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Beam on Farmer

Tempe, AZ

Located in a prime location near Arizona State University, The Beam on Farmer is a stunning and functional office building named after the beautiful glulam beams that define its space. It’s also the first mass timber building of its kind in Arizona. 

Developers Mortenson, PGIM Real Estate, and Urban Development Partners share how they made the most of existing entitlement restrictions, which allowed for extra building height, by doubling up the glulam girders to achieve longer spans with shallower beams. The building features large, efficient floor plates, a spacious 36×30-foot column grid, and 13-foot floor-to-exposed wood ceilings, providing future tenants with maximum flexibility for buildout and an inviting aesthetic for those seeking a return to the office. Clean lines and tight-fit connections of the mass timber system add to the simple beauty of the space. 

Companies Involved:

Owner:  Mortenson, PGIM Real Estate, Urban Development Partners

Architect:  RSP Architects

Structural Engineer:  PK Associates Structural Engineers (Engineer of Record) | Robbins Engineering Consultants (Timber structure)

General Contractor:  Mortenson

Mass Timber Supplier:  Binderholz (CLT, glulam beams and columns)

Connect with the Beam on Farmer project team on the WoodWorks Innovation Network (WIN).

Beam on Farmer / RSP Architects / PK Associates / Jason Roehner Photographs