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Quik Tek Assembly Expands into Tucson

Quik Tek Assembly, a minority-owned provider of contract manufacturing services, announced that it has expanded operations to the Tucson region. Quik Assembly Solutions, a division of Quik Tek Assembly, has leased an 8,000 square-foot building at 3450 S. Broadmont, Suite 120, and plans a $700,000 capital investment. The new facility will be open by April 2014.

Quik Tek Assembly, also a Raytheon supplier, provides a wide range of contract manufacturing services including circuit and cable design; PCB layout and manufacture; PCB, cable and mechanical assembly; product testing and the manufacture of complete product ready to ship.

The company plans to hire 50 new positions over the next 5 years. The jobs at the facility will be a mix of engineering, manufacturing, administrative and technician positions. Candidates interested in job opportunities can click here.

Through TREO, the company worked with community partners including the City of Tucson, Pima County One-Stop Career Center, Arizona Commerce Authority and Startup Tucson.

Adan Ortiz, president of Quik Tek Assembly, said: “Southern Arizona is a growing market, and we needed to be close to both existing and new potential customers. Additionally, we look forward to contributing to workforce development by encouraging STEM interest and providing student internships in partnership with The University of Arizona and Pima Community College.”

“Hi-tech manufacturers and suppliers to existing employers are logical fits for the Tucson region,” said Joe Snell, TREO president and CEO. “In addition, Quik Tek is committed to

Kleinn Automotive Accessories leased 1,000 square feet at 2112 N. Dragoon Street.

Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR Releases Recent Transaction List

Kleinn Automotive Accessories leased 1,000 square feet at 2112 N. Dragoon Street, #16 in Tucson, Arizona, from Rich Rodgers Investments, Inc. Brandon Rodgers, CCIM, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord in this transaction.

Flash in the Past Studio leased 1,485 square feet at 43 S. 6th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, from Rich Rodgers Investments, Inc. Brandon Rodgers, CCIM, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord and Billy Mordka with Harvey Mordka Realty represented the tenant in this transaction.

Henry Tusinski leased 1,740 square feet at 220 E. 27th Street, Suite D in Tucson from Tin Cup Properties, LLC. Ron Zimmerman, Commercial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Merle’s Automotive Supply, Inc. leased 7,200 square feet at 6550 N. Thornydale Road, in Marana from Encino Investments, LLC to expand their store at that location and better serve their clients in the area. Aaron LaPrise, Retail Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord. Russell W. Hall, SIOR, GSCS and Stephen D. Cohen, Principals and Industrial Specialists with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the tenant in this transaction.

Ray Parri purchased a 10,000 square foot warehouse at 3424 S. Campbell Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, from Campbell Industrial, LLC for $511,300. Paul Hooker, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the buyer and Tony Reed with Long Realty represented the seller in this transaction.

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RED AWARDS 2014: Healthcare Project

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.‎


Tucson Medical Center
Developer: Tucson Medical Center
Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction
Architect: Hobbs + Black Architects
Brokerage: Hill International
Size: 218,930 SF
Location: 5301 E. Grant Rd., Tucson
Completed: April 2013

tucson-medical-centerOriginally intended to be a series of complex renovations, Tucson Medical Center added a four-story orthopedic and surgical tower to its campus that meets the increasing needs of the growing community. The tower replaced 18 existing operating rooms and added much more, including a dedicated pediatric surgery area. The new tower also adds 14 surgical suites, two hybrid rooms and 40 private patient rooms. The new tower add-on also included renovations to the building, such as shades for the windows to ward away the sun’s discomfort and an upgrade on the chilling and heating water systems. The new tower also blends in with the original design of the medical center, with native stone and copper integrated into the architecture, creating the appearance that it has always been there. During construction, the hospital 
did not experience any planned or unplanned interruptions in patient care.

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Artigue Elected President of ATC Board

Cameron Artigue, an attorney with Gammage & Burnham in Phoenix, has been elected President of Arizona Theatre Company’s Board of Trustees. Robert Glaser, Principle at PICOR Commercial Real Estate Properties in Tucson continues to serve as Chair.

Glaser and Artigue will be joined on the Executive Committee by:

 Immediate Past Chair – Michael Seiden, Former President and CEO of Western International University, Phoenix

 Vice President – Phoenix, Susan Segal, an attorney with Gust Rosenfeld PLC

 Vice President (Tucson) – Lynne Wood Dusenberry, University of Arizona – retired;

 Assistant Treasurer – Marc Erpenbeck, President and Chief Legal Counsel, George Brazil, Phoenix

Secretary – Robert Taylor, Senior Director of Regulatory Policy and Public Involvement, Salt River Project, Phoenix.

 Assistant Secretary – Dina Scalone-Romero, Executive Director, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson

For more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

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TEP Recognizes Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has recognized customers and other community partners with TEP BrightEE Awards for energy savings achieved through the company’s successful energy efficiency (EE) programs.

The inaugural TEP BrightEE Awards were presented today to local nonprofit organizations, school districts, small businesses and homebuilders. Several BrightEE (pronounced ‘brighty’) recipients are customers who reduced their energy use and lowered their monthly electric bills by participating in TEP’s customer-funded EE programs.

“Energy efficiency programs give us a great opportunity to work directly with our customers in developing an important, low-cost energy resource,” said TEP President and Chief Operating Officer David G. Hutchens. “These EE partnerships produce savings for our customers, benefits for our environment, and help us to continue providing safe, reliable, and affordable service to the community.”

TEP’s EE programs provide incentives for customers to invest in high efficiency technologies such as compact fluorescent lighting, pumps, motors and HVAC equipment. Other programs offer incentives for builders to design and construct residential and commercial buildings based on EE construction standards.

The programs help TEP work toward achieving the goals in Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard. The standard requires electric utilities to increase energy savings each year through customer-funded EE programs until the cumulative usage reduction reaches 22 percent by 2020.

EE programs, which cost less than building new power plants, help reduce reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in reduced air emissions and water usage. TEP’s EE programs have already produced significant benefits. The TEP EE program measures enacted in 2013 alone will produce energy savings exceeding 168,000 megawatt hours – enough energy to power more than 14,000 Tucson homes for a year.

Here is the list of BrightEE categories and winners selected by TEP’s EE team:

  • Large Business – Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital: St. Mary’s most notable projects include retrofitting more than 20,000 florescent T12 tube lamp fixtures with more efficient lamps and thousands of electronic ballasts. The hospital also installed variable speed drives, which can raise or lower motor speeds used in HVAC and other systems. Installation of an automated energy management system is scheduled to be completed this summer.
  • Small Business – Vroom Engineering: This local engineering firm participated in the Small Business program to replace more than one hundred 1,000-Watt, metal halide light fixtures with energy efficient high bay fluorescent fixtures.
  • Contractor – Inline Electrical Resources: Inline was the first applicant to register as a contractor for TEP’s Small Business program. Since then, Inline has completed more than 200 energy efficiency projects.
  • Schools – Sunnyside Unified School District: Sunnyside has upgraded classroom lighting and mechanical equipment at the majority of its schools and several support facilities. In 2013, the company gave 17 EE classroom presentations and distributed more than 450 energy efficiency kits for Sunnyside students to use at home through TEP’s Outreach Program. Desert View High School also participates in TEP’s Direct Load Control program.
  • Schools – Marana Unified School District: Marana has upgraded lighting and HVAC equipment in several schools by combining TEP incentives with federal funding available through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More than two dozen EE classroom presentations were given in 2013 alone, and TEP has distributed more than 550 EE kits to students.
  • Non-Profit – The Primavera Foundation: In 2013, Primavera completed construction of a new energy-efficient, 12-unit family complex that was built in South Tucson using sustainable principles. The project is designed to meet LEED and Net-Zero Energy Building standards through a mix of 2- and 3-bedroom patio units that are ADA compliant. (Note: This nonprofit organization, which administers affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization programs, is a past recipient of TEP’s Grants That Make a Difference program, which is funded with shareholder dollars.)
  • Homebuilder – Meritage Homes: Meritage was the first national builder to construct every home using standards that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements. Meritage, which participates in TEP’s New Construction program, builds homes that are twice as energy efficient as a typical U.S. home of the same size.
  • Lifetime Contribution to Residential Energy Efficiency – John Wesley Miller: Miller, a national leader in energy conservation and green building practices, has received numerous industry honors and awards for energy conservation and building quality. He has consulted with Pima County to promote a program for energy-efficient homes and the use of solar energy, and with the University of Arizona’s Environmental Research Laboratory in developing new energy-saving products and technologies. Miller is one of four builders selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop highly-efficient “zero-energy use” homes. The second such home built by Miller costs an average of about $300 annually to heat and cool.
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CBRE Releases Recent Tucson Transactions

CBRE has recently leased two retail spaces totaling 5,522 SF located at the 5555 Broadway Center in Tucson.

The redevelopment project was formerly home to a Mervyn’s department store. The site, which sits at the northeast corner of Broadway Boulevard and Craycroft Road, is anchored by Hobby Lobby and Stein Mart. Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch with CBRE’s Tucson office negotiated the lease for the landlord/developer, Benenson Capital Partners of New York City. The newest tenants include an Arizona Urgent Care, which will open in the 3,522 SF west-corner end-cap, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop, which leased the remaining 2,000 SF between Urgent Care and Broadway Smiles Dentistry & Orthodontics. Arizona Urgent Care was represented by Ken Elmer of Commercial Properties, Inc. and Potbelly was represented by Zach Pace of Phoenix Commercial Advisors. Arizona Urgent Care and Potbelly Sandwich Shop will both open in mid-2014.

“The redevelopment of this former Mervyn’s site is redevelopment done right. The proactive planning, collaboration and hard work by all of the organizations involved have resulted in a transformed property,” said CBRE’s McClure. “This 7.1-acre corner is now home to a modern, successful retail strip center that is 100 percent leased and is a huge boon to the community.”

“5555 Broadway Center has been a great project, and we owe CBRE a great debt in its ultimate success,” said Gary F. Sedoruk, managing director of Benenson Capital Partners. “I think we built a great team in Tucson.”

Formerly the site of a Mervyn’s department store and a long-closed, boarded-up tire shop, 5555 Broadway was purchased by Benenson Capital Partners in 1992. After Mervyn’s closed in 2009, redevelopment did not begin until early 2012. The pad was completed as shell space at the end of 2012, with three of the four spaces leased to the Mattress Firm, Vitamin Shoppe and Broadway Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics prior to completion. The anchor tenants took occupancy after improvements to the main building with Stein Mart opening in late 2012 and Hobby Lobby in the spring of 2013. With the latest additions of Arizona Urgent Care and Potbelly, the entire retail development is now fully leased.

OTHER TRANSACTIONS

Local homebuilder United Builders LLC has leased 1,560 SF of office space at 6601 E. Grant Rd in Tucson. CBRE’s David Montijo negotiated on behalf of the tenant. The landlord, C2D2 Associates LLC, was self-represented. United Builders took occupancy early January.   Progressive Animal Wellness Services LLC has leased 3,150 SF of retail space at Rita Ranch shopping center located at 9040 Valencia Rd. in Tucson. CBRE’s David Dutson negotiated on behalf of the landlord, CNA Enterprises, Inc. The tenant, who was represented by Dean Ingram with DeRito Partners, took occupancy in early January.   The Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation has leased 4,718 SF of office space at Taylor Office Park located at 1990-1996 N. Kolb Rd. in Tucson. CBRE’s Jeff Casper negotiated the 10-year lease on behalf of the landlord, Taylor Kolb LLC. The tenant, who was represented by Bob Davis and Tom Hunt with Rein & Grossoehme, will take occupancy in early March.   Burns Pest Elimination of Tucson has leased 3,516 SF of flex/industrial space at 2002 N. Forbes Blvd. CBRE’s Tim Healy and Bob DeLaney negotiated on behalf of the landlord, San Diego, Calif.-based DMIG, LLC. The tenant, who was represented by Jeff Casper with CBRE, will take occupancy March 1st.   The National Ecological Observatory Network has leased 3,900 SF of office space at Valencia Business Park located at 2115 E. Valencia Rd. in Tucson. The landlord was Tucson-based Obedin Holdings LLC. CBRE’s Bill Di Vito and Jesse Blum represented both the tenant and landlord in negotiating the lease term. The Boulder, Colo.-based NEON, which is designed to gather and synthesize data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity by collecting data from 106 sites across the U.S., will take occupancy in early June.

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Tucson Commercial Real Estate Market Review

PICOR released the following Tucson commercial real estate market review:

Office

The Tucson office vacancy rate ended 2013 in familiar territory, at 12.2%, with medical and associated uses continuing to shine more brightly than financial and service sector requirements. Investment activity picked up in the fourth quarter, with seven of the ten largest buildings sold to users in service and technology fields. We expect mild improvement across the market in 2014 with job creation the key to meaningful absorption.

Retail

On the strongest annual net absorption since 2008 (728,000 sf), the Tucson retail market improved to 7.1% vacancy at year end 2013, versus 7.9% a year before. Lease rates appear to have bottomed out, with average asking rates citywide at $14.32 psf/year. Deliveries for the year totaled almost 400,000 sf, the highest level of construction in four years. This construction was driven by tenant activity, rather than speculative development.

Industrial

The Tucson industrial market made significant headway over the course of 2013. Positive absorption of 770,000 sf allowed vacancy to improve 1.5 percentage points (pps) year over year to end the year at 10.5%, led by small business growth. Upward pressure on rents became more notable in small spaces, but not significantly enough to impact values. On the investment side, pricing pressure remained as continued REO product washed through the market. Look for continued gradual improvement in the year ahead.

Multifamily

2013 saw increases in unit absorption, average rental rates and occupancy rates, ending at a 9.41% vacancy rate on absorption of 754 units. Monthly rents increased $8 per unit to $637. Sale activity dropped sharply in 2013 due to stagnant NOIs and the midyear jump in interest rates. Expect a multi-year increase in trading activity beginning this year, thanks to improving fundamentals and heightened investor interest as other markets become overpriced.

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Lee & Associates Sells Tucson Shopping Center for $24.8M

River Center, a 117,563 SF Whole Foods- and Petco- anchored shopping center at 555 E. River Rd. in Tucson, has sold for $24,775,000. The sale posted a cap rate of 5.5%.
The January 9 closing was lead by Lee & Associates Arizona principals Patrick Dempsey and Jan Fincham. The buyer was Global Retail Investors, LLC, a subsidiary of First Washington Realty, Inc. of Bethesda, MD. The seller was River Center Canada, LLC.
“We were pleased to have sourced this signature Tucson project and worked diligently to provide valuable guidance for both parties,“ said Dempsey.
River Center was constructed in 1986 and remodeled in 1997 and in 2013. The center is located at the base of the Catalina Foothills in northeastern Tucson.

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Arizona Telemedicine Sets Standard of Innovation

Investments by state governments in their own state universities can yield large returns and help create new industries.  In Arizona, telemedicine is a good example of a success story.

The Arizona Telemedicine Program’s Telehealth Technology Innovation Accelerator (TTIA) supports the development of telemedicine programs in independent health-care delivery systems throughout Arizona. The Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) operates one of the largest broadband health-care telemedicine service networks in the United States, delivers federally funded distance education and training programs throughout the Southwest and supports clinical studies on innovative health-care delivery systems.

Headquartered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, the ATP began in 1996, when then-State Representatives Robert “Bob” Burns (R-Glendale) and Lou Ann Preble (R-Tucson) championed the creation of an eight-site telemedicine program.  Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, a pioneer in telemedicine and telepathology, was recruited as its founding director. Since then, the eight-site Arizona Telemedicine Rural Network has grown 20-fold, and now extends to 160 sites in 70 communities.

“Our goal from the start was to use state funding as seed money for something far greater,” said Dr. Weinstein. “Our University of Arizona physician faculty members and basic scientists saw an opportunity to create a new type of federation of telemedicine programs, in which the UA would have multiple roles for an Arizona state-wide consortium of telemedicine programs. These roles now include creating and operating a shared broadband telecommunications network; developing inclusive training programs that address the telemedicine training needs of personnel across the entire health-care industry in Arizona; and promoting telemedicine, telehealth and mobile health (or mHealth).”

Today, a number of nationally recognized telemedicine programs are affiliated with ATP.  Personnel in these programs have received telemedicine training and technical assistance from ATP in Tucson and Phoenix or online.

The Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) in Yuma, Ariz., signed on with ATP in 2006.  Greg Warda, MD, and his YRMC staff now have daily access to pediatric cardiologists led by Daniela Lax, MD, at The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) in Tucson. Doctors in YRMC’s 20-bassinet Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have immediate access to UA telecardiologists in Tucson over the Arizona Rural Telemedicine Network. Immediate medical decisions can be made about transferring babies born with life-threatening congenital heart defects to Tucson or Phoenix hospitals with world-class pediatric cardiothoracic surgery specialists on their staffs. Said Dr. Warda, “I can’t say enough about the cardiologists in Tucson. They’ve all been wonderful.”

Each week, the UAHN cardiology group consults on four to five YRMC cases by telemedicine video conferencing and UA cardiologists also spend a day and a half each month in Yuma following up on the babies and children they have diagnosed. ATP engineers are available 24/7 to provide technical support for this pediatric service, which has handled more than 400 expedited cases in the past five years.

Another innovative program—Phoenix-based Banner Health’s eICU (electronic intensive care unit) program, one of the largest in the nation—utilizes clinical decision support systems (CDSS), computerized diagnostic aids that automate continual analysis of patient vital signs and provide electronic access to electronic health records, lab results, medications, medical imaging and other patient data. The CDSS alerts care teams to adverse trends as well as to acute events. Spotting adverse trends in a patient’s status is challenging in any care environment due to factors such as caring for multiple patients simultaneously and routine shift changes, but is critical to preventing adverse outcomes. The CDSS allows remote intensivists (physicians who specialize in the care and treatment of patients in intensive care units) and bedside care teams to focus their efforts on the patients who need them the most.

Banner’s eICU enterprise is built around a CDSS developed by faculty in the Department of Anesthesia at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., and is led by Deborah Dahl, vice president for patient care innovation and director of telemedicine at Banner. Currently, 430 eICU rooms at 20 Banner hospitals are equipped with a fixed two-way audio-video system linked to a call center in Mesa, Ariz., from which intensivists remotely monitor patients. In addition to providing the Banner Health “teleteam” video access, the system continuously gathers data from the bedside monitors and each patient’s electronic medical record. A single intensivist can follow hundreds of patients a day by telemedicine. The eICU system saves Banner Health tens of millions of dollars a year. It improves patient care, results in discharging patients earlier and lowers 30-day readmission rates.

Another ATP teaching affiliate, the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, has a network of rural telestroke sites. Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, professor of neurology and director of the telestroke and teleneurology programs at the Mayo Clinic, and Ben Bobrow, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix created a state-wide rural telestroke and teleneurology program that serves 1,500 patients annually, preventing permanent brain damage and death. Their telestroke network is bringing “golden hour” diagnostic services to patients at Bisbee’s Copper Queen Community Hospital and other rural hospitals in Casa Grande, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Globe, Kingman, Parker, Show Low, Tuba City and Yuma. (The “Golden Hour” for neurology patients is the one-to-three hours after stroke symptoms first appear, when the majority of strokes may be averted by intravenous thrombolytic therapy.)

The “granddaddy” of telemedicine services in Arizona is teleradiology, the most commonly used telemedicine application in the United States. Faculty in the UA Department of Medical Imaging (formerly Department of Radiology) pioneered the development of digital radiology, the foundational technology for teleradiology. Today, teleradiology services like those developed at the UA a decade ago are offered by hundreds of teleradiology companies in the United States. Since 1998, UA radiologists have diagnosed more than 1.3 million radiology cases for patients in 25 communities in Arizona and adjacent states.

“Today a number of our outstanding telemedicine programs, owned by different health-care organizations, work together on telemedicine challenges ranging from legal and regulatory issues to telecommunications challenges to reimbursement issues of mutual concern,” said Dr. Weinstein. The ATP is proud of the fact that “the Arizona State Legislature had a strong sense of ownership of the ATP at the time of its creation 17 years ago, and is engaged in these activities of ATP more than ever today.”

Dr. Weinstein noted, “Telemedicine is everybody’s business.”

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CBRE Completes 2,700SF Dickey’s BBQ Lease in Tucson

CBRE has completed a 2,700 SF retail lease at the Plaza Escondida Shopping Center at 7850 N. Oracle Rd. in Tucson.

Jesse Peron and Peter Villaescusa with CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord, Newport, Calif.-based Roseville Tucson LLC. The tenant, Dickey’s BBQ Pit, was represented by Gary Best of Keller Williams Southern Arizona in Tucson.

Dickey’s BBQ Pit is one of the fastest growing chains in the country, ranking fourth on Nation’s Restaurant News Second 100 list. The Texas-based BBQ franchise has four other locations in Arizona, all in the Phoenix metro area. This lease marks the first location in Tucson and southern Arizona.

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HSL Properties Repositions Former Texas Instruments Facility

CBRE has been awarded the marketing assignment for The Campus at Tucson International in Tucson, Ariz. The six-building, 253,393-square-foot business park campus sits on 17.6 acres two blocks from Tucson International Airport. The property was formerly home to Texas Instrument’s operations in Tucson.

William DiVito and Jesse Blum with CBRE’s Tucson office will handle the marketing of the property for owner HSL Properties of Tucson. DiVito and Blum also brokered the transaction for HSL, which purchased the property in September from Texas Instruments of Dallas, Texas for an undisclosed price. HSL is currently making improvements to the property with plans to reposition and bring new life to the project and the Tucson market.

We believe Tucson is a market that can and will attract major employers with the right kind of real estate. The Campus at Tucson International is that kind of real estate,” said Humberto Lopez, president of HSL Properties. “Our goal is to attract companies that will add value to the Tucson market in the form of jobs and commerce.”

This campus once housed over 1,400 employees,” said Omar Mireles, HSL’s executive vice president. “Our vision is to see that happen again. We are committed to bringing new businesses and the jobs that come with them to Tucson.”

The Campus at Tucson International is unique in that it offers a campus environment with amenities and infrastructure that are matched only by the properties that currently house Honeywell, Ratheon and IBM,” said CBRE’s DiVito. “It’s really well positioned to attract quality tenants and we’ve already experienced a flurry of interest from a variety of potential users after officially being on the market only a few weeks.”

We’ve had interest from companies looking to utilize the property for uses ranging from basic manufacturing to high-tech optics, and even back-office and data-center operations,” said CBRE’s Blum. “Some users have inquired about the entire property, while others have interest in portions of the property. That’s the great thing about The Campus at Tucson International; there are so many possibilities for potential users which opens us up to a really wide variety of user types.”

The Campus at Tucson International is a multi-use site that includes offices, labs, a conference center with a full commercial grade kitchen and cafeteria, as well as manufacturing and warehouse space. The multi-building campus is serviced by a sophisticated on-site central utility core that offers seven megawatts of power, which makes it an attractive option for users with significant power needs. Entirely secured with multiple access points, The Campus at Tucson International is two blocks from the Tucson International Airport and within walking distance to hotels and restaurants.

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CBRE Negotiates 2KSF Office Lease in Tucson

CBRE has negotiated a 2,006 SF office lease at 2500 N. Tucson Blvd. in Tucson. David Montijo and Jeff Casper with CBRE’s Tucson office negotiated the transaction on behalf of the landlord, AEH Investors V LLC, and the tenant, The Law Offices of Annie M. Rolfe PLLC, both of Tucson.

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Quarles & Brady Earns Inclusive Workplace Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Phoenix and Tucson offices received the Inclusive Workplace Leader Award for a medium-size company from Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) at their Annual Conference on Friday, November 1.

The DLA award is designed to recognize companies that are leaders in the area of Diversity & Inclusion and model the mission of DLA. In particular, they create an environment where individuals are treated and respected equally, and they are considered an “Inclusive Workplace Leader.”

“We’ve worked long and hard to create an environment in which any productive person can succeed,” says firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “It’s satisfying to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed, and the workplace we’ve created is its own reward as well.”

Quarles & Brady makes diversity a central component of its strategic plan. The firm is a recognized industry leader in mentoring and developing outstanding diverse attorneys, routinely ranking above average and among the best law firms for women and diverse attorneys. The firm has women and diverse attorneys heading four of the firm’s eight offices and offers family-friendly policies, informal training and other initiatives that promote a diverse workplace.

In addition, the firm’s Executive Committee appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Committee that consists of representatives from offices across the country and includes partners, associates and staff to ensure that diversity is a part of the organization. The firm also created the position of Director of Employee Relations, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, held by Darlene M. Austin, to provide firm leadership on diversity efforts.

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Quarles & Brady Earns Inclusive Workplace Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that the firm’s Phoenix and Tucson offices received the Inclusive Workplace Leader Award for a medium-size company from Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) at their Annual Conference on Friday, November 1.

The DLA award is designed to recognize companies that are leaders in the area of Diversity & Inclusion and model the mission of DLA. In particular, they create an environment where individuals are treated and respected equally, and they are considered an “Inclusive Workplace Leader.”

“We’ve worked long and hard to create an environment in which any productive person can succeed,” says firm chair Kimberly Leach Johnson. “It’s satisfying to see that our efforts have not gone unnoticed, and the workplace we’ve created is its own reward as well.”

Quarles & Brady makes diversity a central component of its strategic plan. The firm is a recognized industry leader in mentoring and developing outstanding diverse attorneys, routinely ranking above average and among the best law firms for women and diverse attorneys. The firm has women and diverse attorneys heading four of the firm’s eight offices and offers family-friendly policies, informal training and other initiatives that promote a diverse workplace.

In addition, the firm’s Executive Committee appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Committee that consists of representatives from offices across the country and includes partners, associates and staff to ensure that diversity is a part of the organization. The firm also created the position of Director of Employee Relations, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility, held by Darlene M. Austin, to provide firm leadership on diversity efforts.

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Sweitzer Named Head of UA Sarver Heart Center

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, a board-certified advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, will become director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the UA College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, effective March 1, 2014, announced Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

“It is very clear that Dr. Sweitzer has a passion for professional excellence and delivery of high-quality cardiovascular care, combined with a curiosity that drives collaborative scientific discovery,” Dr. Goldschmid said.  “She also displays a deep commitment to seeking ways to improve. She personifies the UA’s ‘Never Settle’ vision – a vision that guides our strategic planning at the College of Medicine.”

Currently, Dr. Sweitzer is an associate professor of medicine and director of numerous programs, including clinical research, quality, and the heart failure and cardiac transplant programs (interim director) at the University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Medicine Division in Madison. She also directs the cardiovascular medicine and heart failure and cardiac transplant fellowship programs there.

“Dr. Sweitzer is nationally recognized for her strong leadership and experience in clinical research. These unique talents will help her build impactful bridges between the clinical and basic science enterprises, and increase discovery in the areas of translational and personalized cardiovascular medicine,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, senior vice president for health sciences and professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Sweitzer has a clinical research program focused on the interaction of the dysfunctional heart muscle in heart failure with the vasculature and kidneys to better understand how to improve symptoms and organ function in heart failure patients.  She has done extensive work on the physiology of heart failure with preserved systolic function, a disease that disproportionately affects elderly women. She has led and collaborated on numerous studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health as well as studies supported by industry and academic sponsors. She also has served on numerous NIH committees and currently serves as a member of its Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Science Study Section and the American Heart Association’s Cardiac Biology and Regulation Committee.

“I believe in the mission of the current leadership of the University of Arizona, the College of Medicine, and The University of Arizona Health Network. Together, we are able to provide the highest level of unique advanced and specialized service to patients with heart disease in Tucson and the Southwest  and to support other cardiovascular and primary care providers in the region. The leadership at UA, combined with the strong faculty already in place, offer tremendous opportunity to grow the division’s regional and national presence and increase its prestige and recognition. I plan to build the cardiovascular division so that we will provide consistently excellent and comprehensive advanced and specialized cardiovascular disease services. As an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist, my focus has always been on providing the best care to the sickest patients with heart disease,” said Dr. Sweitzer.

“Dr. Sweitzer’s expertise will have a huge impact on the future advances that come from the Sarver Heart Center. Her experience as a translational researcher will be extremely valuable in terms of boosting collaboration between Sarver Heart Center members who have a strong basic science focus on cardiovascular diseases and those who understand the clinical advances that are within our grasp. We are grateful for the support we received from both the College of Medicine and The University of Arizona Health Network for making this recruitment possible,” said Carol C. Gregorio, PhD, director of the Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program and head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the UA College of Medicine, who has served as interim director of the Sarver Heart Center since July 2013, following the retirement of Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, who served as director since 1991. Dr. Gregorio also chaired the director search committee.

“I am looking forward to the unique opportunity to lead both cardiology and cardiovascular research efforts, coupled with a successful center of excellence in the UA Sarver Heart Center. The potential to make a significant impact is far greater than most cardiology opportunities. This is largely due to the tremendous legacy of Dr. Gordon Ewy. His amazing work in both research and public outreach, saving lives and increasing understanding and awareness of cardiovascular disease is an awe-inspiring and motivating legacy. The Sarver Heart Center and the talented and dedicated staff are poised to be a real force in the Tucson community as well as the regional Southwest for improvement of care disparities and cardiovascular disease awareness, and large-scale preventive heart disease efforts,” said Dr. Sweitzer.

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PICOR Releases Recent Transaction List

APX International, Inc. leased 20,078 SF at 2106 N. Forbes, Suite 101 & 102 in Tucson from MRI Saddlehorn Investment Fund II, LLC. Rob Glaser, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

TAP Royal leased 500 SF at 621 N. Grand Avenue, Suite D in Nogales from Angel Mendoza.  Denisse Angulo, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Filipino American Christian Fellowship of Tucson leased 1,075 SF at 6506 E. 22nd Street in Tucson from Tierra del Sol Commercial Center, LLC.  Aaron LaPrise, Retail Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Tom Harrison leased 1,500 SF at 220 E. 27th Street, Suite F in Tucson from Tin Cup Properties, LLC.  Ron Zimmerman, Commercial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Witt Company leased 1,732 SF at 1200 E. Ajo, Suite 109 in Tucson from Ajo/Evans Business Park, LLC. Steve Cohen and  Russ Hall,  SIOR, GSCS,  Industrial Specialists with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the tenant and Pat Welchert, SIOR, Industrial Specialist and Jeff Zellet, Commercial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Mort Kranitz Automotive Sales and Service, LLC. leased 1,926 SF at 2761 N. Stone Avenue in Tucson, Arizona from Wholesale Auto Exchange, Inc. Greg Furrier, Principal and Rob Tomlinson, Retail Specialists with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services represented the landlord and the tenant.

Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions leased 2,500 SF at 3640 S. Campbell Ave, Unit 1 in Tucson from Strauss Revocable Living Trust. Paul Hooker, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represent the landlord.

Swisher Hygiene USA Operations, Inc. leased 2,500 SF at 3640 S. Campbell Ave., Unit 2 in Tucson from Strauss Revocable Living Trust. Paul Hooker, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord and Sam McGill with Grant Street Associates represented the tenant.

Kachina Business Solutions, an Image 2000 Company, leased 3,883 SF at 1951 W. Grant Road, Suite 180 in Tucson from Wright and Case Holdings, LLC. Paul Hooker, Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the tenant and David Carroll with Romano Real Estate represented the landlord.

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Ogletree Deakins Named a ‘Law Firm of the Year’

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in two categories, Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management, in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. Only one law firm in each practice area receives the “Law Firm of the Year” honor. This is the third consecutive year that Ogletree Deakins has been named a “Law Firm of the Year.” It is also the second consecutive year that the firm has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law – Management category.

In Arizona, Ogletree Deakins’ offices in Phoenix and Tucson earned “First-Tier” rankings in three practice area categories: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Nationally, the firm has been recognized with six “First-Tier” rankings: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment; and Construction Law. A complete list of honorees is available today at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

“We are very excited to have received ‘Law Firm of the Year’ designations again this year,” said Kim Ebert, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “We will continue our focus on providing outstanding service and value to our clients.”

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Ogletree Deakins Named a 'Law Firm of the Year'

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in two categories, Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management, in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. Only one law firm in each practice area receives the “Law Firm of the Year” honor. This is the third consecutive year that Ogletree Deakins has been named a “Law Firm of the Year.” It is also the second consecutive year that the firm has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law – Management category.

In Arizona, Ogletree Deakins’ offices in Phoenix and Tucson earned “First-Tier” rankings in three practice area categories: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor & Employment. Nationally, the firm has been recognized with six “First-Tier” rankings: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment; and Construction Law. A complete list of honorees is available today at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

“We are very excited to have received ‘Law Firm of the Year’ designations again this year,” said Kim Ebert, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “We will continue our focus on providing outstanding service and value to our clients.”

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CBRE Completes 2,550 SF MOB Lease in Tucson

CBRE has completed a 2,550 SF medical office lease at 3395 N. Campbell Ave. in Tucson.

David Montijo with CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord, Sante Fe, N.M.-based H.P. Enterprises LP. The tenant, Scottsdale-based internalist and men’s health specialist Dr. Charles B. Evans, was represented by Alan Laulanien with Coaction Group LLC in Phoenix.

This transaction continues the trend of expanding medical users in the market,” said CBRE’s Montijo.

This lease marks a second practice location for the tenant, who currently practices in Scottsdale. The tenant plans to take occupancy in early November.

The property is located in Rillito Corporate Park, which is also home to other medical related tenants like Pima Heart Phsycians. Built in 1986, Rillito Corporate Park in now 74.5 percent leased with 21,635 square-feet of vacant, available space.

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Pima Community College gets interim director

The retired president of a New Mexico community college has been named the interim director of a two-year college campus in Arizona.

Former Santa Fe Community College President Sheila Ortega said she starts her job at Pima Community College on Monday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Ortega will be paid $173,000 a year as interim president of the college’s Community Campus, which focuses on adult basic education, workforce training and online learning.

Ortega is under contract to serve in the job through June 2014.

The college in Tucson has six locations throughout Pima County.

Ortega retired as president of the community college in Santa Fe in 2012, after a nearly 30-year career at the two-year school.

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CBRE Closes Three Deals in Tucson

Industrial:

  • Calvary Christian Fellowship of Tucson has leased 17,100-square-feet of industrial space at North Tucson Business Center 3850 and 3875 N. Business Center Dr. in Tucson. Peter Villaescusa and Jesse Peron of CBRE’s Tucson office represented the tenant in negotiating the lease agreement. The landlord, Wilson Property Services of Phoenix, Ariz., was represented by Rob Glaser and Sarah Rushing of Picor Commercial Real Estate in Tucson. The tenant took occupancy in mid-September.

Retail:

  • Kalina Russian Restaurant of Tucson has leased 2,750 SF of retail space at Bear Canyon Shopping Center at 8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd. in Tucson. Peter Villaescusa and Jesse Peron of CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord, Bear Canyon Associates LLC of Tucson, in negotiating the lease agreement. This lease marks an expansion for Kalina, which previously occupied the neighboring 1,400 SF space.
  • JB Restaurants IV LLC of Tucson has leased 2,400 SF of retail/restaurant space the River Crossing shopping center located at 2040 W. River Rd. in Tucson. Peter Villaescusa and Jesse Peron of CBRE’s Tucson office represented the tenant in negotiating the lease agreement. The landlord, La Cholla & River Road Associates LLC of Phoenix, was represented by Craig Finfrock of Commercial Retail Advisors in Tucson. JB Restaurants will operate as Jerry Bob’s restaurant and will open later this year.
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Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s IP Team earns No. 1 ranking

Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s Intellectual Property Group received more mentions by Fortune 500 companies for IP litigation than any other firm in the United States, according to Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2013 survey, “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies.”  The survey also recognized the firm’s patent prosecution practice.

Michael McCue, Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, said, “The survey is a testament to our practical, cost-effective representation.”  “We are focused on client service and value, not billable hours and maximizing our own profits to the detriment of our clients.”  The firm’s IP practice has been built by hiring laterals from top firms and offering flexible and creative pricing customized to clients’ needs.  The firm’s IP group serves clients across the U.S. from offices in Silicon Valley, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Tucson.

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber's IP Team earns No. 1 ranking

Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s Intellectual Property Group received more mentions by Fortune 500 companies for IP litigation than any other firm in the United States, according to Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 2013 survey, “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies.”  The survey also recognized the firm’s patent prosecution practice.

Michael McCue, Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, said, “The survey is a testament to our practical, cost-effective representation.”  “We are focused on client service and value, not billable hours and maximizing our own profits to the detriment of our clients.”  The firm’s IP practice has been built by hiring laterals from top firms and offering flexible and creative pricing customized to clients’ needs.  The firm’s IP group serves clients across the U.S. from offices in Silicon Valley, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Tucson.

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CBRE Awarded Leasing Assignment for Innovation Park

CBRE has been awarded the marketing and leasing assignment for Innovation Park in Tucson. The 535-acre, master-planned business park in sits in the heart of Tucson’s bio-science region in Oro Valley.

A collaborative team of brokerage professionals with CBRE’s Tucson office will handle the marketing and leasing of the property for owner/developer, Venture West. Tim Healy and Bob DeLaney will focus on the industrial space, David Montijo and Jeff Casper will handle office and medical space and Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch will oversee retail space.

Innovation Park is Southern Arizona’s only best in class business park and probably one of the nicest business parks in the western United States,” said Healy. “IP’s great bioscience foundation, with companies like Ventana Medical Systems, Sanofi and Oro Valley Hospital within IP and the U of A Bio5 Institute less than two miles away, combined with one of the most visually stunning settings and a wide selection of recreational options nearby makes this a place where companies’ employees will want to live, work and play.”

Purchased by Venture West in 2007, Innovation Park is home to world-class technology and science companies, including divisions of two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies: Ventana Medical Systems, a member of the Roche Group, and Sanofi. The Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit cooperating association of the National Park Service and the first company to build in Innovation Park, is also located in within the complex. Additionally, Securaplane Technologies, a leading supplier of avionics products for business, commercial and military aircraft, will move into a newly-constructed, 55,000 square-foot build-to-suit space in December 2013. Construction of Securaplane’s new space marks the first project facilitated by the Economic Expansion Zone at Innovation Park.

The Economic Expansion Zone (EEZ), approved by the Town of Oro Valley in October 2012, is an overlay district that covers Innovation Park and is meant to encourage economic development by reducing the time required to establish or expand a business by making the approval process administrative for projects that meet all zoning standards.

Oro Valley, and Innovation Park, has become a major base for biotech firms in recent years, partly fueled by nearby Tucson’s University of Arizona. The U of A is a rich source for area start-ups and provides robust incubator support, and Innovation Park’s proximity to the University’s Biosphere 2 research complex and Bio5 Institute, coupled with a local pro-business government, allow for unique opportunities in the form of private and public partnerships.

In addition to a talented labor force and intellectual assets, Oro Valley was recognized as one of the best places to raise kids in Arizona by Bloomberg Business Week in 2012. Set against a beautiful Santa Catalina Mountain backdrop, Oro Valley boasts excellent schools, medical facilities and golf courses making it a true live, work, play environment.

Innovation Park is located at the intersection of Tangerine and Oracle Roads in the town of Oro Valley, Ariz. with easy access to Interstate 10. In addition to world class business amenities, Innovations Park’s 565-acre, master planned campus features 193 acres of natural open space, walking paths and hiking trails and proximity to Catalina State Park.