VOL. 122 | NO. 103 | Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Memphis Real Estate Recap
St. Jude Renovates Offices for 60 Software Developers
160 N. Parkway
Memphis, TN 38105
Permit Cost: $1.5 million
Project Cost: $1.5 million
Permit Date: Applied May 2007
Completion: July 2007
Owner: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Architect: Evans Taylor Foster Childress Architects (Memphis)
Details: Renovation of a 15,000-square-foot, one-story building across North Parkway from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital main campus. The building will house offices for 60 St. Jude software developers. Construction is slated to begin in June and finish in late July.
"We have more software developers than just the 60 people who are coming, but we are consolidating 60 people from four different locations," said John Curran, St. Jude's director of design and construction.
"We've got some of them stuck into really unadmirable places. Software developers, there's really a big market for them," he said. "So we're trying to do something really to foster two things: We're trying to get retention of these specialized people (and) we're trying to get some collaboration, you know, cross-training.
"These are groups that are separate entities now, but we're trying to bring them together and get some proficiency and really to get esprit de corps out of them."
The developers, whose work supports basic and clinical research, are part of the Hartwell Center for Bioinformatics & Biotechnology, Curran said.
The building, which St. Jude bought in November, is next door to Children's GMP LLC, a facility that produces biologics and drugs for St. Jude under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations.
In addition, it's across the street from the Chili's Care Center, a $114 million project funded in part by Chili's Grill & Bar through a $50 million donation over 10 years. The 340,000-square-foot, six-story building, which is slated to be finished in August, will house the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, Radiological Science department, inpatient activity areas and new research laboratories.