LGE Design Build recently began construction on a new, 15,000 square-foot addition to the Emerald Center, a sprawling, 2 million square-foot mixed-use project that will bring countless jobs and considerable retail traffic to the area.
The groundbreaking for the new addition, which will house Guitar Center, the world’s single-largest supplier of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and related musical equipment, took place in late November, 2016, and the project is expected to be completed sometime this year. Once complete, the building will boast brick columns and thoughtful landscaping that complements the other stylistic exterior elements of the Emerald Center.
Located at the northeast corner of I-10 and Warner Road in Tempe, the Emerald Center is anchored by a massive, 346,000 square-foot IKEA home furnishings store, and additional notable tenants include Lifetime Fitness, Aveda, Texas Roadhouse and numerous other home-furnishing and decor retailers. Offices, hotels and entertainment offerings also abound at the center, and the complex is expected to continue its rapid growth in the coming year.
Expect LGE Design Build to stand front and center throughout the Emerald Center’s expansion process, as the LGE team previously partnered with the center not only in the development of Guitar Center, but also in designing two of the center’s original structures. Next up for the Phoenix-based design build firm is the design and development of an entirely new building at the center, with construction on the new section expected to begin sometime this fall. And with another 750,000 square feet of available development space and 35 or so acres of additional office, retail and entertainment space up for grabs at the address, expect the Emerald Center to continue to establish itself as the East Valley’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
“The Emerald Center is indicative of the overall direction this area is moving in,” said LGE Design Build President & CEO David Sellers. “It’s a bustling, everything-in-one-place space that increasingly appeals to modern shoppers.”