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Environmental Excellence Awards honor state’s best


The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP. The project is the first Made in America streetcar in nearly 60 years. Arizona Forward celebrated its 35th milestone anniversary of this historic program, in addition to the competition’s… Read More →

Project News: May 2015-June 2015


UP AND UP Sundt Construction has been selected as the construction manager at risk for Tucson Airport’s terminal upgrade beginning in late 2015. The construction budget is between $18M and $23M. Chandler gets its wings Chandler approved a 50-year ground lease with WingSpan Aviation Center at Chandler Municipal Airport. The first phase of the project… Read More →

Mike Medici moves to SmithGroupJJR’s corporate leadership team


Michael L. Medici, AIA, Russell P. Sykes, PE and Troy D. Thompson, AIA will assume managing partner roles for SmithGroupJJR effective May 18, 2015 upon their election by the Board of Directors. The three promotions represent an internal succession process started six years ago, and marks the continued evolution of the culture and organization of… Read More →

SmithGroupJJR gets new health studio leader

by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

SmithGroupJJR, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, has promoted Craig Passey, AIA, to leader of the Health Studio at its Phoenix office. He succeeds Mark Patterson, who recently was elevated to become the firm’s international Health Practice leader. Passey has over 20 years of experience in architectural planning and design and is recognized for his… Read More →

Ground breaks on Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial

AZ Fallen Firefighter Memorial

On March 6, ground will break on the first statewide memorial dedicated to the courage and memory of Arizona firefighters and paramedics who gave their lives in service of others.  To date, 105 firefighters and paramedics have lost their lives in Arizona since 1902. Two Arizona sculptors – Rusty Bowers from Mesa and Paul Olesniewicz… Read More →

RED Awards 2015: Best Office Project

2015 RED Award logo
by in AZRE Magazine | Blogs | Events

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… Read More →

AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists


Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards. For tickets to this year’s… Read More →

Scott Kreitlein joins SmithGroupJJR

Scott Kreitlan, SmithGroupJJR
by in Architecture | AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

SmithGroupJJR has hired  Scott Kreitlein, AIA, LEED AP, as leader of the Science & Technology Studio at its Phoenix office. He joins SmithGroupJJR from HDR, Houston, where he was science & technology principal. Kreitlein, a 20-year architecture veteran, is recognized for his expertise in the design and planning of biocontainment and animal holding facilities, a… Read More →

SmithGroupJJR hires John Tran as Design Principal at Phoenix office

john tran
by in Architecture | AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

John Tran, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, has been hired as design principal at the Phoenix office of SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms. Tran joins the leadership team for the firm’s practice in Arizona and the southwest, while providing support to all SmithGroupJJR offices. An award-winning designer with 20+ years… Read More →

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community goes commercial


Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community may have one of the best-located pieces of commercial real estate in the Phoenix Metro. It owns a 9.5-mile long area, known as the Pima Corridor, parallel to the Loop 101, a beltway connected to nearly all area freeways. Of that commercially zoned stretch, 143 acres remain undeveloped. Many Valley… Read More →

Construction on Sagewood Senior Living Casitas Begin Due to Market Demand

Sagewood Casita Patio, WEB

Strong community sales and a recovering housing market has spurred the second phase of casitas now under construction at Sagewood, a Life Care Services community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services for senior living. The detached casitas range from 2,173 to 2,326 SF for a two bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath design offering a… Read More →

RED AWARDS 2014: Best Education Project

by in AZRE Magazine | Events

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… Read More →

Arizona Architects Honored at AIA Awards Gala Saturday

Estrella Hall

The American Institute of Architects Arizona Design Awards recognize excellence in design, planning and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in Arizona. The awards honor the highest standards of design in response to user requirements, site, context, climate and environment. Each entry, regardless… Read More →

Million Dollar Casitas Coming To Sagewood Due To Record Sales, Market Demand


  Record community sales and a strong recovering housing market have prompted Sagewood, a 278-residence Phoenix luxury retirement community featuring resort-like amenities and the Acacia Health Center, to build an additional 14 casitas soon to be under construction. Sales are now underway for the detached casitas ranging from 2,173 SF to 2,326 SF for a… Read More →