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)