Mortenson breaks ground on The Beam in downtown Tempe

Real Estate | 21 May |

Leading U.S. developer and builder Mortenson, in partnership with PGIM Real Estate and Urban Development Partners, has broken ground on its anticipated The Beam on Farmer Class A office building in the heart of downtown Tempe, Arizona, and named the Phoenix office of JLL as the building’s exclusive leasing broker.

The five-story, 184,000-square-foot office building is the first in the state to feature exposed Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction as the primary structural system. The CLT process utilizes young trees and combines layers of natural timber for an eco-friendly building approach.


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“Obviously COVID was a major curveball to this project, but the team remained committed to the core thesis of the development and we couldn’t be more proud to bring the first Class A, cross laminated timber office building in the state to the downtown Tempe market,” said George Forristall, Director of Real Estate Development at Mortenson. “Now more than ever, we believe this unique product offering will set the new standard for a healthy workplace and deliver an unparalleled experience to future tenants.”

Located at 401 S. Farmer Ave., The Beam on Farmer will deliver a unique office product to downtown Tempe, with a modern-meets-vintage mix of solid timber, concrete, steel and glass. Interiors will feature 13’ exposed wood ceilings, 40,000-square-foot open floorplates and an Under Floor Air Distribution (UFAD) system providing best-in-class air quality and energy efficiency. The building is served by an adjacent parking garage with a 4/1,000 parking ratio. The Beam on Farmer embodies an active design and will uniquely offer users a healthy building experience, with contactless features from “car to cube.”

“Throughout the past year, the Tempe market has demonstrated great resilience through the COVID pandemic, and we could not be happier to be bringing a unique product like The Beam on Farmer to our community,” said Tempe Mayor Corey Woods. “As businesses navigate what the future of the workplace environment may look like, The Beam on Farmer will play a key role in welcoming new businesses to our city, while establishing a foundation for a healthy workplace environment.”

“The Beam on Farmer sits in the most sought-after office submarket in the Valley,” said JLL Managing Director Ryan Timpani, who serves as the project’s exclusive leasing broker along with JLL Managing Director Mark Gustin. “The project’s cross-laminated timber construction profile will be the first of its kind in the Valley, creating a delivered product that is certain to draw employers from a wide range of industries looking to attract and retain the best talent.”

Locationally, The Beam on Farmer offers direct access to the Loop 202 freeway, is minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and downtown Phoenix and sits at the hub of the Valley’s vast employment pools. The building has a Walk Score of 78, walkable to the Light Rail and Tempe Streetcar networks, hundreds of downtown Tempe restaurants, retail stores and hotels, and Arizona State University.

Cross laminated timber creates zero waste and will capture 3.5 tons of carbon dioxide. Scrap material from CLT production is also used to create other products or biofuel.

Completion of the beam is anticipated in May 2022. The project architect is RSP Architects.

For more on The Beam at Farmer, visit www.thebeamtempe.com.

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