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Garmin, Chandler, WEB

Garmin opens new research, development office in Chandler

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, Friday formally opens its new 60,000 square foot research and development facility in the Chandler Corporate Center.

“We are delighted to open such a state-of-the-art research and development facility here in Chandler,” said Merlin Smith, director of auto OEM software at the Garmin Chandler facility. “We chose to expand in Chandler because there is a large population of highly-skilled engineers here locally – and we have very much appreciated the support of both the city and state throughout this process.”

The new facility, located near McClintock Drive and Chandler Boulevard, is LEED Gold-certified and contains space for offices and research and development labs. Currently, approximately 130 associates work in the Chandler office, and this expansion will allow the office to gain an additional 141 new engineering and R&D jobs, as business conditions warrant.

The Chandler office supports Garmin’s software engineering needs, including aviation, automotive OEM, and desktop applications. Garmin has been an employer in the greater Phoenix area for more than 15 years, and has been leasing office space at a nearby office in Chandler for five years. The new facility represents $11 million in new capital investment.

“Chandler welcomes Garmin’s expansion here as we continue to grow our research and development community with solid, progressive employers,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Leading edge firms like Garmin choosing to locate and expand in Chandler show that we continue our commitment to bring the best companies and jobs to our community.”

Garmin was founded in 1989 and employs more than 10,000 associates globally. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of consumer electronics, many of which are enabled with GPS. Its product portfolio includes wearable fitness and wellness devices, GPS-enabled high-definition action cameras, and navigational products for pilots, boaters, hikers, hunters, and drivers.

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Wells Fargo opens LEED-Silver store in Tempe

Wells Fargo announced the opening of its newest Arizona Community Banking store, at 20 E. University St. in Tempe, on June 3.  The 2,249-square-foot location – the 261st Wells Fargo banking store in the state – is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Wells Fargo has five LEED certified stores in Arizona.

“Wells Fargo understands the importance of promoting environmental stewardship in the communities we serve,” said Misha Patel Terrazas, Metro East area president for Wells Fargo in Arizona.  “In addition to our commitment to have 35 percent of our leased and owned buildings LEED certified by 2020, we also have introduced new envelope-free ATMs throughout Arizona and continue to provide support through grants and volunteerism by our team members to local nonprofit organizations that share our environmental commitment.”

Environmental features in the new store include:
· Water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices help us cut water usage by up to 40% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Energy efficient light fixtures and HVAC system help to reduce energy use by up to 21% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Light harvesting system helps cut energy use by automatically adjusting indoor lighting for maximum use of available daylight
· Bike racks help reduce pollution impacts from automobile usage
· Increased use of recycled content, like porcelain tiles that contain 40% recycled content and insulation  made from recycled cotton – including scraps of denim
· Fully recyclable materials such as counter surfaces comprised of recycled bottles and cement, carpet, and window shades divert these materials from the landfill at their end of life
· Sustainably grown, harvested and manufactured wood materials
· Low toxic paints and other materials and strict air quality management practices during construction contribute to a healthier environment
· Waste diversion during construction keeps much of our construction waste from ever seeing the landfill
*Compared to conventional buildings of the same type.
“Our vision as a company is to help our customers succeed financially, and this new store will make it even easier for our customers to connect with the full financial services that Wells Fargo has to offer,” said Store Manager Chris McCarthy.  “We’re excited to be serving our customers in this new energy efficient store.”

McCarthy joined Wells Fargo as a teller in 2001 and also has held positions as a personal banker and training consultant.  His store team will consist of 11 Retail Banking team members, including Service Manager Samantha Brock, four personal bankers and five tellers.  Representatives from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Wells Fargo Investments also will serve customers at the store.

The new store includes two ATMs with 24-hour access, a merchant night drop and an online terminal where customers can access their Wells Fargo accounts online. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Fountainhead Office Plaza

Fountainhead Office Plaza Earns Best LEED-Certified Development Of 2011

Fountainhead Office Plaza in Tempe, winner of the 2012 RED Award for Best Office Project, has been designated the Best LEED-Certified Development of 2011 by the Arizona Chapter of NAIOP.

The award recognizes the best new LEED development in the state of Arizona based on sustainable design, construction and operation.

NAIOP is a leading organization for developers, owners and related commercial real estate professionals, and provides industry networking, education and public policy advocacy.

KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II (KBS REIT II), a non-traded real estate investment trust based in Newport Beach, Calif., acquired the LEED-certified Fountainhead Office Plaza immediately upon its completion in 2011.

The two-building complex was designed and constructed per exact LEED standards and features an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) that cleans incoming air, protects against pollutants and reduces energy costs.

Situated within the 140-acre master-planned Fountainhead Corporate Park, Fountainhead Office Plaza consists of 6- and 10-story buildings totaling 165,300 and 273,800 SF, respectively. Both buildings are 100 percent occupied through 2023 to the University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest accredited private university.

Developers of the project are USAA Real Estate Company and Metro Commercial Properties; general contractor is Sundt Construction; and architect is DAVIS, which won the 2012 RED Award for Architect of the Year.

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Architect Of The Year 2011

RSP Architects

Winner of Best Public Project: Musical Instrument MuseumArchitect of the Year 2011: RSP Architects

Since 1978 RSP Architects has been creating spaces nationally and internationally. With offices in Phoenix, Minneapolis,  Rochester, Minn., China and India, RSP employs more than 200 people — and one penguin. The firm has worked with companies around the globe and has a diverse portfolio ranging from the spectacular Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale to work with the U.S. military.

RSP’s No. 1 goal is to provide excellent service to its clients. RSP not only designs the space, it understands the space. This can be seen in the corporate environments it creates where it makes the environment more productive, yet still comfortable; or in the museums it designs where it makes sure the acoustics are just right; even in the schools it creates with an environment to spark curiosity and inspire students to achieve.

RSP architects not only strive to make it’s building beautiful and useful, but also sustainable. The firm believes “sustainable design is inherent within any good, smart building design.” RSP is committed to the 2030 Challenge, which requires architecture firms to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. RSP also has completed 12 LEED certified projects.

With more than 30 years of experience, RSP Architects has developed key criteria when working with a client. RSP believes stewardship, discipline and adaptability will create results.

RSP is committed to success.