June 22, 2020

Phenomenal growth occurred in Phoenix after World War II, causing influential residents to seek big city amenities. A modern playhouse was high on the list for the Phoenix Little Theatre Company. The city, prodded by Maie Bartlett Heard, Frank Snell, and Barry Goldwate...

April 2, 2020

Since we can't visit the ornate Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix these days, the next best thing is to take a look at Arizona Contractor & Community Magazine's "Back When" (Mar-Apr 2020 issue) about its history, and the crowds that flocked to the venue to watch Bridge on the...

January 31, 2020

Theodore Roosevelt was a busy man when he arrived in Phoenix in 1911 to dedicate the dam named after him. He had championed the passage of a federal reclamation act in 1902, which spurred dam construction nationwide. Theodore Roosevelt Dam was the first federal reclama...

July 19, 2019

"When renovating an existing facility, especially an older one, everyone knows there will be some unexpected existing conditions that will be encountered,” Ryan Lee, project manager for Perlo Construction, says. “This project just happened to have a significant amount...

June 3, 2019

When Arizona Contractor & Community magazine hosted a retirement party for Chuck Runbeck in 2018, Bryant Shaw came by to wish Chuck all the best and show him some copies of Chuck’s previous publication, Southwest Contractor.

Shaw also brought a scrapbook of construction...

March 20, 2019

Arizona has its share of monsters lurking in the great outdoors. There’s the Gila monster, a venomous reptile with steel-trap jaws. There’s allegedly the Mogollon Monster, a relative of Bigfoot with an offensive body odor. Perhaps the most intimidating beast, however,...

January 13, 2019

The Rodeo Drive-In opened in 1953 in an industrial area of Phoenix near 12th Street and Buckeye Road. It was the Valley’s seventh drive-in, with room for 550 cars with each auto charged $1 for admission. The Rodeo had a challenging evolution, with increasing neighborho...

July 10, 2018

In today's busy world, who has time for a double-feature at a theater? 

Double-features were the policy of the one-screen Indian Drive-In Theater when it opened at the northeast corner of 27th Avenue and Indian School Road on August 27, 1948.

Patrons rolled in to see Ran...

June 8, 2018

Arizona Contractor & Community magazine had a major presence at the 2018 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference held at the iconic Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale this week.

The magazine had it's own session promoting the magazine that highlights new construction projec...

June 6, 2018

Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction and development firms, announced it has promoted Kevin Connor to vice president & project executive. He has been with Skanska for 17 years and was previously a project executive.

In his new role, he will continue oversigh...

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