11 For(u)m Members Sustaining Our Future
Nearly two years into its existence, Local First Arizona's For(u)m program continues its growth at a robust clip. As we prepare for a second edition of the Subcontractor Expo, Local First looks to its growing membership to see what companies are combining forces in building the Phoenix metro's more sustainable and walkable future.
1. Starmar Investments
This new equity partnership is eagerly making an impact in downtown Mesa. As the city prepares for its more urban future, Starmar Investments has made a strategic impact through pop-up events in its "Sliver Lot," while being one of the first property owners offering Main Street improvements through the City of Mesa's downtown historic facade program. Check out Starmar's work in our recap of the Mesa development bus tour, and view their current property availability.
2. Jones Studio
Jones Studio's legacy in the Valley spans decades, with principle Eddie Jones gaining acclaim for residential and institutional projects of all kinds, including an array of work with ASU like the COOR Building, and partnering on the new Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in downtown Phoenix. But perhaps Jones Studio's most visible work is just about to truly begin, with taking the lead on redeveloping the Monroe Abbey in downtown Phoenix.
3. Vintage Partners
Though Vintage Partners has been a member of For(u)m for a full year already, we couldn't be more excited by what is to come for them in 2018. With Uptown Plaza fully completed in 2017 with a finished AJ's grocery anchor, Vintage looks forward to many new projects. Projects like the first International Dark Skies housing community in the world in Flagstaff, the Epicenter project in concert with Joe Johnston's Agritopia in Gilbert, and the ARRIVE Hotel adaptive reuse project with Venue Projects in the Camelback Light Rail Corridor.
4. Pint Ventures
For(u)m was proud to support the first solo housing project developed by Pint Ventures' Danny Bockting, a unique fourplex coming soon to the Roosevelt Neighborhood near downtown Phoenix, fitting the "Missing Middle" paradigm so vital to building walkable communities. Bockting's previous partnerships include work with EQ Properties.
5. International Tension Structures
International Tension Structures make our harsh, desert urban environment more livable. Based in the Valley, this all-in-one firm designs and constructs tension structures which shade such local icons as Symphony Hall, the ASU Research Park, and ASU's Barrett, the Honors College in Tempe, providing shade, aesthetic, and cooling for architecturally-stunning projects of all sizes.
6. Rock Solid Investments
Rock Solid Investments works across scales in the Valley's real estate market, managing wholesaling, renovations, and rental property management. Closing hundreds of deals, the company currently represents over 60 properties and over 100 units of housing, and is looking to pursue its first ground-up mixed-use development in 2018.
7. 11th Monk3y LLC
Whlie producing viral apparel designs, 11th Monk3y's fabrication work is what sets this multifaceted manufacturer apart. Designing fixtures, lasercutting facades, fabricating furniture and bike racks--11th Monk3y can do it all, while building a sense of place with every project completed.
8. Bobé Water & Fire
For 30 years, the team at Bobé Water & Fire have been fabricating unique sheet metal creations to set apart projects of any size. Producing water, fire, and landscape features for residential and commercial projects, the firm represents a perfect enhancement to an outdoor space, leading to its work on Venue Projects' Orchard project in uptown Phoenix.
9. Summit West Signs
Every local business needs a sign, and Summit West leaves no one behind. Offering sign fabrication, plans and permits, design and consultation, and more. This signmaker can craft any sign your business needs--leading it to apartments monuments, school marquees, and even Chandler's downtown City Hall.
10. Studio 3125
Studio 3125 provides iconic interiors. Serving as a full-service interior design firm and lifestyle brand, the staff here can combine disparate elements to produce an inspiring whole, working on residential and commercial projects of all sizes from its spacious showroom.
11. Green Project
Sustaining life in the desert isn't easy, and Green Project is here for it. Designing and constructing pools, hardscape, landscape, and plantings, this firm produces environmentally-conscious outdoor living spaces both public and private. It's no wonder they ended up landscaping part of Super Bowl Central in 2016.