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Scottsdale Living Magazine – FALL 2012

Fall 2012

Health | Beauty | Lifestyle
Lookin’ ‘Fall’bulous

It was just last year when I step foot into a completely unfamiliar world — where a mass of stunning socialites gathered, most donning couture from head to toe; where wine and various cocktails were consumed like water on a dry, summer day; where glamour was taken to a seemingly impossible new level.Here I stood at Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. And even in the haze and lights and within the swarm of attendees, one thing was made very clear: fashion is the backbone of Scottsdale; residents thrive off it.

And thus, an issue or two later, the Style section of Scottsdale Living was born.This issue’s Style section is one we’re particularly proud of. Partnering with an incredible team of people, we’re showcasing sophisticated, sleek and sexy fall attire, perfect for your next gala, cocktail hour or date night.

But, before you can look great in fall’s hottest fashions, how’s your skin looking after basking day after day in the summer sun? Sure, that tan of yours looks great now, especially while wearing those neon-hued bottoms and tops, but you may find yourself with sun-damaged skin in desperate need of care and hydration. Flip to page 6, and you’ll find tips from local experts on how to repair the harmful effects of tanning.

So, let’s make this fall the most fashionable, and healthy, one yet. And, yes, that includes your next camping trip with your girlfriends. Instead of roughin’ it, take a more luxurious approach with “glamping” on page 20.

Kristine Cannon,
Associate Editor

Home | Garden | Design
Breaking Down Barriers

Gossie Signature

Michael Gossie,
Editor in Chief

One of the things that I have always loved about owning my own home is having the ability — on a whim — to demolish a wall, ceiling or floor as needed to accommodate my need for more kitchen space, a basketball hoop or solid space for a treadmill.

So Joel Miller’s story on page 26 of this issue — “Home, Suite Home” — really resonated with me. Th e story talks about how many homeowners are basing their remodeling projects on hotel rooms they’ve stayed in or vacation spots they’ve visited when changing up their master bedrooms.

In the last house I owned in New York before moving to Arizona, there was a third-floor attic that was basically 1,000 square feet of wasted space. I decided to remodel it based on a room that I loved in a ski lodge I visited with friends in college. I completely gutted the whole floor, put a brick base in the center of what was becoming a 1,000-square-foot loft, and put a wood burning fireplace/stove and chimney on top of the brick base. That loft effect, combined with the fireplace in the middle of the room and the incredible views from the third-floor windows, turned that waste-of-space attic into the most romantic master bedroom you can imagine.

Just thinking about it makes me want to bust out another wall.

Take it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.

NiteFlite Gala 2011

NiteFlite Gala, Fundraiser To Benefit Local Children's Charities

The Scottsdale 20-30 Club is hosting its 23rd annual NiteFlite fundraiser on Oct. 12-13 and is expected to draw more than 2,800 attendees.

The semi-formal event takes place in two parts. Friday at 6 p.m. is a nine-hole nighttime golf tournament at Continental Golf Course, which has more than 300 registered players; and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. is a gala at Talking Stick Resort showcasing live music, a silent auction, a raffle and signature food dishes from restaurants throughout the Scottsdale area.

A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS), with the rest dispersed through an application process next May to local children’s charities, says Chris Karas, chairman of this year’s NiteFlite. Previous recipients have been Arizona Burns Foundation, Team Lifeline and Miracle League of Arizona.

In 2011, the NiteFlite golf tournament and gala raised nearly $340,000 for 16 charities, Karas says. The gala raised $60,602 for BGCGS, and 100 percent of the donations went to more than 100 youth development programs the club offers, says Andrea Omer, communications manager at the BGCGS.

NiteFlite offers attendees the chance to stroll down a red carpet mobbed with paparazzi, indulge in various beverages and cuisines, spend time in a cigar lounge, watch a vaudeville performance and listen to the local band, Elvis Before Noon.

A limited-entry after party keeps the night going with additional events and a performance by DJ Soleman from the Phunk Junkeez.

“It’s a memorable evening people won’t forget,” Karas says.

One of NiteFlite’s main attractions is various food dishes from restaurants around the Valley, including Sprinkles Cupcakes and Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort.

“We’re happy to help, and think it’s a good thing to be participating with,” says Sprinkles Cupcake Scottsdale General Manager Kristie Shy. Although she doesn’t know what this year’s design will be, “we’ll try to have a fun little decoration,” Shy says. Last year, Sprinkles Cupcakes made $1600 donation.

NiteFlite raises donations throughout the night in multiple ways, one of which is through silent auctions.

“There are a variety of [auctions] from small packages to exotic luxury vacations,” Karas says. Items auctioned off last year included sports memorabilia, spa packages and local and international vacations.

Tickets for NiteFlite cost $150, and VIP packages, which give early access to the after party, are available for sponsorship purchases.

“NiteFlite has become somewhat of a household name throughout Scottsdale and Arizona,” Karas says. “We are very thankful for all the participants that contributed, and because of their experience and the good cause we’re raising for, they tend to come back year after year.”

To learn more about NiteFlite and Scottsdale 20-30 Club, visit scottsdale2030.org/niteflite. For information about The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, visit bgcs.org.

Fall Fashion Shoot Behind the Scenes

Behind The Scenes: Fall Fashion Photo Shoot [PHOTOS]

Herve Leger, RED Valentino, Michael Kors and more — with such fabulous clothing, shoes and accessories from both Nordstrom and Astor & Black, Scottsdale Living teamed up with a fantastic group of people last Thursday, August 23, and camped out for the day at Talking Stick Resort’s Orange Sky for its Fall 2012 issue’s fall fashion photo shoot.

And the nearly two-month process paid off. The models from JANI Model Management, Michael, Trisha, Sheniece, Nemi, Michael and Nick, looked incredible in their respective outfits; the hairstylist and makeup artist, Randee Miller and Joanna Avillar for Mane Attraction Salon, respectively, stunningly transformed the models; Katie McEndoo of Astor & Black provided and styled the men into a seemingly Mad Men-inspired look; and Kira Brown complemented the dresses with fitting shoes and accessories — all from Nordstrom at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Not to mention the location was a beautiful backdrop to it all. The location, Orange Sky, couldn’t have been more perfect with its sleek, chic lounges and private dining areas; and let’s not forget about that view from its outdoor patio — especially during sunset.

Scottsdale Living would like to thank the team, including the photographers (Mike Mertes Cory Bergquist and Glory Shim) who captured the jaw-dropping images that will grace the pages of Scottsdale Living’s Fall 2012 issue.

Keep an eye out for it in October. We’re sure it will be difficult to miss on the stands at AJ’s and Bashas’ throughout the North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley area.


In the meantime, check out more of these behind-the-scenes photos of our fall fashion shoot on our Facebook:

Fall Fashion Behind the Scenes


Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

From Dusk ’til Dawn: Your Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Same bar, same bartender, night after night — what’s the fun in that? Whether you’re planning a memorable evening or more interested in creating a scandalously forgettable night, try something new (with someone new) with this nightlife guide as your source.

From theaters and comedy clubs to bars, clubs and the live music scene, this Scottsdale nightlife guide covers it all:

Entertainment Venues:

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
(480) 850-7777
talkingstickresort.com
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-4422
thecomedyspot.net
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-1664
desertstages.org
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St.
(480) 248-2000
hotelvalleyho.com
The Saguaro
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
(480) 308.1100
jdvhotels.com
Studio Movie Grill
15515 N. Hayden Rd.
(480) 991-3106
studiomoviegrill.com
Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St.
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
iPic Theaters
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-3232
ipictheaters.com
iPic Theaters, Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Stand-Up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 882-0730
standupscottsdale.com

Bars & Clubs:

Scottsdale Nightlife Guide W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 970-2100
wscottsdalehotel.com
Jackrabbit Lounge
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., #100
(480) 429-4494
jackrabbitaz.com
Spanish Fly
4341 N. 75th St.
(480) 949-8454
spanishflyscottsdale.com
Myst
7340 E. Shoeman Ln.
(480) 970-5000
mystaz.com
SALT
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., #F-230
(480) 483-3232
thesaltclub.com
Firehouse
4312 N. Brown Ave.
(480) 265-6989
ilovefirehouse.com
Axis-Radius
7340 E. Indian Plaza
(480) 970-1112
axis-radius.com
Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St.
(480) 889-5580
mabelsonmain.com
El Santo
7301 E. Butherus Dr.
(480) 949-8454
elsantocantina.com
The Mint
7373 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 947-6468
themintaz.com
Salty Senorita
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 946-7258
7540 E. 1st St.
(480) 421-0500
saltysenorita.com
Narcisse
Tea and
Champagne Lounge
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 588-2244
narcisselounge.com
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Live Music Venues:

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125
(480) 970-1700
foxrc.com
Chaser’s Nightclub
8005 E. Roosevelt St.
(480) 945-4985
chaserslive.net
Kazimierz
World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) WINE-004 (9463)
kazbar.net
Old Town Tavern
7320 E. Scottsdale Mall
(480) 606-8113
oldtowntavernaz.com
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-5551
thevenuescottsdale.com
Martini Ranch
7295 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) 970-0500
martiniranchaz.net
5th and Wine
7051 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 699-8001
5thandwine.com
The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 947-3580
theroguebar.com
The Roxy Lounge
7443 E. 6th Ave.
(480) 970-1222
theroxyaz.com
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
(602) 716-2222
crescentphx.com
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch
(480) 444-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

 

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands - Gila River Indian Community

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands

The Gila River Indian Community is building two new hotels that total more than 200 rooms, a new, 70,000 SF casino, and a conference center. The Navajo Nation is building its first Arizona casino near Flagstaff.

“(Construction in Indian country) is actually one of the market sectors that is really thriving,” says Rogers Owers, an attorney with Andante Law Firm, whose speciality is construction laws in Indian country. “Whether it’s design, construction, or brokering the real estate deals, cash flows into the industry as a whole.”

In Tucson, a new 44,500 SF convention center and a 1,120-car parking structure opened at Casino del Sol in November. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino increased its guest capacity to 300 rentable rooms, and renovated its restaurant in July.

As several Arizona tribes reveal major hospitality and casino construction projects, one thing is a sure bet — 2012 is shaping up to be another jackpot year.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reports that trial casino revenues steadily declined from 2008 to 2010, but returned to the green in 2011. During this period, hospitality and casino construction in Indian country slowed.

Talking Stick Resort, which opened its doors on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 2010, was the last significant Native American casino and hospitality project in almost a year.

Today, several sizable construction projects in Indian country are underway or open for business. The largest, a multifaceted undertaking by the Gila River Indian Community, includes a new 90-room hotel and the demolition and remodel of Vee Quiva Casino in West Phoenix, plus a new conference center, 130-room hotel and restaurant at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler.

The Gila River Indian Community, going all in, also is reportedly opening a new hotel at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa, which is a short distance from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The construction venture at Vee Quiva is still in its developmental stages, according to Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Casinos. It is expected to open in the summer of 2013 at a cost of $135M.

“Rebuilding Vee Quiva Casino is part of a strategic plan the Gila River Indian Community has set in place to refresh our casinos while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Community and creating new job opportunities in Arizona,” says Anthony Villareal Sr., Casino Expansion Owners Team chairman.

After its reconstruction, Vee Quiva Casino will total nearly 175,000 SF — almost double its original size.

Further north, the Navajo Nation broke ground last March on Twin Arrows Casino outside of Flagstaff, its first casino in Arizona.

The 320,000 SF, $150M casino, scheduled to open in July, will include a hotel and conference center. General contractor is Hunt Construction and the architect is Friedmutter Group.

Some casinos, on the other hand, already have their cards on the table. Casino Del Sol and Harrah’s Ak-Chin opened their newly renovated facilities in 2011.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe renovated and expanded Casino Del Sol’s hotel and convention center in Tucson to the tune of $75M. The additions included 215 new rooms, a conference center, a parking structure and a spa. It is the second phase of the tribe’s ongoing hospitality and casino refurbishment project. McCarthy Building Companies served as GC and LEO A DALY was the architect.

McCarthy project manager Kurt Nyberg says construction went smoothly because the tribe first commissioned his company in 2003.

“What helped with this expansion is that the Casino Del Sol had gained building experience when both firms worked on the original casino project,” Nyberg says, “so the process was not entirely new from the owner’s perspective.”

Another big player in Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, finished its hotel and restaurant renovations in July after 11 months of construction. Lead designer Jason Ploszaj of RSP Architects says the construction was vital, because the “hotel was turning away guests nightly.”

The expansion, a $20M, 5-story hotel tower, doubled the number of rentable rooms at the Maricopa resort.

“In order to better serve guests, Harrah’s decided that after more than 10 years of success, and expansion of 152 new hotel rooms was necessary to refresh the hotel experience,” Ploszaj says.

For more information on casino and hospitality construction visit, ciic.construction.asu.edu

 

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Snapshot: Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

I had the chance to go to Phoenix Fashion Week at the Talking Stick Resort and take as many pictures as I could manage!

Getting a media pass is always fun for me. And this was no exception.

I got to dive in with the rest of the photographers at the end of the runway. Each of us positioned ourselves carefully to get the standard straight-on shot, or the slightly-angled shot from off the left or right of the runway. Many photographers brought benches and long monopods to get over the heads of everyone else.

The audience diligently took in each design as it went down the runway into the storm of flashes given off by the photographers. Loud music that ranged from popular dance jams to classic hits by the Beatles played on the speakers to keep the energy up, and everyone had a great time.

With all sorts of different styles and designs, there was something there for everyone to enjoy.

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[stextbox id="grey"]Want to see more photos from Phoenix Fashion Week 2011? Visit Scottsdale Living’s website, where you’ll also find recaps of Thursday and Saturday nights’ runway shows.[/stextbox]

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

Scottsdale Events & Happenings: Fall 2011

Scottsdale Events & Happenings: Fall 2011

Find out what’s happening in the Scottsdale area from October through December 2011. Here are some Scottsdale events you don’t want to miss:

Mixology 101 Classes

The Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers Mixology 101, a cocktail making instructional class every Saturday at 1 p.m. throughout the year. During each class, Jade Bar mixologists share techniques and tricks with students as they create three to four specialty cocktails. The specialists also demonstrate Jade Bar’s freshness philosophy, history of the cocktails and spirit details. What’s the best part of the class? The tasting, of course. This interactive and entertaining course is a hit for Arizona residents and visitors alike, especially for birthdays, bachelorette parties, or a perfect finish to a spa weekend at Sanctuary.

The classes are limited to 10 people, at $30 per person. To book a class, call (480) 607-2300.

 Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley
www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com[/stextbox]


Spa Week in Arizona

Since 2004, Spa Week has swept the nation away with hundreds of participating spas offering $100-$400 treatments for the unbelievable price of only $50. October 10- 16 marks the biannual tradition’s fall event for 2011.

Notable participating spas in Scottsdale include Spa at Talking Sticks Resort, Hotel Valley Ho Spa, The Spa at Four Seasons Scottsdale, Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Scottsdale, Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, and Golden Door Spa at The Boulders.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]Visit www.spaweek.com for the full list and to register.[/stextbox]


La Gran Fiesta: Latino Cultural Celebration

Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts partners with the City of Scottsdale to present this action-packed weekend of Latin culture held November 5 & 6.

Complete with music, dancing, food, fun, art and a Mercado full of traditional Latin foods and treasures, the festival provides guests with a journey of the rich artistry from Mexico all the way to the Caribbean and South America. This fiesta is great for all ages, as it offers a variety of children’s activities and features performances by top Latin bands.

Open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, this event offers free admission to all guests.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second Street
(480) 874-4694
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/fiesta[/stextbox]


ArtFest of Scottsdale

Arizona’s No. 1 Fall Fine Art Festival returns to Scottsdale for the 17th annual ArtFest on November 19 & 20. More than 200 select artists and authors appear to showcase and sell their one-of-a-kind works at this two-day celebration.

Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. With free admission, free parking and hands-on art activities for kids, this is a great event for the whole family.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E. Second Street
(480) 968-5353
www.888artfest.com[/stextbox]


Bikram Comes to Arizona

Scottsdale welcomes Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury on October 29th. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Choudhury will give a lecture from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by book signings and photos.

Advance tickets are $55 and are available online until October 28, so get yours early to reserve a spot.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Road.
(480) 947-5400
www.bikramcomestophoenix.com[/stextbox]


Succulent Garden Class

Offered at 10 a.m. every Saturday throughout the year, the Garden Class at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess is the perfect way to enjoy those sunny mornings. Florist Jan Theodore educates the class on indigenous plants of the Sonoran Desert while students design their own succulent cactus gardens. The creations can be sent home or donated to the military troops overseas.

Reserve your spot 24 hours in advance for only $35-$55, depending on garden size.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]South Pool Overlook at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess
7575 E. Princess Drive
(480) 585-4848
www.fairmont.com/scottsdale[/stextbox]


Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show

As the only home show in Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show caters to the renovating and remodeling market with hundreds of exhibitors from art and accessories to flooring and furniture to solar and stone.

As for the art portion of the show, attendees can expect 60 booths showcasing quality works of art from local and regional artists.

The Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show will inspire countless ideas, plans and designs with the hundreds of exhibitors and resources. In addition, a judged landscape competition will round out the Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show with diverse and entertaining experiences.

 Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id="grey"]Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road
(602) 277-6045
ExposAZ.com[/stextbox]

Looking for more Scottsdale Events?
Visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events.

 

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011

Phoenix Fashion Week 2011: Saturday Night Recap

Bravo, Brian Hill; Phoenix Fashion Week 2011 was spectacular this year, making Talking Stick Resort the place to be this past weekend. And Saturday night rounded out the weekend with fabulous head-turning fashion and show-stopping pieces from both local and nationally-acclaimed designers. Even the new face of Prada’s fall 2011 campaign was present, Kelly Mittendorf, who, just one year ago, walked the Phoenix Fashion Week runway.

Saturday night’s runway show spotlighted established designers, including Stop Staring! Clothing, Joy Li, Mariska, Michelle Jonas and Blaque Label. Stop Staring! was a personal favorite of mine. This line is made for women who want to embrace and show off their curves with these 1940′s- and ’50s-inspired vintage dresses. What caught my eye were the stockings, embellished with playful prints and designs.

Joy Li‘s line is inspired by her mantra, “Less is More,” as she revealed in the brief video interview, which aired prior to her runway reveal. Her designs had a modern, edgy vibe, with combat boots paired with silk, lace and furs — fashion that “projects inner strength, beauty and confidence.”

The high-end, contemporary women’s line Mariska, from downtown Los Angeles, really took us back in time with psychedelic prints, as models stomped down the runway to the Cher hit blasting from the speakers.

Michelle Jonas Travelwear was next in line with a premium resort wear line, catering to travelers who want to be comfortable and sexy, emphasizing their silhouettes. And lastly was Blaque Label, which won the Outstanding Brand Award 2011, due to its unique vision, trendy, high-fashion designs, as well as its ability to exhibit constant improvement and consistency. Blaque Label was an audience favorite — and rightfully so considering the collection is worn by celebs, including Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kourtney Kardashian and Demi Lovato, to name a few.

And let’s not forget about the emerging designers, including Arizona-based HourGlass Apparel, which, you guessed it, is a clothing line of hourglass apparel; Joli Richard, from Texas, a modern take on old Hollywood glam; Ohio’s Jones Select, a contemporary line for men; and Sylvia Bours from Mexico, for those women looking for something unique.

Thanks for an incredible weekend of fashion, wine and networking, Phoenix Fashion Week team!


Take a look at some of the designs from Phoenix Fashion Week 2011′s Saturday night runway show:

[slickr-flickr tag="PHXFW" items="20" type="sets" id="68507495@N04"]

Photos by Cory Bergquist


Check out our Thursday night recap, and click through the photo gallery, too.

red-awards-2012

2011 RED Awards Winners & Honorable Mentions

On Feb. 22, AZRE hosted the 6th Annual, 2011 RED Awards reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2010 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms participated in the process. All the winning projects and brokers are featured on the following pages.

View pictures from the 2011 RED Awards.
View the 2011 RED Awards candid shots as well.

2011 winners can order Awards, Plaques & Reprints


The project categories include:

  • Office
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Mixed-Use
  • Most Challenging
  • Hospitality
  • Multi-Family
  • Retail
  • Sustainable
  • Redevelopment
  • Public
  • Education
  • Tenant Improvement
PLUS:

  • Developer of the Year
  • Architect of the Year
  • General Contractor of the Year
  • Broker/Broker Team of the Year

Congratulations to all the 2011 RED Awards Winners

Best Hospitality Project, Small:

Winner:

The Phoenician Ballroom Expansion

Best Hospitality Project, Large:

Winner:

Talking Stick Resort

Best Industrial Project:

Winner:

Keller Electrical

Honorable Mention:

Power-One (Phase I & II)

Best Medical Project:

Winner:

Diamond Children’s Medical Center at UMC

Honorable Mention:

Ryan House at St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Best Mixed-Use Project:

Winner:

CityScape

Honorable Mention:

Gila River Indian Community, District One Service Center

Most Challenging Project:

Winner:

Soleri Bridge & Plaza

Honorable Mention:

Maricopa County Security Building

Best Office Project:

Winner:

Chandler City Hall

Honorable Mention:

Mercy Medical Commons

Best Multi-Family Project:

Winner:

Vi at Silverstone

Honorable Mention:

Sagewood, Phase 1

Brokerage Team: Leasing

Winner:

Tom Adelson, Kevin Calihan

Jim Fijan, Jerry Roberts

CB Richard Ellis

Brokerage Team: Sales

Winner:

Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham

CB Richard Ellis

General Contractor of the Year:

Winner:

Sundt Construction

Best Retail Project:

Winner:

Mountain Ranch Marketplace

Honorable Mention:

Scottsdale Pavilions – Theater/Food Court Renovation

Most Sustainable Project:

Winner:

White Tank Branch Library & Nature Center

Honorable Mention:

CREST Specialty School

Best Redevelopment Project:

Winner:

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

West Terminal Expansion Phase I

Honorable Mention:

Cowley Companies Warehouse Office

Best Public Project:

Winner:

Musical Instrument Museum

Honorable Mention:

Randall McDaniel Sports Complex

Best Education Project:

Winner:

Sedona-Oak Creek

Red Rock High School

Performing Arts Center

Honorable Mention:

Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus

Best Tenant Improvement Project:

Winner:

Lumberyard Tap Room

Honorable Mention:

Polsinelli Shughart

Special Merit:

Winner:

Schuff Perini Climber

Broker – Leasing:

Winner:

Andy Kroot

Velocity Retail Group

Broker – Sales:

Winner:

Eric J. Wichterman

Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial

Developer of the Year:

Winner:

RED Development

Architect of the Year:

Winner:

RSP Architects


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RED Awards 2011

Best Hospitality Project 2011: Large

Large Project: Talking Stick Resort

Best Hospitality Large Project: Talking Stick Resort

Developer: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Contractor: Chanen Construction Co.
Architect: FFKR Architects
Size: 1.5M SF
Location: 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: April 2010

The newest resort in Scottsdale, the $440M Talking Stick Resort, rises on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Rd. The project includes 497 guest rooms and suites, a 15,000 SF casino, more than 100,000 SF of conference space, 10 restaurants, lounges, a spa, and a 750-seat entertainment venue. The project features a design theme in harmony with the environment, as well as the history and culture of he SRP-MIC. The interior design includes themes from the basketry and pottery for which the tribes are renowned. The project utilized Native American-owned contractors and sub-contractors. The development and construction, as well as the ongoing operations provide a significant economic benefit to the Salt River Nation.

Sky Ute Casino - AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

Arizona's Indian Tribes Expand Reservation Services

Indian Country construction boasts a variety of projects as Arizona’s Indian tribes expand reservation services

In September 1970, the Gila River Indian Reservation finished the first phase of construction of a $1M career center at Sacaton. It’s taken some time, but since then, much has been built on Indian reservations in Arizona — and the momentum continues.

Casinos, healthcare facilities, government offices and schools have sprung from tribal lands in the past 40 years, and continue to do so. But while casinos remain the largest projects on the reservation, the mix of projects continues to expand.

Take, for instance, the $100M spring training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies being constructed by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, set to open in February 2011. Take note of Scottsdale Pavilions, SRP-MIC’s retail center on Indian Bend Road across the Loop 101. There’s the tribe’s recently opened Talking Stick Resort encompassing a 240,000 SF casino in a 15-story tower that houses almost 500 rooms. And the SRP-MIC’s Scottsdale business park, the Chaparral Business Center.

Projects such as these signal a growing trend among Indian tribes in Arizona of diversifying business development. And it sends a message that construction is still happening on the reservation, despite economic hardships worldwide.

“There are still opportunities there,” compared to the rest of the construction industry, says Matt Richards, project executive for Arviso/Okland Construction JV, which is 51% Navajo owned.

For Indian tribes nationally, “most construction work seems to be still centered around casinos,” Richards says. “What we’re working on, though, is hospitals, schools and government buildings. We’ve done hospitality projects, as well.

“One of the recent trends in our industry for tribal projects has been the multipurpose judicial complexes,” Richards says. “We are fortunate enough to be working with the Navajo Nation on two upcoming judicial complexes, one in Tuba City and another in Crownpoint, N.M. There have been multiple similar projects throughout the region, including the Pueblo of Isleta, the Pascua Yaqui, Colorado River Indian Tribe, and others.

Much of this work has been the result of an ARRA-funded (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) program for the Department of Justice, which allocated money for the construction of tribal jails.”

Kimberly Silentman-Kanuho, coordinator for American Indian Initiatives at Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction, sees a broad mixture of projects happening.

“There is so much going on out there,” Silentman-Kanuho says. “There’s transportation — highways, roads and bridges. There’s also community and cultural centers, and health facilities. It’s not just gaming and hospitality-type development; there’s a wide variety of development going on out there.”

However, with the biggest, most expensive projects being casinos, other types of projects don’t get noticed as much.

“I don’t think those types get highlighted like the gaming effort,” Silentman-Kanuho says. “It’s across the board. The Diné College (in Tsaile on the Navajo Reservation) is getting a new library. (Northern Arizona University) is getting a new cultural center.”

Transportation projects are springing up as well, according to Silentman-Kanuho, many funded from ARRA. Those funds have allowed the tribes to finally begin projects that have been on the back burner for years, she says. Recovery.gov reports that at least $55M in Department of Interior grants have been awarded to Arizona tribes so far, not counting many other grant opportunities for tribes.

Convention space and entertainment venues are other directions tribes may be moving toward. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s $120M hotel expansion of Casino Del Sol near Tucson will include a 50,000 SF conference center. The 10-story hotel also has 215 rooms, three restaurants, a lobby lounge, pool, day club, spa and fitness center, a 1,120-space parking garage, and support facilities. In addition, the Casino Del Sol houses a 4,500-seat outdoor concert and entertainment venue.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2010

Talking Stick Resort, March-April 2009

Hospitality: Talking Stick Resort


TALKING STICK RESORT

Developer: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 
Contractor: Chanen Construction
Architect: FFKR Architects
Size: 1 MSF
Location: 9700 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale

The $107M development will include a 3-story building dedicated to outpatient services. The center will treat inpatients on two floors inside Banner Gateway Medical Center, which was built in 2007. Construction on the cancer center began December 2009, with completion scheduled for fall 2011.

 AZRE March-April 2009