February 14th Marketing Council Wrap-Up: Creating Award Submittals That Win

Posted by smpsarizona on February 18, 2014
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Peter Madrid Communications Specialist Cushman and Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.

Peter Madrid
Communications Specialist
Cushman and Wakefield of Arizona, Inc.




When it comes to creating award-winning submittals, those three elements are crucial and could make all the difference in the world.

That was the message delivered at the SMPS Arizona February Marketing Council Friday morning event at Adolfson & Peterson’s Tempe office by Peter Madrid, Communications Specialist for Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona.

Peter spent three years as editor of Arizona Commercial Real Estate (AZRE) magazine and was an integral part of the submittal and judging process for the RED Awards. In his current role, he is now charged with compiling award submittals for both RED Awards and Best of NAIOP. He has straddled both sides of the fence, so to speak.

Among the highlights of which Peter spoke:

>> Community: It is imperative that submittal narratives make mention of how each project impacts the community in which they reside. We in the industry see a new community center in terms of its design, engineering and construction. An underserved neighborhood sees it as a community meeting place; a safe after-school alternative for the children; a place to learn a new skill; etc.

>> Culture: Just as a sense of community is important, so is a sense of culture. Peter mentioned that some projects, namely those built on Native American land, take on an even bigger role for the people whom they serve. Narratives should be written in such a way that they reflect this importance as well.

>> Collaboration: This could also easily be called communication, Peter said. The entities involved – developer, architect, engineer, general contractor, etc. – will all most certainly submit a nomination packet for a specific project. Getting the marketing departments to work together on the submittal can be as challenging as the architect and GC working together on the actual project. But it can be done – through strong communication.

Other pointers Peter shared: Follow instructions to the letter. If the submittal asks for images on a CD, don’t send prints. Meet the contest deadline, don’t ask for an extension. And remember, it’s never too early to start gathering info for next year’s competitions.

On the night of the show, make sure the person who accepts the award thanks everyone involved – most importantly the marketing team.

Peter Madrid, Communications Specialist, Cushman and Wakefield of Arizona


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Stantec Named No. 1 Southwestern Design Firm

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on July 18, 2013
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Phoenix firm Stantec has been ranked the No. 1 Design Firm in the Southwest by Engineering News Record, a leading publication covering the construction industry worldwide. Based on project activity and revenue generated in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico, the ranking marks Stantec’s advancement from its 2012 position at No.6.

“We’re deeply proud of our history in Phoenix and throughout the Southwest. This accolade is a tribute to our talented teams and their ability to support the continually growing communities and industries that drive the Southwest,” said Tim Lines, Stantec’s Phoenix-based regional managing vice president.

With its largest Southwestern office in Phoenix, Stantec’s Arizona project work includes communications systems design for Valley Metro Rail in Mesa as well as a 20-year history providing water planning for Maricopa County. At Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Stantec is providing master planning services for large-scale development to accommodate the arrival of the F-35 fighter fleet. In Southern Arizona, the firm is offering engineering, procurement, project controls, and project management services for the BHP Billiton Pinto Valley Mine operation in Miami.

Stantec employs more than 380 design professionals across Arizona and Nevada, including 175 in Phoenix. More information on the ranking can be found at the ENR Top Design Firms.

Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets in the infrastructure and facilities sector at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through approximately 12,000 employees operating out of more than 200 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Stantec is One Team providing Integrated Solutions.

Media Contact
Danny Craig
Media Relations
(949) 923-6085

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Phoenix Stantec Practitioner Recognized as Arizona’s Landscape Architect of the Year

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on June 26, 2013
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Stantec is pleased to announce that Senior Landscape Architect Galen Drake was named “Arizona Landscape Architect of the Year” by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Arizona chapter (AzASLA). A member of the Stantec’s Phoenix office, Drake was recognize for his 30 years of industry experience on notable Arizona projects and service in promoting the profession with area high school students. Drake was selected by a panel of industry peers spearheading the AzASLA’s annual awards gala who reviewed a slate of nominees from throughout Arizona.

Among the notable projects recognized by the committee were Drake’s efforts in supporting the Arizona Department of Transportation on various large scale rural highway projects. Drake has also provided design support on more than 30 parks and recreational facilities throughout the Southwest, while providing local planning and design insight regarding plant materials, irrigation systems, and construction techniques. Within his community, Drake recently served as co-chair of the ACE Legacy Project at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix which teaches horticulture program students about the tenets of agriculture planning, design and maintenance by building and sustaining a demonstration garden.  He was also recognized for his leadership and participation within the AzASLA chapter.

A resident of Phoenix, Drake is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-accredited professional and a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.

Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets at every stage, from the initial conceptualization and financial feasibility study to project completion and beyond. Our services are provided on projects around the world through approximately 12,000 employees operating out of more than 200 locations in North America and 4 locations internationally.

Danny Craig
Media Relations
(949) 923-6085

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Cactus Asphalt to present City of Prescott with environmental award, charitable contribution at City Counsel meeting

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on March 29, 2013
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Tolleson, Ariz.-based Cactus Asphalt will recognize the City of Prescott on Tuesday, April 2 at the city counsel meeting for its environmental efforts in reusing 28,000 tires for its rubber asphalt chip seal program in the last three years. The paving construction company will present the City of Prescott with the Cactus Cares environmental sustainability award and make a donation to the 100 Club charity based on the number of tires used, totaling $1400. The award is given to an agency that has achieved significant environmental savings through its streets program and their commitment to environmental sustainability.

As an Arizona company, Cactus Asphalt and their employees want to recognize what the City of Prescott has done to preserve the state’s resources while improving the streets.

In past three years, Cactus Asphalt has completed approximately 505,000 square yards of Rubber Chip Sealing on City of Prescott roadways, equating to 72 lane miles, using more than 475,000 lbs of recycled tire rubber. By using the recycled rubber, approximately 28,000 tires were recycled.

“The City of Prescott has been instrumental in the success of the projects we have done in Prescott; and in Prescott’s commitment to use recycled tires in its road maintenance and construction,” said Jake Dominy, president of Cactus Asphalt.

The 100 Club of Arizona is a non-profit organization committed to providing financial assistance to the families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

About Cactus Asphalt:

Cactus Asphalt has been serving Arizona property managers, federal state and municipal agencies, and homeowner associations for more than 30 years, providing Paving, Grading, Seal Coating, Crack Sealing, Patching, Chip Sealing, Rubber Asphalt, Fabric Overlay, Concrete, Site Development and Dust Control for new construction and maintenance  projects across the state.

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AZRE Honors Arizona’s Top Projects, Top Brokers at 7th Annual RED Awards

Posted by Kimberly Mickelson on March 02, 2012
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AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine held its 7th Annual RED (Real Estate and Development) Awards last night to recognize the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2011. The winners and honorable mentions were selected from a record 116 nominations received in 12 project categories and individual and team broker categories.

The ceremony was held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, and was sponsored by APS Solutions For Business; Squire Sanders; and CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

The winners:

Best Education Project: Grand Canyon University Arena

Best Hospitality Project: Westin Downtown Phoenix

Best Industrial Project: Dunn-Edwards Phoenix

Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Best Multi-Family Project: Devine Legacy on Central

Best Office Project: Fountainhead Office Plaza

Best Public Project: Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities

Best Redevelopment Project: Adelante Healthcare Surprise

Best Retail Project: iPic Theater/Tanzy/Salt

Most Challenging Project: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Most Sustainable Project: DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters

Best Tenant Improvement Project: Limelight Networks

Merit Award: Healthcare OASIS Hospital

Merit Award: Education P.L. Julian Elementary School

Developer of the Year: Banner Healthcare

Architect of the Year: DAVIS

General Contractor of the Year: Kitchell

Broker: Leasing -  Jay Hoselton, Cushman & Wakefield

Broker: Sales -  Ken Elmer, Commercial Properties Inc.

Brokerage Team: Leasing -  Bo Mills and Mark Detmer Cushman & Wakefield

Brokerage Team: Sales – Tyler Anderson and Sean Cunningham CBRE

Honorable Mention

Education: NAU Health & Learning Center

Healthcare: Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Hospitality: Casino Del Sol Hotel Convention Center and Parking Structure Expansion

Industrial: Crescent Crown Distribution

Most Challenging: Arizona Science Center Phase III Remodification

Multi-Family: Phoenix Towers Terrace

Office: UniSource Energy Corporate Office

Public: Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower

Redevelopment: The Q Building at Paradise Valley Community College

Retail: American Sports Complex-Retail Center

Most Sustainable: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Tenant Improvement: Gap Fulfillment Center

About Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine (AZRE):

AZRE Magazine is published bi-monthly by AZ Big Media and has a circulation of 25,000 per issue. AZ Big Media publishes Arizona Business Magazine, Scottsdale Living  Magazine, Ranking Arizona, Experience Arizona, People To Know and Play Ball. It also hosts the Scottsdale Super Expo, Women’s Super Expo and  Home & Life Super Expo. AZ Big Media runs the Home & Design Idea Center in Scottsdale.

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