Monthly Archives: December 2017

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell again in November to 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 percent in October, according to the latest report published by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. The national rate remained steady 4.1 percent. The state had a net gain of 29,500 non-farm jobs […]

By Dominic Armato for The Arizona Republic Food is universal. Everybody eats. But to Matthew Moore and Aric Mei, something vital to the human experience is being lost in America’s urban centers. “There deserves to be a place in the middle of a very large, dense, urban sprawl where you can take family, take friends, take […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange Last Wednesday Mesa issued an RFP looking for a Master Developer to join the City in a public-private-partnership to create the long-awaited Falcon Tech Center. According to the RFP’s Scope of Work, “The Falcon Tech Center site consists of three parcels… and encompasses approximately 70 acres of this […]

Awards & Accolades 1. Andy Jaffe, Senior VP – Sales and Leasing, for Tempe-based Commercial Properties, Inc./CORFAC International, has been elected President of CORFAC International by the organization’s board of directors in a unanimous vote. 2. Engineering News-Record has selected The Weitz Company General Manager Kimberly Davids as a Top Young Professional for 2018. Her honor for the Southwest […]

Awards & Accolades 1. Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona announced it received approval from the Phoenix City Council for a multiyear contract to develop and build new affordable housing and fix existing homes in Central City South neighborhoods in Phoenix. Phoenix is contributing 30 vacant lots that will enable Habitat to build 31 new homes over […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange ‘Twas the end of the year And all ‘round the state Business staff was lamenting Cruel submission due dates.   Each year we call out All the mean-hearted Grinches Whose year-end deadlines Throw the staffs in the trenches.   Workers want to relax Take a cruise (All aboard!) […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange As a reporter and editor, it’s always a strange situation to report on your own organization. Objectivity is impossible, and the temptation to inject opinion is hard to resist. We have spent the past several months hip deep in procurement data, legislative/regulatory review and all manner of associated […]

Awards & Accolades 1. The City of Phoenix has become one of the first cities to achieve Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design, LEED for Cities Platinum certification, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. 2. According to Architectural Digest, the most aesthetically pleasing school in Arizona is Chandler High School, located near Arizona […]

Giving Back 1. The City of Tucson Procurement Department has received the distinguished Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for the 22nd year in a row from the National Procurement Institute, one of only six agencies nationwide to do so. 2. Karen Piper, an industry leader in property management for more than 30 years, was honored […]

By Jessica Boehm for The Arizona Republic Phoenix will pay an additional $125K for study renovations to the Talking Stick Resort Arena despite council members’ concerns they haven’t received a report on the topic in more than nine months. In February, the City Council voted to pay Barrett Sports Group, a sports-business consultant, $75K to study […]