February 1, 2013


RED AWARDS 2013: Best Tenant Improvement 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 Tenant Improvement Project

Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

FenderDeveloper: WDP Partners

Contractor: Layton Construction

Architect: Ware Malcomb

Size: 110,000 SF

Location: Scottsdale

Completed: February 2012

Spread among three different buildings and separated by large parking lots, compartmentalization became an issue for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) in Scottsdale. Determined to change the dynamic with a cohesive real estate solution, FMIC agreed that the company needed its departments together under one roof. The company found its solution with their new 110,000 SF corporate headquarters. Construction of the new headquarters complies to energy efficiency by utilizing recycled materials configuring an efficient lighting layout and using less wattage throughout the space with day lighting views for 90% of the occupants. Motion sensors also contribute to the energy efficiency effort. The headquarters is centered on a two-story enclosed atrium designed to promote interaction between staff and visitors. The area is anchored by two 35-inch high Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars and wall murals playing famous songs. Large portraits of musical artists that made the brand paramount decorate the walls. The atrium is made up of stages and platforms for meetings and jam sessions. Second floor offices open to an interactive forum for employees and the headquarters is connected by two bridges flanked with 30-inch high three-form walls that run across the atrium space with conference rooms named after Fender artists like George Harrison and Stevie Ray Vaughn, anchoring the ends of each bridge. An employee café and full kitchen designed as the “family room” brings together all the departments that have helped to make the Fender brand iconic.

Video by Cory Bergquist

Honorable Mention

Child & Family Support Services

Child-Family-Support-ServicesDeveloper: LGE Design Build

Contractor: LGE Design Build

Architect: Cawley Architects

Size: 23,643 SF

Location: 10439 S. 51st St., Phoenix

Completed: July 2012

RED Awards 2013 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2013