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Ryan Companies US, Inc. Earns LEED Gold Certification For FBI Phoenix Office

 

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Ryan Companies US, Inc. announced that the GSA FBI Phoenix Division Office Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification for new construction by the USGBC.

Completed in February 2012, the 225,000 SF facility sits on 12.2 acres at 21711 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. The FBI Phoenix Division building won the 2013 RED Award for Best Office Project.

“We are extremely proud to be involved in a project where, in addition to security, energy efficiency and sustainability were key design goals,” said John Strittmatter, President of Ryan’s Southwest region. “To be a part of the team that achieved this prestigious designation is an honor.”

In working toward LEED Gold certification, the design and construction team incorporated a variety of sustainable and energy-saving elements into the building. Some of these features include the use of energy efficient mechanical systems which provide a 30% reduction in energy usage over the current City of Phoenix building code requirements, and the use of low-water plumbing fixtures which achieve a 40% reduction in building water usage. In addition to energy- and water-efficient systems and fixtures, Ryan used Energy Savings Performance utility agreements to achieve, maintain, and/or exceed the ENERGY STAR benchmark.

Additional sustainable features include desert themed landscaping which was utilized across the entire site and will reduce landscape water usage by 50%. The use of desert cobble in lieu of 100% decomposed granite (DG) produced a more natural native desert appearance and reduced transportation costs by reducing the amount of material imported to the site.

Ryan developed and constructed the new, build-to-suit Class A office building for the GSA with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) serving as the anchor tenant. The FBI consolidated four of its Phoenix locations into the new building and, in doing so, increased cost savings and organizational efficiencies. The building was also named a “Design Excellence” project by the GSA, which recognizes excellence in public architecture, engineering and construction.

 

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Griffin Capital REIT Acquires Avnet Global Solutions Building For $32.5M

 

Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona announced the sale of 6700 W. Morales Place in Chandler, an industrial facility that houses Avnet Global Solutions. The purchase price was approximately $32.5M.

Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Christopher E. Toci represented the seller, Fort Properties of Los Angeles and procured the buyer, Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT of El Segundo, Calif.

The 222,086 SF building houses light assembly and integration processes for Avnet, one of the largest distributors of electronic components and technology. Avnet, Inc. is headquartered in Metro Phoenix and operates several facilities throughout the city.

The property was a build-to-suit project constructed by Ryan Companies US in 2008. Avnet signed a 10-year lease for the property at the time of the building’s completion. Ryan Companies sold the project to Fort Properties, Inc. of Los Angeles in July 2008.

Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, affiliated with Griffin Capital Corp., made the purchase with AVNET’s current lease extending until April 30, 2018.

“This has been a unique sale, involving investment complexities not typically experienced in simple transactions,” Toci said. “This involved converting multiple ownership shares into future investment vehicles, while certain shareholders liquidated with cash. Both entities benefited from this sale with Griffin acquiring a well-designed, newer building that houses a very committed, strong credit tenant.”

 

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Ryan Companies US, DAVIS to Deliver 3rd Tower To Hayden Ferry Lakeside

Ryan Companies US, Inc., will build and begin leasing the third office tower at Hayden Ferry Lakeside in Tempe, it was announced at a morning press conference near the site of the new project. DAVIS will handle architectural duties.

Ryan Companies will develop the 10-story, 250,000 SF, Class A office tower at the corner of Mill and Rio Salado Parkway. DAVIS designed the building in 2007 and has made several design enhancements to this gateway building. Officials expect the project to break ground in 4Q 2012.

“This upgraded, clean, slightly more contemporary design is the appropriate design to complete the project and leave it looking forward, well into the 21st century” said Mike Davis, founder and director of Design at DAVIS.

The land is owned by an entity affiliated with Sunbelt Holdings, which acquired the property from SunCor in 2010. The Sunbelt entity will sell the land to Ryan for the tower.

The building is the first commercial high rise to break ground in downtown Tempe since 2007. The timing of this building could not be better. Much of the office space in downtown Tempe is now leased, leaving fewer space options for large companies to locate.

“We are pleased to partner with Ryan Companies on the next office tower at Hayden Ferry Lakeside,” said John Graham of Sunbelt Holdings. “We believe the more than 900 jobs that will eventually be located there will serve to enhance demand for additional residential and commercial development on and around Tempe Town Lake.”

Hayden Ferry Lakeside was conceived in 1999 by SunCor Development as Town Lake’s first development. The project consisted of three office towers and four residential properties. During the past 13 years, SunCor completed two of the planned office towers and two condominium towers.

“Hayden Ferry Lakeside was the first mixed-use development in downtown Tempe and the first development to build here at Town Lake. It’s appropriate that once again, the development once again leads the high rise construction industry,” Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said. “We thank Sunbelt Holdings and Ryan Companies for their investment in our community and their commitment to Tempe Town Lake.”

The future Phase III office building serves as a gateway piece of the development. The building design maintains the same boat-shaped, nautical theme as its predecessors. It is upgraded with a clean and slightly more contemporary expression that compliments the existing office buildings.

Building finishes will incorporate the notable cobalt blue glass, aluminum panels and horizontal mullion expression of the window system. The landscape and hardscape materials will be consistent with what has already been established previously with the metaphoric stream, blue paving, completing the design as originally conceived.

“Staying ahead of the upcoming demand, Ryan recognizes the need for additional Class A office space in Tempe. With Tempe’s strong and plentiful workforce and the location of Hayden Ferry Lakeside, developing and constructing a third tower will provide an excellent home for companies looking to relocate to Tempe,” said John Strittmatter, president of Ryan Companies US, Inc. Southwest.

CBRE will be the brokerage firm, officials said.

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Best of the Best Awards 2011, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Best of the Best Awards 2011: Real Estate Commercial

Winner: CB Richard Ellis

CBRE, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011CB Richard Ellis has been serving clients in Arizona since 1952, growing to become a dominant player in the commercial real estate market. From landlord and tenant leasing to the acquisition and sale of all property types, the company has earned a reputation as a respected leader in the business community with its vast market knowledge and enduring culture of client service. CBRE believes that the truest measure of its success comes from providing superior service to its clients — delivered by knowledgeable, creative and tenured employees, many boasting more than 20 years in the marketplace. It is this dedication to teamwork and commitment to excellence that makes it possible to serve the diverse needs of clients.
Year Est: 1952  Brokers: 101
Principal(s):
Craig Henig (Arizona/Phoenix),
Tim Prouty (Tucson)
CBRE logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 20112415 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-735-5555
www.cbre.com/phoenix



Finalist: Ryan Companies US Inc.

Ryan Companies US, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Ryan Companies US Inc. is a 73-year-old family-owned business whose reputation for building high-quality projects and positive customer experiences has earned it repeat business with customers, subcontractors and business partners. Since opening its Southwest regional office in Phoenix in 1994, Ryan has developed and constructed more than 16 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space in Arizona. Its 80 employees are committed to exceeding expectations of customers that include UniSource Energy (Tucson Gas & Electric), W.L. Gore and Associates, The Musical Instrument Museum, Target, Avnet, AT&T, Humana, US Bank, ConocoPhillips, Taser International and more.


Year Est: 1994
Principal(s): J. Strittmatter, T. Holzer, M. Ryan Carson, C. Carefoot, A. Riley, M. McGowne, S. Jordan

Ryan logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

3900 E. Camelback Rd., #100
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-322-6100 www.ryancompanies.com



Finalist: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Adolphson & Peterson Construction, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Over the past 20 years, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) has been committed to building sustainable projects throughout the Southwest. A&P is an industry leader in delivering Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects and high performance green buildings. Going beyond green building, A&P takes into account the purpose of the projects it undertakes, the communities impacted by its operations and A&P’s own business practices. Sustainable is much more than building green. It defines A&P’s business practices with a LEED Gold office, hybrid vehicles in the fleet, in-house carbon reduction programs, and job-site recycling on all of its projects.
Year Est: 1946
AZ Staff: 66
Principal(s): Bryan Dunn, SVP
Adolfson Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 20115002 S. Ash Ave.,
Tempe, AZ 85282
480-345-8700
www.a-p.com


Arizona Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Todd Holzer, NAIOP-AZ - AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

NAIOP-AZ Chairman Todd Holzer Provides Leadership At Crucial Time

After more than a quarter century in commercial real estate, Todd Holzer, chairman of NAIOP-AZ, has been witness to many industry ups and downs.

Holzer began his career with Opus Southwest in Phoenix and San Diego. After 12 years at Opus, he moved on to DeRito Partners, where he spent eight years developing retail projects. Now in his sixth year at Ryan Companies US Inc., specializing in office and industrial projects and overall marketing for its Southwest regional operation, Holzer says market conditions in Arizona make for some intriguing times.

“Two things that I find interesting about our local market: First, the volatility of the Metro Phoenix market has to be among the greatest of all major U.S. markets,” Holzer says. “It seems that in my career, the overall market conditions for office and industrial have either been on fire or in the dumps. There are days I wish we were a little more steady, like some other Ryan offices in the Midwest. The feast-or-famine scenario we have can be an emotional and economic roller coaster for those in the business.

“Secondly, and again unfortunately, I always think about what could have been a very cool, relevant Downtown Phoenix. Despite some good vision out of the City of Phoenix political leaders, we are still a metro area that has grown outward with sprawl. I wonder if true urbanism can happen here. Most people live here to take advantage of activities that are suburban in nature: golf, hiking and other outdoor activities that don’t occur in a downtown setting.”

Holzer takes the reins at NAIOP-AZ during rocky economic times, but he says he is up to the challenge. When he started at Opus, he joined NAIOP-AZ mainly for networking purposes.

“When I moved into retail development, I spent more time and energy in other organizations such as ICSC, Valley Partnership and ULI,” he says. “But when I came to Ryan with an office and industrial focus, I decided that I needed to get back into NAIOP and take on a leadership role.”

Holzer has been on NAIOP’s local board of directors for five years and on the national board for three. After about two years on the local board, he was asked to take on the time and challenge of training for his eventual role as chairman.

“I have served under a few visionary and hard-working chairmen that have given me the experience to run the local chapter in what are very challenging times,” he says.

Holzer is not one to dwell on the negative. Instead, he says focus should be put on the quality of projects being built today, including NAIOP-member LEED certification initiatives.

“I take my hat off to some developers in our market that build with quality and with vision,” he says. “RED Development building CityScape and SunCor building Hayden Ferry are great projects that went to a level that most developers would not go.

“In my opinion, there has not been an increase in the quality of office projects over the last 15 to 20 years. The granite exterior projects built in the ’80s and early ’90s have stood the test of time. Most developers don’t build true quality because they are building to the level requested by the tenant and user market, and tenant and user groups have been fixed upon cost rather than quality and amenities.

“On the other hand, industrial projects have been built in the last cycle to a much higher standard of function than in the past.”

Among those higher standards is building to LEED specifications and the move toward more energy-efficient projects. Nationally, Holzer says, NAIOP has become fully engaged in LEED initiatives by having educational events tied around the green movement, with the major event being an annual conference dedicated to energy-efficient development. Phoenix hosted the conference a few years ago.

“Locally, we are giving awards to the best energy efficient new development each year at our Best of NAIOP event,” he says.

Examples of recent projects, Holzer cites, are Liberty Property Trust and its Scottsdale building for Vanguard; Lincoln Property Company and the Arizona Game and Fish Department building; Ryan’s 3900 E. Camelback building; and Hines’ office building at 24th Street and Camelback. There also are numerous local municipal and higher-education projects that have been built to LEED standards.

For those in the commercial real estate industry preparing for the future, Holzer offers this advice:

“At the present time, our industry is going through a monumental change,” he says.

“Speculative development will not re-appear for approximately five years in the Valley, so new development will be way down and that side of the business will not be hiring. People and companies will need to reinvent themselves. Take your strengths and use them in different ways within our industry.

“We are still the fifth-largest city in the country and our role as a major place of commerce in the Western U.S. will continue to grow.”

Holzer predicts 2011 will be a sequel of 2009 and 2010; users and tenants are price sensitive and looking for deals.

“We are in a period where land, rents and construction costs are on sale,” he says. “Those with a long-term approach and sufficient funding can solve real estate needs at very attractive costs.”

Some of the biggest challenges Holzer sees in 2011 are lack of capital and nominal job growth. The industrial sector needs capital to be available to companies for expansion and purchasing of inventories and equipment, he says, and the office sector is tied to job creation.

“Unless we can get local and national job creation to pick up dramatically, high-vacancy rates and shadow space inventory will continue with us,” Holzer explains. “The main challenge facing most sectors of commercial real estate is the national political scene and the decisions coming out of Washington, D.C. There is too much uncertainty currently for small business owners to make real estate decisions.”

For more information about NAIOP-AZ and Todd Holzer, visit naiop-az.org.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

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Best Retail Project 2010

Scottsdale Quarter

Sustainable design elements were incorporated throughout Scottsdale Quarter. Unique challenges, such as phasing of the project around an operating laboratory and organizing the installation of building services to meet space requirements, were faced and overcome. One of Glimcher’s design goals was to create a “place” and not a “project,” therefore the architectural expression is organic in nature, complementing and creating diversity through a strong urban rhythm, form and materials. The architecture is complex, contemporary and clean, and the palette of materials is regional in nature.

Developer: Glimcher Development Corp.
Contractor:
Whiting-Turner Construction Company
Architect:
Nelsen Partners
Broker:
The Corritore Company: John Corritore
Size:
600,000 SF
Location:
15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Completed:
October 2009

Honorable Mention: Aspen Place at the Saw MillBest Retail Project 2010

Developer: The Aspen Group
Contractor:
Ryan Companies US Inc.
Architect:
DAVIS
Broker:
The Corritore Company: John Corritore
Size:
155,000 SF
Location:
320 S. Cambridge Ln., Flagstaff
Completed:
March 2009


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Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower, AZRE January/February 2010

Public: Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower


MARICOPA COUNTY DOWNTOWN COURT TOWER

Developer: Maricopa County
General contractor: Gilbane Building Co. & Ryan Companies US Inc.
Architect: Gould Evans + DMJM
Location:
101 W. Madison St., Phoenix
Size: 690,280 SF

The $259M court tower will house 32 courtrooms, with unique design elements that make it more efficient and user-friendly for the public. Construction on the 16-story tower began Nov. 2008, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 2011. Subcontractors so far include Dickens Quality Demolition, Code One Construction and Buesing Company.

AZRE January/February 2010
Musical Instrument Museum, AZRE January/February 2010

Public: Musical Instrument Museum


MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM

Developer: Musical Instrument Museum
General contractor: Ryan Companies US Inc
Architect: RSP Architects
Location:
 SWC Tatum & Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
Size: 190,000 SF on 20 acres

The $135M, 2-story development will house more than 5,000 musical instruments from around the world. Construction began in Feb. 2008 and finishes this February. Subcontractors include Arizona State Utilities, ISS Grounds Control, Riggs Contracting, Progressive Concrete, Sun Valley Masonry, Walters & Wolf, Torrent Resources and WD Manor Mechanical Contractors.

AZRE January/February 2010