February 1, 2013


RED AWARDS 2013: Best Hospitality Project

On Feb. 27, AZRE hosted the 8th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2012 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. To view all 2013 RED Awards Winners and Honorable Mentions, go here >

Best Hospitality Project

Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Hotel-Palomar-PhoenixDeveloper: Red Development

Contractor: Hunt Construction

Architect: SmithGroupJJR

Size: 175,000 SF

Location: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

Completed: June 2012

Located at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, the Hotel Palomar offers a variety of amenities including walking access to more than 15 restaurants and bars, more than 10 clothing and entertainment outlets and a signature restaurant, the Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. A third-level pool deck bar and dining spot (Lustre) adds to the amenities available to guests. The Hotel Palomar also meant nearly 200 contruction jobs to the downtown core. Its chilled water grid means no central air or heat help contribute to its sustainability efforts. The hotel prides itself on its EarthCare program, in which its employees take charge in the various operations. Employee ideas have contributed to sustainability efforts including suggestions to recycle wire hangers, which saves two tons of steel each year and a recommendation to provide phone books only upon request, saving about 130 trees a year. $10 of every daily room rate is donated to the Nature Conservancy and a tree is planted for every guest as part of The Plant a Billion Trees campaign. The hotel is committed to integrating the highest concentration of uses in the greatest density in all of Arizona.

Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

Fairmont Princess Ballroom Expansion

Fairmont-Princess-Ballroom-ExpansionDeveloper: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Contractor: Howard S. Wright

Architect: Kollin Altomare Architects

Size: 60,000 SF

Location: 7501 E. Princess Blvd., Scottsdale

Completed: October 2012

RED Awards 2013 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2013