New ASU facilities recognized by Southwest Contractor

December 8, 2008

Southwest Contractor, a leading construction industry publication serving the Southwest since 1938, recognized the Arizona State University Polytechnic Academic Complex, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building and the Institute of Religion at ASU building with its annual Best of 2008 Awards at a ceremony, Dec. 2.

The annual competition, now in its 11th year, recognizes construction and design excellence in separate award ceremonies for Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. Over 650 entries were received in the tri-state region, with 260 representing Arizona projects.
An independent jury comprised of 11 design and construction professionals selected 22 winning projects in a variety of categories for Arizona.

ASU Polytechnic Academic Complex was recognized as the Best Public “Green” Project, submitted by RSP Architects and DPR Construction Inc. The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building was recognized for the Best Project Management/Team, submitted by Sundt/HDR/SEA. And the Institute of Religion building was recognized for Best Masonry.

“The public sector projects were particularly strong this year, but all of the winning projects demonstrate the quality of design and construction occurring throughout Arizona” said Scott Blair, editor of Southwest Contractor. “The judges rewarded projects that were innovative, challenging and that benefited the community socially or economically.”

The winners are profiled in detail in the December 2008 issue of Southwest Contractor and at">">

New this year, local winners will move onto McGraw-Hill Construction’s first annual National Best of 2008. The national winners will be profiled in a special section published in Engineering News-Record and all 11 regional construction publications.

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Tourism leaders focus on increasing safety, security

December 9, 2008

Tourism and security experts from throughout Arizona and the nation recently collaborated on ways to heighten safety and prevent crimes against tourists at the Third-Annual Tourism Safety and Security Conference at the Hotel Valley Ho.

More than 75 leaders in the tourism and convention industry discussed the need for investing in safety and security, especially as luxury hotels are increasingly drawing attacks from terrorists. The conference on Nov. 21 was hosted by Arizona State University's Megapolitan Tourism Research Center. Download Full Image

"The critical importance of learning new ways to improve tourism safety and security is further underscored by the recent attacks on two of India's most famous hotels," says Dr. Timothy Tyrrell, director of the Megapolitan Tourism Research Center. "These are the types of tragic incidents this conference annually focuses on trying to prevent or handle in the most effective manner possible."

Those in attendance included members of the Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Office of Tourism, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, the Fiesta Bowl- Insight Bowl, Phoenix Job Corps Center, Southwest Risk Advisors, Anderson Security and 20 hotels and resorts.

Participants took part in an unscripted, real-time response to a mock disaster situation involving an explosion at a hotel during a major convention. They outlined what should be done in the first 30 minutes after the explosion, as well as the following steps of response and recovery. This included dealing with employee loss, informing the media and delegates, and concluding the convention.

Other topics included crimes against tourists; community planning and response to the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas; training staff to handle emergencies; and the important role that meeting planners play in the safety and security of visitors.

The Megapolitan Tourism Research Center is devoted to studying the role of tourism in community development in order to strengthen its contribution to viable economic, social and environmental systems, especially in megapolitan regions around the world. The center is part of the School of Community Resources & Development, located in the College of Public Programs at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. For information, visit:">">

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