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Orbital ATK breaks ground for complex

May 12th, 2018 development
Orbital ATK breaks ground for complex

SanTan Sun News Staff


Orbital ATK last month broke ground for its new 617,000-square-foot campus along Chandler’s Price Road Corridor, with company officials stating the Park Place location will help it become strategically positioned to continue to provide programs critical to the nation’s defense and future.

“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,” said Rich Straka, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicles Division.

Located on a 47-acre site at price and Willis roads, the new campus will devote about 216,000 square feet to “state-of-the-art manufacturing space,” company officials said, adding they expect to be occupying the new campus by late next year.

The new campus is 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.

“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 said.

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny hailed the company’s expansion, stating, “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.”

Allred added, “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.”

Willmeng Construction is building the campus and Balmer Architectural Group is designing it.

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.

Orbital ATK 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, it employs approximately 14,000 people across the U.S. and in several international locations.  

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