Orbital Sciences Corp. has taken possession of a new 82,000-square-foot building in south Chandler and has started moving employees into the new space.
Located across the street from the company's main complex at Price and Dobson roads, the new building will provide office space for about 300 program managers and engineers in the company's Launch Systems Group.
Currently, those employees are crowded together at other Orbital locations in Chandler, and the new building will give them more room to work, said Jim Utter, deputy general manager for business operations. No additional hiring is taking place, he said.
"We've increased our workforce substantially in the past few years," he said, adding that "we're going to fill the building."
The Launch Systems Group is working on several major government projects, including parts of the U.S. Defense Department's missile defense system and a new rocket called Taurus II, which will launch supplies to the International Space Station under a NASA contract.
An official grand opening ceremony will be held at the new building later in September, and the move-in is expected to continue until the end of the month, Utter said.
The building was built by Providence, R.I.-based Gilbane Development Corp., which is leasing it to Orbital under a long-term contract.
It is the first of three buildings Gilbane hopes to eventually build for Orbital at the site. The timing of later phases will depend on the amount of Orbital's business, officials have said.
Completion of just the first phase is a major milestone for Chandler, said Christine Mackey, the city's economic development director.
"To have a signature company like Orbital expanding in your community is phenomenal news," she said.