November 2007 DFD CornoyerHedrick moves from The Camelback Esplanade into the 2nd Floor of Hayden Ferry Lakeside II. DFD CornoyerHedrick is renamed, DAVIS. The company’s self-designed website under the leadership of Mike and Lisa, Kevin Korczyk, Allison Van Dyke and David Newcombe wins an Emmy Award.
2008 And then… the ‘Great Recession’ (Seems more like a DEPRESSION) hits. Comparing it with the RTC days of the early 1990’s is like comparing WWI to WWII… The firms consolidate on the first floor of HFL II. Mike and Lisa acquire a small commercial property at the corner of 2nd Street and Roosevelt in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Three weeks after closing, on Halloween, the decrepit little building is torched. With only liability insurance, the arson investigation proves to be the shortest in history at about 15 seconds in length.
2009 DAVIS, led by Mike Edwards, Buck Yee, Amy Dooley and Kelly Brown; designs the 460,000 sf confidential education project and Western International University campus at Broadway and I-10 for Metro Commercial Properties and USAA. Davis summits Mt. Kilimanjaro September 27 which is an amazing, life changing event! DAVIS designs the Austin Planetarium in Austin, Texas.
December 2009 DAVIS is selected by UniSource Energy Systems to design with RYAN Companies, a new 280,000 sf Corporate Headquarters for the company in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Buck Yee, Amy Dooley and Mike Edwards lead the design efforts and the project receives Certificate of Occupancy just 100 weeks after DAVIS interviews for the project. It is the first BIM project that DAVIS does.
March 2011 Rory Carder is named Managing Principal of DAVIS. The company is now 15 people and $3,000,000 of annual revenue. DAVIS begins design work on the FOUND:RE Hotel for Tim Sprague et al. With a limited amount of work, Davis and his colleagues begin what turns out to be about a hundred different studies for what to do with the little lot at 2nd Street and Roosevelt. The studies range from shipping container eateries up to a 600’ tall high-rise condominium. The drawings are all very nice!
2011 Davis is engaged by Insight Labs to host a series of conversations on the unique nature of ‘place’. The Elements of Place™ is born. Using ‘the lot’ at the corner of 2nd Street and Roosevelt in the Roosevelt Row Arts District as a laboratory of sorts, Davis and Dorina Bustamante/Continental Shift collaborate on the community project, ‘WhatShouldGoHere?’ The 13,500 sf lot becomes a transformative part of Roosevelt Row and First Fridays. Daughter, Taylor Davis graduates Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame College of Architecture and begins work with Cordogan, Clark & Associates in Chicago, Illinois.
2012 DAVIS begins working on behalf of its client, Wentworth Property Company and prepares concept studies for a 600,000 sf ‘top secret’ Fortune 40 company at a 50+ acre site in Papago Park Center. In August, Mike Davis and Amy Dooley along with the Wentworth team, travel to Central Illinois to present refined design concepts to what is now known to be a ‘Large Midwestern Insurance Company’. The presentation is well received by the Board.
February 2013 After an ‘11th Hour’ turn of events, Marina Heights is selected over Papago Park Center; and the development team of RYAN Companies and Sunbelt Holdings, in conjunction with ASU is awarded the contract to develop what becomes a 2,000,000 sf Regional Hub for the ‘Large Midwestern Insurance Company’. DAVIS is the Master Planner, Architect and Interior Designer for the entire project valued at over $1,000,000,000. It is the largest commercial project ever developed in Arizona and one of the largest projects constructed in the USA at the time.
2013 DAVIS designs Portland on the Park for Sunbelt Holdings and Habitat Metro. It is the first downtown Phoenix condominium project to be developed in 6 years. Richard Drinkwater, Larry Boardman, Kristen Valente and Mike Krentz lead the design effort. DAVIS designs Enclave at Borgata, a luxury condominium project in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mike Edwards, Larry Boardman and Kristen Valente design the project.
2014 After becoming a registered architect at age 25, Taylor Davis joins DAVIS. She plays a significant role in the firm’s Revit/BIM documentation of Marina Heights. DAVIS opens a Chicago office at NBC Tower.
2015 Davis and Vento reconnect after the ‘Great Recession’ and begin formulating ideas for the urban redevelopment of a portion of the Roosevelt Row Arts District, centered around Davis’ lot at 2nd Street and Roosevelt.
2016 'Life in Place' ®, a video about the thinking behind the work DAVIS does - and intended to convey the deeper meaning to developing successful projects beyond just a ‘bottom line’ mentality - is released. In addition to winning an ADDY Award, it is so ‘effective’ that some people wonder just what exactly DAVIS does…Yikes! DAVIS wins various design awards for early phases of Marina Heights. Portland on the Park and the FOUND:RE are completed.
November 2016 DAVIS turns 25 years old. In its brief history, the company has designed 1/3 of all the Class ‘A’ business environments in Metropolitan Phoenix. Over 200,000 people work in DAVIS designed buildings with over 150,000 additional people visiting them daily. The firm has done $250,000,000 in revenue, gainfully employed hundreds of exceptional design professionals – launching several onward to successful practices of their own. And DAVIS has made 650 consecutive payrolls – Never late. Never short. Never missed...And not always easy…especially some of the smaller ones. Thank you, Lord - for your provision and for a great team of professionals!
2017 Marina Heights completed. What began as yield studies by Mike Davis, Mike Edwards and Dan Ray-Burnett is ultimately manifested by the architectural team of Senior Designer Richard Drinkwater, Project Architect Buck Yee, Clay Friese, Jason Adams, Tod Miller, Tom Zandler and Taylor Davis; and the interior design team led by Amy Dooley, Holly Dezinski, Melanie Lucas, Rory Carder and Louis Burgdorf. Many awards follow. DAVIS is working on significant projects with Aerie Development, ASU, Catellus,
Cousins, Furst Properties, Habitat Metro, Honor Health, JDM Partners, Lincoln Properties, MacDonald Development, RED Development, RYAN Companies, Sunbelt Holdings, Transwestern, True North Holdings and The Wolff Company.
June 1, 2017 Mike Davis celebrates 40 years of continuous employment in the architectural profession. He is just starting to learn something after 125,000 hours of work! Mike is very proud of the fact the he remains great friends with Irwin Pasternack, Bob Hedrick and Dell DeRevere to this day…and he misses the late Jeff Cornoyer. Above all, he is profoundly grateful to his Creator and his wife Lisa, his children Taylor, Landry and Jack (and now sons-in law, Nate and Chris) and his many clients, colleagues, friends, adversaries, supporters, detractors and loved ones!