Intel Corp. is adding a $300M research and development facility at its Chandler campus — a project that is expected to create almost 1,000 construction jobs.
Intel today announced plans for the 2-story, 285,000 SF facility that will be used to expand its packaging operations.
“This significant investment in R&D reflects Intel’s principal role in defining the future of technology,” said Babak Sabi, Intel vice president and director, Assembly and Test Technology Development.
“The innovation set to take place within the walls of this new research center will influence technology trends for years to come, and we’re delighted to bring that distinction to the community of Chandler and the State of Arizona.
“This speak for jobs,” Sabi said. “That’s what this is about.”
The facility will create several hundred Intel jobs and nearly 1,000 construction jobs. Hiring for Intel positions will occur over the next 18 months. About half of the positions will be filled by individuals with advanced engineering degrees.
Other positions are open to candidates with technical degrees and relevant experience. Military veterans with technical training are often well suited for a variety of roles within the company and Intel will specifically recruit veterans for these positions.
“Intel recognizes that highly skilled military veterans are a valuable resource,” Sabi said. “They bring real-world experience and proven expertise that complements the Intel culture.”
Intel’s new Chandler facility will be built to support packaging operations for the company. The research conducted in Chandler is strategic to the company’s future product roadmap and will promote Intel’s leadership role in technology innovation.
“For more than three decades, the City of Chandler has been a proud partner with Intel as it continues to expand here in our community,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Intel’s dedication to research and development is commendable and will ensure a long and prosperous presence here in the region. This announcement once again shows Intel’s continued commitment to Chandler and confirms that the state of Arizona is a great place to do business.”
News of this additional investment comes as Intel forges ahead with construction of Fab 42, its new manufacturing facility in Ocotillo. Upon scheduled completion in 2013, Fab 42 will be the most advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world. Intel’s combined investment in the two new Chandler facilities will exceed $5.3B.
Site preparation for the R&D facility began in June; construction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2013. The building is designed to pursue LEED certification. M + W Group will be the design/builder for the project.