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Stevens-Leinweber Construction Breaks Ground on Savage Universal HQ Expansion

Phoenix-based Stevens-Leinweber Construction (SLC) has broken ground on a build-to-suit headquarters expansion for Savage Universal, a worldwide leader in background and photographic products, based in Chandler, Arizona.


The 45,117-square-foot expansion will sit directly adjacent to Savage’s existing headquarters, a 61,908-square-foot office/industrial flex building located at 2060 S. Douglas Dr. in Chandler, Arizona. The site is located immediately adjacent to Chandler Municipal Airport, just west of Gilbert Road and approximately one mile south of the Loop 202/Santan Freeway.

Founded in 1937, Savage is a worldwide leader and manufacturer of paper backgrounds and photographic products for professionals and semi-professionals. Products available through the family-owned company include photography backdrops, photo mats and mount boards, LED lighting and patented studio equipment.

The headquarters expansion will allow Savage to add new manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space, and create additional office space for current and future administrative needs.

“The scope of our company has grown exponentially since our start more than 80 years ago,” said Savage Universal Corporation Chairman of the Board Hayward Richard Pressman. “During COVID we experienced another unique but notable year of growth, as companies were forced to retool the way they communicate with customers and as enthusiasts and semi-professionals found they had more time to pursue photography as a business or hobby. We expect many of these shifts will be permanent, and we look forward to using our expanded headquarters to fully support the needs of our increasingly diverse customer base.”

The Savage headquarters expansion will feature contemporary warehouse and manufacturing amenities with a 28’ clear height.

“As a company celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, we understand the commitment it takes to remain in business and thriving from decade to decade,” said Stevens-Leinweber Construction President Jamie Godwin. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this expansion for Savage and wish them many more years of success.”

The project architect for the Savage expansion is Winton Architects. Construction on the headquarters expansion is underway now. The project is scheduled for completion by January 2022.

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