The Story Behind 2023’s Largest Industrial Project Of The Year and it’s TI

10 West Commerce Park
Industrial project of the year (More than 755,001 SF)

Developer: Creation
Contractor: LGE Design Build
Architect: LGE Design Build

10 West Commerce Park
Industrial Tenant Improvement Project Of The Year

Developer: Creation
Contractor: LGE Design Build
Architect: LGE Design Build

Industrial Project of the Year, AZRE RED Awards, 2023

10 West Commerce Park took home the award for Industrial project of the year during AZRE’s 2023 Real Estate and Development Awards as well as Industrial Tenant Improvement Project of the Year at the 2022 Best of NAIOP Awards. Getting an award winning project like 10 West Commerce Park designed and constructed takes an experienced, talented team. In a testament to LGE’s build and design quality along with Creation’s placemaking and development, 10 West Commerce Park was pre-leased very early during construction. This lead to a massive tenant improvement project for the lease holder Funko, an extremely popular manufacturer of pop culture collectables and figurines. Upon completion 10 West Commerce Park sold for a record setting price to Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation in a joint venture with an affiliate of Cohen Asset Management.

Industrial Tenant Improvement Project of the Year, Best of NAIOP 2022

Construction on 10 West began during a period of construction industry staffing problems, import bottlenecks and material volatility. LGE Design Build’s full-service approach with design, engineering, budget control, permit coordination and construction under one roof helped to alleviate these pain points. Architecture teams were also seeing longer lead times because of heavily booked due diligence consultants, along with increased entitlement and permit review durations. However, LGE’s working relationship with the City of Buckeye helped the process remain as seamless as possible. By utilizing the design-build process, the LGE team and the developer, Creation, were able to minimize turbulence in the labor market, better control costs, and ultimately deliver on schedule and on budget.

10 West Commerce Park under construction.

A massive tenant improvement project:

The tenant improvement project at the over 862,000-square-foot 10 West Commerce Center included changes that were made to the office and warehouse spaces, as well as overall site changes. The TI for the 35,000-square-foot office included adding multiple conference rooms, a call center, cantina, gym, high-security entrance and a future retail store.

The 826,000-square-foot warehouse included a full TI for two warehouse restroom cores, a crow’s nest with trucker lounge, adding a receiving office on the ground level as well as full air conditioning and 40’-0” clear height throughout the building. The overall site TI included a guard house, automated gate systems and solar panel covered parking canopies.

10 West Commerce Center was a perfect fit for Funko. The location provides convenient access to central and southern California as well as proximity to ports of LA and Long Beach. The warehouse space and features added during the tenant improvement allowed Funko to consolidate into this single location for their e-commence and wholesale business.

Sollid Cabinetry’s warehouse lobby, designed and built by LGE Design Build.

Meet Shelbie McDiffett, Director of Business Development for LGE Design Build Texas

As Director of Business Development for LGE Design Build’s Texas office, Shelbie works directly with our design, pre-construction, and construction teams to ensure a superior client experience at every phase.

Can you give us a bit of professional background?

Prior to joining LGE, I was the Director of Business Development for a large Building Envelope Sub-Contractor headquartered in Canada. Prior to that, I spent four years as Director of Marketing and Business Development for a Dallas based boutique design firm that specialized in historic preservation on both public and private commercial projects. These positions allowed me to develop a comprehensive view of the industry from both the architecture and construction side. The knowledge and experience gained in each of those roles prepared me greatly for my transition to Design-Build and the LGE team!

Can you tell us about your role in the Texas office?

As Director of Business Development, I am heavily focused on sharing the amazing capabilities of the LGE Design Build team and process here in DFW. LGE has used this model successfully in Arizona over the last 29-years and expanding into Texas has been really exciting. The day to day of my role is centered around developing and executing our strategic plan for the Texas market, fostering relationships with our clients, and cultivating new opportunities for our team across multiple market sectors including industrial, healthcare, office, and hospitality. Every day looks a little different, but it all plays a part in pushing toward the common goal of success and growth for our Texas clients!

Can you give us some insight into what projects you are interested in and looking for?

Build-to-Suits across any market sector, but especially industrial/manufacturing, are a primary focus of mine, as well as industrial spec development and large TI’s. We have such a great portfolio of past work that makes us the right fit for these types of projects, but more than anything, I think it’s our design and construction team that really sets us apart from other design build firms in our market.

What does the Texas CRE market, in general, need to know about LGE? What problem does LGE solve for the Texas CRE market?

We do Design Build differently. Our unique, solution-oriented approach and project team are our biggest differentiators. Having both architecture and construction under one roof allows for one point of contact from entitlements through close-out of construction, efficiencies in the delivery and cost of your project, and true transparency throughout the process.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I really enjoy traveling, reading, going to concerts, and trying new restaurants! Recently, I’ve taken up tennis which has been a lot of fun.