Arizona State University Research Park announced May 18 that Viasat Inc., a global communications company, is expanding its current footprint at the 324-acre ASU Research Park to accommodate the company’s future growth projections, according to a news release.

The company provides high-speed satellite broadband services and secure networking systems, employs more than 6,800 employees worldwide and 5,800 in the United States.

“Tempe welcomes the expansion of Viasat at the ASU Research Park. The company creates technology that helps shape global communications,” Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said in a statement. “Our city is proud to be able to offer the highly educated workforce; the central location; and the array of supportive, innovative companies that can help Viasat thrive.”

The expansion spans more than 16 acres and is planned over several phases of development, according to the release. Phase 1, located south of ASU Research Park’s River Parkway and Viasat’s existing campus, sits on nearly 11.5 acres and will include a 135,000-square-foot building, an outdoor atrium, open space for events and employee recreation, and a parking structure. Current projections show a Phase 1 completion by June 2024. Subsequent phases will largely be driven by the success of meeting Viasat’s hiring objectives but are expected to add three additional buildings totaling 260,000 square feet, a conference area, a cafe and another parking structure, according to the release.