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Colliers International

Developer: ViaWest Group General Contractor: Stevens Leinweber Construction Architect: SmithGroup JJR Location: 2398 E. Camelback Road, #280, Phoenix, Ariz. 85016 Size: 19,000 SF Brokerage Firm: Colliers International Why it’s awesome: When Colliers International renovated its offices within the heart of Phoenix’s financial district, the firm decided to go collaborative and open. The vibrant office space was designed in a way where you can easily get from point A to B in a flash with a circular design, but plenty of avenues to cut across the office. Employees work side by side as a team, allowing them to easily discuss the day’s activities. The board room inside can be open or closed, allowing for wide expansive meetings or a more intimate setting. Every desk inside can be turned into a standing desk, keeping the employees active, but nothing gets the job done better than the treadmill desks available within the offices. Great views of the Camelback Corridor are also available within Colliers’ amazing space in the Biltmore Financial Center.

The Department

General Contractor: 180 Degrees Architect: Interior – Mark Ryan Studios, Inc. Location: 1 N. 1st St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85004 Size: 16,000 SF Start date: Jan. 2015 Completion Date: Oct. 2015 Why it’s Awesome: Located inside of what used to be a department store in Downtown Phoenix’s early days, The Department is an open collaborative workspace. There are 100 current members in The Department, representing more than 30 companies who are all working side by side in the 100-year-old building that is in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Wide concrete floors with bright lighting and views across the city make the space inviting. There are drafting desks, offices and lounge areas where folks can work. Feeling tired? The Department has you covered as it even has cold brew on tap for anyone to enjoy. The space truly feels like a community as you see folks sitting around on the couches, walking to and fro and just enjoying the open space.

Empire Southwest

General Contractor: Porter Brothers Architect: DMJM-Tonnesen Location: 1725 S. Country Club Dr. Mesa, Ariz. Size: 50-acre campus Why it’s awesome: As one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the world, Empire Southwest makes sure you know they deal with tractors. The front office reception desk is a 16-cylinder mammoth of an engine bloc.

The offices feels like the industry it represents with tractor tires and parts along the walls and on prominent display inside. Rocks from local mines lead you inside, and beneath the building’s board room is a full-size tractor in a display case. There are displays showing the history of Caterpillar, and the open yet industrial vibe throughout the facility shows how proud they are to be a part of Caterpillar. 37

AZRE September/October 2016  

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