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Building C at Ascend

Ascend at Chandler Airport Center breaks ground

Irgens has announced that it is breaking ground on the first phase of the Ascend at Chandler Airport Center Corporate Campus as construction begins on the 81,712-square-foot single story Building C. It represents the first of four phases in what is planned to be a 400,000-square-foot campus build out.

Construction of Building C is scheduled for completion in January. The Ascend campus is located at the northwest corner of Germann and Cooper Roads in Chandler.

“Ascend will be the largest flex office building developed in the submarket since 2008, and feature the Valley’s most innovative workspace,” said Jason Meszaros, vice president and market manager for Irgens. “This development is a natural fit for an area that continues to grow and evolve.”

Flex office design features in the new building will include mezzanine capabilities, allowing for expansion of office space to 162,000 square feet.

“Ascend will be a great addition to our local inventory of office space. It’s one more example of new development in our area that is bringing jobs and economic activity to our community,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, of the City of Chandler.

The new building will feature surface parking in addition to two 12-foot x 12-foot overhead doors with the capability of adding adjacent truck wells. Additionally, the property has a 5/1,000 parking ratio that is expandable to 8/1,000.

Project architect is Balmer Architectural Group with Chasse Building Team serving as the general contractor. The building’s leasing agent is Cushman & Wakefield.

“As the market continues its recovery, we’ve seen a notable spike in large tenant activity. And those tenants are creating innovative workspaces that foster collaboration and higher density layouts. Some are looking for campus environments, with the ability to grow into multiple buildings. Ascend meets these needs perfectly,” said Jerry Noble, market leader and managing broker at Cushman & Wakefield.


New Porsche dealership breaks ground in Chandler

Porsche Chandler announced the groundbreaking of its new Porsche dealership, located at 1010 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler. The ceremony was presided over by Richard Cvijanovich, the dealership’s Owner & Operator, and attended by over 100+ participants, including Porsche Cars North America executives, City of Chandler dignitaries, and Arizona Porsche Club members and owners.

Only the second Porsche location within the Phoenix metropolitan area and the third one of its kind in Arizona, Porsche Chandler represents the pinnacle in the brand’s design standards as one of its first LEED Gold Certified facilities, a benchmark for all future Porsche dealerships.

“This is a significant milestone for Porsche in the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona,” said Vice President Pedro Mota, who oversees the Western region for Porsche. “The new Porsche Chandler will give local owners an unparalleled experience and provide potential customers with a fitting introduction to the venerable Porsche brand.”

“Selecting Chandler and the Chandler 202 Auto Park for our new Porsche dealership was absolutely the right decision considering its location squarely in the middle of Phoenix’s East Valley communities. The tremendous economic, population and business expansion taking place within Chandler and surrounding markets, supports the development of a luxury dealership offering”, said Cvijanovich.

“We appreciate the continued investment that the Cvijanovich family is making here in Chandler,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “This world-class dealership represents a tremendous asset to the community and we wish them many years of success with one of the world’s premier automobile brands here in our City.”

The two-story, 36,000 square foot, four acre complex represents a state-of-the-art Sales,

Service and Parts operation featuring a 14 vehicle in-door showroom, fully air conditioned Service Department, first and second floor cafes for client convenience, and an expansive multi-level Porsche parts and accessories warehouse. Everything about Porsche Chandler is focused on providing the very best-in-class luxury client sales and service experience possible.

“The Arizona Region of the Porsche Club of America warmly welcomes Porsche Chandler to the

Arizona Porsche Community!” said Kim Kemper, Secretary and Autocross Chair, AZ Region PCA.

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.

(L to R):  Mark Sklar - DMB, Councilmember Jack Sellers, Councilmember Jeff Weninger, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Councilmember Kevin Hartke, Carol Nalevanko - President of Village Health Clubs & Spa, Bennett Dorrance - DMB, Michael DeBell - DMB, David Bruner - DMB Circle Road, Charley Freericks - DMB, Mary Alexander - DMB.  Photo courtesy of John Buttel of Buttel Photography.

Ground breaks on $25M Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa

On June 18,  a group of city and business leaders including Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilmembers Kevin Hartke, Jack Sellers and Jeff Weninger gathered in a freshly-graded dirt field to officially break ground on the $25 million Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa. Joining the Mayor & Councilmembers at the groundbreaking ceremony were prominent Valley businessmen, Bennett Dorrance and Mark Sklar, co-founders of the DMB real estate development company, parent company of the Village Health Clubs & Spas. Scheduled for completion in spring 2015 and led by Sundt Construction, the 82KSF Ocotillo Village is expected to create 250 construction jobs and eventually create more than 220 full and part-time positions. The Ocotillo Village will also be the first East Valley location for this private, member-based health club, joining the three existing locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Infusionsoft - Park Place

Infusionsoft Moving Its Corporate Headquarters To New Chandler Office

Infusionsoft, which creates sales and marketing software for small businesses, is relocating from Gilbert to a new 86,000 SF headquarters in Chandler at the end of this year.

Infusionsoft worked closely with the City of Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority to find a new home at Allred Park Place in the Price Corridor. Expecting to grow to 1,000 employees over the next three to four years, Infusionsoft will occupy the entire two-story building.

Willmeng Construction of Mesa is the general contractor and Balmer Architectural Group of Phoenix is the architect. CBRE will handle the leasing of space.

“We invested a great deal of time in our search for the ideal home for Infusionsoft as we continue this next phase of explosive growth,” says Clate Mask, CEO and co-founder of Infusionsoft. “Chandler’s Price Corridor represents a budding center for tech companies and talent. In the City of Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority, we’ve found true partners committed to our expansion, and to the success of our small business customers.”

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny of Chandler goes on to say, “Infusionsoft is a perfect fit for Chandler and the high-tech, creative class workforce we continue to recruit. Collaborative partnerships are critical in this knowledge-based economy, and we know Infusionsoft will be a stellar addition to the technology hub being created in the Price Corridor.”

Infusionsoft is rapidly approaching 300 employees, growing its workforce at a rate of 15% per quarter, and is currently hiring across all departments. With more than 32,000 users in 62 countries, Infusionsoft’s Web-based all-in-one-one sales and marketing software helps small businesses get more customers, increase sales and save time.

Infusionsoft integrates CRM, email marketing, e-commerce and marketing automation into one simple-to-use system that helps small businesses automatically market to prospects and customers. In the 1st quarter of this year, Infusionsoft customers captured 11 million leads with the software and $281M in e-commerce dollars were processed through the Infusionsoft shopping cart.

“Infusionsoft is a rising star in Arizona, and the ACA is pleased to see this company realize such success,” said Don Cardon, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Infusionsoft was one of the first companies to take advantage of Arizona’s Angel Tax Credit to raise seed funding, and subsequent venture capital.  One of the ACA’s main priorities is growing our own — we provide assistance to help Arizona companies expand. Infusionsoft is a marquee employer in a growing industry sector.  The ACA is proud to have them as a partner in Arizona.”

Mask continues, “In this new location, we’ll create a world-class headquarters that represents the vibrancy and innovation of Infusionsoft. It will become the training center for small businesses in Arizona, and worldwide, to get the tools and education to help power their success.”

Working with the developer, Douglas Allred Company, Infusionsoft is creating a remarkable new work environment that will help the company continue to be one of the Best Workplaces in America and a Best Places to Work in the Valley.  The new space is designed to give employees a culture of inclusiveness, innovation and fun. Infusionsoft’s team will occupy the entire building, which is the first major speculative office building to be built in Arizona since 2009.