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M + W Group Design-Builds $300M, 285K SF R&D Building at Chandler Campus

By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange

With 285K SF, the more than $300M CH8 research and development building at Intel’s West
Chandler campus will house several hundred technical staff working on packaging and design.

M + W Group is mobilized on the east side of the Intel Chandler Road campus continuing construction of the new Intel packaging research and development building. Charged with designing and building the facility, more than 1,000 construction jobs are anticipated in the fifteen month project.

“It’s great to see more development at the west Chandler campus,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny tells AZBEX with a large smile. With an investment of more than $300M and a promise of several hundred high-wage technical jobs, Intel gathered media with political, economic development, and company leaders in Chandler August 14th to announce CH8, the latest addition to its suite of Southeast Valley facilities.

Slated for completion in the second half of 2013, CH8 is a two-story industrial space set just off Rural Rd. on the sprawling campus. AZBEX reported in general terms that Intel was planning the R&D facility back on July 19th, after learning about construction prep and horizontal work. Details unveiled on Tuesday laid out the full extent of the development.

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (left) announces Intel’s $300M 286K SF CH8 research and
development building at the August 14th media briefing. Babik Sabi, Intel Vice President
and Director, Assembly and Test Technology Development and Congressman Jeff Flake
(R-Snowflake) are to the right. Jason Bagley, Intel director of regional governmental affairs
stands in the rear. Photo Credit: Eric Jay Toll / Arizona Builder’s Exchange

CH8 R&D is part of $70B in research and development and capital expenditures in the U.S., according to Babik Sabi, Intel’s vice president and director, assembly and test technology development. Sabi said Intel’s recruiting focus is to find returning military veterans with technical experience. “Several hundred technical jobs” will be housed in the new facility, with more than 1,000 expected at FAB 42 on the Ocotillo Campus, Intel will be making one of the largest Arizona post-recession hiring efforts.

“The innovation set to take place within the walls of this new research center will influence technology trends for years to come, and we’re delighted to bring that distinction to the community of Chandler and the state of Arizona,” said Sabi.

“Intel’s dedication to research and development is commendable and will ensure a long and prosperous presence here in the region,” Mayor Tibshraeny said in a prepared statement. “This announcement once again shows Intel’s continued commitment to Chandler and confirms that the state of Arizona is a great place to do business.”

Intel’s announcement is among a batch of major Valley industry news about more than $700M in construction starts making headway this fall.