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April 25, 2018

Willmeng Construction breaks ground on a new Orbital ATK Campus in Chandler

Willmeng Construction, Phoenix, broke ground on a 617,000-square-foot campus for Orbital ATK, which will serve as the Launch Vehicles Division Headquarters. This is the latest example of how thoughtful vision and planning for mixed-use developments like Park Place by developer Douglas Allred Company, San Diego, Calif., are spurring more corporate relocations, economic development and job creation opportunities along Chandler’s Price Road Corridor.

Located along one of Metropolitan Phoenix’s fastest-growing employment and innovation corridors at the intersection of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways on a 47-acre site at the southeast corner of Price and Willis roads, Orbital ATK’s new multiple-building facility includes office space and 261,000 square feet of state-of the-art manufacturing space, strategically positioned within the campus, scheduled for completion in 2019.

It’s the latest addition by Douglas Allred Company at Park Place, a 180-acre master-planned office/flex space development that will offer a variety of low- and mid-rise office space, executive suites, hotels, conference centers, light industrial parks as well as mixed-use and corporate campus settings. Park Place has fully-leased all of the buildings constructed since the masterplan development first began in 2008, totaling 1.233-million square feet of fully-occupied space. 

Known for seeing an area’s potential, in such campus developments in the Valley as the iconic Cotton Center in the late 1990s, Allred President Dave Allred has developed a successful recipe for attracting and quickly securing corporate headquarters such as the relocation of Infusionsoft’s headquarters from Gilbert in 2012 to Park Place and an Orbital ATK campus at Park Place in Chandler.

"Our ultimate vision would always be a world-class headquarters of international status and Orbital ATK’s new campus aids in that goal. The fact that they are going to co-locate in a city that is driving a mecca of technology and innovation is an additional win in welcoming Orbital ATK to Park Place," Allred commented. 

"Orbital ATK's continued investment in Chandler — and in the Price Road Corridor — is a shining example of our long-term vision for this employment center," said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. "Adding these sustainable, high-wage jobs to the community, along with the research and development that will take place, only solidifies our reputation as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest."

"Chandler's economic development team is very forward-thinking, planned out the infrastructure well, and is just top-notch to work with to achieve the long-term vision for Park Place and this innovation corridor," Allred said.

President of Willmeng Construction, James Murphy, said, “Dave and the team at the Douglas Allred Company have a laser focus to strategically create appealing and unique campus environments, the business acumen to assemble the land, and the ability to successfully negotiate leases that are mutually beneficial at a speed that is truly unparalleled in the market.”  

“They approach each new development as a long-term hold, which means that quality and sustainability are the priority throughout design and construction," Murphy added. "Willmeng is honored to begin another challenging and successful project with Douglas Allred Company and Balmer Architectural Group to accomplish this significant milestone as a team.”

Rich Straka, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicles Division, said he is looking forward to expanding the company’s business in Chandler. “The launch vehicles we design and manufacture here are instrumental in providing cargo to the crews on the International Space Station, launching satellites for space and earth science, and in defending the nation. This new campus allows Orbital ATK to continue to execute on these vital programs for our country.”

In 2017, Orbital ATK hired 250 employees at its Chandler facility. The company has plans to fill 200 open positions this year and eventually expand its Chandler workforce by at least another 50 employees over the next year and a half. 

Since the Price Road Corridor was first identified as a major employment area through city planning and development documents in 1982, the Maricopa Association of Governments reports, approximately 540 businesses have set up operations in the area, accounting for more than 36,000 jobs. Douglas Allred Company was a pioneer in this envisioned area, investing in more than 72 acres of land in 2007 at what is now known as Park Place.

Today, Price Road Corridor is known for its prime location, infrastructure and access to highly-skilled and educated workforce, which make it a hotbed for leading-edge companies involved with advanced business services, aerospace, life sciences, sustainable and high technology research and manufacturing.

About Willmeng Construction
Willmeng Construction, established in 1977, is a Phoenix-based building contractor that specializes in ground-up and tenant improvement projects in Arizona. Willmeng stays true to building excellence, supports prelease transactions, maintains their ability to execute small and large projects, and strategically develops and recruits the highest performing employees in the industry.  Willmeng has been built on great relationships, a commitment to earn the next project while delivering this one, and the reputation of positively impacting the community through projects and volunteerism. Visit willmeng.com for more information.

About Douglas Allred Company
Based in coastal, North San Diego County, Douglas Allred Company is a full-service real estate firm with projects in commercial, industrial, retail, and residential sectors. They are a recognized leader in both real estate development and asset management. At the core of their reputation for excellence is teamwork and the personal involvement of their principals in every phase of project development. The company retains many of the properties for investment purposes and continue to maintain the relationships they have established with customers, partners, lenders, and the communities they serve. For more information, visit douglasallredco.com.

About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 14,000 people across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit orbitalatk.com.

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Orbital ATK Chandler Campus Groundbreaking Fast Facts

Project: Situated on a 47-acre campus along the Price Road Corridor, the 617,000-square-foot campus for Orbital ATK will serve as the Launch Vehicle Division Headquarters. The multi-building facility will include office space and 261,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing space within Park Place – a 180-acre master-planned mixed-use development by Douglas Allred Company. The launch vehicles to be designed and manufactured at the new campus will be used to provide cargo to the International Space Station, launch satellites, and defend the nation. In addition to the 200 employees hired in 2017, Orbital ATK also plans to hire 250 more in the next year and a half. #AllredLaunchesOrbitalATK 
Address: Southeast corner of Price and Willis roads, Chandler 
Construction Start-Completion: April 25, 2018-2019 
Developer/Owner: Douglas Allred Company
General Contractor: Willmeng Construction, Phoenix 
Architect: Balmer Architectural Group, Phoenix
Brokerage: CBRE, Mark Krison; Brad Anderson
Project features: 
  • Two-buildings totaling 617,000 SF 
  • Proximity to Loop 101, Loop 202, I-10
  • Minutes to Chandler Fashion Square
Park Place development highlights:
  • Chandler, Ariz. – the fastest growing labor base in Metropolitan Phoenix
  • 180-acre business park at the intersection of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways
  • More than three-million square feet of space on a connected office campus with dining, retail and hotels once completed
  • Building types include low-rise office, mid-rise office, research and development/flex space
  • All spec buildings constructed since 2008 are fully-leased, totaling 1.233-million square feet.
  • Once completed, Park Place total annual economic impact is estimated at $1.4 billion, according to a report from Scottsdale-based Elliott D. Pollack & Company. It will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and employ an estimated 9,691 when built. 
Media contact: David McGlothlin, Small Giants, david@smallgiantsonline.com, 623-670-2430

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