be welcome additions to Carefree, and help bring to life the recent Urban Land Institute recommendations that the Carefree Village Center has enormous appeal and even greater potential.”

Ed Lewis, President of Butte said, “Easy Street will be built like towns used to be built with two stories of residential over retail.  The warm pedestrian friendly environment and the residential component above will add a neighborhood feel to the area.”

Easy Street condos will have ten-foot ceilings, spacious balconies and views of the big sky, mountains, stars and the Sonoran Desert for which Carefree is famous. Other balconies look over the pool/spa area or Easy Street’s strolling ambiance in the heart of Carefree.

The project, which covers almost four and a half acres, would be built in two phases.  If negotiations with the Phoenix Art Museum and the town of Carefree are successful, Butte hopes to break ground on the south phase of the project by year-end.

Phoenix-based Ryan Companies is the general contractor; Kendle Design Collaborative in Scottsdale is the design architect.  Butte Realty will be heading sales efforts

David Knoll

David Knoll Joins Ryan Companies

Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced David Knoll has been hired as Director of Development in the SouthCentral Region. In his new position, David is responsible for leading the pursuit of development projects in Texas. Additional responsibilities include site selection and land acquisition, due diligence, municipal and approvals, design and construction coordination, marketing and leasing, and sale negotiation.

“David will be instrumental in the strategic growth of Ryan’s SouthCentral Region,” said Hunter Barrier, President of Ryan’s SouthCentral Region. “He brings a unique perspective to his new role due to his broad base experience in business approaches and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Prior to joining Ryan, David was Executive Director of the non-profit Urban Land Institute (ULI) – Austin District Council. David executed the vision of ULI – Austin and was successful in growing the membership from 265 to over 400 members during his tenure. He is known for his strong analytical and problem solving skills as well as his ability to manage complex projects.

“I’m extremely proud to work with such a talented group of professionals and I’m excited to take on the challenge of expanding Ryan’s presence in Texas,” said Knoll.

David received a Bachelor of Arts in Civil Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the American Planning Association (APA).

Marina Heights rendering courtesy of DAVIS.

More Than $1B In Valley Economic Development Projects Announced In Banner 48-Hour Period


It could be the best 48 hours ever for Valley development and commercial real estate: three projects and more than $1B in economic impact.

In the past 48 hours plans were revealed for three major investment and construction projects in Metro Phoenix, including today’s announcement of the $600M Marina Heights mixed-used development on Tempe Town Lake.

>> Grand Canyon University yesterday selected DMB Associates’ Eastmark development in Mesa for its $150M East Valley satellite campus. GCU has the right to purchase 100 acres at Eastmark with an option to add up to 60 additional acres for future expansion.

>> USA Place, LLC, has been selected to develop a new 330-room Omni Hotel and 30,000 SF conference center on a 10.5-acre site located at the SEC of Mill Avenue and University Drive in Tempe, subject to Tempe City Council and Arizona Board of Regents final approval of development agreements. In addition to the hotel and conference center, the $350M mixed-use development will include a new national headquarters and training center for USA Basketball, a 4,500-seat event center, 500 luxury apartments, 160,000 SF of retail and up to 200,000 SF of office space, including the new home for Arizona Interscholastic Association events.

The crowning jewel of the two-day development splash was announced this morning at the Carson Center on the ASU campus. Marina Heights is a 20-acre, mixed-use development that will include five office buildings leased by State Farm, retail amenities and a 10-acre plaza to be constructed over the next four years.

The 2 MSF project, considered the “largest office deal in Arizona history,” will be constructed on ASU land and developed by Sunbelt Holdings and Ryan Companies, US, Inc. Speakers included Gov. Jan Brewer, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, State Farm Senior Vice President Mary Crego, ASU President Dr. Michael Crow, Sunbelt Holdings CEO and President John Graham, and Ryan Companies, US, Inc. CEO and President Pat Ryan and Southwest Regional President John Strittmatter.

“We are so proud to be a part of the team that is bringing this major corporate project and thousands of new jobs to Tempe. With the completion of this transit-oriented development, the vision for Tempe Town Lake will be realized,” Graham said.

Ryan Companies begins construction this month. The 20-acre mixed-use development will include five office buildings leased by State Farm, retail amenities and a 10-acre plaza that will be constructed over the next four years. The first 370,000 SF building is expected to be complete by mid-2015.

“Along with our design/build partner DAVIS, we are thrilled to unveil the renderings and design of this new campus today,” Strittmatter said. “We look forward to celebrating many more construction milestones over the next four years.”

Marina Heights is adjacent to ASU Sun Devil Stadium and ASU’s Athletic Facilities District.

“The groundbreaking demonstrates our partnership with State Farm who shares our strong commitment to education and the development of future generations. We look forward to opportunities to expand this partnership in new areas as advances in innovation and information technology provide opportunities for future programs,”  Crow said.

The new facility will provide claims, service and sales support to State Farm customers. Once completed, State Farm will have capacity for up to 8,000 employees in Metro Phoenix.

“We are pleased to be part of this collaborative project as we expand to a multi-functional facility in Tempe,” Crego said. “This is one of many changes to position State Farm to meet the evolving needs of our customers and better serve communities across North America.”

“We are proud State Farm has chosen Tempe for this major employment center,” Mayor Mitchell said. “This corporate expansion will be the catalyst for attracting thousands of jobs and even more quality development around Tempe Town Lake. We look forward to welcoming State Farm employees into our community and hope that Tempe will be their city of choice to live, work and play.”

“Arizona has cultivated one of the premier business climates in the nation, and companies are taking notice,” Gov. Brewer said. “I thank State Farm and its development partners for recognizing everything our state has to offer. This project is great news for the Arizona economy, and testament to our pro-growth principles and highly-skilled workforce.”

Award-winning architectural design firm DAVIS completed the design portion of the Marina Heights project, the single largest office development deal in Arizona history. It will include five buildings, ranging in size from 6 to 16 stories and spanning 20 acres along Tempe Town Lake.

The multi-building design will offer retail amenities including coffee shops, restaurants and fitness facilities. The site will also feature a 10-acre lakeside plaza, which will be open to the public. Designed to complement the Tempe skyline, the complex will be an iconic landmark developed with a visionary concept that is minimalist, elegant and functional.

“We presented a bold vision for Marina Heights and State Farm: Five glass and stainless steel tower monoliths that will shimmer in the desert sun — cubist cloud towers floating above the lakefront,” said Principal Architect and project designer, Richard Drinkwater, AIA.

“The towers are minimalist with pristine, prismatic forms sculpted with deep insets and terraces strategically incised to create interlocking volumes. Tower heights are differentiated for skyline effect and are covered entirely in clear, reflective and fritted glass and stainless steel, reflecting and refracting the environment. This presents unique, ever changing views of the building as one’s vantage point changes. The design also includes a richly landscaped urban plaza, framed by metal podium structures, that engages the lake and park.”

USA Place

Principals of USA Place, LLC, include Susan Eastridge, CEO of Concord Eastridge; Michael Hallmark, principal of Future Cities; and Robert Harris, CEO of Harris Sports & Entertainment.

At a board meeting on July 25, USA Basketball’s Board of Directors approved the move to Tempe and USA Place as the home of its new national headquarters and training center.

The location, described by the developers as one of the most important urban sites in the Southwest, is adjacent to ASU’s main campus and Tempe’s Mill Avenue District, a short walk to light rail stations and minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The mixed-use plan created by Future Cities emphasizes walkable urban neighborhoods with four- and five-story residential units above retail shops, restaurants and services. Parking is designed to be primarily below grade and in one parking structure at the corner of 10th Street and Myrtle.

The full-service Omni Hotel will be Tempe’s first four-diamond hotel. With 58 distinctive luxury hotels and resorts across North America, Omni Hotels & Resorts is recognized as a market leader for group and transient business as well as with leisure travelers. The adjacent 30,000 SF conference center will feature a grand ballroom capable of seating 1,000 for dining, a junior ballroom and meeting space.

The site’s other major anchor will be USA Basketball, which will relocate its national headquarters and training center to USA Place in the fall of 2015. Currently based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball serves as the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the U.S.

It is officially recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as being solely responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, including the Olympics and World Championships.

Led by Chairman Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball’s programming for men and women includes U16 (16 years old and under), U17, U18, U19 and the national teams. USA Basketball also features national teams for 3×3 competitions, and a youth development program which provides kids, parents and coaches with instructional and educational resources. USA teams are the reigning men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics and currently rank No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world ranking categories, including men, women, boys and girls.

A new multi-court event center, with seating up to 4,500, will serve as the training site for USA Basketball primarily in the summer months and for regional youth and adult recreational and competitive athletics programming the rest of the year. A third USA Place development partner, former Phoenix Suns V.P. Robert Harris, will manage the facility and create original programming for the center including tournaments, camps, leagues and clinics.

“This is an exciting and an incredible opportunity that offers nothing but positives for USA Basketball,” Colangelo said. “USA Place will offer USA Basketball an excellent site for the development of its office headquarters, a training center and event center that will provide the organization with a first-class site for hosting junior level events and will allow USA Basketball to continue to evolve.”

“The new USA Basketball headquarters and training center will be first-class, state of art facilities, something I know we will be very proud of.”

In addition to USA Basketball, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will also host programming at the event center, which will include post season state high school tournaments for boys and girls basketball, volleyball, wrestling, badminton and spiritline. High schools will also have an opportunity to participate in regular season “Games-of-the-Week” there. AIA is the primary governing body for high school athletics in Arizona.

The AIA’s Chuck Schmidt said he believes the move will create more opportunity for high school programs.

“We’re very excited to have a permanent home where we can host our events. Being able to share a home court with USA Basketball will be a remarkable experience for our kids,” he said.

Omni executives recognize the Tempe site and development concept as important to Omni’s brand.

“USA Place is our first property development in the Valley, which is important to our brand development strategy as well as for our guests,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “The complex presents Tempe with great synergistic opportunities, and we are committed to ensuring that the Omni Tempe Hotel, and our team, is engaged Tempe community, Greater Phoenix region and state.”

The site is located next to ASU’s Tempe campus on land owned by ASU. USA Place, LLC, is entering into a long-term ground lease with a base term of 99 years. ASU and the City of Tempe have formed a partnership to support the creation of the conference center and as a result, the conference center will revert to public ownership after twenty years.

Construction of the project is planned to begin by year-end with the hotel, conference center, event center and first phase of residential, retail and office scheduled to open during the second half of 2015.

GCU at Eastmark

Other sites considered for the new GCU campus were Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Tempe.

“In selecting the Eastmark site, we were especially impressed with the integrated community concept DMB is creating,” said Brian Mueller, president and CEO of GCU.

“This environment will give our students, faculty and staff an exciting place to learn, work and play while being an integral part of the East Valley community. We believe our presence will benefit the entire region by providing the option of a low-cost, high-quality Christian education to all its residents,” Mueller said.

DMB’s Eastmark community will be situated on 3,200 acres in the center of the Gateway region in Mesa, just minutes from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

“We are thrilled to be the future home of GCU, its faculty, students and staff,” said Charley Freericks, president of DMB. “DMB communities feature a focus on lifelong learning and GCU’s unique model for post-secondary education will bring a wealth of learning opportunities to Eastmark and to all of the East Valley.”

Construction of the new campus is expected to begin in 2014, with a prospective opening date in 2015. The university’s plan is to purchase up to 160 acres located east of Ellsworth Rd. and Point 22 Blvd. The 7-year build-out of the campus will include offices and administration space, classrooms, labs, library, a student union, student dorms, recreational fields and parking.

“The East Valley, and specifically Mesa’s Gateway area, is emerging as a destination for high-quality higher education. We are honored to welcome Grand Canyon University to Mesa, Arizona’s newest college town,” said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

Until the opening of the new campus, the GCU team will have a space in Eastmark’s visitors and community center this coming year for prospective students to come and learn more about the school as well as the new campus.

So that they can begin offering classes in the fall of 2014, the university is looking into leasing space in the Eastmark area. When the campus opens in 2015, those students would then transfer to the new location.


Deep Roots: Q&A with Molly Ryan Carson

Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 11.56.45 AMMolly Ryan Carson looks as comfortable professionally dressed, networking with clients, as she does donning a T-shirt, baseball cap and sweat pants volunteering her time for a community project.
She is active in several industry groups, including Valley Partnership, ULI and ICSC; sits on various boards, and is adept with a shovel or paint brush.
With more than a decade of experience as a developer and property manager, Carson (her married name) is the face in the Valley of Ryan Companies U.S., a firm her great-grandfather, James Henry Ryan, founded in 1938 in Minneapolis.
As Vice President of Development, she is responsible for site selection and acquisition, municipal use permits and approvals, design and construction coordination, financial packaging and
lease or sale negotiation. As Ryan Companies celebrates its 75th anniversary — almost two decades in Arizona — Molly Ryan Carson shared her thoughts with AZRE magazine.

Q: As a part of the Ryan namesake, how important is that sense of family pride?

A: I am extremely proud to be a Ryan, but equally proud to be a part of the Ryan Companies family. Both allow and expect a great deal from you, but the reward of being part of something much bigger than yourself is far worth it.

Q: Do you feel a bit of pressure carrying on the family name?

A: The last name comes with an added sense of pressure, but a great kind of pressure. The founders of this company created a culture of doing the right thing and that is what we all strive to do each and every day.

Q: You are very visible in Valley commercial real estate circles, including networking events and philanthropic projects. I assume that’s also a great sense of pride?

A: Absolutely. I find it to be a privilege as well as a responsibility to become involved in your greater community. We are very fortunate to live in a world that allows us many freedoms and opportunities. With those benefits comes a responsibility to make this world a better place for all.

Q: How do you successfully balance work and family?

A: I am laughing at the question. Balance is the key word. I asked my dad this very same question about eight years ago, after a particularly rough day — we all have them — where you feel like you’ve failed in every aspect. He smiled and said, “It’s balancing marbles on a plate. There will certainly be things that move around, just make sure the big marbles stay on. And ask for help when you need it.”

Q: What are your recollections of growing up in the Ryan family?

A: I feel very blessed growing up with the family I have. Our home was one of support, love, faith, laughter, fun and hard work. We spent a great deal of time together as a family — lots of family nights, family trips, etc.  We ate dinner together nearly every night (only excuse to miss were sport commitments), which is a rule in our family now. I am the oldest of eight, so I don’t have many quiet memories. My parents worked to instill a strong set of values within us: love each other, love God and always do the right thing. Share your blessings, ask for help when you need it, work hard, play hard. Your family will always be there for you. We have a great loving support system as a result. I can only hope my children feel the same when they are asked this question someday.

Q: How long has the Valley been your home?

A: Me, my husband Mike, and our three kids, Trinity (9), Marley (7) and Seamus (4), have called the Valley our home for three years. Moving from Minneapolis, Phoenix was quite a change, with almost the exact opposite climate. We have found many wonderful people in this community. From a business standpoint, opportunities seem endless, if you are willing to work hard for them. I have met a great deal of smart, talented individuals within the industry who want to see Arizona grow and thrive as much as I do.

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Ryan Companies: "Building Lasting Relationships"

For 75 years, Ryan Companies U.S., Inc. has been “building lasting relationships,” as the company motto proclaims.
The Phoenix office, a year shy of celebrating two decades in Arizona, has made its own footprint on the state’s development landscape, building its own lasting relationships.
Ryan opened shop in Phoenix in 1994 to coordinate the construction of Target stores throughout the state. It is now a diverse company with approximately 80 employees in Arizona and services that include construction, development and property management. The Phoenix office is led by President/Southwest John Strittmatter, and Vice President of Development Molly Ryan Carson, whose great-grandfather, James Henry Ryan, founded the company in 1938 in Minneapolis.
“Providing great customer service to our clients is the key to Ryan Companies,” says Todd Holzer, a Ryan vice president. “Everyone in the company, no matter what level you might be, lives by the company motto and puts a priority on maintaining relationships. By being a fully integrated company that can develop, build and manage commercial real estate for both ourselves and our clients, we have the flexibility and expertise to touch real estate in many ways.
“We also give back to the community in many ways,” Holzer adds. “I have made it a core principal in my work at Ryan and in my personal life to commit my time and money to charitable and trade organizations.”
Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 11.51.16 AMRyan Companies has completed more than 18 MSF of development and construction projects over the past 19 years for customers such as Del Webb, KayBee Toys, NCS, Target, Honeywell, DMB, Dial Corp., Motorola, Edwards Jones, Maricopa County, the General Services Administration/FBI, Northern Arizona University, Avnet and UniSource.
“We have been doing business with Ryan Companies for about 10 years now and the relationship we have with them is exceptional,” says Robert Gracz, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for Avnet. “John Strittmatter is one of the most professional men of integrity I know in our industry. Most impressive about his team is how they exemplify John himself, everyone in Ryan I meet.
“They truly live and work by their tag line of building relationships,” Gracz adds. “It’s not about now, but more about the long-term relationship on how they operate. I can tell you that John has stood by every commitment and then some he or his team has ever committed to me, and I assure they were some difficult ones. Yet he stood there honorably honoring his commitments. There is no better way to build relationships than that … people you can trust.”
The Phoenix office also supports professional and industry organizations such as Valley Partnership, Arizona Builders’ Alliance, NAIOP, CoreNet, ULI and BOMA. Charitable work includes supporting local nonprofits such as the Arizona Science Center, Childhelp, Brophy College Prep, St. Francis Prep, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Arizona, the Phoenix Symphony and Valley of the Sun United Way.


While Ryan is unique in the diversity of services it provides, its construction group provides services on a diverse range of product types as well. The group can be characterized by versatility, flexibility and high performance. Ryan’s construction group provides preconstruction and construction services on product types including office, industrial, tenant improvements, mission critical, education, healthcare, hospitality, recreation/sports facilities and even roads/infrastructure.
“We have our core business sectors, but based on relationships, our clients take us into new areas,” says Steve Jordan, Director of Construction Services. “We have a versatile group of construction professionals with well-rounded talent to assist with design and to build fantastic projects. We enjoy having involvement from the early stages of the projects, to provide value and expertise through the process to achieve our clients’ objectives.
“Our construction professionals look forward to the challenges and diversity that different product types can bring,” Jordan adds. “Those challenges are multifaceted — whether it’s the complex engineering and detailed nature of a data center or the weather variations that can impact a tight schedule at NAU, our team always rises to the occasion to successful completion for our clients.”
Building lasting relationships also extends to the subcontractors with whom Ryan works. Otis Elevator Co. has been doing business with Ryan Companies in Arizona since it first entered the market. More notably, Otis Elevator and Ryan Companies together built the Phelps Dodge Tower (One North Central) and the UniSource Headquarters in Tucson.
“Ryan Companies is one of the most professional and long standing developers/property managers in this market,” says Brian Skoczylas, Territory Manager for Otis. “We share that kindred attitude and look forward to many more years of sharing the role of building Arizona.”

Property management

While Ryan’s more visible reputation centers around development/construction, its Real Estate Management group has quietly developed a solid niche in the marketplace. More than 83% of Ryan’s REM business is non-Ryan owned that it manages for third party clients such as Mitsubishi Estate of New York, ASB Capital Management, Artis REIT, Fort Properties, UniSource and Behringer-Harvard.
“Our client relationships are long term, many in excess of 10 to 15 years, which have consistently resulted in expanded opportunities across the country for all of the Ryan disciplines,” says Anna Riley, Regional Director of Management. “Our approach to real estate management is organizationally and culturally comprehensive. Our managers are influenced by our internal areas of expertise through their involvement in development, design and construction processes, thereby allowing them a broader perspective as REM takes on the responsibilities of operations, lease up and financial management.
“We oversee the typical industry day-to-day operations. However, our expanded approach is to assess and identify opportunities and to drive the enhancement of asset value. Ryan REM has developed effective strategies for providing asset level intelligence at the pre-acquisition and through the ownership phases with operational due-diligence inspections, transition planning, repositioning, rebranding and lease up coordination. Our management teams align closely with our clients in understanding their investment objectives and we truly partner in achieving them.”
Ryan is culturally committed to building lasting relationships — it isn’t just a tagline, Riley says.
“It is demonstrated in our focus on the development of our people, our overt outreach into our communities and our loyalty to our clients, brokers and service providers,” she says. “When I joined Ryan more than 7 years ago, my role was to run a management business. As I began to experience the Ryan culture, my increased sensitivity to the relationship role and its responsibilities have shaped me both personally and professionally.
“I value the opportunities that I have to mentor my group, to effect results for our clients and to conduct business in a fashion that is responsible to our communities. Ryan’s culture has been a great fit.”
The same holds true for the property management subcontractors.
“Our relationship with Ryan Companies is built on mutual respect with a common goal,” says Mischelle Arreca, Director of Business Development for Caretaker Landscape. “We share in our commitment to create sustainable environments that are both cost effective and aesthetically pleasing.
“We partner to insure they have efficient outdoor water use, healthy and vibrant plants, properly maintained plant material and a budget-conscious future landscape plan. We value our relationship with Ryan Companies because they value their partners.”

Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival

Tempe lands state’s largest office development deal

The City of Tempe announced today that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings will develop a site owned by Arizona State University adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, subject to City Council approval of development agreement details in the coming month.

State Farm will lease office space and anchor the multi-use development.

“We are thrilled that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings have been selected to co-develop and construct the State Farm regional hub,” said John Strittmatter, President of Ryan Companies US, Inc., Southwest Division.

“With retail and recreational amenities on site for State Farm employees and the entire community to enjoy, Marina Heights will become an important icon of the Tempe Town Lake landscape and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Marina Heights project in Tempe will be the largest office development deal in Arizona history, with more than 2 MSF to be constructed on more than 20 acres. Construction costs are estimated at $600M. Additionally, 40,000 SF to 60,000 SF of retail amenities will complement the transit-oriented development, including food service, coffee shops, restaurants, business services, and fitness facilities.

The site will also feature an approximately 10-acre lakeside plaza, which will be open to the public.

“This is a proud day for Tempe and everyone involved. We are tremendously excited about what the addition of State Farm will mean to our community over the decades to come,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “These employees, buildings, and amenities will further contribute to and showcase the vibrancy of Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, and Arizona State University, and serve as a catalyst for more high-quality development.”

“We are thrilled that State Farm will be expanding in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “The jobs that will be created to make this project a reality will be a tremendous boon to our economy. This is a great example of how our plan to build an Arizona that is attractive to high value employers is hitting the mark.”

The five-building campus will be leased by State Farm and become a hub to include a combination of new hires and existing employees who will provide claims, service, and sales support to State Farm customers.

“State Farm selected Tempe because it has a growing population with skill sets that match our customers’ needs,” said Mary Crego, Senior Vice President, State Farm. “The site along Tempe Town Lake gives our employees access to nearby amenities as well as easy connections to public transportation.”

“We look forward to having State Farm as a neighbor and to working with the company on a variety of programs including employee recruitment and academic programs for their staff,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“State Farm’s decision to lease the land owned by the university immediately adjacent to the ASU Athletic Facilities District is the first major step in the campaign to fund new and renovated sports facilities for the university. The Athletic Facilities District will be home to an exciting mixed-use development reflecting high quality and the best practices of sustainability. A high stature tenant such as State Farm will add to the luster of the district and validates its attractiveness.”

The project is being developed by Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings. Tempe-based architectural firm DAVIS designed the project.

Tempe Town Lake July 4th Festival

Tempe lands state's largest office development deal

The City of Tempe announced today that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings will develop a site owned by Arizona State University adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, subject to City Council approval of development agreement details in the coming month.

State Farm will lease office space and anchor the multi-use development.

“We are thrilled that Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings have been selected to co-develop and construct the State Farm regional hub,” said John Strittmatter, President of Ryan Companies US, Inc., Southwest Division.

“With retail and recreational amenities on site for State Farm employees and the entire community to enjoy, Marina Heights will become an important icon of the Tempe Town Lake landscape and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Marina Heights project in Tempe will be the largest office development deal in Arizona history, with more than 2 MSF to be constructed on more than 20 acres. Construction costs are estimated at $600M. Additionally, 40,000 SF to 60,000 SF of retail amenities will complement the transit-oriented development, including food service, coffee shops, restaurants, business services, and fitness facilities.

The site will also feature an approximately 10-acre lakeside plaza, which will be open to the public.

“This is a proud day for Tempe and everyone involved. We are tremendously excited about what the addition of State Farm will mean to our community over the decades to come,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “These employees, buildings, and amenities will further contribute to and showcase the vibrancy of Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue, and Arizona State University, and serve as a catalyst for more high-quality development.”

“We are thrilled that State Farm will be expanding in Arizona,” said Gov. Jan Brewer. “The jobs that will be created to make this project a reality will be a tremendous boon to our economy. This is a great example of how our plan to build an Arizona that is attractive to high value employers is hitting the mark.”

The five-building campus will be leased by State Farm and become a hub to include a combination of new hires and existing employees who will provide claims, service, and sales support to State Farm customers.

“State Farm selected Tempe because it has a growing population with skill sets that match our customers’ needs,” said Mary Crego, Senior Vice President, State Farm. “The site along Tempe Town Lake gives our employees access to nearby amenities as well as easy connections to public transportation.”

“We look forward to having State Farm as a neighbor and to working with the company on a variety of programs including employee recruitment and academic programs for their staff,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“State Farm’s decision to lease the land owned by the university immediately adjacent to the ASU Athletic Facilities District is the first major step in the campaign to fund new and renovated sports facilities for the university. The Athletic Facilities District will be home to an exciting mixed-use development reflecting high quality and the best practices of sustainability. A high stature tenant such as State Farm will add to the luster of the district and validates its attractiveness.”

The project is being developed by Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Sunbelt Holdings. Tempe-based architectural firm DAVIS designed the project.


Ryan Companies to Build $27M, 150,000 SF Global Technology Center in Tempe For GoDaddy


Ryan Companies US, Inc. is the developer, design builder and property manager, and PHArchitecture is the architect behind a $27M, 2-story, 150,000 SF technology center in Tempe for Web host GoDaddy.

The new building is part of expansion that is expected to generate hundreds of quality, new jobs for Arizona-based GoDaddy.

“This is an extremely important project for Ryan Companies because it continues and strengthens a long-standing business relationship with ASU Research Park and ASU Foundation, as well as begins a new business relationship with GoDaddy,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Ryan Construction Vice President of Development.

“We are proud to be a part of the continued business growth in Tempe.”

The leasing team will consist of  Mike Haenel, Jeff Wentworth and Andy Markham of Cassidy Turley (landlord broker) and Chuck Nixson of CBRE (tenant broker).

Joining Gov. Jan Brewer for the announcement at Arizona State University Research Park were GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, as well as officials with the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

The ceremony included Gov. Brewer and Irving “cementing” their footprints at the property – symbolizing the tech giant’s expanding footprint in the Valley. The new building is expected to open in 2014.

“GoDaddy is a true Arizona success story,” Gov. Brewer said. “It started with a handful of people and a dream. Now, GoDaddy is among the largest Valley employers. Year after year, it is ranked as one of the metro area’s ‘Best Places to Work,’ and GoDaddy has expanded each of the 16 years it has operated in our state.

“This is a great example of the type of company we had in mind when we championed legislation two years ago aimed at putting our economy on the right track. The hard work is paying off, and we are proud to have played a role in helping keep GoDaddy firmly-rooted in Arizona.”

The GoDaddy Global Technology Center will provide a creative new space for 1,300 employees, including engineers, developers and customer-care representatives. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month. GoDaddy currently employs more than 3,400 people worldwide, with a significant portion of the personnel based in Arizona.

“GoDaddy has worked hard to become the largest platform for small businesses around the world,” Irving said. “GoDaddy is changing people’s lives by helping people turn their dreams and ideas into real businesses — and this new facility is a key piece to making that happen. This location in the heart of the ASU Research Park is a sweet spot; it’s in the hub of the state’s technology corridor and gives us the space we need for the years ahead.”

“Tempe is thrilled to welcome Go Daddy and its talented employees to our community,”  Mayor Mitchell said. “They are a great fit for our community, where 20% of all jobs are in the technology sector. Tempe is known as a smart, fun and thriving city, and we are happy to welcome Go Daddy into that mix. We are looking forward to being great partners now and in the future.”

“The ASU Research Park is the perfect location for companies to align with our large number of faculty members at one of the world’s leading research universities,” said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO Morgan R. Olsen.

“Collaboration with the ASU Research Park companies offers students the chance to enhance their education and gain skills that can result in jobs for them post-graduation. The ASU Research Park currently houses more than 47 companies and employs 4,600 people. We welcome GoDaddy to our community and believe their presence will be beneficial for all.”


office - hayden ferry lakeside - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012

Office Tower: Hayden Ferry Lakeside Phase III

Hayden Ferry Lakeside Phase III

Developer: Ryan Companies US, Inc.
General Contractor: Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Architect: DAVIS
Broker: CBRE
Location: NEC Mill, Ave., and Rio Salado Parkway,
Size: 250,000 SF
The final phase of Hayden Ferry Lakeside will be a 10-story, Class A office tower in Tempe. The building design will maintain the same nautical theme as its predecessors, Hayden Ferry Lakeside I and II. It will be the first high-rise to break ground in Downtown Tempe since 2007. Construction is expected to begin in 4Q 2012.

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Valley Partnership

Valley Partnership: Partners 2012

Six partners tell why they chose to be involved with Valley Partnership and why they stay.

Markham Contracting

mike markham - markham contracting - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012Mike Markham Jr., vice president and chief operating officer at Markham Contracting, isn’t involved in many trade organizations.

“But I’ve chosen to stay in Valley Partnership because of the value it brings,” Markham says. “It goes beyond just the business connections, it’s about to the community service we do. That’s why we stay involved — Valley Partnership is moving forward and trying to be influential in the Phoenix area while remembering it’s important to give back to the community.”

The fifth-generation Arizonan established membership with Valley Partnership through the community project committee. Eight years later, he’s still involved with both Valley Partnership and the committee, which manages annual donations to local nonprofits to enhance facilities for children and those in need.

Markham began working in the construction industry in 1995, receiving his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Arizona State University in 1999. After several years at another company, he went to work for his father’s business, Markham Contracting, in 2001.

“We’re a family business my father started in 1977, so I grew up around Markham Contracting,” he says. “My dad founded it, and now we’re moving into our second generation — my sister and I are taking over the day-to-day operations, transitioning to the second generation.” 68 | May-June 2012

Sunbelt Holdings

heidi kimball - sunbelt holdings - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012Heidi Kimball, vice president and designated broker at Sunbelt Holdings, exemplifies the American Dream. She started working at the commercial real estate firm in 1982 as the receptionist, and worked her way up through decades of loyalty and dedication.

Kimball became involved with Valley Partnership in 1994, first participating in the state legislation committee. Her first year on the Board of Directors was in 1998, and, after several terms, she served as Valley Partnership president in 2002. Still active in the organization, she foresees Valley Partnership will continue its work as a channel between the public and private sectors.

“I think V.P. will carry on as the single point of contact for parties seeking resolution of a variety of development issues,” she says. “From a public policy standpoints, we provide the resources, the contact to the development community, as well as a bridge to municipalities and government to the citizens through village planning committees and neighborhood associations.”

Kimball, who says she’s proud to see more women entering the construction industry and earning leadership roles, notes that Valley Partnership’s diversity serves in its favor.

“I think Valley Partnership serves a unique role in being able to speak to, really, all sides of an issue by virtue of our diverse membership,” Kimball says. “We can address governmental, citizen and developmental concerns.”


jeff chaves - abacus-abengoa - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012Jeff Chaves joined Valley Partnership four years ago because he shares common values with the organization — action and advancement.

“Valley Partnership has a very strong reputation for being the premier advocacy group in the Valley of the Sun, and I wanted to be part of that,” Chaves says.

Chaves spent the first 15 years of his career as a consulting hydrogeologist, and then ventured into business development with civil engineering firm Olsson Associates. After serving as director of business development at Kitchell, he accepted a position at Abacus-Abengoa as market sector leader and where he currently serves in a consulting and advisory capacity. Abacus-Abengoa is an international company applying innovative technology solutions for sustainable development.

The father of four, baseball coach and California native serves as a member of Valley Partnership’s Board of Directors. Chaves was enthusiastic when asked to join the board last year because Valley Partnership’s impact is a tangible, influential force, he says.

“When you look back 25 years ago, when Valley Partnership first started and industry professionals were trying to get an audience with legislators, for example, it was difficult,” Chaves says. “Now, they come to us. That, as much as anything, is a good indication of the powerful impact of Valley Partnership in the Valley.”

Chaves foresees real estate developers will emphasize sustainability in the future, both economic and environmental. Valley Partnership, he says, will remain a pivotal player in Arizona.

City of Phoenix

debra stark - city of phoenix - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012Debra Stark, planning director for the City of Phoenix, joined Valley Partnership in the mid-1990s when the organization was first forming and establishing professional ties throughout the Valley. She was working for Maricopa County at the time and recalls being pleasantly surprised when Valley Partnership representatives appeared at the county’s Department of Transportation meeting, hoping to collaborate.

“I thought, ‘That’s refreshing!’ ” Stark recalls. “They want to partner with us instead of us writing some legislation or ordinance and then them reacting negatively, and it’s better to partner than continue to fight. The next thing you know, I was drawn into the organization.”

Stark, who earned her master’s in planning from Arizona State, is on the city/county committee. The Wisconsin native says she’s remained loyal to the organization for so many years because of Valley Partnership’s tangible, constructive impact on the Valley.

“Valley Partnership brings a reputation of quality, and I think any Arizonan wants a quality city, so this organization knows how to reach out and promote that level of excellence,” Stark says. “They’re a voice in Arizona; they’re certainly a voice in Maricopa County and Phoenix, and they get involved for the right reasons, and that’s to improve the quality of life.”


dick crowley - kitchell - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012After graduating from the University of New Haven with a degree in civil engineering, Dick Crowley entered the general contracting industry in 1980. Deciding he found his niche, he stuck with the field. “I’ve been involved in projects in 20 states, including retail, commercial, healthcare, parking structures — a vast array of various projects,” he says.

Crowley has since spent his entire career in commercial construction, both in operational functions and in marketing and development. Crowley is eight years into a flourishing career at Kitchell, an employee-owned construction, real estate and contracting company operating primarily in the Southwest, where he serves as vice president of marketing.

Crowley is also an avid pilot, father to 4-year-old Grace, and a strong believer in sustainable expansion. He joined Valley Partnership two years ago.

“Both Kitchell and myself, personally, have a vested interest in our community, particularly in Maricopa County,” Crowley says. “Valley Partnership really has become the premier advocacy group for real estate development, and as such it has created an opportunity for its members to have unique access to the policy makers that influence development in our community.”

Crowley serves on the sponsorship and events committees, and particularly enjoys Valley Partnership’s Friday breakfasts. “There’s a networking function that people enjoy, but what keeps people coming back is that education component where they learn something.”

Ryan Companies US, Inc.

molly ryan-carson - ryan companies us - AZRE Magazine May/June 2012Molly Ryan-Carson is a legacy at Ryan Companies US, Inc., a national developer and commercial real estate firm. Her grandfather founded the company in 1938, blazing a trail for a family business that would eventually span three generations.

Ryan-Carson has been with Ryan Companies for 11 years. She served as retail development director for eight years, then earned a promotion to vice president of development in 2010.

She joined Valley Partnership at the recommendation of a colleague two years ago, when the commercial real estate market wasn’t exactly prospering.

“Though the last two years have been no picnic, it’s been very interesting to see Valley Partnership focus to maintain relevance and importance for individuals who are now looking for jobs, thereby strengthening the community,” Ryan-Carson says. “They really put their money where their mouth is, and they work hard to achieve important goals. Both myself and Ryan Companies are certainly active supporters; we believe in V.P.”

Ryan-Carson sits on Valley Partnership’s Board of Directors, where she says she’s established relationships and connections that have positively impacted her career. She also serves on the events committee and often frequents the Friday morning breakfasts.

“I remain involved because I feel Valley Partnership is out to make a difference for individuals at every level of commercial real estate and development,” she says.

For more information about Valley Partnership, visit their website at valleypartnership.org

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