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d moved to the Valley from Cleveland in 1975 to attend ASU in pursuit of his childhood goal of becoming an archaeologist. After four years of archaeological fieldwork, a desire to help others with communication disorders similar to those he had overcome led him to the field of audiology. There were no full-time positions available upon graduation, so Ed began his career pursuing part-time contracts, including a two-year stint as an adjunct faculty at ASU, before establishing a private practice audiological clinic that he ran for 35 years. Away from work, Ed enjoys collecting and researching antiques and vintage items. On occasion, looking into the background of an object has resulted in a story worthy of sharing, and he has published a dozen articles on ancient coins, Southwestern Native American pottery, and antique souvenir spoons of Arizona and Colorado. Items of local historical interest came his way a few years ago when Ed was offered a half dozen brightly colored cement bowls said to have been made by tuberculosis patients in Sunnyslope. Documenting the history of Desert Mission Pottery was genuinely working in his own backyard as the pots were fashioned less than a mile from his home. Ed is currently pursuing other topics in the North Mountain area while serving as vice-president of the Sunnyslope Historical Society.

atrick grew up in El Paso, Texas and on a family ranch near Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He attended the Florida Institute of Technology and earned a BS in computer science and an MS in mathematics. He initially pursued a career in technology, developing integrated circuits and embedded systems, before transitioning to real estate. The industry recognized him as the #7 agent in Arizona in 2013. Along with his wife, Lisa, he has been involved in home rehabilitation, flipping more than 20 properties in recent years. Initially, Patrick did many of the upgrades himself. The couple owns a small rental portfolio and also invests in commercial properties. They purchased the Sunnyslope geodesic domes in 2017, which they operate as a shortterm rental. Patrick’s family has a vacation home near Saranac Lake, New York. Their property includes the Trudeau Camp, formerly owned by Dr. Edward Trudeau who founded the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium for TB patients in 1885. A local friend is Ursula Trudeau, the step mom of Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury comic strip fame. Patrick sang with the Scottsdale Symphony Chorale and is a licensed pilot. He has volunteered as part of the leadership team at motivational speaker Tony Robbins events for the last 15 years. He’s also worked as a commercial white-water guide and rock-climbing instructor. Sep-Oct 2019

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rucking and pipelines, Sky Harbor and Grand Avenue, Casa Grande and Tucson, to name just a few. Our magazine has had numerous special issues devoted to industries, neighborhoods, and cities in our eight-year, 34-issue run. But our Fall 2017 Sunnyslope special issue was the surprise biggest media splash. Our magazine was featured on the front cover of North Central News, thanks to former editor Teri Carnicelli. The staged photograph had me handing a copy of our special issue to Mary Anne Ramirez, owner of Books on 7th Avenue in Sunnyslope, which became the first outlet to carry our magazine. The Sunnyslope issue of ACC magazine sold like hotcakes. Besides the more than 5,000 copies we mail to interested parties, inquisitive buyers at Books on 7th Avenue snatched up the remaining copies of our magazine. Demand was so high that Mary Anne reprinted 300 additional issues to have available in her book store.


Like any summer blockbuster movie or hit sitcom, we’ve decided to mine familiar territory to see if lightning strikes twice. Early indications are that it has. While Teri recently left the North Central News to care for her mother in California, she suggested our second Sunnyslope issue as a fertile topic to her replacement, Colleen Sparks. Colleen was not only intrigued with the idea, but she devoted an article to its release in the September 2019 issue. But that’s enough about our magazine’s success. What our readers are really interested in is, did we find enough fascinating features to fill our second Sunnyslope special issue? I think so, and I’m confident you’ll agree. The first Sunnyslope special issue focused on the community’s more exotic businesses and characters: Richard Barker’s Cloud 9 Dining Room atop Shaw Butte, Dr. Kenneth Hall’s North Mountain Hospital and El Cid Bowling Alley, and Jimmy, the beer-drinking burro at

Abel’s Gas Station along Cave Creek. This time around, we concentrated on essential stories about the creation of Sunnyslope. The articles revolve around the Desert Mission, which served the area’s many tuberculosis sufferers beginning in 1925. The Desert Mission evolved into HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, and we explore its forays into cutting-edge crafts and architecture in the late 1930s. This issue owes a great deal to the Sunnyslope Historical Society, a pillar of the community since 1999. The group is led by its high-energy president, Rene Blain, who is effervescent about Sunnyslope’s past— and future. We’re also indebted to its vice-president, Ed Dobbins, a recently retired audiologist who has a passion for local history; he authored three features in the issue. The non-profit historical organization was founded by Connie Kreamer and Barbara Guiterrez in 1989. The group blossomed in 1999, when it acquired two historic buildings and some real estate. The People’s Drug Store, built in 1953, and a nearby house constructed in 1945, were later moved to Eighth Street and Hatcher Road, which became the Connie and Jim Kreamer Sunnyslope Historical Society Campus. Thanks to all the volunteers who have contributed to the historical society over the years. We couldn’t have produced this special issue without your inspired efforts in preserving local history – and we dedicate it to your vision.

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dream home, which is now called the Sunnyslope Domes. These structures were popular in the 1970s, and Life magazine did an article on dome homes in their July 1972 Patrick Harvey issue, which included a photograph of the estled against the Phoenix Mountain Sunnyslope domes. The original project consisted of two Preserve on the east side of Sunnyslope is an unusual home: a pair of geodesic domes with a breezeway between them; domes separated by a tower. Although they there was no heating or cooling. The design offer stunning vistas of Sunnyslope, the of the domes, plus cooler temperatures as buildings are not visible from the street. a result of Phoenix’s lesser “heat island” The unique structures were envisioned and effect, allowed this decision to be a practical built in the late 1960s by a couple, John alternative. Each dome was vented at the and Francine Hardaway, who both taught top so hot air could escape. The domes are composed of a 2 English at ASU. “John, who moved to Phoenix from x 4-inch wooden frame, sheeted with Branson, Missouri in 1944 and graduated plywood on both sides. with a Ph.D. from ASU, was interested in Utility connections are the plywood architecture,” Francine says. “And I had inside the attitude that we are English professors, sandwich, which is foamed and if something is written down, we can to improve insulation. The read and understand how to do what is exterior was coated with written.” So, they decided to build their fiberglass cloth and resin, then painted. The geodesics were Top: Exterior image of the domes, 2017. Right: The Life magazine article on geodesic domes constructed from a kit,

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which came with special adapters allowing a 2 x 4 to be attached to a ring made from pipe. In some exposed areas, the pipe rings are visible. The Hardaways did almost all the work themselves, including trenching the water line by hand, and building the retaining walls in a style reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. They hauled materials in John’s VW bus, which he also used to take their Afghan hounds for walks. He would drive, and the dogs would chase the vehicle. Once the domes were completed,

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Above: Construction of the geodesic domes, late 1960s. Top right: The Hardaways dig the water line, late 1960s. Bottom right: Francine hangs out while John works on the dome, late 1960s.

the Hardaways installed a laundry in the breezeway between the domes. Cleaning clothes still wasn’t mundane. “At one point, a rattlesnake took up residence in the washing machine!” Francine says. One dome was used as the kitchen, and the other dome was the living and sleeping space. Each dome is about 600 square feet of floor space. A unique characteristic of the domes is that when a picture is hung on the slanted walls, the bottom dangles away from the wall. This necessitates screwing it into the wall at the bottom of the frame. Additionally, there are no flat walls for furniture such as a buffet or bookcase. As a result, the Hardaways built some internal walls for storage areas. After Francine got pregnant with their first daughter, Samantha, another bedroom was needed. The North dome was expanded by adding a bedroom. A hole was cut and framed in the north end of the dome, and a large bedroom with rock

walls was constructed similar to the retaining walls. The Hardaways had a second daughter, Chelsea, and subsequently constructed the tower between the domes. This unique space has a bathroom and a small sitting area on the ground floor, and a spiral staircase that leads up to a spacious bedroom and a viewing deck. “Each dome was protected by a then cutting-edge push-button combination lock,” Chelsea says. “I can still remember the ‘password’ to get into the kitchen!” Chelsea recalls the domes had shag carpeting and furniture consisting mostly of cushions. “The family used to put on plays for friends there,” she says. “The door pulls for each dome and the tower were not regular knobs, but custom designed works of art made just for our place.” Other improvements were made over the years, including expanding the kitchen area, enlarging the front windows, and adding a carport. At the insistence of John’s daughters, he finally capitulated and installed air conditioning units as well. After John passed away, the property

was sold in 2003, and again in 2004. For many years, the property was not occupied. My wife, Lisa Harvey, and I bought the property in 2017 and did some minor rehabilitation, of which the most critical aspect was coating the entire exterior surface with elastomeric since the fiberglass had started to deteriorate. My wife is a talented interior decorator, and found inventive ways to place furnishings, photos, and other items, to give each space a unique feel. The domes are currently leased as a short-term rental, with each space available separately. “Dome Sweet Dome” is the kitchen dome, and has a midcentury feel and a Murphy bed. The North dome has a Western Feel, and has been dubbed “Dome on the Range.” It includes a separate bedroom plus a kitchenette. The center living space is named “Hardaway Tower,” in honor Below: Hardaway Tower of the original spiral staircase, 2017. builders. Middle: Dome Sweet Dome, 2017. Bottom right: Exterior image of the domes, 2017.

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clinic that also featured stunning rock walls, near Fourth Avenue and Hatcher Road, just west of the adjacent hill. The building now houses Maricopa County Adult Probation – Sunnyslope. Giordano says that the doctor was a smoker, and he thinks Fusco eventually died from cancer. When asked about the three columns atop the hill that separates the two buildings, Giordano says that maybe it was the start of a ramada for the medical centers. “You want the story behind ‘Slopehenge?’” says Mary Anne Ramirez, proprietor of Books on 7th Ave. “My husband and I almost bought that property years ago before they built the homes around the base. We heard that a former owner had started building on the hilltop without any permits. The city forced him to halt construction after only four columns had been erected. Only three columns survive. “ Another Sunnyslope mystery solved.

Top and Below: The Fusco Medical Clinic and Ralph’s Liquor and Drugs, 1955. Bottom left: Emanuel Dobos in front of the former medical clinic’s rock wall, 2019.

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he sleek mid-century building that once aided Sunnyslope’s medical needs has seen better days. The windows are boarded up, including the drive-thru that most recently dispensed adult consumables from Sun Liquor. However, the new owner has grand plans for this building, located at the southwest corner of West Hatcher Road and Sierra Bonita Circle, just east of the adjacent hill. “As soon as some of my other projects are finished, I hope to fix this place up,” Emanuel Dobos, the owner, says. Despite the building’s condition, it retains some excellent features, notably an eye-catching rock wall on the east side. The building opened in 1953 as the Joseph Fusco Memorial Clinic and Ralph’s Liquor and Drugs, designed by architect Frank D. Fazio. The 6,000 square-foot structure was built at a cost of $80,000 by the Schnaufer Construction Co. for Dr. L.

Donald Fusco. Fusco staffed the medical clinic with two other physicians and a dentist. Another tenant was Ralph Granados, owner of the Sunnyslope Rexall Drug Store at Dunlap Road and Seventh Street, who opened a second outlet in the community. The ultra-modern drug store included a soda fountain, according to a 1953 article in The Arizona Republic. Some long-time Sunnyslope residents, like Chuck Giordano, have fond memories of the clinic. “I was born there, along with my two sisters,” he says. Giordano says that Dr. Fusco was a big part of the Sunnyslope community, and was his doctor for several decades. “I was a difficult patient as a kid,” he confesses. “When Fusco wanted to give me a tetanus shot, I ran around the office and hid underneath some furniture. My dad had to take off work and come down to calm me down.” Giordano’s father owned the Arbor Steakhouse, at Central Avenue and the Arizona Canal, which is now the Spoke & Wheel Tavern + Eatery. Fusco eventually moved to a larger


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oo much stuff” is driving a segment of the construction industry. Storage units, which hold the everincreasing detritus of our consumer culture, are becoming ever more common in the Valley. And now storage units are going upscale, with a new center devoted to storing luxury items such as collectible cars, trucks, and motorcycles as well as recreational equipment such as boats, jet skis, and RVs. And the new venture features a members-only clubhouse. The Toy Barn is a fancy, garage-like storage center with a climate-controlled environment in north Scottsdale at 7800 East Greenway Road. The gated property was designed with large entryways to accommodate oversized vehicles. But these premium storage units are not for rent, they are for individual ownership, just like a condominium. Below: Toy Barn exterior. Each ‘condo’ is a

titled unit for which owners can build equity, and re-sell them the same way people buy and sell condominiums, according to the website, Ownership includes access to common areas, including a two-story clubhouse that is used for breaks, meetings, and meals. The clubhouse features masonry rock, metal accents and canopies, a balcony overlooking Scottsdale Airport, and a main floor patio area. There are 17 units, each having a minimum 18-foot ceiling height, with floorplans ranging from 960 to 3,000 square feet. Units feature heavy-duty garage doors and standard entry/exit doors, year-round 24/7 access, and oversized aisles. Storage unit “condos” range from $185,000 to $262,500, and side-by-side units are available that eliminate center walls to create even larger spaces. Residential HOAs, which frown on multiple garages in their community, have boosted interest in the Toy Barn. LGE Design Build constructed the threebuilding, 27,000 square-foot, $7.5 million luxury garage earlier in 2019. “Toy Barn is truly unlike any other facility of its kind,” said David Sellers, president and CEO of LGE

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Design Build. Top right: Toy Barn exterior. “The Valley is a hotbed for collector cars, and we know Toy Barn will make a welcome addition for the lucky owners of the facility.” The build team for Toy Barn includes general contractor and architect LGE Design Build, lead designer Ben McRae, project manager Felipe Reyes, civil engineer 3 Engineering, structural engineer PK Associates, M/P engineer Mechanical Designs, electrical engineer Woo Engineering, and Landscape Architect TJ McQueen. “From President and CEO David Sellers right down to the trades and everyone in between, LGE Design Build is very professional and takes great pride in delivering the project on time and on budget,” says Phil Sheegl, owner at Toy Barn. “Our site supervisor was always on site and drove a great team to deliver the Toy Barn facility above our expectations.” The Valley now has three Toy Barns; additional locations include the Lone Mountain and Cave Creek storage centers. Two more outlets, at Lone Mountain North and Chandler Airport, are slated to be built by the end of 2019.

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ow does a mom-and-pop used bookstore thrive in the Age of Amazon? “Our secret is good customer service and organization,” owner Mary Anne Ramirez says. She’s operated Books on 7th Ave, located in Sunnyslope at 9201 North Seventh Avenue, since 1990. “We are a friendly lot and strive to interact with our customers,” Ramirez says. “A lot of people prefer the thrill of hunting for a book versus just ordering a copy online.” Ramirez has a special attraction to compete with mail-order delivery. “We have a store mascot, and our current one is a cat, Miss Page Turner,” Ramirez says. “She adopted us 16 years ago and used to wander the store and visit with the customers. Now that’s she’s older, she spends most of her day upfront with me in her chair.” So how did Ramirez come to own a space with 200,000 books on display, 15,000 more listed online, and another 25,000 being processed? “I have been a bibliophile since I was a small child,” Ramirez confesses. “When I wasn’t reading, I was rearranging the books on my shelf, sorting them by author

or genre or size or color. I was practicing to own a bookstore!” Even while Ramirez studied biology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, there was no let-up to her bookish habits. She worked in the college library acquisitions department, which allowed her to read new releases and stockpile books that the library was discarding. After college, Ramirez apprenticed at The Bent Cover used bookstore, which her aunt, June Patton, owned at Westown Shopping Center. Ramirez soon opened her own store in 1990 in a strip mall on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Hatcher Road. The location initially seemed ideal, but flooding issues and a nearby seedy massage parlor influenced her to move. In 1994, her family purchased the spacious Sunnyslope building where the bookstore is now located. The former medical laboratory building also includes the Aiki Jujutsu School run by her husband, Agustin Ramirez, and Montessori Day Schools, operated by her father and stepmother, Ed and Peg Huffman. The building came equipped with a mysterious amenity: a locked floor safe. “We’ve spent years wondering and imagining what could be in that safe! Money or just lots of dust?” she says. It turned out to be dangerous

narcotics! At least once upon a time. Two former lab employees stopped by last year. They explained that the lab tested blood samples for drugs, and small quantities of these drugs were stored in the safe for quality control purposes. But they couldn’t remember the combination, so the safe remains locked. There are other mysterious aspects of the building experienced by employees working alone at night. For Ramirez, it was the sound of her dad walking towards her, keys and coins jingling in his pocket. “I thought, Dad is here awfully late, but I didn’t see anyone,” she says. “The noise kept coming towards me, passed through me, and headed towards the front of the store. I thought to myself, ‘Time to head on home!’” Besides ethereal visitors, the business has been visited by callers more typical of a bookstore, including authors David Gerrold, Carolyn Hart, and Joan Hess, and celebrities such as Alice Cooper. Four movies and a few commercials have also been filmed at the store. “Being around to see how movies are made, and how these people view our store have been interesting experiences,” Ramirez says. Books on 7th Ave is the exclusive distributor of Arizona Contractor & Community magazine in the Valley. The bookstore is a family-run operation, with Ramirez assisted by her mother, Marlene Riley, her son, Jose Ramirez, her husband, Agustin Ramirez, and other relatives. The store manager, Jarrod Alcott, has been her son’s best friend since first grade. “He quickly became enchanted by the store, and wanted to work here as soon as he was old enough,” Ramirez says. Alcott’s literary passion may be genetic, as his great-great-aunt was Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. Ramirez markets her bookstore using an outdoor sandwich board, which features witty bibliophile sayings. “Several customers a week tell me, ‘I read your sign all the time and finally decided to stop in,’” she says. Her favorite quotes include: • Books turn Muggles into Wizards! • Books: Your best defense against unwanted conversation. • We dare you to read a banned book! • Books! The original handheld device! Books on 7th Ave has survived book chains, eBooks, and Amazon. Ramirez is adamant about the bright future for her business. “There are lots of great stories at the bookstore!” she says.


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Agustin Ramirez, Jarrod Alcott, and Jose Ramirez holding Miss Page Turner (back row, l-r); Mary Anne Ramirez, Marlene Riley, and Lolis Medina (front row, l-r).

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dmit it – you’ve likely heard (or said) one or both of the statements before. But, in most cases, both statements could not be further from the truth when it comes to success in life and business, especially in the collaborative environments of construction, building, and real estate. The truth is that the businesses in these industries that find the greatest success are those where both the “young guns” and “sage superstars” come together to make work work better for everyone. As such, each issue, we are going to share the stories of either a young gun or sage – both with wisdom to share. For Quarles Real Estate partner Andrew “Drew” Gleason, a veteran of the industry, the road to leadership was long and winding. “Before I was in middle school, I lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin,

Illinois, and even California,” says Gleason. “As a result of seeing so varied landscapes at such a young age, real estate and land always fascinated me.” So much so, he chose to study urban and regional planning in college at the University of Illinois before getting inspired to go into real estate law during a land use law class toward the end of his undergrad. He would earn his law degree from George Washington University, adding the East Coast to his growing list of “hometowns,” before beginning to practice in Ohio. “If I have learned anything, it is that you have to go with the bumps, twists, and cracks in the road – there will always be some if not many. But you can’t be scared to take on a new experience or challenge, ever,” says Gleason, who finally made his way to Arizona in 2005, thanks to his wife, who was from the area. While experienced in real estate and land matters across the country by this time, he was in much the same boat as many others come the mid-2000s… Arizona’s massive recession. “Talk about a welcome to the Valley. But, I went with the bumps and carved my own path,” says Gleason, who was nimble enough to actually gain new business during the


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downturn by remaining a generalist and true strategist for his clients. By 2018, as Phoenix began to explode with opportunity again, Quarles came calling. “But perhaps not in the way you think,” says Gleason. “Which leads me to a little more advice: Always be making authentic connections. They matter. People matter.” By this time, Gleason had been in a fantasy baseball league with famed Quarles real estate veteran Derek Sorenson for 12 years. He also crossed paths and even works for five or six others who had made their way to Quarles’ real estate practice. “I eventually had to come over to see what all the fuss was about,” says Gleason, who quickly earned a reputation as a senior advisor for complex title and due diligence matters, and representation in understanding and obtaining zoning and other real property entitlements. He also advises clients on election law and campaign finance compliance, referendum and initiative requirements, and other local government law matters. “But for as much counsel as I provide, I am still always learning. You always have to keep learning,” says Gleason, who – when not working on all things real estate – has most recently been studying something totally new: how to help lower the incidence of child abuse in Arizona by meeting the needs of children through a new leadership position with Childhelp. “Talk about eye-opening. Here I am, an adult, but these young kids are teaching me every day.” For more on Quarles diverse real estate team, visit Arizona Contractor & Community


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1. Augmented and Virtual Reality Whether it’s on a computer screen or through a headset, AR and VR are taking the output of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and creating virtual models of a structure that subcontractors can walk through before it’s even built. This allows collaboration and identifying potential issues in a virtual environment. For example, an electrical contractor could walk through the schematic of what mechanical contractor would have The Five Best Tech Opportunities for the built, and say, “Okay, I see that there’s Construction Companies going to be a standpipe here, so we’ll run our conduit right next to it.” That leads to Jason Krankota less rework and fewer scheduling delays. onstruction has been one of the slowest AR can also be used to help train workers in industries to adopt technology. That’s a more effective and cost-efficient manner. partly cultural: folks in the industry like to 2. Artificial Intelligence solve problems with their own ingenuity. AI could potentially have a big impact Many firms are still family owned, and on the industry, but probably not for quite there’s still a lot of reverence for tradition. a few years. One immediate application Finally, this is an industry with thin margins, is job-site safety. There are already where the first funding priorities are rudimentary tools that can analyze video equipment and personnel. from job-site cameras and spot hazards. But, it’s also partly because there hasn’t They can also determine from workers’ been a lot of technology built to meet the movements whether or not they’re needs of the industry. Before smart phones, accessing a scaffold or carrying materials it was hard to bring technology to the field. up a flight of stairs correctly. Even then, you had to have a good Wi-Fi Eventually AI could be used to help connection, which wasn’t consistently improve project scheduling by learning available or an expensive data plan. And, from data from past projects, and flagging a lot of early field-capture technology was issues that could lead to delays. It could based on someone having to manually analyze the performance of buildings over input data into a device. That was a nontime and offer material recommendations. starter; having superintendents manually But AI needs relevant data to learn from, so entering data didn’t really provide much in the industry needs to digitize first. the way of productivity gains, and made for 3. Internet of Things many unhappy superintendents. Now all that is changing. Founders If you look at industries that are are aging out of the industry, creating an starting to see some success with AI, such as opportunity for younger generations to healthcare and manufacturing, everything apply technology with less resistance. is happening more or less in one place. That Project owners are requiring the use of makes it easier to put sensors on a machine different technologies as a condition of or robot and capture data. It’s a bit more funding. And, there are an increasing of a challenge when you have multiple job number of great solutions specifically sites and a lot of movable equipment. As a designed for the industry. Connectivity result, taking data capture out of the hands and computing power have increased of individuals, automating it, and storing dramatically, making mobile applications a data in a centralized place where it can be lot more reliable, robust, and user-friendly. managed is the frontier right now. Cameras, drones, GPS, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology are making 4. Back Office Efficiency it easy to capture data without human Most firms are using some sort of intervention. automated accounting platform. But there


are still gaps that need to be filled. Invoice routing and approval is a big one. People are literally having the back-office scan invoices and then email out invoice images to the project superintendent. Invoice images are “digital paper,” meaning they’re not actual digital artifacts. Any data that’s on them has to be manually entered, and the whole routing and approval process is manual as well. Then there’s the payment process itself. Solutions built to handle procure-topay actually only handle procure-to-invoice approval. A payments automation solution is needed on top of that. The good news is that automating payments is pretty easy to do, and it doesn’t depend on automating the invoice workflow, which is a much bigger project. 5. Business Intelligence


As more technology comes into play, the industry is finally waking up to the impact it can have on bottom line profitability. Here are some of the technology opportunities construction companies should have on their radar:

Most Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems offer tons of reports, but people want to combine that with data from other sources. They want to be able to look at the data three-dimensionally and be able to drill into it. ERP systems don’t have that kind of capability, and as the amount of data companies have access to grows, so does the need to have a business intelligence platform to pull it together and generate analyses and models. There are a lot of challenges to overcome before construction becomes a fully digitized industry. It’s still hard to deploy technology organization-wide when you have workers on multiple job sites. Do you pull everyone off the job to come in for training? Probably not. Adoption can move pretty slowly, with some workers using the technology and others holding to traditional practices, resulting in the industry overall heading in the right direction of the benefits, even if it’s not happening at a rapid pace. Jason Krankota is VP of Construction Sales, West Region at Nvoicepay. His expertise in construction business technology spans 20 years, with 10+ years focused on corporate payments, accounts payable, and expense management solutions.

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Construction in the Bible: Materials Luke M. Snell, P.E.

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he history of humanity is tied to construction. At first, people sought shelters in natural locations such as caves or cliffs. Eventually, some individuals used materials available to create living spaces that were watertight, spacious, and secure. These people were the first engineers and contractors. The Bible has many examples of construction, some of which provide spiritual lessons. In a two-part article on the topic, I’ll discuss construction materials that were used thousands of years ago. For many of these materials, the Bible is the first recorded instance of their utilization. Four materials will be covered, though many more were mentioned in the Bible. These selections are based on my background and interest; Biblical references are included for those seeking more information. Cypress Wood (Building the ArkGenesis 6:14): Some Bible translations refer to the material used to build Noah’s Ark as “gopher” wood, but most cite it as cypress wood, a species of trees that grew in the region where Noah was thought to live. Cypress is a soft wood that is lightweight, durable, and easy to work. The wood can withstand impact force without punctures or breaking. “Cypress has always been a favorite boat-building material for both large and small craft,” according to Woodenboat magazine. My father had a white cedar business, which is a similar wood to cypress, in Marcellus, New York, a farming community near Syracuse. Most of his products were used as fence posts, pole barns, and fences



because this rot-resistant wood does not need any special treatment when placed into the ground. Knot-free logs were sawed into boards and sold to companies that made cargo canoes. These canoes are still used in northern Canada by frontiersmen because of their longevity and their ability to hit rocks in rapids without damage, something canoes made from fiberglass or aluminum can’t withstand. Their light weight allowed portages around difficult waterway passages. Cypress wood is still used in many applications, including outdoor and indoor furniture. The attractive wood holds nails and screws well. Fired Brick (Tower of Babel - Genesis 11:3): Stone was one of the first building materials, but not all regions have this resource. The lack of stone necessitated creating building materials by making brick from clay. Clay Top: Noah’s Ark. Left: Tower of Babel.

has little strength when wet, which is why it can be easily molded for art projects. Firing clay brick, however, creates a stone-like material through a process called vitrification. This process occurs when certain minerals in a brick fuse into a hard, glassy, non-crystalline material, which is watertight and relatively durable with strengths of up to 20,000 psi. Bricks were manufactured in beehive kilns, which were heated by fires. Unfortunately, the ovens would have hot spots, and the heating was not uniform. Bricks were created that were variable both in color and strength, and many were discarded due to warping or cracks that would develop during the heating and handling process. Bricks are still manufactured using the same basic process, though using controlled temperature. The heating takes from 2-5 days, with temperatures reaching 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Brick manufacturing before 1900 struggled to attain these high temperatures. Many old bricks, including those made in Biblical times, are soft in the center and are called “clinker bricks.” These bricks received their name from their metallic clinking noise when struck. Clinker bricks are in demand by artists, who prize them for their nonuniform appearance. Bricks that were once considered substandard now fetch a premium, up to $15 online.

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Back When Bank “Guarantees” Pigeon Housing Douglas Towne


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efore Guaranty Bank could open in Sunnyslope in 1963, management had to make a deposit at the home of Gary T. Hill, a freshman at Sunnyslope High School. The bank had purchased property at 8900 North Seventh Street for a new branch office. The site included a shack that Hill thought would make a good home for his pigeons. The bank, sensing a public relations opportunity, sent representatives to move the shed to the 14-year-old’s home at 1223 East Echo Lane. Pictured are Vice President Bernard G. LeBeau, Vice President Allen L. Rosenberg, and President James P. Simmons (l-r) being directed by Hill. The Guaranty Bank was created by billionaire developer David H. Murdock during a cocktail party in 1959. United Bank of Arizona in 1968 took over the location in 1968, and the building is currently a Wells Fargo bank.

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or many early migrants to Phoenix, arriving in the city felt like the difference between life and death. By 1900, tuberculosis was the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and newcomers to the Valley often came at the behest of their hometown doctors, who had prescribed Arizona’s sunshine and dry air as the best hope for survival. Affluent tuberculosis patients were cared for in Phoenix sanitariums and hospitals, but most “lungers” lived in squalid encampments north of the city in Sunnyslope. Few services were available Thirty Two

there until the Desert Mission, the precursor to HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, opened in 1927. The Mission was an eclectic place – one that not only aided the sick but had a surprising connection to the 1933 Hollywood blockbuster King Kong. Arizona’s reputation as a haven for sufferers of pulmonary disease was already well-established by the time Phoenix was incorporated in 1881. Around 1890, Arizona overtook Denver, Colorado as the ‘tuberculosis capital’ of the U.S. By 1912, these ‘health seekers’ helped Arizona reach

the population required for statehood. But those afflicted with consumption – as tuberculosis was commonly called before the 20th century, due to the dramatic weight loss suffered by patients – were not always welcomed. Phoenix sought to attract prosperous settlers, not poor convalescents living in makeshift accommodations. When the city outlawed tent camps in 1903, many tuberculosis sufferers moved north to Sunnyslope. By the 1920s, Sunnyslope had an assortment of tents and roughly built shelters occupied by health seekers. These Sep-Oct 2019

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convalescents were concentrated between Central Avenue and Seventh Street north of the Arizona Canal that had once been the golf course of the Phoenix Country Club in an area known as the “Colony.” There were few opportunities for work or public services. The Desert Mission at Sunnyslope was established to support the convalescents. The Desert Mission started as a Sunday school in 1925 at the urging of Elizabeth Beatty, a retiree active in the social clubs at the nearby Washington School District headquarters. Two years later, the First

Presbyterian Church of Phoenix upgraded it to a city mission and named Reverend Joseph Hillhouse as director. The purpose of the Desert Mission, according to Hillhouse, was to bring “joy, comfort, and happiness to an isolated and tubercular people.” He believed that the success of a person’s fight against the illness was hampered by loneliness and lack of interests. Hillhouse sought to fill the long days with opportunities for the ill and their families to escape their situation. The Desert Mission was not a sanatorium, although limited medical

Top left: The first structure at the Desert Mission was the McCahan Chapel. Top right: The first free lending library in the Sunnyslope area was established in 1929. Above: Hollywood motion pictures were a popular activity at the Desert Mission.

services were provided by Marguerite Colley, a nurse who lived in the area. A clinic was staffed weekly by a dentist and physician. While the local church paid Hillhouse’s salary, Desert Mission expenses were funded by donations. Of the hundreds of contributors to the project in its first Arizona Contractor & Community

Mission until her death in 1947. Within four years, Hillhouse developed the Desert Mission into a one-acre campus containing nine structures including the chapel, a community center, a wading pool, and the Knights of the Round Table Library. The Arizona Republic praised the library, built as a result of a $450 donation from the Knights of Columbus, as a resource that gave the sick a new interest in life. Library services included loans of bathroom scales so patients could track their weight.

Top left: Donations to the Desert Mission included this Dodge panel truck. Top right: Desert Mission seals. Bottom left: Reverend Joseph Hillhouse, the first director of the Desert Mission. Below: Donations to the Desert Mission included this chemical firefighting wagon.

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decade, the most notable was Sarah McCahan, a wealthy philanthropist from Philadelphia who gave to Presbyterian causes in 37 states. McCahan’s initial gift of $750 for a chapel was critical to the Mission’s development. The McCahan Chapel at the Desert Mission was built in one day on September 8, 1927, and one of six that she funded in the Valley. A single remaining example is the Christian Church in Chandler Heights. McCahan continued to contribute to the

The most popular entertainment at the Desert Mission was the silver screen. Hillhouse was a professional photographer before he entered the ministry. In World War I, he served in the photographic unit of the Army Signal Corps where he met several future Hollywood film professionals. Two of his friends, A. A. Kaufmann, general manager of Paramount Studios and Ernest Schoedsack, director of the classic 1933 King Kong, donated a projector to the Mission in 1929. Hillhouse used his connections to obtain newly released films that were shown on weekend nights at the Mission. Hillhouse spent much of his time in fundraising activities. Every fall, he traveled

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to the East Coast, giving presentations on the plight of the convalescents at Sunnyslope. Another revenue source was the Mission seals program, which Hillhouse started by creating stamps showing a desert scene. Each sheet of one hundred seals sold for a dollar. After more than a decade, Hillhouse was replaced as director by Reverend Harvey Hood, a recovered tuberculosis sufferer, who had supervised a Presbyterian mission in California. Hood moved quickly to upgrade the Mission’s medical services by hiring a full-time registered nurse and increasing physicians’ onsite presence in the outpatient clinic. He added many crafts, sports, and club activities for residents. Hood also continued Hillhouse’s successful fundraising. The Mission seals grew from an initial offering of 1,000 to 56,000 sheets of stamps in 1941. Cleveland industrialist John C. Lincoln and his wife, Helen, became active supporters during Hood’s tenure. Mrs. Lincoln’s relief from her tuberculosis symptoms during a stay in Sunnyslope prompted the couple’s move to Arizona. Their first significant contribution in 1938 paid the remaining mortgage on the purchase of 20 acres adjacent to the Mission, which had been initiated by McCahan. This 20-acre parcel was to be the future home of the Desert Mission. An ambitious building program, which included 100 cottages, a new chapel, and a research facility was introduced in 1940. Although a few cottages were built, the grand scheme for the new Mission was never achieved. Acquiring funds for the project was a longterm endeavor and, before enough money was available to begin construction, World War II put building plans on hold. In March 1942, a fire at the Desert Mission destroyed more than half the campus. Wartime restrictions prevented the rebuilding of the facilities, although most services were continued on a reduced basis. After the war, the children’s nursery was rebuilt on the 20-acre lot. A full-sized swimming pool for adults and adolescents was also added. The needs of Sunnyslope had changed, however, since the Desert Mission had started. Sunnyslope was no longer an isolated community. As early as 1938, it promoted itself as the “fastest growing town in the Phoenix area” and was intent

on developing a public image that did not include a sick population living in tents and shacks on the banks of the Arizona Canal. Post-war prosperity and the availability of antibiotics to treat tuberculosis changed the purpose of the Desert Mission. Housing became available to most residents, and placating loneliness was no longer a significant concern. The Mission found a new role in providing medical

The most popular entertainment at the Desert Mission was the silver screen.

services to the sick and welfare services to the poor. Hood retired in 1948 and was replaced by Herbert Hancox, the first layman director of the Desert Mission. Hancox embarked on a building program which culminated in the creation of John C. Lincoln Hospital and other medical services. The Mission continues its heritage by serving as a food bank, nutrition education, and referral services center for the Sunnyslope community.

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ong before tourists flocked to Arcosanti and Cosanti to purchase Paolo Soleri’s wind bells as a unique Arizona craft, Sunnyslope was the place to obtain homegrown collectible art. Created from desert sand and cement, Harold Horine brought his “romance in stone” to 1930s Sunnyslope at the bidding of Desert Mission director Reverend Joseph Hillhouse. The “romance” was pottery - vases and bowls, brightly colored, and made according to techniques patented by Horine in Hollister, Missouri. Touted as having originated in the “far away vastness of the Ozarks,” convalescents hand packed and shaped cement on a pottery wheel for

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therapeutic and financial gain. The colorful stoneware was marketed as a “distinctively Salt River product” and sold onsite, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, and at exhibitions in Downtown Phoenix. This unique but little-known Arizona creation is

still sought-after today. A plasterer by trade, Horine was, in the words of his son, a tinkerer who invented a method to produce cement bowls and jars without the use of an exterior mold. He decorated the vessels by dripping colored pigments on the wet surfaces while rotating them with calipers or on a pottery wheel. The resulting multicolored swirl designs were unique to each example and the main attraction for buyers. During the 1930s, Horine and his mother, Maude, ran a successful roadside business manufacturing and selling pottery from their Missouri home near the intersection of two highways. Tourists were their primary customers, but collectors also included Rose O’Neil, the creator of the Kewpie doll. The Horine’s wares received national attention from a display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and a photo in National Geographic. Hillhouse discovered Horine’s pottery, known as “Como Craft,” on a fundraising trip in the fall of 1934. He became convinced that making pottery at the Desert Mission would bring the participants “a little cheer and freedom from worry” in their battle against tuberculosis (TB). This was analogous to his World War I experience when Hillhouse had taught photography as occupational therapy to wounded soldiers in military hospitals. Horine came to Arizona to establish a pottery-making facility at the Desert Mission in the spring of 1935, like the way he had licensed his patents to entrepreneurs in other tourist areas. The set up was turnkey and included the equipment, instruction, and exclusive rights to make and sell the pottery within a defined area. Horine probably waived his reported $500 charge on this occasion as a donation to the Mission.

Right: Harold Horine in front of Como Craft Pottery in Hollister, Missouri. Top right: Mission Craft pottery at The Knights of the Round Table Library. Bottom left: Craft pottery at the Desert Mission grounds. Bottom right: The home of the Horine’s and Como Craft Pottery in Hollister, Missouri. Thirty Six

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The first training session in Arizona occurred on a cold Sunnyslope morning in February 1935. Edna Phelps recalled that her brother, Louis Phelps, and four others attended Horine’s class. Only one of these men is known to have been a TB convalescent. The others were apparently disease-free workers who were expected to teach future potters. Horine and Hillhouse were aware of the physical limitations of the TB

convalescents who would make pottery at the Mission. They anticipated that wet cement would be too heavy or awkward for some of them to manipulate. Hillhouse’s solution was to employ a few men to perform the heavier work for the convalescents. The first promotion of the pottery, officially named “Mission Craft,” occurred in a letter Hillhouse addressed to the guests of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel on March 14, 1935. The Desert Mission was a short drive from the hotel, prompting Hillhouse to extend an invitation to see the pottery as it was being manufactured. “Friday will be ‘coloring day,” he said, “and this is the most

Top: Examples of Mission Craft, Como Craft, and Ozark Roadside Tourist pottery.

fascinating part of the process.” Pottery samples were also displayed at the hotel. Mission Craft pottery was the subject of a March 21, 1935, Arizona Republic article. The pottery was described as a distinctively Salt River product with all Arizona rights for its manufacture vested in the Desert Mission. It was “colorful and attractive in the entire gamut of colors with rich, vivid blues, gypsy-like twirling combinations, and soft pastel shades.” Hillhouse suggested the pieces were particularly suitable for the desert and could be used for exterior and interior decoration. Vessels were available

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in many sizes and shapes ranging from 3 inches to 6 feet in height. The pottery was initially placed on sale for two weeks at a jewelry store located in Downtown Phoenix at 37 West Adams Street. Volunteers helped “show the pottery and tell of the work done by the Desert Mission.” Two years later, another “pop-up” store display on the same block was described as the location of “The Desert Mission Pottery.” Most pottery sales, however, were transacted at the Desert Mission in Sunnyslope. Proceeds went to the Mission campus maintenance fund. Hillhouse believed that winter visitors were the best market for the pottery and included public tours showing the craftsmen at work. The formulas of color mixing and pottery manufacture, however, remained secret. Hillhouse promoted the pottery in publicity materials for the Desert Mission, detailing the uniqueness of the method and the value of the activity for convalescents. He also added a tag line to the bottom of the Mission’s letterhead reading, “Home of Mission Craft Pottery.” Two years after introducing the pottery, the Republic promoted the project with a photo titled “Picturesque Pottery” that described the placement of vessels on the grounds to create a “Grecian Garden” effect. Mission Craft pottery was manufactured for four years. Initially popular, “workers fell to with a will” creating hundreds of vessels, large and small. Production of Mission Craft Pottery was terminated in 1939 by Reverend Harvey A. Hood, who had succeeded Hillhouse as director of the Mission the previous year. Hood renamed the pottery shed the “Mission Craftshop,” and instituted a Works Progress Administration craft program. Officially, Hood ended the Mission Craft program because it didn’t improve the health of the participants. Despite employees to help with more difficult tasks, the weight of the wet pots and the damp, humid atmosphere of the pottery building counteracted its therapeutic value. Lime and cement dust released during manufacturing also contributed to an unhealthy environment for individuals with respiratory problems. Although Hillhouse had declared that he only wanted the pottery to pay for its expense, it’s unlikely that his successor had this view. An inventory of more than

100 Mission Craft items two years after manufacturing ceased suggests that slow sales of the pottery during the Depression may have been a factor in the project’s termination. The colorful cement jars and bowls are now a collectible commonly called “Ozark Roadside Tourist Pottery,” which includes the original Como Craft, Arizona Mission Craft, and other swirled, decorated cement pottery made according to Horine’s

The colorful stoneware was marketed as a “distinctively Salt River product.”

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Mid-Century Modern in 1941: Edward Loomis Bowes’ Desert Modern Cottage Ed Dobbins


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A convalescent cottage constructed in 1941 and designed in the “Desert Modern” style by Edward Loomis Bowes.

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crisp, clean-lined, flat-roofed modern style building would have been an unexpected sight in Phoenix before World War II. Yet, an innovative convalescent cottage, in a style termed “Desert Modern” by its designer, was built in Sunnyslope in the spring of 1941. It was the first building of the new Desert Mission that was to consist of 100 similar cottages on a campus, which included a church, medical facilities, administrative, and service buildings. The planned community stemmed from the belief of the Desert Mission’s director, Reverend Harvey Hood, that housing conditions at the facility contributed to the low rate of patient recovery from tuberculosis. He predicted that residents living in attractive, clean cottages would improve recuperation rates. Hood’s new Desert Mission cottages would test this hypothesis. Edward Loomis Bowes, an Arcadia-based photographer specializing in portraits of Phoenix’s elite, was an artist turned designer who created the cottage and other buildings planned for the new Desert Mission campus. His significant projects before this commission included the 1933 Edward L. Jones Casa Blanca house in Paradise Valley and the Camelback Inn in 1936. John C. Lincoln, the financier of the Camelback Inn and a Mission benefactor, likely recommended Bowes for the Desert Mission project. Bowes was tasked with devising an appealing living space that could be built quickly at a reasonable cost. His cottage avoided the boxy look of low-cost housing by having two overlapping squares. On the inside, the hallway and closets were in the space created by the overlap. To one side of the entrance were the bedroom and kitchen, the other side contained the living room and bathroom. A flat roof with an overhang provided shade around the house, and a pergola with a retractable awning functioned as an outdoor living area. The house was built with double walls separated by an air space as part of Bowes’ efforts to design an affordable cooling system that did not introduce unhealthy outside dust and allergens. His system directed evaporatively cooled air through the attic and down the space between the walls before exiting through vents to the outside. The cold air reduced the temperature of the interior walls as it flowed past but did not affect the exterior walls, which were lined with asbestos. Bowes used lowspeed fans to distribute the cold air near the inside walls throughout the living areas Arizona Contractor & Community

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Top: Rendering of the new Desert Mission campus designed by Edward Loomis Bowes showing the church, administrative, and services buildings, with the larger buildings in a Pueblo Revival style. Below: The Camelback Inn designed in 1936 by Edward Loomis Bowes. Bottom right: Interior of a patient room at Alvar Aalto’s Paimio sanitarium in Finland with the ceiling painted in a darker pastel than the walls.

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and named the process “radiant cooling.” with architect Herman A. Bell. All traces housing industry. Bowes’ convalescent cotBowes’ system, according to a fol- of the cottages, clinic, and pool building tage and other medically related structures low-up report, was clever and effective. were removed during later construction of at the Mission are the only known works of During the summer a shopping center his in the more angular style. The church, of 1943, records and hospital on administrative, and other service buildings Bowes’ convalescent cottage and indicate that a on his rendering of the proposed campus other medically related structures at the site. mean interior After his Des- exhibited Pueblo Revival style. temperature of 80 the Mission are the only known works ert Mission work, Perhaps Bowes regarded modern and degrees was mainBowes returned Southwest designs as appropriate for difof his in the more angular style. tained on days to creating designs ferent applications – the clean, crisp sanwhen outdoor temperatures were 108 in the heavier Pueblo Revival style. He itary lines of the contemporary look for degrees. was not creating structures in his self-pro- recuperation from illness and the softer, While not evident in the black-and- claimed “Desert Modern” style at the time rounded angles of adobe walls for comfortwhite photos available today, a variety of the modern look was fashionable in the able living and working environments. colors were used at the cottage to help the occupant’s mental outlook. The exterior was painted in colors that were described as “those of the desert itself as the sun THE rises or sets.” Inside the cottage, where Bowes anticipated most residents would be bedridden, the ceilings were painted in soothing pasFOR THE JOB tels of blue, coral, and yellow. All interior walls were white except for a single kitchen wall in coral. Bowes attached a great deal of importance to the color scheme and personally mixed all paints used in the decoration. Bowes’ Desert Modern cottage design was a significant departure from his earlier efforts, which were in the Pueblo Revival tradition. He was an artist, not a formally trained architect, and had studied examples of Southwestern architecture before with for designing the Camelback Inn. His shift to a PLUS modern look may have resulted from a siman additonal $2,000 on select compact track loaders ilar process of studying designs for tubercuor losis sanitariums which, at the time, were an additonal $1,500 on select skid steer loaders receiving more attention in Europe than in the U.S. The Sunnyslope convalescent cottage by Bowes reflected the influence of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, creator of the Paimio Sanitarium in 1933. Bowes’ use of color on the ceilings, for example, had been pioVISIT US TODAY AND neered at Paimio by Aalto, who believed SAVE FOR TOMORROW light walls and dark ceilings made “the general tone more peaceful from the perspective of a lying-down patient.” Bowes would East Valley North Valley have been aware of Aalto’s sanitarium and 1313 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert 15634 N 32nd St, Phoenix other designs by at least 1939 when the architect toured the U.S. West Valley Central Phoenix The Desert Mission’s expansion plans 803 E Van Buren St, Avondale 4050 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix were never fully realized due to shortages 480-926-5203 in labor and materials brought on by World War II and post-war developments in health care. By the mid-1950s, only ten cottages *For Commercial use only. Customer participation subject to credit qualification and approval by had been constructed. A medical clinic CNH Industrial Capital America LLC. Based on a 60-month term. Down payment may be required. in a design again referred to as “Desert Offer good through September 30, 2019 at participating New Holland dealers in the United States. CNH Industrial Capital America LLC standard terms and conditions apply. Offer subject to change or Modern,” and a swimming pool facility in a cancellation without notice. © 2019 CNH Industrial America LLC. All rights reserved. New Holland similar style were also built at the Mission Agriculture is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, owned by or in the late 1940s by Bowes, who teamed licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates.




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All in the Family: Building with Preach Supply


it began in 1972. Preach Building Supply’s opening-day motto was, “everything for the journeyman and the do-it-yourselfer” and it continues serving a wide range of customers. “Preach works with architects, contractors, designers, and homeowners,” says Kim Abberton, Phil’s daughter, and a vice president.

Preach started out in Sunnyslope, added a landscape design center in north Phoenix at 9430 North 16th Street in 2002, and expanded to Buckeye in 2006. At Preach, everyone has enthusiasm for building, but an even greater passion for people, whether they’re customers or fellow employees. Phil’s children attri-

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here’s nothing quite like working with family. At Preach Building Supply, it’s been a vital ingredient to a successful business for decades. Preach sells an array of masonry and landscaping products across Arizona. The company is run by Phil Preach and four of his five children, and 49 family members have been involved since

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Left: Preach family (l-r) Robyn, Randy, Mark, Kim, and Brett. Below: Preach family (l-r) Phil, Dodie, Brett, Robyn, Kim, and Randy.

bute much of that culture to their father’s example. “He says good morning to every employee when he arrives at the Hatcher store [in Sunnyslope],” Abberton says. “Phil’s work-ethic motto is, ‘Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.’” Abberton describes Phil as not just the president and CFO of Preach, but every employee’s confidant, whether they’re family or not. “He inspires us all to do what is right, and he’s our rock,” Abberton adds. “He is always there for any one of us.” Entrepreneurship in the Preach family goes back five generations to Phil’s grandfather, Frederick, who owned a United

Top left: Ed Preach masonry contractor logo, 1950s. Left: Preach Hardware attending a Toro rental supply company dinner meeting at the Hiway House Motor Hotel in Phoenix, 1959. Above: Vince Sobles, Superintendent for J.H. Welsh & Sons Pipeline Contractor, with Ed Preach, right, owner of EJ Preach Masonry, 1959.

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Top left: Preach Building razing their former building at 103 East Dunlap Avenue. Left: Phil Preach operating a Ford tractor. Bottom left: Construction of Preach Building’s new home at 1601 West Hatcher Road. Above: Preach installing concrete-cast manhole rings, late 1980s.

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Phil runs today is inspired by Frederick and has thrived for many years. “In the beginning, it was strictly a masonry line,” says Robyn McDowell, Phil’s daughter, and a former Preach employee. “We’ve expanded to include brick and stone veneers, as well as now catering to the landscapers, with decorative rock, boulders, flagstone, and pavers.” Preach Building Supply actually evolved from a company that Phil’s parents, Edward and Margaret, began in 1948 called EJ Preach Masonry on North 24th Street. Initially, the company was a custom home-building business, and later they built brick manholes for Arizona cities. After Edward died, Phil and his brother, Craig, continued to run the company with their mother. After the loss of their property to new freeway construction, the Preach family moved the business to Sunnyslope at First Street and Dunlap Avenue in 1968. They operated at this address until relocating in 1991 to their present location at 1601 West Sep-Oct 2019

Hatcher Road. “One advantage of being a similar company, Southwest Environmen- have each other to lean on, we are maklocated in Sunnyslope has to be when traf- tal Inc. with her husband, Don. McDowell, ing memories, good or bad, we are doing it fic was diverted to Hatcher while the light however, has no shortage of memories together, and we can cherish the time that rail was under construction,” Abberton from the family business. we have had together daily, as some famisays. “The con to working with family is the lies are not as fortunate,” she adds. Each day is unique at Preach, but given pressure that falls on our shoulders, Abberton and her siblings see a bright some, in particular, to always stay the future for Preach that is inspired by the sucstand out. “One of the “Please remember that behind course and continue cessful generations that came before them. craziest days had to the path of our “We hope to continue on the honorevery great man is an exceptional in be when an employee parents, while trying able path that our grandparents and parwoman,” she says about her looked into the trench not to ever let them ents taught us so well,” she says. “Hopeto check a manhole down in any way,” fully we’ve learned by the example they’ve mother, Dorothy Preach. and fell in,” AbberMcDowell says. How- shown us.” ton says. “While he was at a local hospital, ever, the rewards outweigh the trials. “We another employee fell in the same trench six hours later.” One of McDowell’s favorite stories is about an employee who Phil and his wife, Dorothy, took care of “spiritually and financially as if he was their own. That employee is still with us today, 35 years later,” Abberton says. McDowell said the best aspect of the business is following in the footsteps of her father, a man the industry admires and respects. “Please remember that behind every great man is an exceptional woman,” she says about her mother, Dorothy Preach. “She toed the line with Dad, paving the way for both their children and work families, and serving their customers with hard work, loyalty, and honor.” Her parents worked hard to provide for the family, as well as for their employees, McDowell recalls. “This is a bittersweet memory, but I’m proud and honored to have parents who knew what it took to keep things going,” she says. “While many families had already had dinner and put their children to bed, Mom and Dad would put in many extra hours a week, catching a late bite to eat after the final news shows on TV.” Such a rigid work ethic in the Preach family was especially helpful during economic recessions. “They learned over the years to make wise financial decisions, saving for rainy days, cutting expenses where they could, all while trying to keep SBE Certified City of Phx "Dump Trucking" the team’s morale up,” McDowell says. “Another reason we have been able to push Super 16s and Super 18s Demo and Material Beds through is due to the loyalty of our team, who remained with us when the economy We estimate Import, Export, ABC, Pipe Bedding and had a downward turn, and the dedicated Sand deliveries to your project repeat customers that have trusted Preach over the years.” The children who watched their parNewer Fleet ents in the industry have followed suit. Abberton and her three brothers, Brett, Please contact Randy, and Mark Preach, work alongside Phil as vice presidents. McDowell left or 602-361-2174 Preach Building Supply and now operates

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espite photographic evidence to the contrary, NASA was not involved in the creation of the Sunnyslope branch of Guaranty Bank in 1963. Publicity images taken at the bank’s groundbreaking ceremony at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Puget Avenue, however, suggest the site would be used to track satellites, not deposit paychecks. Phoenix Mayor Sam Mardian holds a futuristic shovel with an atomic symbol, bank employee Sandra Lloyd clasps an astronaut’s helmet while decked out in high-heeled, space-age attire, and bank president James P. Simmons poses with a space helmet nestled against his pocket

protector, which is loaded with pens to make quick astrophysical calculations. While the finished building had a roof with sweeping contours inspired by the “space age,” that’s as far as the bank’s intergalactic aspirations went. The drive-up tellers, however, were pretty far out for the time period. Guaranty Bank’s Sunnyslope office was identical to another constructed the same year on the northwest corner of Camelback The one-story, 1,350 square-foot Road and 18th Street, according to a 1963 banks each had walls of block and glass and Arizona Republic article. Both branches were designed by the architecture firm were covered with a modified hyperbolic roof, formed with poured concrete. Each of Cartmell and Rossman; Maridan Conbuilding cost $65,000. struction was the prime contractor.

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Top right: Exterior of satellite bank, 1967. Lower right: Bank employee Sandra Lloyd, Phoenix Mayor Sam Mardian, and bank president James P. Simmons at the Guaranty Bank groundbreaking in Sunnyslope at Seventh Street and Puget Avenue, 1963.

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he Desert Mission has been helping Sunnyslope families address their health and social needs for more than nine decades. Now a part of the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, the Mission has been an invaluable resource, bringing stability, revitalization, jobs, economic development, and health care to this unique neighborhood. In the early 1920s, the local Presbyterian Church sought to help individuals who arrived in Sunnyslope suffering from pulmonary and respiratory diseases, especially tuberculosis. Their hometown doctors had prescribed Arizona, with its sunshine and dry air, as the best hope for recovery. These individuals had few funds and lived in tents or shacks with dirt floors. The Mission volunteers brought

Architect’s Perspective: HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center: A Health and Wellbeing Legacy Doug Sydnor, FAIA them food and medicine to ease their burden. Such efforts were organized by Marguerite Colley, a nurse, and Elizabeth Beatty, a social worker, who were called the “Angels of the Desert.” Thanks to a $750 donation from Philadelphia philanthropist Sarah McCahan, who gave to Presbyterian causes around the country, the Desert Mission opened its chapel in 1927. The Mission grew to nine buildings including a library, and community building. The Mission gained new benefactors, John C. and Helen C. Lincoln from Cleveland after the latter found relief from her tuberculosis while visiting Sunnyslope in 1931. This positive outcome inspired the Lincolns to promote the Mission for other health seekers. In 1933, the couple donated $2,000 for the acquisition of 20 acres between Dunlap Avenue and Hatcher Road from Second to Third streets for the Mission’s potential growth. The Lincolns

made many additional donations over the years. The Mission emphasized medical care after World War II and opened a hospital. Lincoln gave in to family pressure and allowed it to be renamed the John C. Lincoln Hospital in 1954. Helen worked diligently for many years to grow and improve this medical center. Lincoln died at the age of 92 in 1959 and was survived by Helen, two daughters, and three sons. Helen subsequently initiated a fundraising campaign for the expansion of his hospital. She died at the age of 102 in 1994, having surpassed her health challenges by decades. The Lincolns’ descendants have all been members of the John C. Lincoln Health Network Board of Directors. Phoenix-based Edward L. Varney and Associates, A.I.A. (ELV) assisted with the master planning of a significant hospital addition starting in 1959. The firm, known

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skills for adults. The children visited the adults on special occasions, which was an excellent intergenerational benefit. The Center was designed to deliver a positive alternative to other local daycare facilities with glazing facing the playgrounds, day lighting, carpet, textured masonry walls, cork panels for art, and wood glulam beams, furnishings, and millwork. The Center was well received and continues to have a waiting list. I was gratified to serve as the Project Architect, and work with my father, Reginald G. Sydnor, who was the lead architect at ELV, VSS, and Sydnor Architects, P.C. that completed about 20 John C. Lincoln Medical Center projects from 1959-1988. Other architectural firms also worked updating and expanding the hospital. The Stein-Cox Group completed more than 150 new campus-area additions and remodels, many very minor, from 1983-2006. Subsequently, HKS Inc. performed four more remodels from 2006-2014. Devenney Architects completed hospital additions to the south. Tucson-based Anderson DeBartolo Pan Architects designed the 180-bed Bryans Memorial Extended Care Facility at 9155 N. Third Street in 1981, which is now the North Mountain Medical and Rehabilitation Center. Master planning at the hospital later recommended acquiring an adjacent shopping center along Dunlap Avenue, which would provide additional land for expansion. The Emergency Department Addition was completed on this parcel. About this same time a new primary entry to the north was also completed; both

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as Varney Sexton Sydnor Architects (VSS) by 1965, designed a four-story and 81,000 sf. addition, which included 85 patient beds. This significantly added to the existing 50-bed facility. Support and ancillary services were located on the first floor. Patient rooms were found on the upper floors and were simple to promote future flexibility. Balconies and a solarium lounge were at the ends of the upper floors. At the first level was a projecting component clad in a glazed storefront, and the upper north and south walls were of precast concrete units alternating with an exposed rock panel. These were given a shifting pattern across the elevations to mitigate the box-like volume. The composition was anchored to the site with an open-celled screen wall that defined a landscaped patio and an outreaching canopy. The expansion was constructed jointly by Robert E. McKee, General Contractors, Inc., E.L. Farmer Construction Company, Inc., and Homes & Son Construction Company. The building was structurally engineered to expand vertically with two additional levels, which occurred in 1976. The master plan proposed a second identical twin tower that could increase the bed capacity to 600, but this was not built. VSS completed 18 additional projects at the Lincoln campus through 1980 including the Emergency Addition in 1966, the Radiation Department Addition in 1969, and the Tower Addition with 122 beds in 1976. The upper levels required a larger area than the lower levels. The structural-frame seismic code regulation changes dictated a need for an aesthetic change. The upper north and south exterior walls were glazed storefronts for a lighter appearance, and the end walls handled the lateral seismic loads. The Lincoln Medical Office Building’s 8,500 sf. North wing was designed by VSS in 1964 and a South wing in 1971. These two phases wrapped around a landscaped courtyard with three breezeway entries. The one-story structures were temporary and later were removed for a hospital expansion. These buildings were of warm-colored brick panels and precast concrete columns and fascia to be visually compatible with the hospital. VSS Principal Reginald G. Sydnor, AIA, left VSS to form Sydnor Architects, P.C. in 1980. His firm designed the Desert Mission Lincoln Learning Center at 303 E. Eva Street in 1988. The 15,000-sf center offered daycare for 6-week olds through 12 year old latchkey youth, and social and occupational

additions were designed by the OrcuttWinslow Partnership. The John C. Lincoln Health Network merged with Scottsdale Healthcare to form HonorHealth in 2013. The Desert Mission is a subsidiary of this health care delivery system. The John C. Lincoln Medical Center is currently a full-service, 282-bed hospital. The Center specializes in robotic and scarless surgery, cardiology, and heart care services and is a Level I Trauma Center, a Primary Stroke Center, and a Chest Pain Center. Other services include orthopedic, urology, neurology, and additional surgery, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, a critical care unit, interventional radiology, and inpatient/outpatient medical imaging. The Sunnyslope community is thankful for their partnership with the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center that provides health and wellbeing to people from all backgrounds. Douglas B. Sydnor, FAIA is President of Douglas Sydnor Architect and Associates, Inc. and author of three architecture books.

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t’s Tulip Time at Dutch Village” sounds like a promotion for a plant nursery, not a Phoenix housing tract. But the subdivision located in Sunnyslope at the southeast corner of 19th and Dunlap avenues marketed its Dutch theme by offering potential buyers a complimentary package of tulip bulbs for visiting in 1958. Although featuring Old-World charm, the face of the development was 19-year-old Nanci Ratts, a senior at North High School, garbed in traditional Dutch clothing includ-

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Top: Jim Kelly and James Hernley at the allelectric Dutch Village sign, 1958. Left: Nanci Ratts modeling the Dutch Village costume for Healy Homes, 1958.

William Horner ing wooden shoes. Another unique feature of Dutch Village was their “all electric” homes, which were said to be cheaper for homeowners because of their radiant heat. The homes’ interiors included electric dryers, which “… eliminated the need to iron clothing and household linens,” according to a 1958 advertisement in The Arizona Republic. “For a family of four, the electric bill is only $1.44 per month.” The person behind this unique Sunnyslope subdivision was Robert Healy, a newcomer to the Phoenix residential construction market. Sep-Oct 2019

Healy was from Tacoma, Washington, many awards and honors for their work. where he had worked in construction and The two brothers typically did commercial real estate, along with his father and two jobs but also created several themed-subuncles, in a family business. In the early divisions for developers, including Dutch 1950s, Healy expanded into tract develop- Village. ment. Healy was a frequent visitor to the The subdivision’s model, Ratts, drove Valley in the mid-1950s, when he assem- the first stake for the development in early bled a staff to develop Dutch Village. He April 1958. Before her Dutch Village work, eventually moved to Phoenix in 1957. the high school senior had participated in Healy Homes management included modeling and beauty contests in Phoenix. Etsel Denney, vice The homes president of home “Name that Flower,” was another featured unique sales and Jack jutting roof pitches contest, with the grand prize Fowler, vice preswith scalloping ident of construcfacia boards and winner receiving a two-week tion. Both men diamond-pane winhad worked in the vacation to Holland sailing on an dows, individually industry in Arizona glazed between American Line luxury ship. for many years. frames. “Ah, Dutch Fowler, however, soon left to work for a Village, that makes sense. I always wonnew company, Supreme Builders. dered about the low roof angles in that A local firm, Charles & Arthur Sch- neighborhood,” Mary Anne Ramirez, owner reiber Architects, was selected to design of Books on 7th Ave in Sunnyslope, says. the Dutch-themed homes. The Schreiber Elmer Shelton Concrete Co. of Phoefirm was nationally respected, having won nix laid the curbs, gutters, and sidewalks.

Left: Dutch Village tulip ad, 1958. Top: Landscapers finish the model homes before the grand opening, 1958. Above left: Nanci Ratts greets potential buyers at an open house, 1958. Above: Visitors at the first model home at 1831 W. Lawrence Lane, 1958.

Arizona Sand & Rock Co. held the contract for grading and paving the streets, but sublet concrete work to Shelton. Concrete stamps for both companies are still visible throughout the subdivision. Salt River Power District was instrumental in creating Dutch Village’s all-electric neighborhood, promoting their “Live Better Electrically” slogan in newspaper ads and mobile booths set up outside the model homes. The contractor for the electric radiant heating was Arthur Electric, Inc. of Phoenix, while Sunwarm, Inc. of Kingsport, Tennessee manufactured the baseboard heater units. Dutch Village was laid out along 19th Avenue and Lawrence Lane (where the model homes were located), wrapping around to Dunlap Avenue and east to 17th Arizona Contractor & Community

Avenue. The first model home at 1831 West Lawrence Lane, dubbed “Amsterdam,” was later demolished as part of the Valley Metro light rail easement. The subdivision’s grand opening occurred on June 22, 1958. The housing tract eventually included 127 single-family residences with three bedrooms, two baths, family room, dining-living room, an extra-large kitchen, and estate-sized lots. Throughout 1958, potential buyers were lured to the subdivision by contests and giveaways. These included tulip bulbs that were, “Guaranteed to bloom in an array of gorgeous colors this spring. Drive out today, they’re absolutely free…” “Name that Flower,” was another contest, with the grand prize winner receiving a two-week vacation to Holland sailing on

an American Line luxury ship. Participants were to visit the subdivision, pick up a package of five “genuine” Dutch tulip bulbs and an entry blank. Second prize was a Renault Dauphine, and third prize an RCA 21-inch color television. A few years later, the El Monte Shopping Center was built by Phoenix veteran contractor Wilson & Van Sant Builders at the southeast corner of 19th and Dunlap avenues. The grand opening was held on May 1, 1963, and featured a Fry’s Food Store and Super-X Drugs. By the late 1960s,

Left: El Monte Shopping Center, grand opening ad, 1963. Above: El Monte Shopping Center, 1967.

the center included Totem Department Store, El Monte Liquors, The Emporium, Phil’s Shoes, El Monte Barber Shop, and Mr. Roberts Beauty Salon. A Jack in the Box was built in the parking lot and is still in business. Dutch Village is now called Olive Acres, but the homes retain their distinctive architecture. Whether the subdivision is aglow in tulip blossoms in the spring is unknown.

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8/7/2019 Rio Salado Shared Use Path Lincoln $1,218,101

Wasielewski Const. Co., Phoenix 1957 $300,000 Most Holy Trinity Parish 7th St. & Alice

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8/8/2019 Bus Stop Access Improvements Lincoln $160,817

Acme Materials Co., Phoenix 1959 $82,443 Widening & Paving Central Ave, AZ Canal to Mtn. View

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