Monthly Archives: December 2018

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange Here at AZBEX, we pride ourselves on delivering our readers more detail and more accuracy than other outlets covering the Arizona A/E/C community. That might mean others get to a story first, but if we dedicate resources to an original, it’s pretty much guaranteed we’re going to tell […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange   At the end of the year All across Arizona Moms and Dads planned excursions To L.A. and Pamona   Each year we call out All the mean-hearted Grinches Whose year-end deadlines Throw the staffs in the trenches   Submitters want to chill out Hug the kids, go […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange I was wrapping up my training as a reporter around the time the reporting trade was experiencing its second reported death in 30 years. Unbeknownst to any of us, a third, much more expansive extinction event was right around the corner. Despite the gloomy prognostications, neither technology nor […]

Sales Transactions 1. Transcanada Corp. has inked a deal to sell the 575-megawatt Coolidge Generating Station to subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Co. LLC for $465M. 2. Divco West paid $142M for a majority interest in the 1,222-unit Vaseo Apartment Homes complex, at the SWC of 7th Street and Greenway Parkway in Phoenix. Klein Financial Corp. was […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange A long-running back-and-forth battle between the letter and intent of workplace safety regulations recently added another voice to the choir in a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. The court ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power and authority to […]

By Tasha Anderson for Arizona Builder’s Exchange Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent in November, up from the revised October rate of 4.6 percent, according to the latest report published by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. The national rate remained at 3.7 percent. In October 2017, the state also had a […]

Giving Back 1. The PICOR Charitable Foundation awarded a record $72,000 in grants this month. 100 percent of the funds raised were granted to youth-serving programs. 2. The Sundt Foundation has donated $69.5K in grant awards to 29 local charities during its fourth-quarter distribution. The foundation awards grants each quarter to area charities that support disadvantaged children and families. 3. Flagstaff-based Loven Contracting has established a $2,000 scholarship at Coconino Community […]

Progress Reports 1. U-Haul International Inc. is in the midst of turning a former Kmart store in south Phoenix into a self-storage facility. As construction is completed within the next year, the 8.74-acre lot will feature services including self-storage units; towing equipment and professional hitch installation; propane; and a U-Haul Re-Use center for used household furnishings, […]

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange The last vacant parcel in Tempe’s Liberty Center development area may soon be filled with a two-story, 72KSF specialty medical office and headquarters building for Donor Network of Arizona. The Tempe Development Review Commission late last month recommended approval for an Amended Planned Area Development Overlay to reduce […]

By Joshua Bowling for The Arizona Republic Microsoft‘s secretive metro-Phoenix project, which documents describe as “a five-building technology center,” is set to go before the Goodyear City Council. A brief, 14-minute discussion before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission included a staff presentation that was light on details. The commission recommended that the council approve the rezone […]