A Corgan success. Photo: Andrew Pogue

The Parkland replacement project was a watershed for Corgan. Photo: Andrew Pogue

Corgan is one of the most established and well respected architecture firms in North Texas, and the last five years have brought huge changes. The firm has been part of major projects, like the Parkland replacement project and State Farm, has seen big employee growth, and the opening of new offices around the U.S.

The company was started in 1938 by Jack M. Corgan, who designed movie theaters and drive-ins across the Southwestern U.S., locations he was able to reach in his own small airplane. An early notable project was Love Field Airport, and over the years, project types expanded.

“Parkland was a watershed project, and our interiors group had great success with Blue Cross, then Fossil, then State Farm in Richardson and Toyota headquarters in Frisco,” said Lindsay Wilson, Interiors Sector Leader at Corgan. “We’ve seen really explosive growth in our corporate headquarters, and also in mission critical facilities work, although most of their project work is pretty secretive — they often go by code names even within our office.”

The Dallas office has grown from fewer than 300 people to almost 500 in past three years. They’ve also established offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston in last five years, joining their offices in Phoenix, New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai.

So what’s Corgan’s secret sauce? How are they seeing such explosive growth and success? Deep technical expertise, responsive client relationships (91 percent of their business in 2015 was repeat), and a dynamic workforce, many of whom are Millennial interns later brought on as full-time employees.

“The amount of energy they bring – everybody gets excited when they are here, and a lot of our growth has been fueled by hiring them,” Wilson said.

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Photo: Karahan Cos.

JPMorgan Chase signed a letter of intent to build at Plano’s Legacy West development, moving 6,000 employees there over the next three years. Photo: Karahan Cos.

It’s been a rumored deal for months now, but now, Plano has another reason to celebrate. JPMorgan Chase has selected an anchor corner in Legacy West to build a $300-million, 1-million-square-foot high-rise campus to house 6,000 relocated employees from around DFW.

JPMorgan Chase signed a letter of intent Thursday to build at Legacy West, Plano’s 240-acre development. Construction is slated to start later this year, Chase spokesman Greg Hassell told Steve Brown at the Dallas Morning News.

The empty lot, located near the Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 121, is next to the new Liberty Mutual Insurance development, a $325-million office campus under construction now.

The letter of intent ends months of searching by Chase to find a location to consolidate some North Texas workers from Farmers Branch, downtown Dallas, Lewisville, Coppell, and other locations into a corporate office complex.

“We expect the first employees to start moving in to the new campus in the second half of 2017—total move-in will last through 2018 and 2019,” Hassell told Brown. “Over time, we expect 6,000 employees to work at the new campus — roughly half of our employee population in the Metroplex. We haven’t figured out where everybody comes from yet. We have people in a number of buildings across the Metroplex.”

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Builders and home buyers have purchased the last of the available tracts in Phillips Creek Ranch.

I can’t say that I’m surprised. Republic Property Group’s Phillips Creek Ranch is officially 100 percent sold to either builders or homebuyers according to this report from Candice Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal. The community was brought to market in 2011, and RPG’s officials thought it would take 10 years to sell out. Turns out they only needed 4.

“Everything has been sold to home buyers and builders for future lots,” [Jake Wagner] added. “We’ll probably still have another three or four years of development, but 100 percent of the project has been committed to either builders or home buyers. The success of the project and the velocity of home sales have greatly surpassed our expectations.”

With 102 acres of open space and greenbelts, plus amazing schools and amenities, it’s not hard to see why people have flocked to Phillips Creek Ranch in droves. Location has a lot to do with it, too, as Carlisle notes the community’s proximity to the under-construction Toyota headquarters had to help things along.

Besides those factors, another reason the development sold so far ahead of schedule is the strong housing market in Frisco and in Collin County. Builders have been drawn to award-winning communities such as Phillips Creek Ranch and Light Farms like ants to a picnic, bringing a building boom to our northern suburbs.

“Being able to reach this milestone six years ahead of schedule is a testament to the confidence our builders have in the continued success of Phillips Creek Ranch,” Wagner said in a press release.

Congratulations to RPG on a successful development! We can’t wait to see what’s next for the brand.