Axalta To Build $70 Million Headquarters At Navy Yard


  • Erdy McHenry's design for Axalta's 175,000-square-foot building at the Navy Yard

    Erdy McHenry’s design for Axalta’s 175,000-square-foot building at the Navy Yard

    The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Axalta Coating Systems Inc. has signed a 20-year lease with Liberty Property Trust, allowing the now-Philadelphia-based firm (formerly of Dupont) to construct a $70 million “Global Innovation Center” at the Navy Yard. When complete in 2018, the 175,000-square-foot building—designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture—will provide room for the industrial coating company to consolidate much of its global research, product development and technology operations. CEO Charlie Shaver explains that Axalta vetted numerous international locales, deciding on the Navy Yard for its dynamic atmosphere (attractive to transferring employees) and the various local and state economic incentives.

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  1. Erdy McHenry is only designing the skin of the building

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