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Grandview Terrace finishes last phase of assisted living project

Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation by Sun Health has finished building an upscale 20-suite residence for up to 30 people who need assistance with activities of daily living.

Grandview Terrace’s Assisted Living project is the last phase of a multi-million dollar, top-to-bottom renovation of the Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation campus — previously known as Grandview Care Center. A skilled nursing unit, a sub-acute rehabilitation unit and an indoor-therapy pool in the rehabilitation department were remodeled. Construction crews also built a 16-suite memory support residence, designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

The second floor of the two-story residence contains one two-bedroom, 13 one-bedroom and six studio suites, each with a kitchenette, full bath and ample closet space. The one and two-bedroom suites also feature a living room. The second floor also includes a lounge with fireplace, a business center, several gathering spaces, a community refreshment area and a fitness area.

The ground floor features an artfully designed entrance, a Starbucks cafe, a gift shop, movie theater, chapel/library, spa and salon area, as well as a restaurant-style dining room and large multipurpose room, ideal for educational presentations and life enrichment activities. The first floor also houses a health clinic staffed by a physician.

The design-build team for the project consisted of The Weitz Company (contractor); Orcutt-Winslow Partnership (architect); HilgartWilson (civil engineering); and Thoma-Holec Design (interior design).

“The residents will not only receive the best in care and support, they’ll also have many opportunities to socialize, take part in community activities and improve or maintain their independence,” said Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health and head of the organization’s real estate development team.

According to a recent Merrill Lynch and Age Wave retirement study, 74 percent of people age 85 and older struggle with at least some activities of daily living, such as housework, shopping and other routine tasks. The study’s authors suggest these findings illustrate a need for more supportive services — including assisted living (AL) services — to meet the needs of this growing population.

The AL residence incorporates the same home-like, non-institutional look and feel found throughout the building. It is slated to open to residents in September once proper licensure has been obtained.

Grandview Terrace Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia is excited for the new development. “The physical layout of the residence, the programming and the staff all will help residents stay as independent as possible, but if they need assistance we’ll be right there to help.”

Sagewood completes second phase of Casitas

Sagewood, a Life Care Services community featuring resort-like amenities and health care services for senior living, has completed construction on its second phase of casitas. A recovering housing market and strong community sales sparked the second phase of detached casitas, a duplex home option for seniors living at Sagewood.

The stylish two-bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath casitas range from 2,173 to 2,326 square feet. In addition, residents can enjoy the desert landscaping on the large patio with a gas fireplace and water feature, a new addition to the casita design.

The casitas also feature a two-car oversized garage with ample storage capacity. In addition, the new casitas neighborhood provides majestic mountain and pristine Sonoran desert views.

“We are excited for residents to enjoy their new casita homes,” said Stewart Ingram, the community’s executive director. “Sagewood has seen an increase in demand for the modern detached homes, and our owners decided to start the second phase of construction,” he said.  “Only one casita remains available.”

Sagewood sold out of its first phase of 24 casitas two years ago and the community has now reserved 257 residences or 88 percent. Sagewood offers 19 spacious floor plans with entry fees starting at $323,300 for apartment homes, lofts, villas or detached casita residences.

“With the completion of the casitas, we are ramping now up to start construction on the expansion of the on-site Acacia Health Center,” Ingram said. “In addition to the resort-style amenities available to seniors at Sagewood, the Acacia Health Center offers a refreshing approach to healthcare.”

The general contractor was The Weitz Company and Smith Group JJR served as the architect for the new casitas, both of Phoenix.


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New to Market: The Lofts at Hayden Ferry

Project Name: The Lofts at Hayden Ferry

Developer: OliverMcMillan

General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Architect: Pappageorge Haymes Partners / Todd & Associates

Location & City (major crossroads/exact address): 260 Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona

Size (SF): 497,000 SF

Value: $40M

Estimated start and completion dates (by month or quarter): June 2014 / December 2015

Project Description/Additional Information: Situated on a 3.69-acre site adjacent to Tempe Town Lake, the high visibility development consists of 264 Class A market-rate apartments in four stories of wood framed structure with two levels of parking below grade. The podium will be elevated approximately four feet above grade which will enhance the characteristics of its architecture in addition to lessening the potential of subterranean water issues due to the proximity of the project to the existing lake. The site is currently vacant and is part of the Hayden Ferry Lakeside Master Plan, near Arizona State University and the Mill Avenue Entertainment District. 

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The Weitz Company Moves to Camelback Corridor

The Weitz Company announced its relocation to the Park One commercial office complex located in the Camelback Corridor of Phoenix. The move was completed Nov. 25.

The Weitz Company was established in Iowa in 1855, and opened a Phoenix office in 1978 to serve clients in the regional Southwest. In those 35 years, Weitz has put in place in excess of $3B construction locally, including many landmark projects. In 2003, Weitz built and moved into its iconic 63,000 SF building at 5555 E. Van Buren St.

“We’ve had some wonderful times in this building,” says Janine Ploen, Weitz’ office manager, who has been an integral part of the move team and is celebrating her 25th year with the company.

The move to Park One was driven by numerous factors, including an alignment with current market focus. “The location, for our industry, is ideal,” says Mike Bontrager, executive vice president of Weitz. Its adjacency to the “Main & Main” intersection of Camelback Road and 24th Street within one of the city’s primary business districts positions the company well to access both clients and associates. “Additionally, the complex and the immediate area provide fantastic amenities for our employees.”

The new office build-out, designed by DAVIS architects of Tempe, has been managed by Byron Bartlo, senior project manager at Weitz. The company’s own field teams, led by superintendent Mike Bonkoski, are performing the tenant improvement build. Even the desks and workspaces were designed and built by the employees. “This has been a collaborative effort from the very beginning,” says Bontrager. Convening an office-move “think tank,” he called upon employees for input on everything from concept and space planning to fixtures and fittings, trying to capture the essence of the company. “We designed our new office to reflect who we are and to continue to reinforce a high-performing, collaborative culture.”

Low-walled offices hug the expansive window walls, allowing more light into the space and providing almost everyone a view. The few perimeter offices have no doors. There are “huddle rooms” to be used for smaller meetings, conference calls and confidential work, or for impromptu work sessions that require a closed door. The kitchen/break area is similar to open food and beverage venues in public facilities. Delineated from the workspace only by exposed rebar, it features a bar-style counter and high-top tables, and is positioned midpoint in the office to be available for employees and visitors for lunch and after-hours gatherings. Other features of the space include angled slot windows, a state-of-the-art training room for the virtual design and building information modeling groups, two interconnecting conference rooms, work/print spaces and of course, the main open floor area. Everywhere, the design incorporates juxtaposed geometric lines and raw building materials in a clear representation of the company’s core business.


The Weitz Company Again Hosting 'Swing For The Scouts' Charity Golf Tourney


While The Weitz Company is well-known nationally for its golf course and clubhouse construction, it’s gaining some experience at hosting golf tournaments as well.

For the second year in a row, the Swing for the Scouts charity golf tournament will be held on the pristine course of The Raven Golf Club on Oct. 18, benefitting the local Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council of 26,000+ girls in Arizona.

Funds raised at this event will directly benefit the development and construction of the new Leadership and Development Center for Girls and Women at Girl Scouts’ Camp Sombrero in South Mountain.

Last year’s tournament raised nearly $25,000 for the project and with an already overwhelming support, it is expected last year’s contribution will be surpassed.

The tournament includes a sack breakfast, barbeque style lunch, raffle prizes, on-course activities, pros associated with the Gateway Pro Tour, and maybe most importantly, Girl Scout cookies.

In addition, players can expect a silent auction of cruises, signed sports memorabilia and even an African safari. There are several package sponsorships available, many of which include foursomes and all with plenty of recognition.

Custom sponsorship opportunities are welcomed and encouraged. In kind donations are also needed and will be used in the raffle held during the lunch. For those looking to secure one of top two place prizes (one of which will be a case of Girl Scout cookies for each player) there is even an option to include a Gateway Pro in the foursome. Players and sponsors alike can expect a big bang for their buck at this year’s tournament.

The new Leadership Center will include new cabins and activity rooms, office and learning areas, volunteer spaces, an updated Girl Scout store, as well as improved outdoor activity spaces at the archery range, soccer field and swimming pool.

The main attraction will be a beautiful new lodge for large group events. All of this is designed by Marlene Imirizan and Associates, Architects and will sit on the existing Camp Sombrero site nestled into the base of the mountain near 16th Street and Dobbins Road.

Currently the Girl Scouts are in the silent phase of the $15M project and to date have raised more than $2.5M from local philanthropic leaders. Events such as the tournament bring an urban camping experience for local Girl Scouts a few steps closer to reality.

The project is expected to break ground in the fall of 2013 and Weitz looks forward to building the newest addition to the Girl Scouts local program and being a part of the lives of the girls and women in Arizona.

For more information please the registration page (www.girlscoutsaz.org/swing-for-the-scouts), contact Samantha Pinkal at Weitz (samantha.pinkal@weitz.com) or Leslie Friedman at Girl Scouts (lesliefriedman@girlscoutsaz.org).




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 two bedroom, den and two-and-a-half bath design offering a large patio featuring a fireplace and water feature in addition to extensive desert landscaping.

The stylish, modern living single-story casitas also feature a two-car garage and provide  mountainous terrain and pristine Sonoran desert views located where north Phoenix meets Scottsdale.

“We’re responding to great market demand at Sagewood, since we have sold out of our original 24 casitas,” said Stewart Ingram, the community’s executive director.

Sagewood is nearing 80% reserved, with prices beginning at $316,900 for residences featuring detached casitas and villas to lofts and apartment homes with a choice of 19 floor plans.

General contractor is The Weitz Company and the architect is SmithGroupJJR. Starting price for the new Sagewood casitas is approximately $1M. Construction timetable for building a casita is six to nine months.

 “Our new casitas feature a wonderfully enhanced design with double the patio space from our original plan including a fireplace and water feature in addition to more desert landscaping in the backyard,” he said.

“Offering spacious floor plans, generous standard features, and superior construction quality combined with our resort-style amenities and the Acacia Health Center make the casitas a great value for living at Sagewood,” Ingram said.

Acacia Health Center at Sagewood features 10 apartments, 38 skilled nursing care suites (including 20 private suites) all Medicare certified, and a rehabilitative therapy center.

Life Care Services and Westminster Funds are the joint-venture partners of Sagewood.



PHX Sky Train Makes Its Long-Awatied Debut


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport celebrated a major milestone with the opening of the PHX Sky Train April 8.

The Phoenix City Council and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton took the first official ride after a ribbon-cutting event earlier in the morning.

Passengers using the PHX Sky Train will find a seamless connection between Terminal 4, which serves 80% of the passengers at Sky Harbor, East Economy parking, and the regional METRO light rail system at 44th St. and Washington.

“This is an exciting day for the city of Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” Mayor Stanton said. “The PHX Sky Train’s connection to light rail paves the way for convenient, multi-modal transportation to and from the Airport and is a true point of pride for our city.”

Travelers using Terminal 4, Sky Harbor’s busiest, will access the free PHX Sky Train from Level 3, where the gates and security checkpoints are located. From there, it is a two-minute ride to Sky Harbor’s largest economy parking area. Those wanting to connect with the METRO light rail only have a five-minute ride between Terminal 4 and the 44th St. Station. Trains arrive and depart every three to five minutes.

The automated, electrically-powered PHX Sky Train operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “We are especially proud that the environmentally-friendly project has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the Unites States Green Building Council,” said Phoenix Aviation Director, Danny Murphy.

The PHX Sky Train stations also provide many amenities for travelers, including the ability to print boarding pass at kiosks and pet parks. Early Bag Check, available at East Economy parking since December, also opened at the 44th St. Station on April 8. It allows travelers flying Southwest or US Airways to check their bags at the station for no additional cost.

For those picking up travelers, the 44th St. Station features a cell-phone waiting lot. METRO light rail customers will have the opportunity to purchase light rail tickets at the 44th St. Station.

By early 2015, the PHX Sky Train will serve all three terminals at Sky Harbor, with a station Terminal 3 and a walkway to Terminal 2. In its final stage of construction, the PHX Sky Train will continue to the Rental Car Center.

“This project is a significant milestone in Sky Harbor’s growth. It will make traveling easier by relieving the roadways of congestion and will further connect our community with sustainable transportation options,” said Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos.

Key companies involved in the design and construction of the PHX Sky Train (Stage 1) include:

Fixed Facilities

Gannet Fleming – Prime Design Engineer

HOK – Station Architect

Hensel Phelps – CM at Risk

McCarthy Building Companies – General Contractor

URS – Project Management Consultant

Train System

Bombardier – Train System Provider/Operator

The Weitz Company – Train System Contractor

Lea + Elliott – Train System Consultant


PHX Sky Train

The Weitz Way: Celebrating 35 years in Arizona


At The Weitz Company, employees are guided by a set of Core Values which are an integral part of the culture of this Iowa-based general contractor celebrating 35 years in Arizona.

These values are the foundation of how Weitz builds projects, manages its work, and treats employees, owners, and partners. They are:

>> Honesty and integrity;

>> Respect for people;

>> Performance with absolute reliability;

>> Long-term perspective;

>> Nurturing personal growth.

“At Weitz, we are all about customer advocacy,” says Brendan Morrow, Director-Senior Living, whose major projects include the $73M, 453,000 SF Maravilla Scottsdale that opened in May 2012.

“While we plan and work hard on schedule, quality and budget,

we also create a project specific plan on how to exceed customer

expectations. What can we do that goes above and beyond the things that

a lot of builders do well.

“We try to put ourselves in the owner’s shoes and do what we think is the right thing for their benefit.”

In 2009, Weitz entered into a collaboration with Bombardier Transportation and the City of Phoenix — big shoes to fill — on one of its signature projects in Arizona: a portion of the PHX Sky Train at Sky Harbor International Airport. And according to those involved, this particular project was a testament to Weitz’s Core Values.

“Although it was ‘sticks and bricks,’ this project was very unique,” says Bob Beaver, Weitz Senior Project Supervisor for Sky Train. “It dictated doing things we had never done before. That process including looking at the big picture with subcontractors such as Suntec. We really didn’t know each other. But as the project evolved and picked up speed, we had a ton of respect for each for them.

“Through that process, the ‘Weitz Way’, building relationships — also with Wilson Electric — was clearly evident,” Beaver adds.

In addition to the technical aspects and stringent requirements everyone faced, says Marty Szafranski, project manager for Wilson Electric, there was a huge amount of coordination with the logistical aspects.

“Getting equipment up there (on the elevated guideways) was a challenge,” Szafranski recalls. “But we all sat down in the trailer and charted out who goes first, second … getting the cables and concrete up there. As we looked at each, we started coming up with ideas. We pretty much piggybacked off each other.

In regards to Wilson’s involvement and the partnerships, Szafranski added, “We really started looking out for each other’s scope of work. We integrated with one another. The goal was to do it efficiently and safely. Everyone was Looking out for each other. We were side by side from the beginning all the way to this day.”

From his company’s standpoint, Derek Wright, vice president of Suntec Concrete, says the collaborative effort started with the realization of how technically demanding the job was.

“No one had done or seen something like this before,” Wright says. “Weitz took the lead and everyone quickly learned. Their knowledge and the staff they put in charge were an immense help. The mock-ups and learning process were essential to the overall. Without that we had no real idea of what product would look like.”

A big part of the collaborative effort included “team exercises” even before construction began. A facilitator was brought in to organize these exercises.

“It truly helped us learn about the people we’d be working with,” Wright recalls. “It made us dig a little deeper.

“Some people were more outspoken and drove the train,” Wright says with a laugh. “It helped understand that some people were assertive and some were laid back. This kind of forced all that stuff to fall away. As the project evolved, people put their differences and egos aside.”

PHX Sky Train was the fifth project of its kind on which John Housley, x, with Bombardier, had worked. He says he viewed working with Weitz as a “real team effort.” It wasn’t just Bombardier or Weitz. It was “us.”

Housley says he recalls an instance that stood out in his mind — and even impressed him.

“We had been in the trailer about a month or two,” Housley recalls. “Bob sends an email out and asks us to write something about ourselves. Likes and dislikes. They brought a lunch into the conference room. We read off some funny things … some crazy things. It pulled us together. You learned a lot of things about the guys you were working with. That was the first thing that really grabbed me and the Bombardier team.”

And to think it all started with just one meeting.

“That’s culture of this company,” Beaver says. “We are like a family.”


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Billings, Prendergast Form New Firm Pivotal Marketing Partners

Valley businesswomen Kelly Billings and Mara Prendergast have launched a new marketing firm, Pivotal Marketing Partners, which specializes in the developer, architecture, engineering and construction community by providing strategic marketing collateral development and design as well as complete project pursuit services.

Billings and Prendergast both have been in the construction industry for more than a decade, most recently with The Weitz Company where they worked together for the past 3 years.

“It was just the right time for us in our careers and so far, we are receiving a great response from the industry,” Prendergast says. “We are finding that firms are ready to try a new approach – from strategy to design – and that’s where we can really provide unique perspectives and fresh ideas. That’s where we provide The Missing Piece to their marketing efforts.”

“Mara and I are passionate about delivering our clients the highest quality marketing product,” Billings says. “Our goal is to understand and clearly communicate the strengths and unique differentiators of our clients to support their growth in Arizona through winning project pursuits and developing sophisticated collateral.”

Prendergast, LEED AP, received her BS in Business Marketing from University of Nebraska and was employed with The Weitz Company for more than 3 years with prior marketing positions at HDR and Kiewit.

Billings, LEED AP, received a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She was with The Weitz Company for 8 years and held prior positions with J.F. Shea Company and ABF Consulting Engineers.

For more information visit pivotalmarketingpartners.com.



Maravilla Scottsdale Celebrates Grand Opening

Maravilla Scottsdale, a resort-style retirement community with an innovative approach to senior living, recently celebrated its grand opening with a private reception for guests and residents.

With more than 400 invitees in attendance, the event featured a proclamation read by Scottsdale City Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp formally commemorating Senior Resource Group’s (SRG) commitment to elevating the standards of luxury living and care for retirees in north Scottsdale.

Maravilla Scottsdale is SRG’s seventh community in Arizona, and its first in Scottsdale. The Weitz Company was general contractor and Allen + Philps was the architect.

Since opening adjacent to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Tournament Players Club (TPC) Stadium Course, Maravilla Scottsdale has forged strong, collaborative relationships with those entities.

It also enjoys a partnership with Scottsdale Healthcare and an alliance with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University that made it possible for the institute to expand to Scottsdale with a series of university-level, non-credit courses and lectures for students 50 and older.

Maravilla Scottsdale’s continuum of care community, consisting of 217 residences, includes a mix of Casita and Courtyard residences offering independent living, assisted living and memory care (Alzheimer’s/dementia) residences.


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The Weitz Company Being Sold to Egyptian Construction Firm

General contractor The Weitz Company, which employs about 60 people in Arizona,  announced it has signed a letter of intent for acquisition by Egyptian construction company Orascom Construction Industries.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Weitz is the second oldest commercial GC in the United States. Weitz has three core business lines: commercial, federal, and industrial and has typically ranked among the top 50 in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list.

Weitz has 15 offices in the U.S. — including the Arizona office at 5555 E. Van Buren in Phoenix — and Guam. Weitz generated $681.5M of revenue in 2011 and prior to the recent economic downturn generated revenues in excess of $1.5B.

Weitz projects in Arizona include the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Mayo Clinic, CityScape, Sagewood (above photo), Scottsdale Waterfront, and a portion of the PHX Sky Train.

All of Weitz’s current management and employees will be retained following the acquisition, according to a release. Terms of the deal were not released.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate our growth plan,” Leonard Martling, chairman and CEO of Weitz, said in a release. “Weitz will be able to significantly expand its activities throughout the United States capitalizing on OCI’s financial strength and its industrial and infrastructure track record.

“In addition to our traditional commercial construction projects, we will be better positioned to pursue larger industrial projects and to target infrastructure concessions and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects as a part of one of the world’s top global contractors.”

Orascom said the deal will allow it to establish a strong strategic foothold in the U.S. construction market.

“The acquisition of Weitz will allow the OCI Construction Group to be strategically positioned to undertake a variety of commercial, industrial and infrastructure opportunities in the U.S.,” said Osama Bishai, COO of OCI Construction Group.

“Weitz will also provide the OCI Construction Group with a solid base to play a major role in the construction of greenfield industrial projects developed by OCI. Weitz is an excellent construction company and we are excited to be able to provide all the necessary support to enable the management team to grow its business.”

OCI is an international construction contractor and fertilizer producer, employing more than 72,000 people in 35 countries. The OCI Construction Group provides international engineering and construction services primarily on infrastructure, industrial and high-end commercial projects in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for public and private clients.


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Best Tenant Improvement Project 2011

Lumberyard Tap Room

Tenant Improvement 2011: Lumberyard TaproomContractor: Loven Contracting
Smith Architects
15,083 SF
5 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff
May 2010

Located in downtown Flagstaff, the Tap Room was a complete renovation of the historic Copeland Lumber facility. The building was stripped down to the shell and transformed into a 15,083 SF restaurant and brewery. The circa-1890 building sat vacant since the mid-1990s and is the last remaining building from Flagstaff’s lumber era. The original brick perimeter was reconditioned and the entire interior was gutted. The original wood trusses can be seen as one enters the building. The project was awarded intermediate level recognition from the Coconino County Sustainable Buildings Program. Sustainable amenities include a rainwater collection system, passive solar design and 90% of construction waste was recycled or reused.

Honorable Mention: Polsinelli Shughart

Honorable Mention 2011: Polsinelli Shughart, RED DevelopmentDeveloper: RED Development
The Weitz Company
60,000 SF
One E. Washington St., Suite 1000-1200, Phoenix
September 2010

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Best Multi-Family Project 2011

Vi at Silverstone

Best Multi-Family Project 2011: Vi at Silverstone, The Plaza CompaniesDeveloper: The Plaza Companies
Summit Builders
735,651 SF
23005 N. 74th St., Scottsdale
March 2010

Vi at Silverstone is a new, continuing care retirement community on a 35-acre campus. It consists of a 4-story, 467,857 SF main lodge building with 203 independent living units, an underground parking structure, a 2-story care center with 60 units and 67 residential villas. Common areas include formal and casual dining rooms, a lounge, indoor and outdoor pools, gym facilities, a theater, and an 18-hole putting course. Vi was “fast-tracked,” with the first phase completed 3 months ahead of schedule and the second phase completed one month ahead of schedule. Traditional materials, classic architectural and attention to detail placement are components of the distinct styling of the community. Vi’s purpose is to provide older adults with a superior living environment.

Honorable Mention: Sagewood, Phase 1

Honorable Mention: Sagewood, Phase 1; LCS/Westminster Partnership IVDeveloper: LCS/Westminster Partnership IV
The Weitz Company
Todd & Associates
878,559 SF
4555 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
November 2010

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Most Challenging Project 2011

Soleri Bridge and Plaza

Most Challenging Project 2011: Soleri Bridge

Developer: City of Scottsdale
Howard S. Wright
Douglas Architecture and Planning
Bridge with 22,000 SF plaza
Location: Camelback and Scottsdale roads, Scottsdale
Completed: December 2010

The Soleri Bridge and Plaza is more than just another construction project. It is a signature piece of art built by a construction team (Howard S. Wright), incorporating the vision of the artist/architect, Paolo Soleri. The project has a number of special features that required the combination of standard construction techniques and artist’s touches to produce such items as drip walls, pre-cast panels, and stainless steel pylons. The pedestrian-only bridge provides a scenic viewpoint over the 60-foot wide water conveyance channel and includes a 22,000 SF plaza. Although HSW was not required to employ sustainability measures on the project, all steel and metal excess and scrap was separated and delivered to a local salvage yard for recycling; as was all demolished concrete.

Honorable Mention: Maricopa County Security Building

Honorable Mention: Maricopa County Security Building, SmithGroup

Roof Repair/Renovation

Developer: Maricopa County
Contractor: The Weitz Company
Architect: SmithGroup
Size: 1,350 SF
Location: 401 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Completed: September 2010

Maravilla Scottsdale - AZRE November/December 2010

Senior Living: Maravilla Scottsdale


Developer: Senior Resource Group
General contractor: The Weitz Company
Architect: Allen & Philp Architects
Location: 7325 E. Princess Blvd., Scottsdale
Size: 25 acres

The project (1st and 2nd phases) is a 217-unit Continuum of Care Retirement Community. When completed in 2012, Maravilla will feature 39 casitas and 118 full service courtyard residences.

AZRE Magazine November/December 2010

Best Tenant Improvement Project 2010

Barneys New York Interior Build-Out

This project portrays contractor collaboration at its finest, as two contractors were constructing different components of the project. Extensive collaboration began early during pre-construction, where major components were identified and planned for in order to eliminate surprises. The grand staircase created a unique challenge for the contractor given its design complexity, specific details required by the owner and architect, and the structural requirements. The staircase itself weighed more than 15 tons and was constructed of massive steel pieces, with the interior guard rail comprised of very large glass panels. Barneys New York took the lead in revitalizing the old Robinsons-May wing, drawing in 18 additional new retailers and restaurants, in the midst of unprecedented tough economic times in the country.

Developer: Barneys New York
Contractor: The Weitz Company
Architect: Gensler
Size: 67,800 SF
Location: Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale
Completed: September 2009

Honorable Mention: Arcadia Gateway ReimagingBest Tenant Improvement Project 2010

Developer: Kruft Enterprises Inc.
Contractor: Sigma Contracting
Architect: Lamb Architects
Size: 90,000 SF
Location: NEC McDowell Rd. & 44th St., Phoenix
Completed: May 2009

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CB Richard Ellis - Best of the Best Awards 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona

Best of the Best Awards 2009: Real Estate Commercial

Real Estate Commercial Honoree: Brokerage Firms: 25 brokers or more

CB Richard Ellis

CB Richard Ellis - Best of the Best Awards 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona

Photograph by Duane Darling

CB Richard Ellis has been serving clients in Arizona for more than 55 years, becoming a dominant player in the state’s commercial real estate market. From leasing, acquisitions and sales, marketing and consulting, it has earned a reputation as a respected leader in the business community through its ability to track market trends and build relationships. Whether marketing a portfolio of properties or negotiating a complex lease agreement, CBRE brokerage professionals — more than 100 statewide — offer the most integrated array of commercial real estate services. Their approach is strategic rather than merely transactional.

That is, CBRE’s professionals can assess a client’s entire real estate portfolio requirements on a company-wide scale, delivering results and surpassing expectations.

2415 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

Year Est: 1952 Brokers: 103
Principal(s): Craig Henig
(Arizona/Phoenix), Tim Prouty (Tucson)

Real Estate Commercial Finalist: Architectural Firms: 10 architects or more


SmithGroup Inc. is one of the largest architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firms in the United States. With 10 offices and a staff of 800, Smith- Group specializes in the health, education, science and technology, office workplace, high tech and urban/campus planning markets. SmithGroup’s Phoenix office is well-known for its innovative design of the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative; the award-winning Apollo Riverpoint Center; and the recently completed Norton School of Family and Consumer Science at the University of Arizona.

455 N. 3rd St., #250, Phoenix

Real Estate Commercial Finalist: Contractors: General, 120 staff or more

The Weitz Company

Since entering the Phoenix market in 1978, the Southwest Business Unit of The Weitz Company has built a solid reputation based on excellent service, quality work and long-term relationships. Weitz attributes its success to the company’s core values: honesty and integrity, respect for people, performance with absolute reliability, long-term perspective, and nurturing personal growth. In 2007, Weitz expanded its Arizona market by opening an office in Tucson based on its reputation for quality and service to clients.

5555 E. Van Buren St., #155, Phoenix

Best of the Best Awards 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona