New building in NorthWest Crossing lures software firms

NorthWest Crossing could be home to five software firms, a production bakery and coffee roastery by next spring, when Taylor Development expects to finish two new industrial buildings that are under construction on NW York Drive.

The buildings, which total about 28,000 square feet, would be part of a three-building campus that’s anchored by the Hydro Flask headquarters. The software firms, which Taylor Development did not identify, are relocating from various places in Bend and would bring 80 to 100 new employees to the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood, said Liz Dolan, owner’s representative for Taylor Development, a sister company to the construction and mining company Taylor Northwest.

“We’re excited to kind of change the flavor over there a little bit,” Dolan said.

Taylor Development, which also owns the Hydro Flask headquarters, is plotting more buildings designed to draw high-tech or outdoor products companies, Dolan said. In a separate project on nearby NW Lolo Drive, Taylor recently filed a site-plan application with the city of Bend for two industrial buildings, a combined 28,279 square feet, plus a car wash. The planned buildings, which Taylor refers to as District 2 West, are in their infancy and haven’t signed any tenants, Dolan said.

Taylor’s industrial buildings are designed to accommodate businesses that make things, or use them as offices, Dolan said. In the NorthWest Crossing overlay zone, the businesses have to be fully enclosed, so the industrial buildings are not likely to see a user like a mechanic’s shop, she said. Like the Hydro Flask headquarters, the buildings have steel trusses and concrete floors and could be divided into bays, she said.

The two buildings that are under construction, known as District 2 East, attracted the software firms because of their design, which features open floor plans and big windows, and their location, said Erich Schultz, a partner at Compass Commercial Real Estate Services. Many of the firms’ employees live on the west side, he said.

“We’re also near Phil’s Trail,” he said. “There seems to be a connection between young folks who work in these areas and mountain bike riding.”

A master-planned community, NorthWest Crossing is nearing the final stages of residential development and construction.

“It took quite a while to create enough critical mass to support commercial buildings,” said David Ford, vice president of real estate and development for Brooks Resources, a partner in West Bend Property Co., which developed NorthWest Crossing.

West Bend Property Co. took a risk in the early 2000s by building six retail and office buildings, which are the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center, long before there were enough rooftops to support them, Ford said.

“It helped explain in live, 3-D form what our vision was,” he said.

Schultz said that’s also made his job as a broker easier. “Without some of that retail activity I don’t think it would be as good a business location.”

Taylor will start on a 9,000 square-foot addition to the Hydro Flask building this fall, Dolan said. As part of the publicly traded company Helen of Troy, Hydro Flask could not comment on how many employees the expansion will accommodate, spokesman Lucas Alberg said.

— Reporter: 541-617-7860, kmclaughlin@bendbulletin.com

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