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La-Z-Boy Inc. has finalized the purchase a block of land from the Monroe, MI-based Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) order which will be used to build a new World Headquarters for the furniture maker.

Mary Jane Herb, IHM president, and Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy chairman, president, and CEO, signed the closing documents for the sale of 120 acres of IHM property to La-Z-Boy.

The land purchase completion, combined with the finalization in December of a combination of Michigan state, county and local tax breaks and grants to support the project, paves the way for La-Z-Boy to begin the final design of the building and site.

The company is moving ahead with final design has a goal of breaking ground and beginning construction in the spring with the expectation of moving into the new headquarters in late 2014 or the first half of 2015.

The preliminary plan includes a LEED certified headquarters building nestled into a parcel of land across from an oak savannah.


HQ for Dwight & Church

The Opus Group has completed construction on a new 250,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for Church & Dwight Co., Inc., near Princeton, N.J.

The headquarters includes two 125,000-square-foot energy-efficient office buildings that are connected. The campus centralizes employees who were previously housed in four separate locations.

“Applying Opus’ design-build approach, we designed and constructed an office complex reflecting Church & Dwight’s primary goal to create a workspace that fosters collaboration while offering employees key amenities like an outdoor dining patio and state-of-the-art conference rooms,” said Dave Menke, senior vice president and general manager of Opus Company, L.L.C.

Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight Co., Inc. manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products, under the Arm & Hammer brand name and other trademarks.

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56-Acre Campus

United Illuminating (UI) Co. of Connecticut, a New Haven-based regional electric distribution company recently completed the $120 million construction of two new buildings on UI’s campus on Marsh Hill Road in New Haven, CT.

Hartford-based Diversified Project Management (DPM), which provides construction and relocation services, served as the site manager for the development of the electric firm’s new 56-acre corporate headquarters campus.

The project consists of 376,419 square feet of LEED Silver-certified office, warehouse and operations space, including a 159,000-square-foot operations center and 131,000 square-foot office complex, as well as a two-story parking structure.

The facility currently houses close to 850 employees and is designed to accommodate expansion to over 1,200.

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Joint Retail Development Planned At Brickell CityCentre

Swire Properties and Bal Harbour Shops announced they have agreed to form an equity partnership to develop the retail portion of Brickell CityCentre in downtown Miami.

The 2.9 million-square-foot Brickell CityCentre will include a high-end 500,000-square-foot shopping center to open along with condominiums, hotel and other elements of the project in the third quarter of 2015.

Under the pact, Miami-based Swire Properties will remain the primary developer of the mixed-use project while Bal Harbour will contribute equity and its brand recognition and luxury retail expertise as co-developer of the retail component.

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Oceana Residential Development Nears Build Out

Muss Development LLC has started construction of the 16th and final building at Oceana Condominium and Club in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More than half of the 59 luxury units at 50 Oceana Drive West have sold, with six of the seven penthouse apartments are already spoken for and all one-bedroom units sold out.

The building will also contain over 15,000 square feet of medical space, over 9,000 square feet of retail, and parking for more than 50 cars. Construction is expected to be completed by the spring of 2014.

Prices at the LEED-designed new range from $740,000 to $1.7 million. Project architects for Oceana are SLCE Architects and Moss Gilday Group.


Stirling Completes Construction of Rubbermaid Facility

Stirling Capital announced it has wrapped up a 176,800-square-foot expansion for Newell Rubbermaid, a tenant at the Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC) in Victorville, CA.

The expansion at the 2,500-acre industrial and commercial complex will accommodate the increased nationwide distribution needs of Rubbermaid, a tenant at SCLC since 2007 which recently committed to a 10-year lease extension.

The project expanded the facility, which was the first vertical construction project at SCLA, from 407,612 to 584,412 square feet. Construction began in July and Newell Rubbermaid took occupancy as of Jan. 1.

To date, Stirling Capital Investments has developed almost 3 million square feet of industrial space at SCLC with overall occupancy now exceeding 99%.


Altman To Build a 321-Unit Apt Project In Kendall

The Altman Companies, a Boca Raton, FL-based builder, announced they have closed on 24.6 acres in Kendall Square at West Kendall Drive in Miami-Dade County for construction of Altis At Kendall Square, a 321-unit apartment project.

Construction is scheduled to start immediately with the first units to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2013. Lenders for the development are TD Bank and Behringer Harvard. Bradley Associates and BBX Capital are the equity partners.

The mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments will include 6,000 square feet of retail and a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse.

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