“We are honored to be present for this ceremonious event and I am proud of the strong commitment from our team to deliver a state-of-the-art facility,” said Corbett Nichter, Regional President with AP.
ALLEN, Texas (PRWEB) June 22, 2018
Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), along with WatchGuard Video Founder and CEO Robert Vanman, Dallas-Fort Worth law enforcement, city of Allen officials, WatchGuard employees and other friends and colleagues came together Monday, June 18 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of WatchGuard Video’s new corporate headquarters in Allen, TX. AP recently completed construction of the new headquarters for WatchGuard Video, located at 415 E. Exchange Parkway.
The ceremony kicked-off with a self-guided tour of the building followed by a private discussion with former president George W. Bush in WatchGuard’s Training Room. Moderated by Mr. Vanman, President Bush addressed previously submitted questions from event attendees, where he spoke of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, provided advice and encouragement to law enforcement officials, and described the events that unfolded on September 11th. Following the discussion, a ribbon cutting ceremony offered speeches from former Dallas police chief, David Brown, and city of Allen Mayor, Steve Terrell, and concluded with Mr. Vanman thanking all who were involved in the planning, design and construction of his company’s new headquarters.
The ceremonious event concluded with additional tours of the entire building, dinner and music. WatchGuard Video, a provider of law enforcement video systems, supplies in-car video systems and body-worn cameras along with evidence management software to approximately one-third of all law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada.
The 140,000 square foot, two-story office project was designed by GFF and has the capacity to accommodate approximately 500 employees and all departments (engineering, sales, technical services, customer support, marketing, accounting and manufacturing operations.) AP finished out the entire office building which includes a state-of-the-art engineering laboratory with a large anechoic chamber room, a full environmental test chamber for accelerated life testing, 24 electrical test benches and a fully equipped prototype shop. The sophisticated manufacturing facility is located on the first floor where WatchGuard Video’s in-car and body cameras are assembled. The building also includes a large training facility, vehicle installation garage with an officer’s lounge, customer demonstration room, a separate engineering wing, and many employee amenities including a cafeteria with a catering kitchen, outdoor employee green space, a large recreation room, fitness center, an indoor racquetball court, and an in-house medical clinic for employees.
The building is the first in a two-phase plan to accommodate WatchGuard’s rapid growth. “We had originally forecasted the need for the second phase sometime within the next three to four years, however, exceptional growth in our business and market share may bring groundbreaking on the next phase in sooner than planned,” said Vanman. A second phase build would add an estimated 70,000 square feet to the campus.
“We are honored to be present for this ceremonious event and I am proud of the strong commitment from our team to deliver a state-of-the-art facility,” said Corbett Nichter, Regional President with AP. “Working closely with WatchGuard Video and GFF to see this project come to life has been a great privilege, and we are excited for what it brings to the city of Allen.”
Construction began in April 2017 and was delivered on time and within budget.
About Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is a U.S.-based, privately held builder that is consistently ranked among the top 50 construction managers and general contractors in the nation. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the company delivers innovative and collaborative building solutions for clients across the country from its regional offices in Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Founded in 1946, AP serves clients in the education, healthcare, commercial, municipal, multifamily, hospitality and senior living market sectors. For more information, visit http://www.a-p.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About WatchGuard Video
WatchGuard Video is the leading provider of mobile video solutions for law enforcement, having supplied in-car video systems and body-worn cameras along with evidence management software to approximately one-third of all law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. WatchGuard has been recognized as the worldwide market share leader in mobile video in the bi-annual market research reports published by IHS Markit in 2012, 2014 and again in 2016*. The company is a six-time winner of the Dallas 100 award honoring the fastest-growing, privately held businesses in the Dallas area. In addition, WatchGuard was included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private American companies in both 2015 and 2016.
GFF is a distinguished, award winning, multi-disciplinary design firm based in Dallas and Fort Worth with a passion for creating memorable places. They have grown the practice to a staff of 125 by excelling in design, management, technology and service through repeat engagements for real estate development, corporate and institutional clients. GFF serves as the corporate umbrella to four distinct practice groups: GFF Architects, with eight design studios specializing in multiple building types; GFF Interiors, offering full service interior design capabilities, GFF Landscape, providing landscape architectural services; and GFF Planning, a studio focused on large-scale land-use planning, campus plans, urban design and zoning processing assistance.