March 12, 2015


AZRE Magazine March/April 2015

A decade to remember


Thanks to the rapid pace of Phoenix Metro’s development, I get to say “I remember when” a lot more than other people my age. This year, AZRE celebrates its 10th annual RED Awards. Since 2006, it has recognized more than 100 leading companies, outstanding projects and stellar brokerage teams in Arizona.

Flipping through AZRE’s archives in preparation for this year’s awards, it’s clear the annual awards have recognized some of the Valley’s best. The beautiful Mesa Arts Center was one of the first winners. As was Scottsdale Waterfront and Banner Gateway Medical Center (then, the biggest building in Gilbert), SkySong, Tempe Marketplace and the ASU Foundation building.

There are many, many familiar faces in the brokerage categories over the years — some who still use the same headshot more than a decade later. See this year’s RED Awards winners and finalists on page 43. Speaking of earlier days, I remember when the Loop 303 seemed like not much more than a two-lane country road. Now it’s a sleek, hilly freeway on which I have twice missed my exit because I got distracted enjoying it (capital-T true story). Read more about the loop’s influence on the West Valley on page 30.

Also in this issue are articles about redesigning corporate real estate (page 36), development roles of property managers in the Valley (page 34) and construction trends in Indian Country (page 26). I am also proud to present the new “Up Front” section of AZRE magazine, which contains stories about crowdfunding real estate, legality of music licensing issues for multifamily property managers and a rad infill and adaptive reuse project coming into downtown Phoenix, called Containers on Grand.


Amanda Ventura, Editor