Johnson Controls continues ascent

Company pitches two-story addition to office building

June 8, 2011

Glendale - Johnson Controls plans a second vertical expansion at its Glendale campus.

Representatives of the company unveiled a two-story addition to the Power Solutions Headquarters building at the Plan Commission meeting Tuesday evening. The commission recently approved a two-story addition to the existing parking structure.

The Power Solutions building would almost double in size, from its current 114,599 to 213,583 square feet. The building was constructed in 2008 as part of an expansion and renovation of the campus designed to showcase the company's products and services.

Stephen Miller of Gensler Architects told the commission the design of the exterior of the building would remain the same with the expansion.

"We will recycle the current limestone band at the top (of the two stories) to the top of the building," he said.

The company has grown rapidly at the site, going from 600 employees in 2007 to 900 now. In a letter to the city, Debrah Vander Heiden, director of headquarters projects, wrote that without the expansion of the Power Solutions building, JCI's future growth on the Glendale campus, 5757 N. Green Bay Road, would be limited.

Member Ilmar Junge supported the expansions, along with the rest of the commission.

"Every time I drive by I think it is one of the most attractive buildings in Glendale," Junge said.

In addition to the commission's approval, secured Tuesday night, the company needs a height variance from the Board of Appeals. The extra two stories will rise to just over 3 feet more than the 60 feet allowed under city ordinances. The appeal on the height variance will be heard on June 15.

The Board of Appeals previously granted a variance for the height of the parking garage.

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