Equality Health set to expand, inks large lease for Scottsdale headquarters – The Business Journals

Out of space at its current office, a Valley health care firm is on the move.
This summer, Equality Health is expanding into the Riverwalk in Scottsdale on Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community land. Equality Health made a 10-year commitment and will occupy nearly 150,000 square feet throughout the lease, starting with about half of that initially before expanding further in the coming years.
Equality Health said it expects to move into its Riverwalk office in early August. That will complete a multi-year process of looking for a new space.
“As we’ve grown to size and scale — we’re pushing 400 employees — we need the space and we need a corporate headquarters,” said Hugh Lytle, Equality Health’s CEO. “[The new space] had to meet a variety of criteria we were looking for in terms of visibility off the interstate, easy access to hotels and food. … We also needed it to be convenient for employees as well.”
Founded in 2015, Equality Health looks to improve access to value-based care for underserved communities struggling with navigating the traditional health care system. 
Garrett Black, Equality Health’s COO, said the company surveyed its employees on what they were looking for in a new office. Space conducive to a flexible, hybrid workplace was at the top of the list. Breakout rooms, creative rooms and a mix of desks for full-time employees in the office as well as hoteling space are all included in the new space at 7720 N. Dobson Road.
The building lobby will be decorated by Native American artists to bring in the culture of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.
Jonathan Keyser of Keyser Commercial Real Estate represented Equality Health. Scott Baumgarten of Transwestern represented the landlord, Forum Capital, in the deal.
Equality Health will operate five of the years on a sublease and the other five will be a direct lease with the landlord. Equality Health subleased the space from JFQ Lending. The Valley mortgage lender had originally subleased the space from International Cruise & Excursions, which is now known as Arriva, according to previous reporting. Zak Kottler, a partner at LevRose Commercial Real Estate, represented JFQ Lending in its original sublease deal with International Cruise & Excursions and now in subleasing the space to Equality Health.
The Riverwalk office is in the heart of a growing entertainment corridor in Scottsdale and located just to the north of Talking Stick Resort and Topgolf. The Museum of Illusions just opened at the nearby Arizona Boardwalk and local developers like Palmer Development Group and CaliberCos. are also planning food and beverage and entertainment concepts for the area.
“The way we’re designing this space internally and that location is aligned with we want people to not only come to work but have fun and socialize nearby. I know a lot of people have been eyeing Topgolf, and I expect we’ll be over there quite a bit,” Black said.
RSG Builders is the contractor handling the tenant improvements with Keyser’s project management team overseeing the build-out.
Equality Health currently operates in the warehouse district in Phoenix, spread across four different buildings. The current operation includes the former Alice Cooper’stown restaurant downtown. Keyser is marketing the property for sublease.
Earlier this month, Onsemi, moved into its new office on Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community land in the McKesson development. Onsemi also took over a sublease and occupies more than 170,000 square feet.
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