Archive for November, 2008

Glass art by Dale Chihuly highlights Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

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Nov. 28, 2008 Those handsome apparitions sprouting among the cacti and trees in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix are the genius of an artist whose achievements have revolutionized the art of handblown glass. In between the desert garden’s saguaros, creosote bushes, mesquite trees and barrel cacti are many new and unique works by Dale […]

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Light rail, job nodes critical to Valley’s future, says SunCor’s Steve Betts

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Nov. 25, 2008 In four weeks, metro Phoenix will be headed back to the future with an electric public transit system called Metro. It is a modern version of the electric trolleys shut down by the city of Phoenix in 1948, and officials at SunCor Development Co. are betting that that the new version of […]

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Sundt adding division for mining, water treatment and renewable energy projects

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Nov. 25, 2008 Sundt Construction is adding a new division to focus on the specialized type of construction work sought by its mining and industrial clients. The company’s new Mining & Industrial division will focus on projects for the mines throughout the Southwest as well as for water and wastewater plants, renewable energy facilities, and […]

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Arizona’s housing crisis fueled by many factors; end not yet in sight

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Nov. 21, 2008 Arizona’s housing crisis is a complex issue sparked by a long list of factors, ranging from the current national economic crisis, to inadequate state regulations, to families who accepted mortgages they cannot afford, according to Arizona Town Hall’s newest report. Other key influences include speculative investing in new and resale houses and […]

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Entries invited for Arizona’s “canned” competition to help food banks

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Nov. 21, 2008 The annual holiday “can-do” challenge to benefit metro Phoenix food banks has been opened by the Arizona chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. The challenge, under the auspices of the Society of Design Administration, is inviting team entries for the 3rd Annual Canstruction competition scheduled for Feb. 12-14, 2009, at […]

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Opus West secures tenants for future Chandler shopping center

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Nov. 20, 2008 Opus West Corp. has started work and secured tenant commitments at Mill Crossing, a new shopping center scheduled for opening in Chandler in late 2009. J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) will anchor the 170,000-square-foot center at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Germann roads. Other tenants will include: • Shoe Carnival, a […]

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Phoenix water treatment plant earns national award

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Nov. 19, 2008 The Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant in Phoenix, completed by Black & Veatch and McCarthy Building Cos., has earned a special award from the Design-Build Institute of America. The 225-acre treatment facility near the southeastern tip of the lake has been awarded the 2008 National Design-Build Award from the Design-Build Institute of […]

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Arizona Realtor honored for helping ‘Lost Boys’ from Sudan

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Nov. 17, 2008 An Arizona Realtor is receiving an honor for launching a nonprofit group that has helped establish new lives for hundreds of ‘Lost Boys,’ the young men who fled Sudan during that nation’s civil war in the 1980s. Reita Hutson, a sales agent with John Hall and Associates in Scottsdale, founded Gabriel’s Dream […]

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Sundt Construction employees give $66,000 to nonprofit groups

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Nov. 17, 2008 Sundt Construction employees in have chosen 20 nonprofit groups in metro Phoenix to receive grants totaling $66,000 this quarter from the company’s Sundt Foundation. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance received a $7,000 grant. The money will buy food for its Kids Program, which provides an evening meal for at-risk children in some […]

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Arizona Notes: Architect Vernon Swaback honored for new book

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Nov. 15, 2008 Architect Vernon Swaback of Scottsdale has received a special honor for his latest book, Creating Value – Smart Development and Green Design. Swaback received the National Association of Real Estate Editors “Silver Award” at the group’s awards dinner in Orlando, Fla. The award was granted through the association’s first annual Robert Bruss […]

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