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Scott + Reid Completes Construction on Caris Life Sciences Corporate Headquarters Interior finish experts convert existing commercial office building to 172,000 square-foot office / laboratory facility.

Scott + Reid General Contractors, Inc., a full-service commercial construction company specializing in interior finish and ground-up construction, announces the completion of the Caris Life Sciences (Caris) headquarters in Irving, Texas. The 172,000 square-foot building was converted from commercial office space to a corporate headquarters, and features a 27,000 square-foot laboratory.

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The multi-million dollar conversion included the renovation of a three-story atrium, several large training and break-out meeting rooms, a new shipping/receiving loading dock, extensive modifications to the existing parking structure, additional elevators, and high-end finishes throughout the facility. Caris finalized its move into the new facility on February 5, 2010 where it will employ more than 700 at full capacity.

"After partnering with Caris on several smaller projects over the years, we were thrilled to be chosen to finish out the company's new headquarters," said Brad Reid, Scott + Reid President. "Our methodology of fully communicating with the client each step of the way - from site selection assistance and preliminary pricing to final completion was critical to create a facility as unique and complex as this."

The building located at 6655 N. MacArthur Boulevard in Irving was first constructed in 1998 as commercial office space. In March 2008, Scott + Reid partnered with Caris and began assisting them with the conceptual design and preliminary budgeting for their new corporate headquarters. Eight months later, it was hired to convert the building into a laboratory and corporate headquarters. Scott + Reid has previously worked on several projects for the academic-caliber anatomic pathology and molecular diagnostics services company including a complete remodel of the client's billing operations center in Garland, as well as multiple remodels of its office facilities and laboratories.

"When Caris began the search for a new corporate headquarters more than a year and a half ago, we had already experienced more than four years of building and construction with Scott + Reid, through multiple modifications to our former Irving facility as well as  expansion and revisions to our laboratories and  offices near Boston and Phoenix. These projects were conceived, designed, constructed, and completed to meet our high standards," said Joe Ellison, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Caris Life Sciences. The predictability Scott + Reid provided allowed us to serve our clients and their patients in a seamless manner, while undergoing major construction projects."

"Certainly, we were aware of the successful work Scott + Reid had performed for other laboratories in the previous 10 years, not the least among them Children's Hospital and Reata Pharmaceuticals, but we also knew about the cutting-edge design and construction work completed for First American and Dean Foods; the look and feel of those projects was compelling," said Carol Duncan, Director of Human Resources at Caris. "We appreciated their willingness to work with us through a complex design and approval process, and we had the confidence that Scott + Reid would deliver a beautiful building. We have realized that vision."

"Scott + Reid's corporate culture is an unfailing commitment to quality work, honesty, integrity, dependability and serving the client's every need … all you do is tell them what you need, and you can consider it done," added Dave McGlashan, Caris' Director, Facilities and Real Estate.

"We'd like to congratulate Caris on its new headquarters," Reid said. "With its life-changing diagnostic services, we believe the company offers an unyielding standard of excellence among companies in Dallas/Ft. Worth."

 

Scott + Reid in the News

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Scott + Reid has partnered with two of the best real estate deals in 2009.  The Dallas Business Journals' 18th annual Best Real Estate Deals dinner party was held on Wednesday, February 24th at Union Station.  Among the winners unveiled were two of Scott + Reid's current projects, Dean Foods and NewCo.  "We are honored to be partnered with each of these company's on such highly recognizeable projects," said Chris Scott, CEO of Scott + Reid.

Best Office Deal: Dean Foods

According to the Dallas Business Journal, "When Dallas-based convenience store giant 7-Eleven moved its corporate headquarters to One Arts Plaza in downtown Dallas in 2007, it emptied more than 10 floors of the Tower at Cityplace, leaving the iconic building along North Central Expressway with a 56% ocupancy rate. Around the same time, Dallas-based Dean Foods Co., a milk and dairy company with national brands such as Horizon Organic Dairy products and Silk Soymilk, was looking to expand its Uptown office. Cityplace turned out to be a perfect fit. The company signed a 240,000 square-foot lease in the building in June, but before the end of the year it expanded its space to 325,000 square feet. In doing so, Dean Foods raised occupancy at Cityplace to 90%. Dean Foods will occupy floors 32 through 41."

Best Headquarters or Corporate Campus Move: NewCo

According to the Dallas Business Journal, "In late 2008, a joint venture between health care providers began looking for the right space for a new molecular testing laboratory focused on better ways to treat cancer.  By late 2009, the partnership among Baylor Health Care System, Pathologists Biomedical Laboratories LLP, Texas Oncoloy and US Oncology has leased 172,475 square feet of office and laboratory space at the Convergence Office Center at 2501 S. State Highway 121 in Lewisville, in a deal that's likely to grow as the new venture does.  For now, the joint venture is going by the temporary name of "NewCo," while branding efforts are under way... The NewCo projct will require extensive renovations, including the redesign and modification of two smaller buildings into one large one, Johnson said.  It also involves construction of a new roof.  The renovations began in late November, and employees will begin moving into the space this spring."

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Pete Hamilton

Project Superintendent

Pete joined the Scott + Reid team in October 2004 as a Project Superintendent and is responsible for coordinating all on-site activities, including material procurement, management and execution of change orders and maintaining tenant comfort. He also works to ensure that all projects comply with all local, state and federal building codes.

Pete has more than 25 years of experience in the professional construction services industry. Throughout his career, Pete has gained a significant amount of experience working as a Project Superintendent, Job Site Foreman and Master Electrician.  He has been responsible for projects ranging in size up to 360,000 square feet in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.

Pete's client list includes, but is not limited to, the following: Caris Life Sciences, Children's Medical Center Dallas, Daired's Salon & Spa, Exxon Mobil, and Reata Pharmaceuticals.