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RED AWARDS 2014: Best Multi-family Greater Than 250KSF

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.‎


The Hub on Campus
Developer: Core Campus
Contractor: Beal Derkenne Construction
Architect: HPA Architecture
Brokerage: Apartment Realty Advisors
Size: 410,000 SF
Location: 323 E. Veterans Way, Tempe
Completed: July 2013

hubThe Hub on Campus sits near the Sun Devil Stadium on ASU’s main campus and is focused on the college and city lifestyle. The location is between two ASU property lines and the light rail, meant to promote the use of public transporation. The triangular shape and compact site created many unforeseen challenges including a limited working space; complex communication problems for constructing, building, and planning the building; integration of the existing Tempe landscape; and the preservation of the historical Native American site. The Hub promotes a balance of sustainability and luxury amenities for its residents. It is seeking LEED accreditation and provides a 40KSF amenit

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Discovery Triangle Launches Healthy Initiative

The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation is launching a fresh food initiative that will bring a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods located in the Discovery Triangle. The “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” will sell fresh, affordable and high-quality fruits and vegetables out of a donated, retrofitted Valley Metro bus.

A launch event was held on February 25 at the Brunson-Lee Elementary School in Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell jumped off the bus with bags of apples for the kids. The mayors and community partners spoke at the event. The bus, stocked with fresh produce, was available for tours.

“The Fresh Express is another example of Phoenix finding innovative ways to address problems and improve the quality of life of residents,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

“Tempe children and families in need in this area will be well served by the new service,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This is a great – and truly fresh – idea to make our community even stronger and healthier.”

The Discovery Triangle, which facilitates redevelopment in Phoenix and Tempe, developed the initiative after examining the lack of accessible grocery stores in the area, considered a “food desert,” and seeing a need to enhance the health of residents. Providing a mobile option is key since many of the residents in the area depend on public transportation.

“As civic entrepreneurs, the Discovery Triangle brings partners together to solve issues impacting the region. We believe increasing the accessibility of affordable, healthy food and health education will boost the region’s economic development opportunities,” said Don Keuth, president of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation.

Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle will begin selling produce in March with a pilot program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Routes will include schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other gathering places throughout the Discovery Triangle region.

Chase Bank, the founding sponsor, provided seed and operations funding to help launch Fresh Express. “Many people in the Discovery Triangle are dependent on public transportation to get to a grocery store. Now residents will have more options with the Fresh Express bringing affordable fruits and vegetables to convenient, walkable locations,” said Paul Groves, who heads the JPMorgan Private Bank in Arizona.

The bus also will offer on-board community health resources including nutrition education and health screenings. Produce will be sold at affordable prices. All forms of payment will be accepted including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

FRESH EXPRESS PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Several local organizations are partnering on the initiative:

· Discovery Triangle Development Corporation – Managing the initiative

· Valley Metro – Coordinating bus operations and in-kind donations

· Peddler’s Son – Providing fruits and vegetables

· ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation – Offering health screenings

· UMOM New Day Centers – Providing training and staffing

Sponsors whose donations have made the bus possible:

· Chase (founding sponsor)

· Valley Metro

· Junior League of Phoenix

· Blue Cross Blue Shield

· Arizona Community Foundation

· St. Luke’s Health Initiative

· eeko Studio

· Blue Media

· First Transit

· Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority

· UA College of Medicine

· Southwest Gas

· Creative Bus Sales Arizona

· ThermoGuard

· Custom Made Gas Tanks

· Safeway

· Phoenix I

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Google Fiber could be coming to Valley

The cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe joined Google Wednesday in announcing the first potential expansion of Google Fiber to the Valley.

Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet connectivity that is up to 100 times faster than the basic broadband, along with hundreds of high-definition TV channels.

“Scottsdale and Google Fiber are a perfect match,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “We are a connected city, filled with innovative and creative people and businesses – which is why Google named Scottsdale the 2013 E-City of Arizona. I look forward to working with Google Fiber to explore bringing Scottsdale residents ultra-high speed Internet access to make us more future-ready than ever.”

What’s next?

Starting this week, Google will work closely with city leaders on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout Scottsdale.

Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans. Simultaneously, Scottsdale will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare the city for a fiber project of this scale.

Read more about the process on the Google Fiber blog here.

Google will announce by year’s end which cities will get Google Fiber. The service is currently available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo Utah, and will be available in Austin, Texas later this year.

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CBRE Negotiates 1.86-Acre Tempe Land Sale for $6.1M

CBRE has negotiated the sale of a ±1.86-acre land parcel at the NWC of University Drive and Ash Avenue in Tempe, Ariz. The property, which commanded a sale price of $6.1M, is the planned site for a mixed-use development that will include a popular grocer as well as multi-family residential.

Barry Gabel and Chris Marchildon with CBRE’s Phoenix office, in conjunction with CBRE’s National Loan Sale Advisory Group, represented the seller, Brookfield Asset Management of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The buyer was Alberta Development Partners, based in Greenwood Village, Colo. The company specializes in the acquisition, development and investment of retail and residential real estate opportunities throughout the Western United States. Alberta Development Partners negotiated the sale on their own behalf.

We are extremely pleased to have acquired the signature corner in the dynamic Mill Avenue District,” said Don Provost, principal of Alberta Development Partners. “We look forward to partnering with the city and the community in the development of this property.”

The property at University and Ash is one of the single most sought-after vacant land parcels in the metro area,” said CBRE’s Gabel. “The site’s downtown Tempe location, adjacency to Arizona State University, current entitlements and frontage along both University Drive and Ash Avenue make it an ideal location for future development.”

Tempe continues to be one of the most active and healthy markets in the metropolitan Phoenix area, moreover downtown Tempe continues to exceed industry market conditions. It’s no surprise that investors are flocking to the submarket and its amenity rich environment.

Located in the core of a major employment hub with more than 200,000 jobs in a five mile radius, the land parcel at University and Ash benefits from its location adjacent to Centerpoint on Mill – a premier mixed-use development at the northwest corner of University and Mill, its inclusion as part of the Mill Avenue District and its proximity to Arizona State University.

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Buck Truck Adds Substance to Food Drives

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A Tempe-based nonprofit is utilizing the power of crowd-funding to enable grocery stores and farmers to donate perishable food items.

Buck Truck, a project of this year’s Tempe Leadership team, is accepting donations for refrigerated delivery trucks to the United Food Bank in Mesa.

The United Food Bank currently relies on donations from canned-food drives and retailers.  The donations from retailers are limited, however, as the United Food Bank lacks the ability to transport food that requires refrigeration for freshness.

“You want to provide the best food to those you’re trying to help,” said Ed Baker, a member of this year’s Tempe Leadership team. “The best foods for people to live a healthy life are fresh, perishable foods.”

The Tempe Leadership Program, a product of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, has been around since 1985 and each year puts together a team of community-centric individuals for nine months to engage in a project that can cover a range of community services.

“When we sat down to decide what our project would be, it was brought up that United Food Bank has a difficult time accepting fresh food,” Baker said. “We thought, ‘If only we could get 10 or 15 people to donate for a refrigerated truck.’”

The final decision was the concept of Buck Truck, to which contributors are encouraged to donate $1, $10 or $15.

The goal is to raise $41,000 for trucks that can “deliver fresh vegetables and meats from local farmers, ranchers, suppliers and grocery stores” as opposed to non-perishable items typically collected by charities in canned-food drives.

The Buck Truck website states that the refrigerated food truck will allow 24,000 pounds of what previously would have been wasted food to be distributed monthly, which it notes equates to 20,000 fresh meals.

“Buck Truck is very important because it will allow us to provide fresh produce and lean protein to our 200 partners,” said Lisa Pino, president and CEO of United Food Bank. “It’s the food you need for a healthy, adequate diet.”

The importance of Buck Truck is not only to increase the quality of food being served to those in need, but also the quantity, as Arizona is currently scarce in resources to serve what she explained is one of the hungriest states in the country, said Pino.

“The Buck Truck is nimble and responsive to Arizona’s hunger needs,” she said.

Arizona is tied as the worst state for childhood hunger, and is fifth worst in food insecurity (limited access to adequate food sources), according to statistics cited on the United Food Bank website.

As well as helping absolve statewide hunger, Pino noted a collateral benefit of Buck Truck is also contributing to helping reduce food waste.

“A theme of sustainability is key for us,” Pino said. “We want to eliminate food waste and engage more young people on the issue.”

NFL Legend Ditka to Appear at Taste In Tempe

Mike Ditka, NFL Hall of Famer and former NFL coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, will make an exclusive appearance at the first ever Taste In Tempe, Sun., Feb. 9.

Presented by CBS Radio (KMLE @ 107.9, 94.5 KOOL FM and LIVE 101.5), Tempe Center for the Arts and R Entertainment Company, Taste In Tempe occurs at the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, and will capitalize on the panoramic views offered to create an unforgettable pre-Valentine’s Day culinary event.

Beyond his reputation as an NFL star and coaching legend, Ditka has earned a reputable place in the restaurant world as well. The aptly named quality dining spot opened its first location in Chicago and recently made way to metro Phoenix, inside the new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.  USA Today noted Ditka’s among the top 10 celebrity owned restaurants in the country.

Taste In Tempe will dish out some of the Ditka’s classics, as prepared by Ditka’s Chef Andy Moy, as guests and Da Coach himself stroll the lakefront, sampling an eclectic variety of more than 30 Arizona restaurants.

In addition to delicious crowd-pleasing favorites and celebrity guests, Taste In Tempe offers an afternoon of food, music and celebration with a romantic twist. The event delivers a “love and romance” themed shopping experience with jewelry, luxury goods, flowers, chocolates, pastries and more, perfect for a Valentine’s Day preview, not to mention an unforgettable date experience.

Taste In Tempe showcases wines from around the world accompanied by expert-led seminars, and exclusive craft breweries sampling flavorful beverages.  In addition, the Arizona Pork Council and Crooked Sky Farms are featured contributors of pork and farm fresh vegetables, respectively, for some of the cuisine served at Taste in Tempe.

CBS Radio stations KMLE Country @ 107.9, LIVE 101.5, and KOOL FM deliver LIVE music and entertainment as local celebrity chefs offer an insider’s knowledge on the chef demonstration stage.

Throughout the month of January and leading up to Taste In Tempe, KMLE Country @ 107.9, LIVE 101.5 and KOOL FM will give listeners the chance to win a taste of the good life in the Taste In Tempe $20K Giveaway with a Grand Prize of $20,000!

TICKETS. Taste In Tempe tickets include food, wine and craft beer sampling, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, parking, entertainment and a chance to win the $20K Giveaway (enter before 2:30 pm). Tickets are available at www.kmle1079.com, www.KOOLRadio.com or www.LIVE1015phoenix.com. Tickets are $59 in advance; or $69 at the door.

FOOD Participants.  Thirty restaurants, 30 wineries and 30 craft breweries are anticipated at Taste In Tempe, with participants to date:

·         24 Carrots!
·         Alasta
·         Arizona Catering Company
·         Aside of Heart
·         Ben and Jacks Steakhouse
·         Bombay Spice Indian Grill
·         Braggs Factory Diner
·         CHoP
·         Ditka’s
·         Elizabeth’s Moment of Joy
·         Four Peaks Brewing Company
·         Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
·         Gigi’s Cupcakes
·         Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
·         Guedo’s Cantina Grill
·         Hummus Xpress
·         La Bocca urban pizzeria + wine bar
·         Mellow Mushroom
·         Nothing Bundt Cakes
·         NutWhats
·         RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
·         Salut Kitchen Bar
·         SanTan Brewing Company
·         Shelley’s Specialty Desserts
·         Spokes on Southern
·         The Clever Koi
·         The Handlebar Tempe
·         The Lodge
·         The Melting Pot
·         Uncle Bear’s Bar and Grill

Rendering of the amphitheater at the Great Park at Eastmark.

Mapei Corporation given SHARP Designation

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) has awarded Mapei Corporation, in Tempe, with its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award in recognition of their exemplary safety and health management systems. They join 24 other companies in Arizona with this distinction.

“At ADOSH we believe that an employer’s safety efforts are an integral part of the entire company operations,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Companies that earn the SHARP award show the responsibility and care needed to operate a safe, successful business, and that is exactly what Mapei has shown.”

To qualify for the SHARP award, ADOSH evaluates an employer’s overall workplace safety and health efforts, including written programs, injury and illness rates and how integrated safety programs are with the day-to-day work environment. ADOSH conducts a full workplace inspection including extensive employee interviews.

Currently, 25 Arizona companies have received the SHARP Award. They are: Abseilon USA, LLC; Alliance Beverage Distribution Company, LLC; Bard Peripheral Vascular; Big W Sales Corporation; Consolidated rebar; Harris/Arizona Rebar; Hill Brothers Chemical Co; Imsamet of Arizona; JM Eagle; Mesquite Power, LLC; National Gypsum Company; Sara Lee Bakery Group; Schnipke Southwest; Schumacher European, Ltd.; Scottsdale Eye Surgery Center; Sto Corp.; Sulphur Spring Valley Elective Cooperative, Inc.; Sun Valley Hand Surgery; Tube Service Company; Vecro Decking, Inc.; West Valley Fertility Center; Weyerhaeuser Building Materials; JM Eagle; Vantage West Credit Union and Mapei Corporation.

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Fulton Homes helps launch ‘Character Counts’ program

Bricks and cement may create a home’s foundation, but honesty and character build a solid foundation for young adults.

Tempe-based homebuilder Fulton Homes is partnering with KTAR Sports Radio 620 for the Fulton Homes Character Counts program. KTAR listeners will be encouraged to nominate a 12- to 17-year-old student athlete who has exhibited character. Beginning in November and continuing through April, one winner from all of the nominees will be chosen each month to win a $100 gift certificate to Sports Authority. At the end of the school year a celebratory banquet will be held for the top 12 finalists who exemplified true character and good sportsmanship, and one athlete will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of Fulton Homes.

Every Tuesday a “Character Counts” segment will air on Sports Radio 620 during the Doug and Wolf Morning Show. Former NFL player Ron Wolfley and sports radio personality Doug Franz will discuss what builds great character in sports and the importance of good sportsmanship. Listeners will be invited to visit CharacterCountsAZ.com to nominate a local athlete who exemplifies great character through their actions. Each monthly winner – or “Good Sport” – will be interviewed on video by Ron Wolfley, and will be featured both on-air and online.

“Character is not something a person is born with; we must take responsibility to form and mold it,” Doug Fulton, Fulton Homes CEO, said.  “This program acknowledges the many young adults in our community who are excelling in both sports and in their own lives. Fulton Homes is proud to recognize good character in our young adults and the outstanding model of character they are exhibiting for others.”

The Character Counts program is another in a series of programs which include the Fulton Homes Noon Salute, Teacher of the Week, 2 Seconds is Too Long and Fence Patrol. For more on the Fulton Homes Character Counts program and others, visit www.fultonhomes.com.

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W. P. Carey School Dedicates New McCord Hall

One of the nation’s largest and highest-ranked business schools dedicated a brand new, state-of-the-art facility today. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University held a ceremony to mark the official opening of its 129,000-square-foot McCord Hall.

“We believe we’ve built the most advanced learning environment available for graduate business students,” says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Amy Hillman. “Every detail was designed to teach students in a way that makes them better contributors to today’s work environment. The building has an emphasis on collaboration, discussion-based learning and flexibility.”

The new building is being added to the school’s two existing structures, which were renovated during this project. Together, they will ease overcrowding for the 10,000-plus students who attend the W. P. Carey School. McCord Hall will be home to the school’s graduate and executive-education programs, including the Top 30 nationally ranked MBA programs.

The impressive facility features modern architecture, technologically advanced tiered and flat classrooms, a multipurpose event space, a new graduate-level career center, team rooms, study areas, outdoor assembly areas, a lounge for honors undergrads, and a health-conscious café. McCord Hall is also environmentally friendly, with less water and energy use than similar buildings and a solar array that returns power to the campus grid. The project totaled $57 million, and the return on investment is expected to be great.

“We estimate the project has already had an economic impact on the gross state product of $64 million and the creation of 880 jobs,” says Professor Dennis Hoffman, director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Of course, the value of the construction does not include the added value that will accrue from the human capital produced in McCord Hall’s learning environment, allowing students to acquire knowledge and skills to compete in today’s economy.”

ASU President Michael Crow and Hillman presided over the dedication ceremony at the university’s Tempe campus. Philanthropist Sharon Dupont McCord and other building donors also took part. McCord and her late husband, Bob, are the major donors behind the facility’s name. More than $17 million in gifts and pledges from area companies and families, as well as other various sources, are helping to fund the building. Student support has been robust.

To learn more about the W. P. Carey School of Business, visit wpcarey.asu.edu. For more information about McCord Hall, go to http://building.wpcarey.asu.edu/. Donations to the building campaign can still be made at asufoundation.org/wpcbuilding. The W. P. Carey School’s full-time MBA, evening MBA, online MBA and undergraduate business programs are all currently ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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SRP Expands ‘Green Fleet’ of Electric Vehicles

Pull into the parking lots at Salt River Project’s headquarters in Tempe and you will notice electric vehicle charging stations sprinkled throughout for the convenience of employees and customers.  More Level 2 (240 Volt) charging units are coming, as SRP continues to invest in its “green fleet.”

As part of the company’s green fleet program, SRP is increasing its line of new-technology vehicles with the addition of five new Ford plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – three Fusion Energi and two C-MAX Energi – which are scheduled to arrive in October. Currently, SRP has five Chevy Volts; a total of 15 green vehicles will be leased by 2014.

“The initial five Chevy Volts were added to SRP’s fleet as part of a demonstration project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to help determine the impact of electric vehicles on the Valley grid,” said Jim Wood, SRP’s manager of transportation.

The electric vehicles are being rotated through the company to get a wide variety of driving distances and habits. As part of the program, an OnStar system will collect data such as drive time, state of charge, charging details, trip routes and charging locations. In the same vein, Ford’s MyFord ® Mobile app will collect rich data for the company on employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. The MyFord ® Mobile app also provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time battery charge status, a vehicle locator and value charging, which allows a car to automatically recharge during lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates, when there is less strain on the electrical grid.

A team of representatives from departments throughout SRP, including Facilities, Transportation Services, Load Research, Environmental Management, Policy & Compliance (EMPC) and others, will continue to review and analyze data collected on the performance of the technology.

The project will help SRP collect information on how the plug-in hybrid is used and charged. The Volt, for example, is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles. The on-board engine provides electricity to power the drive unit for extended-range capability, and it plugs into a standard household 120-volt outlet (or 240 volts for charging.)

SRP is building excitement among its employees by allowing them to vote on the best custom-designed wrap for each of the new Ford plug-in hybrids.

The top five employee-voted designs will be announced Nov. 7.  In addition, employees are now test-driving SRP’s plug-in hybrids to become more familiar with the technology and to find out why SRP is adding these vehicles to its fleet.

“We’re very proud of the high level of interest that employees have demonstrated during our fall transportation campaign.  These new additions to our green fleet will not only reduce emissions, but are fun to drive. Perhaps you’ll spot one during your next commute,” said Kelly Barr, senior director of Environmental Management Policy & Compliance.

SRP is the largest provider of power and water to the great Phoenix metropolitan area.

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SRP Expands 'Green Fleet' of Electric Vehicles

Pull into the parking lots at Salt River Project’s headquarters in Tempe and you will notice electric vehicle charging stations sprinkled throughout for the convenience of employees and customers.  More Level 2 (240 Volt) charging units are coming, as SRP continues to invest in its “green fleet.”

As part of the company’s green fleet program, SRP is increasing its line of new-technology vehicles with the addition of five new Ford plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – three Fusion Energi and two C-MAX Energi – which are scheduled to arrive in October. Currently, SRP has five Chevy Volts; a total of 15 green vehicles will be leased by 2014.

“The initial five Chevy Volts were added to SRP’s fleet as part of a demonstration project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to help determine the impact of electric vehicles on the Valley grid,” said Jim Wood, SRP’s manager of transportation.

The electric vehicles are being rotated through the company to get a wide variety of driving distances and habits. As part of the program, an OnStar system will collect data such as drive time, state of charge, charging details, trip routes and charging locations. In the same vein, Ford’s MyFord ® Mobile app will collect rich data for the company on employee driving and charging habits, with the goal of improving all-electric driving and charging performance. The MyFord ® Mobile app also provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time battery charge status, a vehicle locator and value charging, which allows a car to automatically recharge during lower-cost, off-peak electricity rates, when there is less strain on the electrical grid.

A team of representatives from departments throughout SRP, including Facilities, Transportation Services, Load Research, Environmental Management, Policy & Compliance (EMPC) and others, will continue to review and analyze data collected on the performance of the technology.

The project will help SRP collect information on how the plug-in hybrid is used and charged. The Volt, for example, is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles. The on-board engine provides electricity to power the drive unit for extended-range capability, and it plugs into a standard household 120-volt outlet (or 240 volts for charging.)

SRP is building excitement among its employees by allowing them to vote on the best custom-designed wrap for each of the new Ford plug-in hybrids.

The top five employee-voted designs will be announced Nov. 7.  In addition, employees are now test-driving SRP’s plug-in hybrids to become more familiar with the technology and to find out why SRP is adding these vehicles to its fleet.

“We’re very proud of the high level of interest that employees have demonstrated during our fall transportation campaign.  These new additions to our green fleet will not only reduce emissions, but are fun to drive. Perhaps you’ll spot one during your next commute,” said Kelly Barr, senior director of Environmental Management Policy & Compliance.

SRP is the largest provider of power and water to the great Phoenix metropolitan area.

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Fulton Homes, Suns Reunite for 3-Point Program

This season, the only thing standing between the Phoenix Suns and a patriotic gesture is a white line 23 feet nine inches away from the basket.

For the second year in a row Tempe-based Fulton Homes is uniting with the Phoenix Suns for the Fulton Homes “Proud to own the Three-Point Zone” program. This season when a Phoenix Suns player drains a three-pointer, Fulton Homes will write a $100 check to the U.S. Navy League. This year’s sponsorship includes both home and away games broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona, a minimum of 75 games.

Founded in 1902, The Navy League of the United States is an organization that serves, supports all the sea services – U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. The Navy League is comprised of 46,000 civilians in more than 250 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. For more, visit: http://navyleague.org.

Last year alone, through the Three-Point Zone program, Fulton Homes donated $46,000 between the Youth Assistance Foundation and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue. In previous seasons, Fulton Homes has donated more than $206,000 over to local charities through Phoenix Suns Charities.

“Fulton Homes is really excited to partner again with the Phoenix Suns to benefit the U.S. Navy League,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “As the Suns keep improving their three-point game, we will be able to support the U.S. Navy League and the good work they do for military families and youth through programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines.”

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Fulton Homes Honors Vets with ‘Fly the Flag’ Campaign

Fulton Homes is showing its appreciation for America’s veterans by encouraging everyone to display the Stars and Stripes this Veteran’s Day, and at the same time benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

The Tempe-based homebuilder has partnered with 100.7 KSLX for the “Fly the Flag for Veteran’s Day” campaign. From Sept. 30 through Nov. 11, listeners who visit Fulton Homes’ Ironwood Crossing community in Queen Creek and tour a model home can purchase a full-size American flag kit for $10, with all donations going to the Wounded Warriors Project. Fulton Homes will match any $10 donation offered, up to a maximum of $25,000.  The flag offer continues through Veteran’s Day, which is Nov. 11. More Fulton Homes communities where flags can be purchased may be added during the campaign.

“We at Fulton Homes honor all of our military personnel who protect our freedom and defend our homeland,” Doug Fulton, Fulton Homes CEO, said.  “We owe our veterans and their families our greatest appreciation the sacrifices they have made to keep us safer. Displaying the Red, White and Blue on Veteran’s Day is a way we can honor and support our troops and show our gratitude, and the donations collected will support those troops who have been wounded in battle.”

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) honors and empowers Wounded Warriors. WWP raises awareness of the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide programs and services to meet their needs.

The “Fly the Flag” campaign is another in a series of programs which include the Fulton Homes Noon Salute, Teacher of the Week and Fence Patrol. For more on the Fly the Flag on Veteran’s Day campaign and other programs, visit www.fultonhomes.com.

 

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CBRE Completes $5.5M Sale of Crossroad of Tempe

CBRE has negotiated the $5.5 million sale of Crossroads of Tempe, a 39,511 square-foot retail strip center located at 7707 S. Kyrene Road, 315 and 325 W. Elliot Road in Tempe, Ariz.

Steve Julius and Jesse Goldsmith of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both parties in the transaction. The seller was Westwood Financial Corp. of Los Angeles, Calif. The buyer was KLC Holdings LLC of Fargo, N.D.

KLC Holdings is an experienced group that will focus heavily on leasing the remaining vacancies in the shopping center. They have had success recently with other assets in the Valley, and I see them having success with this deal as well,” said Goldsmith. “The adjacent office building has had several new leases recently and the retail center should benefit from that positive leasing activity.”

Built in 2004, the Crossroads of Tempe strip center is unanchored with national tenants such as Chase Bank, Massage Envy, Fed Ex Office, & the UPS Store. The center was 65 percent leased at the time of sale.

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LGE: Cling Manufacturing Headquarters Construction Complete

LGE Design Build recently completed construction on a newly remodeled office, manufacturing and warehouse facility located in Tempe, AZ for Cling’s. This 39,963 SF facility includes a new 6,175 SF office area, and a fully air conditioned 27,688 SF manufacturing area with an ancillary 6,100 SF evap-cooled storage area. The original office area was updated with all new exterior, including an entrance plaza, steel canopies, lighting and landscaping. The interiors are contemporary, with carpet tile, accented walls and epoxy floors in those areas with heavy employee traffic. The air conditioned manufacturing area insures the exceptional standards and tolerances of their manufacturing can be maintained consistently. Cling’s Aerospace was established in 1972. They are established as a high quality contract manufacturer for the aerospace, defense and medical industries. Their specialties are in complex, 4 and 5 axis machined parts, fabricated tubes, weldments and assemblies.

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Tempe Start-Up a Finalist for Crowdfunding Contest

Out of over 125 small businesses that applied, Tempe start-up – Global Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. – has been selected by The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, and Fundable, a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies, as one of the finalists in a recently announced, national crowdfunding contest.

Global Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. – a medical laboratory established to confidentially diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stages with a new test — is one of nine diverse and unique companies, with varying funding needs, committed to starting and growing their own small business that will raise money to compete for the $10,000 cash prize.  The national contest is committed to supporting America’s small business community in their goal of raising and securing capital through the powerful platform of crowdfunding.

The finalist companies will have 30 days to meet their individual fundraising goal through the Fundable platform. The first company to reach their goal will receive an additional $10,000 in funds from the contest sponsors to support the growth of their small business.  The contest will begin on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 and continue through September 20, 2013.  The contest winner will be announced on September 23, 2013.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for these businesses to raise capital through crowdfunding while providing additional cash prize of $10,000 to the business that reaches their fundraising goal first.  Crowdfunding is not only a creative, but also a practical way for a small business to grow. Crowdfunding unlocks new streams of capital, and allows determined small business owners the opportunity to live their entrepreneurial dreams,” said Karen Kerrigan of SBE Council, Katie Vlietstra of NASE, and Eric Corsi of Fundable.

More information on Global Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. can be found online at http://www.globalcancerdx.com.  Global Cancer Diagnostics, Inc.’s individual fundraising page at Fundable is located at http://www.fundable.com/global-cancer-diagnostics.

Broadway Ind Portfolio

Jones Lang LaSalle Closes $22 Million Portfolio Sale

Capital Markets experts in the Phoenix office of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) have completed a $22.1 million sale of Broadway Industrial Portfolio, totalling three Class A buildings and 308,038 square feet in Tempe, Ariz. The deal is JLL’s second investment sale in the area this quarter, accentuating the strength and draw of the submarket’s commercial real estate inventory.

Jones Lang LaSalle Managing Directors Mark Detmer and Bo Mills represented the property seller, San Francisco-based Prologis, Inc. The buyer is DCT Industrial Trust.

Broadway Industrial Portfolio encompasses an 110,000-square-foot building at 1005 W. Alameda Dr; a 96,437-square-foot building at 2910 S. Hardy Drive; and a 101,601-square-foot building at 2925 S. Roosevelt St., all in Tempe. Each building is a Class A, institutional quality asset offering manufacturing, distribution and office space. The properties are also all located directly off of Interstate 10 and fully occupied, with no near-term rollover, to tenants including United Stationers Supply Co., ACI Plastics, Inc., Misty Mate, Inc. and Triumph Group, Inc.

“These buildings are exceptional in that they combine outstanding functionality and full occupancy with a true Class A image in an infill location,” said Detmer. “This includes access—within minutes—to many of the key amenities that a high-end industrial user might need: an extensive freeway network, international airport, deep labor pool and host of retail opportunities.”

In addition, the project is located within the Southeast Valley, an area that over the last decade has remained one of the nation’s fastest growing regions for industrial and technology companies, and according to JLL is well situated for long-term stability.

Jones Lang LaSalle Executive Vice Presidents Pat Harlan and Steve Sayre, and Associate Kyle Westfall, will serve as the exclusive leasing brokers for the property buyer on behalf of DCT Industrial Trust.

This is the second investment sale closed by JLL in the Tempe submarket this quarter. In July, the firm completed a $27.1 million sale of Broadway 101 Office Park, a deal that was driven by high market demand and fundamentals reminiscent of pre-recession transactions.

Jones Lang LaSalle is a leader in the Phoenix commercial real estate market. Employing nearly 400 of the region’s most recognized industry experts, the firm offers office and industrial brokerage, tenant representation, facility and investment management, capital markets and development services. In 2012, the Phoenix team completed 9 million square feet in lease transactions valued at $458 million, directed $63 million in project management and currently leases and/or manages a 19.8 million-square-foot portfolio. For more news, videos and research resources on Jones Lang LaSalle, please visit the firm’s U.S. media center webpage.

Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm’s in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients — whether a sale, financing, repositioning, advisory or recapitalization execution. In 2012 alone, Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets completed $63 billion in investment sale and debt and equity transactions globally. The firm’s dealmakers completed $60 billion in global investment sales and buy-side transactions, equating to nearly $240 million of investment trades completed every working day around the globe. The firm’s Capital Markets team comprises more than 1,300 specialists, operating all over the globe.

DBruggeman

CRA President among life science’s most inspiring

Tempe-based Clinical Research Advantage (CRA), the country’s largest wholly owned network of clinical trial sites, announced that the company’s President & Chief Operating Officer,  David M. Bruggeman, has been selected by PharmaVOICE Magazine as one of the 100 most inspiring people in the life sciences industry. Bruggeman, a 30-year healthcare industry veteran, was honored for his vision and innovation in the clinical trials industry.

Since acquiring CRA in 2007, Bruggeman has been the pioneering force behind the development of an integrated platform for clinical research. This platform has allowed CRA to standardize its research procedures and make the trial process safer and more efficient. It has also enabled CRA to expand rapidly – growing from just six sites in Phoenix to more than 60 sites across the country in the past six years.

“David is an inspiring leader who is dedicated to furthering our industry,” said Mark S. Hanley, CRA’s Chief Executive Officer.  “David’s work has improved the quality and efficiency of clinical trials and improved the patient experience. On behalf of the CRA team, I’d like to congratulate David on this well-deserved honor.”

The PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of individuals recognized for their positive contributions to the life sciences industry. Nominated by thousands of PharmaVOICE readers, the recipients are selected based on comprehensive essays describing how they have inspired or motivated their colleagues, peers and others; and how they have affected positive change in their organizations or communities. The individuals of the PharmaVOICE 100 represent a broad cross section of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research, clinical trial, research and development, patient education, patient recruitment, advertising, technology and many others.

DBruggeman

CRA President among life science's most inspiring

Tempe-based Clinical Research Advantage (CRA), the country’s largest wholly owned network of clinical trial sites, announced that the company’s President & Chief Operating Officer,  David M. Bruggeman, has been selected by PharmaVOICE Magazine as one of the 100 most inspiring people in the life sciences industry. Bruggeman, a 30-year healthcare industry veteran, was honored for his vision and innovation in the clinical trials industry.

Since acquiring CRA in 2007, Bruggeman has been the pioneering force behind the development of an integrated platform for clinical research. This platform has allowed CRA to standardize its research procedures and make the trial process safer and more efficient. It has also enabled CRA to expand rapidly – growing from just six sites in Phoenix to more than 60 sites across the country in the past six years.

“David is an inspiring leader who is dedicated to furthering our industry,” said Mark S. Hanley, CRA’s Chief Executive Officer.  “David’s work has improved the quality and efficiency of clinical trials and improved the patient experience. On behalf of the CRA team, I’d like to congratulate David on this well-deserved honor.”

The PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of individuals recognized for their positive contributions to the life sciences industry. Nominated by thousands of PharmaVOICE readers, the recipients are selected based on comprehensive essays describing how they have inspired or motivated their colleagues, peers and others; and how they have affected positive change in their organizations or communities. The individuals of the PharmaVOICE 100 represent a broad cross section of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research, clinical trial, research and development, patient education, patient recruitment, advertising, technology and many others.

joint

CORE Institute Acquires Premier Orthopedics

The CORE Institute announced it has acquired Tempe-based Premier Orthopedics and that its Founder, Mitchell Wagner, MD will join The CORE Institute’s dynamic clinical team.

“Partnering with The CORE Institute will directly benefit our patients,” said Dr. Mitchell Wagner, MD.  “I am excited to join The CORE Institute team and contribute to achieving its mission of bringing a new standard of excellence to surgical care across Arizona and the nation based on the Excellence through Evidence® platform.”

“We are excited to add Dr. Wagner and his talented team to The CORE Institute as we continue to expand and implement our Excellence through Evidence® platform across the nation,” said Arizona Market President, John Brown, MD. “The move also demonstrates our commitment to grow within the Arizona market, while we continue to pursue our national expansion efforts.”

Mitchell Wagner, MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the Founder and Medical Director of Premier Orthopedics of Arizona, which he opened in early in 2011 after practicing with a large local orthopedic group since 1999. He has expertise in orthopedic joint reconstruction, specifically of the knees, shoulders, and hips affected by diseases such as osteoarthritis, and acute and chronic injuries.

Arizona School Choice Trust

Fulton Homes ‘Teacher of the Week’ returns

While school teachers may be under-recognized by many, Fulton Homes continues to acknowledge educators for their unwavering sacrifice and dedication to their students. As the new school year begins, the Tempe-based homebuilder is once again taking the lead to support teachers and education.

For the 14th consecutive year Fulton Homes’ “Teacher of the Week” program returns to honor Valley school teachers. Throughout the school year the program showcases teachers who inspire their students. Both students and parents can nominate their favorite educator each week for that teacher’s chance to win $300 from Fulton Homes and other prizes. The chosen educator will be announced each Friday from 6:20 to 7:20 a.m. on KNIX’s Ben and Matt in the Morning Show, heard at 102.5 FM. Students and parents can nominate their favorite teacher each week by visiting www.knixcountry.com, and submitting a brief form describing why their teacher deserves the title.

In May a ‘Teacher of the Year’ will be chosen from the list of weekly winners, and they will be presented with a $1,000 check at a ceremony honoring all the weekly winners. Based on the entries submitted, a panel of judges will select a winner and the teacher will be announced at the May banquet.

“Teacher of the Week is our longest-running program at Fulton Homes,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “This campaign honors local educators who go the extra mile for their students.”

For more information about Fulton Homes “Teacher of the Week,” visit www.fultonhomes.com, or visit www.knixcountry.com and type in the keyword “teacher.”

data.center

CGI expands in Phoenix and Tempe, bringing new IT jobs

CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the opening of its newest Global Infrastructure Services support facility at Tempe Crossroads in Tempe.

Planned hiring in Tempe, and at CGI’s Phoenix-based U.S. Data Center, will grow CGI’s employee base in the region by more than 30 percent. Its new 11,000 square foot Tempe offices at 309 West Elliot Road will house more than 150 employees, bringing CGI’s total headcount in Arizona to more than 550.

CGI’s Phoenix area operations offer highly skilled, in-demand career opportunities in cloud computing, virtualization, cyber security, data center operations, client application hosting and infrastructure management. Aligned with the company’s veterans initiative, military veterans are among those encouraged to apply for entry-level to highly experienced technical positions.

Arizona ranks fifth in Fortune’s list of Fastest Growing Tech Markets, and CGI is growing its presence in the state to support federal, state and local governments and Fortune 100 companies with high-quality technology infrastructure services. CGI also supports federal clients from its offices in Sierra Vista and Tucson.

A leader in cloud computing, CGI’s U.S. data center operations were granted provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) of the Federal Risk Management Authorization Program (FedRAMPSM). Frost & Sullivan recognized has CGI with its North American Company of the Year Award in Government Cloud Solutions.

“CGI recognizes the quality of Arizona’s workforce and is pleased to expand our operations in the Phoenix technology corridor. This is a great opportunity to draw on a strong talent pool while offering outstanding career opportunities locally,” said Douglas Crane, Vice President of Global Infrastructure Services at CGI. “We are committed to delivering an outstanding work experience and being active members of the community.”

Interested candidates should visit www.cgi.com/careers to view open positions in Phoenix.

medical.research

Clinical Research Advantage expands reach

Clinical Research Advantage (CRA), the country’s largest wholly owned network of clinical trial sites, has further expanded its geographic and therapeutic reach by acquiring the late phase division of Comprehensive Clinical Development (CCD). This transaction will allow CRA to offer pharmaceutical sponsors and contract research organizations an across-the-board solution for their diverse clinical research needs.

Clinical Research Advantage includes 63 sites listed under “CRA” and “Radiant Research.” Both brands are known as leaders in Stage II-IV clinical trials. CRA focuses on on family practice and general medicine, while Radiant conducts multi-specialty and consumer trials. Comprehensive Clinical Development is a leader in psychiatric clinical trials, specifically in the areas of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. CCD has participated in the development of every major psychiatric drug that has been developed over the past 10 years, and it is recognized in the industry as a high quality researcher and successful enroller for psychiatric trials.

“By adding Comprehensive Clinical Development to the CRA family of trial sites we are able to increase our capabilities to meet the needs of the growing pharmaceutical marketplace,” said Mark S. Hanley, Chief Executive Officer of CRA. “We are excited about this partnership and the opportunity to move into new therapeutic areas of clinical research. CCD has an impressive track record in psychiatric trials, and we see it as an ideal partner as we continue to expand our operations.”

Based in Miramar, Fla., CCD was founded in 1998. The company operates four independent sites in Atlanta, Ga., Cerritos, Calif., Holliswood, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. The combined companies will continue to function under the names Clinical Research Advantage and Comprehensive Clinical Development, but will be looking to integrate and streamline their operations where appropriate.

AMR-US Airways

Shareholders OK US Airways -American merger

US Airways and American Airlines moved closer to creating the world’s biggest airline Friday, as US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved their proposed merger.

Shareholders of US Airways Group Inc. would get 28 percent of the shares in the combined company, with the rest going to creditors, employees and shareholders of American Airlines parent AMR Corp.

US Airways said that 132,273,780 shares were voted in favor of the merger while 257,757 shares were voted against it. Another 256,523 abstained.

The merger is still being reviewed by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. It also needs the approval of American’s creditors the judge overseeing the airline’s bankruptcy proceedings.

Critics of the merger worry that it will reduce competition and drive up prices. Similar complaints arose around the mergers of Delta and Northwest in 2008, United and Continental in 2010, and Southwest and AirTran in 2011. Antitrust regulators allowed all those deals to go through.

Those other mergers changed the industry landscape, creating giants that made it harder for US Airways and American to compete, said Doug Parker, CEO of Tempe-based US Airways.

The merger “creates a fourth strong competitor to United, Delta and Southwest,” said Parker, who will become CEO of the combined carrier, which will keep the American Airlines name and be based in Texas.

If the American-US Airways deal goes through, those four airlines will control more than 80 percent of the domestic air-travel market.