Ryan Companies US, Inc. is the developer, design builder and property manager, and PHArchitecture is the architect behind a $27M, 2-story, 150,000 SF technology center in Tempe for Web host GoDaddy.
The new building is part of expansion that is expected to generate hundreds of quality, new jobs for Arizona-based GoDaddy.
“This is an extremely important project for Ryan Companies because it continues and strengthens a long-standing business relationship with ASU Research Park and ASU Foundation, as well as begins a new business relationship with GoDaddy,” said Molly Ryan Carson, Ryan Construction Vice President of Development.
“We are proud to be a part of the continued business growth in Tempe.”
The leasing team will consist of Mike Haenel, Jeff Wentworth and Andy Markham of Cassidy Turley (landlord broker) and Chuck Nixson of CBRE (tenant broker).
Joining Gov. Jan Brewer for the announcement at Arizona State University Research Park were GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, as well as officials with the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
The ceremony included Gov. Brewer and Irving “cementing” their footprints at the property – symbolizing the tech giant’s expanding footprint in the Valley. The new building is expected to open in 2014.
“GoDaddy is a true Arizona success story,” Gov. Brewer said. “It started with a handful of people and a dream. Now, GoDaddy is among the largest Valley employers. Year after year, it is ranked as one of the metro area’s ‘Best Places to Work,’ and GoDaddy has expanded each of the 16 years it has operated in our state.
“This is a great example of the type of company we had in mind when we championed legislation two years ago aimed at putting our economy on the right track. The hard work is paying off, and we are proud to have played a role in helping keep GoDaddy firmly-rooted in Arizona.”
The GoDaddy Global Technology Center will provide a creative new space for 1,300 employees, including engineers, developers and customer-care representatives. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month. GoDaddy currently employs more than 3,400 people worldwide, with a significant portion of the personnel based in Arizona.
“GoDaddy has worked hard to become the largest platform for small businesses around the world,” Irving said. “GoDaddy is changing people’s lives by helping people turn their dreams and ideas into real businesses — and this new facility is a key piece to making that happen. This location in the heart of the ASU Research Park is a sweet spot; it’s in the hub of the state’s technology corridor and gives us the space we need for the years ahead.”
“Tempe is thrilled to welcome Go Daddy and its talented employees to our community,” Mayor Mitchell said. “They are a great fit for our community, where 20% of all jobs are in the technology sector. Tempe is known as a smart, fun and thriving city, and we are happy to welcome Go Daddy into that mix. We are looking forward to being great partners now and in the future.”
“The ASU Research Park is the perfect location for companies to align with our large number of faculty members at one of the world’s leading research universities,” said ASU Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO Morgan R. Olsen.
“Collaboration with the ASU Research Park companies offers students the chance to enhance their education and gain skills that can result in jobs for them post-graduation. The ASU Research Park currently houses more than 47 companies and employs 4,600 people. We welcome GoDaddy to our community and believe their presence will be beneficial for all.”