Here are the 2020 Best of NAIOP winners

Above: The Grand at Papago Park Center mixed-use development was designed to celebrate and pay homage to two of the most important infrastructure projects in Arizona: the Roosevelt Dam and the Grand Canal. Real Estate | 20 May, 2021 |

Commercial real estate’s leading annual awards, the Best of NAIOP, returned to a live event after a virtual presentation last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What a celebration it was. The Arizona Chapter of NAIOP safely handed out awards in 34 categories at the Westworld of Scottsdale on May 12.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Best of NAIOP applications received for 2020 rivaled recent years, which is a testament to the positive momentum in the Arizona commercial real estate industry,” said Jeff Foster, Prologis and CJ Osbrink, Newmark Knight Frank, Best of NAIOP Chairmen. “We want to extend our utmost appreciation to the NAIOP staff, NAIOP Board of Directors, and the Best of NAIOP committee volunteers for all the hard work and time they have put forth to making this such a tremendous evening.”


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The 2020 Best of NAIOP honors the prior year’s most successful projects, companies, and individuals within the commercial real estate industry (office/medical office, industrial, and retail). NAIOP Arizona also presents an Award of Excellence. In 2020 it went to R. Craig Coppola with Lee & Associates Arizona.

Butler Design Group kept its win streak alive, bringing home its ninth straight Architect of the Year award. Willmeng scooped up three awards: Firm of the Year, General Contractor of the Year and Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year.

Other company winners were Cushman & Wakefield, Brokerage Firm of the Year; Phoenix Design One Inc., Interior Architect of the Year; and Lincoln Property Company, which repeated as Owner/Developer of the Year.

In the brokerage awards, CBRE captured three honors.

“As expected, our members and corporate sponsors rose to the occasion resulting in an event marked by camaraderie, high-energy, and world-class sophistication,” said 2021 NAIOP Arizona Chairman Danny Swancey, ViaWest Group.”

2020 Best of NAIOP Winners: 

Award of Excellence: R. Craig Coppola, Lee & Associates Arizona

Architect of the Year: Butler Design Group

Brokerage Firm of the Year: Cushman & Wakefield

Firm of the Year: Willmeng

General Contractor of the Year: Willmeng

Interior Architect of the Year: Phoenix Design One, Inc.

Owner/Developer of the Year: Lincoln Property Company

Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year: Willmeng

NAIOP Arizona’s Official Branding Sponsor: TRADEMARK

Developing Leader of the Year: Michael Strittmatter, CBRE

Emerging Broker of the Year: James Cohn, CBRE

Healthcare Broker of the Year: Perry Gabuzzi, Margaret Lloyd, Bill Cook and Mike McWilliams, Plaza Companies

Industrial Broker of the Year: Tony Lydon, Marc Hertzberg, Riley Gilbert and John Lydon, JLL

Investment Broker of the Year: Will Strong, Cushman & Wakefield

Office Broker of the Year: Kevin Calihan and Bryan Taute, CBRE

Retail Broker of the Year: Dave Cheatham and Darren Pitts, Velocity Retail Group, LLC

Rookie Broker of the Year: Matt Baniszewski, Colliers International

Tenant Representative Broker of the Year: Pat Williams, JLL

Economic Impact Project of the Year: Novus Innovation Corridor – Phase III

Industrial Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Amazon Final Mile Facility (DPX7)

Industrial Tenant Improvement Project of the Year: Amazon GYR3 IXD

Medical Office Project of the Year: Wexford PBC1

Mixed-Use Project of the Year: The Collab

Office Build-to-Suit Project of the Year: Helios Education Foundation Campus and Vince Roig Convening Center

Office TI Project of the Year (Less Than 60,000 SF): Carvana HQ3

Office TI (More Than 60,000 SF): DoorDash

Redevelopment Project of the Year: ADOT Flagstaff offices

Retail Project of the Year: Volvo Arrowhead Dealership and Site Development

Spec Industrial Project of the Year (Less Than 365,000 SF): Gilbert Crossroads

Spec Industrial Project of the Year (More Than 365,000 SF): Chandler Airport Commerce Park

Spec Office Project of the Year: Union Building 1

Sustainable Project of the Year: 777 Tower at Novus Innovation Corridor

Transaction of the Year: Grand2

Talk of the Town: 777 Tower at Novus Innovation Corridor and Grand2/DoorDash (tied)

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