Lauro: Refreshingly Cactus

by RaeAnne Marsh

“It had to be natural, plant based, low in sugar, and my kids had to want to drink it.” This was Lauren Robson’s quest that resulted last year in her launch of Sparkling Cactus Water, the first in what she plans to be a line of plant-based beverages from her company, Lauro.  The drink contains prickly pear purée, lime juice and a touch of agave nectar. “Pricky pear is fast … [More]

Pandemic Sparks Adaptations in Healthcare Design and Construction

by Chris Nickle 

As we mark the recent one-year anniversary of the declaration of COVID-19 as a public health emergency, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year — grieving for those who lost their lives; missing in-person interaction with family, friends, and colleagues; finding new appreciation for educators and frontline workers; and feeling anxious to return to a “normal” way … [More]

Developer Enters Arizona Market with Large Opportunity Zone Project in Tempe 

by Mike Hunter

Milhaus, a national award-winning developer, owner and operator of Class-A multifamily properties, is expanding into Arizona with one of the company’s largest developments to date: Milhaus North Tempe. As this April edition goes to press, groundbreaking is imminent on the $91-million first phase of this planned two-phase development project by Milhaus in partnership with Los … [More]

The Future of the Post-Pandemic Office

by Quentin Abramo 

In the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s, office work was done with large desktop units that needed power and data to the desktop (the 8-by-8-foot cubicle). By the mid-2000s, powerful new technology and information became available with handheld devices, and the idea of working remotely was introduced. While this technology could do almost everything a desktop could do, most of the C … [More]

New Golf Course Graces Toll Brothers’ West Valley Development

by Mike Hunter

Newly opened in Surprise, Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club is the first new golf course in the West Valley in nearly a decade. The Nicklaus-designed championship golf course is the centerpiece of active recreational options that include a putting course, driving range, and tennis and pickleball courts at Toll Brothers’ Sterling Grove community, which will encompass 2,200 … [More]

Phoenix Mid-Century Marvel Offered for Adaptive Reuse

by Mike Hunter

Wrapped on by three arterial streets, a trio of bus routes and two light rail stations, the mid-century First National Bank building is being offered for sale by the City of Phoenix for adaptive reuse and redevelopment. Located on the corner of 1 S. 24th Street, between Washington and Jefferson streets, the iconic mid-century bank building is a crossroad entrance to the … [More]

New Multifamily Project in Phoenix’s Expanding Deer Valley Area

by Mike Hunter

The Related Group, an international developer known for its sophisticated metropolitan “for-sale” condominiums, rental and mixed-use projects, has broken ground on a 388-unit multifamily luxury residential apartment project: Town Deer Valley, at the crossroads of 19th Avenue and Alameda Road in Phoenix. The Town Deer Valley signature property was designed by Gary Todd … [More]

Bret Larsen & Miles Romney: Creating a Shared, Disruptive Vision

by Mardi Larson

Bret Larsen and Miles Romney are the co-founders of eVisit, a six-year-old, Mesa-based telehealth SaaS leader that is helping the largest hospitals and health systems in the U.S. innovate through remote, virtual patient care — a crucial offering, especially in today’s fast-paced pandemic world.  The company was founded on a shared initial vision to “disrupt the disruption in … [More]

Integrative Healthcare – The Ideal Benefit for 2021

by Bill Gianoukos

Keeping healthy was the goal of 2020. Employers took a closer look at their healthcare benefits and made additions and adjustments to help employees stay healthy. This goal continues in 2021. However, one of the most difficult aspects of providing employees with health benefits that are both easy to navigate and cost-effective is dealing with an overly complicated health … [More]

Bioscience and Healthcare Contribute to a Healthy Economy

by Mike Hunter

As an economic sector locally, bioscience and healthcare is strong and growing.  In the City of Phoenix (not the metropolitan area; just the city), there is more than $3 billion in bioscience healthcare facilities under construction or in the final design pipeline. This will bring to market over the next two years more than 4.4 million square feet of new facilities and 7,000 … [More]

Expansion Underway for Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert

by Mike Hunter

McCarthy Building Companies recently broke ground on the $243-million, 351,000-square-foot Banner Gateway Medical Center Tower and Emergency Department expansion and renovation project, located at 1900 N. Higley Road in Gilbert, Ariz. The expansion essentially doubles the size of the medical center campus, addressing growing needs for women and infant care and cancer care by … [More]

Innovative Solution Matches Quality Businesses and Job Seekers

by Alison Bailin 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, while national unemployment rates have risen approximately 3% — from roughly 3.4% to 6.5% — amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona’s rates are already more than 7.3%. This number is likely to grow even more in the coming months as the state’s thousands of soon-to-be college and trade school graduates enter the job market in … [More]

Cox Business Leans In with a Powerful Work-at-Home Solution

by Ed Aaronson

According to Forbes, the percentage of workers permanently working from home is expected to double this year, and Big Tech is leading the way with companies like Twitter and Facebook having recognized the benefits of employees working from home indefinitely, even as offices reopen. In fact, according to SHRM, 94% of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits … [More]

Create Amazing

by Mike Hunter

Create Amazing demonstrates how ownership can provide the ultimate competitive advantage to a growing company — and the nation. The vast majority of what’s been published about employee ownership comes from academe — compelling research from Rutgers, the feds and several national ESOP associations. Written by Greg Graves, a CEO who has walked the talk, Create Amazing puts ESOPs … [More]

The Magnetic Leader

by Mike Hunter

Global crises produced by countless causes have cried out for our attention. Nations and politicians continually blame or attack each other. Corruption is rampant in public and private sectors. Disengagement levels remain unacceptably high in the workplace. People are weary and skeptical. It’s challenging to find a place where people value one another. Leaders are burning out. … [More]

Wellbeing at Work

by Mike Hunter

One-third of Americans have shown signs of clinical anxiety or depression, and the current state of suffering globally has risen significantly. The mental health pandemic manifests everywhere, not least in the workplace. As organizations around the world face health and social crises, as well as economic uncertainty, acknowledging and improving wellbeing in the workplace is … [More]

Financial Wellness Packages: The New ‘Must-Have’ for Competitive Employers

by Rob Schwister

In an October 2020 survey released by the National Endowment for Financial Education, 84% of Americans said COVID-19 is causing stress on their personal finances. More than half of those surveyed said not having money enough saved for emergencies, retirement, college and other uses ranks among their top financial concerns. Workplace Impacts When employees are stressed and … [More]

eSignatures – Social Distancing at the Closing Table

by Quinn C. Wheeler and Khaled Tarazi 

Among the many challenges facing the business world caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the increased complexity of closing commercial transactions. Of course, the days of all parties gathering around a conference table to execute documents passed long before the advent of COVID-19, but the pandemic further complicated transactions by scattering necessary signatories — who … [More]

New Public-Private Partnership Supports Rural Communities

by Lisa Urias

How can rural communities get the support they need for infrastructure and development projects? Small communities have long struggled with the prohibitive costs of upgrading and maintaining their water systems and expanding or building the new schools, housing, firehouses and parks that are critical to the well-being of residents. Take the community of Bouse, located in La … [More]

Employers, What’s Your Vaccination Strategy? 

by Rick Grimaldi

At long last, the COVID-19 vaccines are here. While employers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief, they are also wondering how to best handle the sticky subject (pun intended) of getting their employees vaccinated and back to work ASAP. The good news is, many employees appear to want the vaccine. Recent poll numbers indicate that 71% of those surveyed are willing to … [More]

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