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.