George Oliver alters Chandler redevelopment in wake of COVID-19

Real Estate | 19 May |

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix-based developer George Oliver has taken quick action – making thoughtful changes to build tenant confidence and position its latest redevelopment project, The Alexander, now under construction in downtown Chandler, Arizona, as a premier “new normal” work environment. 

As a company known for developing cutting-edge, wellness-focused workspaces, George Oliver’s strategic updates at The Alexander will ensure that the new 112,000-square-foot project aligns with the developer’s health-centered vision and prioritizes the amenities that most proactively support today’s most pressing office space concerns. 

“Businesses today are dealing with plenty of uncertainty and stress as they’re trying to navigate what the new work environment may look like. With that in mind, making these changes to our design at The Alexander was an easy decision for us,” said George Oliver’s Managing Partner Curt Kremer. “It gives us the power to deliver a more adaptive end product and build more confidence for our tenants as they re-enter their workplace.” 

New COVID-19-related design enhancements at The Alexander include “touchless” accessibility throughout, featuring 10-foot sliding glass entry doors, motion sensor restroom doors and fixtures, and touchless drinking fountains. The Alexander’s design and architecture team, led by George Oliver Design, has also upgraded the building’s main HVAC systems and elevators to optimize air quality and functionality. All strategic upgrades will be completed within the original development timeline, keeping the project on-track for delivery to the market by the fourth quarter of this year.

“The design and construction teams did a great job of making these changes real-time, so that we could accommodate ownership’s request to add these features to The Alexander without increasing the construction schedule.” said George Oliver Design Lead Architect Jay Sciarani. “Seeing our designs adapt to the current environment and enhance the user’s experience is really rewarding for us.” 

In addition to design changes, The Alexander’s building management guidelines were revised to incorporate more stringent cleaning and disinfecting standards, and implement signage to promote best-practice social distancing policies. Property manager Arcadia Management will oversee these changes, and all efforts will be supported by a full-time building concierge and on-site building engineer. 

Located at 25 S. Arizona Pl., The Alexander is a unique, upscale office community located in the heart of downtown Chandler and surrounded by a culinary-inspired restaurant scene, nightlife and multifamily. George Oliver is investing over $10 million in capital to transform The Alexander from a five-story, 1980s vintage office building into a premier, Class A modern workspace featuring a Kaleidoscope coffee and juice bar, lounge-style outdoor areas with games, library-themed common amenity, training center and boutique hospitality-inspired lobby. The building’s wellness center will feature a cardio room furnished with Peloton equipment, a spacious yoga studio, spa-inspired private showers and an attached tranquil garden for post-workout decompression. In addition to the building’s physical transformation, George Oliver has rebranded the building to The Alexander, named in honor of the city’s founder Alexander Johnathan (A.J.) Chandler.

Leasing efforts for The Alexander are being led by Ryan Timpani and Todd Noel of Colliers, with suites available for pre-lease now. For more information on the redevelopment and leasing efforts at The Alexander, visit www.AlexanderJohnathan.com.

The Alexander’s sister building, The Johnathan – also named after the city’s founder – is located on an adjacent parcel at 55 N. Arizona Pl. Renovations at The Johnathan will begin later this year, with efforts focused on delivering a similar modernized work environment.  

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