Archive for January, 2009

Arizona contractors, architects seeking state help in public-private partnerships

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Jan. 28, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Although it’s a handsome source of federal dollars, the $825 billion federal economic stimulus proposal discussed earlier this month by hundreds of Arizona contractors, architects and city planners is beginning to resemble a package with too many strings attached. That’s why the state’s construction and design industry is seeking […]

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Arizona Notes: Companies improving medical office efficiencies

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Jan. 24, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – In a recent venture in north Phoenix, a partnership of The Plaza Cos., USAA and Cardiovascular Consultants has improved corporate efficiencies in medical offices. Cardiovascular Consultants, one of Arizona’s largest medical groups, hired The Plaza Cos. to help the medical group design and build its new and larger corporate […]

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Inauguration 2009: Mingling in a party of 1.8 million

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Jan. 21, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, less than 24 hours after Barack Obama and Joseph Biden took their oaths as the President and Vice President, the rising sun over the nation’s capitol was a deep orange-red through the haze. Lacy ice covered ponds outside my hotel in Alexandria, Va., as well as parts […]

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ASU’s 13-story downtown Phoenix dorms six months ahead of schedule

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Jan. 16, 2009 The second phase of Arizona State University’s 13-story dormitory project in downtown Phoenix is within days of completion, which is six months ahead of schedule. The upper-classmen building of the Taylor Place dorms was to be complete in mid-2009. But general contractor Austin Commercial accelerated that date by six months by streamlining […]

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Retiring home builder sees new era for Arizona’s housing industry

Mike Padgett -

Jan. 15, 2009 A new career for the new year is how homebuilder Dave Bessey started 2009. The day before, Dec. 31, he was cleaning out his desk. Bessey’s shift as president of Maracay Homes was over, and he was leaving his office for the last time. He even took home the desktop glass globe filled […]

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Commercial real estate’s rocky road in metro Phoenix to continue in 2009

Mike Padgett -

Jan. 13, 2009 For the first time in many years, the office market in metro Phoenix is losing traction to challenging economic conditions unseen in the region for many years, according to new reports about the 2008 market. The metro Phoenix office market posted negative direct net absorption of 641,450 square feet during 2008, compared […]

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Scottsdale company sees decline in auto sales as boost for service, repair industry

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Jan. 11, 2009 The freefall of U.S. auto sales combined with last summer’s soaring fuel prices, while bad for carmakers and the overall national economy, are creating greater opportunities for the auto service and repair industry, say officials at a company new to Scottsdale Airpark. They say it’s a no-brainer that the current economic recession […]

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Arizona’s housing crisis to be spotlighted in statewide public forums

Mike Padgett -

Jan. 10, 2009 Arizonans’ thoughts and opinions about the state’s housing crisis will be welcome during a series of public meetings across the state over the next three months. Arizona Town Hall is hosting nine community outreach programs in metro Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Kingman, Sierra Vista and Douglas. The discussions will focus on the recommendations […]

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Arizona’s business leaders eyeing $800 billion economic stimulus proposal

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Jan. 9, 2009 The eyes of Arizona’s business leaders are focused more than ever on Washington DC these days, and they’re watching more than the change of leadership at the White House. Arizona’s construction and design community is studying how federal officials propose to divvy up President-elect Barack Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus package among […]

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High-tech college’s new campus designed to spark students’ creative energy

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Jan. 8, 2009 If he were standing in his old office at Collins College in Tempe, President Joshua Padron’s voice would echo off the walls. The office was bare. Good thing he was on vacation. Everything was gone – his desk, chair, computer and the executive accoutrements one could find in a college president’s office. […]

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