Two office buildings in downtown Chandler received a facelift that will change the look and function of the buildings. The rebranded office buildings, dubbed The Alexander and The Johnathan after Chandler founder A.J. Chandler, are expected to be complete in December.
Curt Kremer, George Oliver founder and managing partner, said the development company specializes in adaptive reuse, experiential office spaces. The Alexander, located at 25 S. Arizona Place, and The Johnathan, located at 55 N. Arizona Place, are no exception.
"There was a big desire of downtown Chandler to have something of another level that's more experiential for the tenants," Kremer said. "We had the bones with both buildings, but we are creating additional space infused with amenities."
A Kaleidoscope Juice will be located in the lobby of The Alexander, Kremer said, offering juice, coffee and grab-and-go organic food. The Alexander will also feature a fitness center that includes a cardio room, a private yoga room, a spa shower and an outdoor private garden. The outdoor space will allow for games such as ping pong, Kremer said.
The Alexander will also have an "old-school library" with desks to serve as a quiet space with white noise, Kremer said. The Johnathan will have similar amenities, he said.
Both The Alexander and The Johnathan will be complete in December, Kremer said.
While the last several months of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the way employers think about office space as people worked from home, Kremer said the office spaces George Oliver develops will continue to fit the needs of tenants.
"There's a lot of uncertainty in office buildings, but we haven't seen a slow down in our new deal volume or new leases," Kremer said. "We're pretty confident in our product. We are still seeing deals flow and have even signed new spaces since COVID-19 has happened. Users that have a desire for an experiential office space want it to have something more than your typical office building. They want to create company culture. While office space isn't overly occupied today, we do see that coming full circle and employers entering back into offices with a new set of demands."
Kremer said The Alexander and The Johnathan will be outfitted with measures that office tenants will want in a post-COVID-19 world such as touchless bathrooms, touchless drinking fountains and automatic doors. Kremer said the company is working on upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to help mitigate the passage of viral particles.
"We are absolutely on the forefront of thinking about how this affects offices," Kremer said. "We want to help support the health and wellness and make it easier for users to come in and reoccupy office spaces."
Redevelopment of 2 downtown Chandler office buildings scheduled to be complete in December
The Alexander and The Johnathan will be complete in December, according to the developer. (Courtesy George Oliver)