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Arizona Laboratories for Security & Defense Research


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Innovation in Aerospace, Defense, and Cyber Security

AZLabs is a enhanced campus designed to host companies requiring SLCU in need of offices, laboratories, and closed areas, ideally suited for r&d, engineering, and sensitive projects.

AZLabs maintains DoD security accreditations to support a broad range of proprietary projects including experiments, prototype evaluations, and distributed test and training with access to a highly skilled, tech-centric workforce.

AZLabs is an exceptionally capable, and reconfigurable laboratory facility designed to support up to 250 researchers and engineers. Short- or long-term lease options are available and scalable to specific project's needs.


  • 6.5-acre secure campus with five buildings offering more than 72,000 square feet of leasable industrial, lab, and office space.
  • Security-in-depth campus with controlled access
  • On site 24/7 guard force with individual security clearances
  • Engineered to U.S. Government security standards (ICD 705)
  • Access to robust fiber infrastructure
  • Secure high-bandwidth voice and data communications
  • Office and laboratory furnishings provided as available
  • Housekeeping, grounds keeping, utilities, and maintenance provided


  • 18,000 square feet of specialized spaces including industrial and raised floor spaces
  • Engineered to ICD 705 standards
  • 39-foot ceiling 7,300-square-foot high bay with a two-ton overhead gantry lift for large equipment
  • Loading dock with large external door access
  • GSA-approved containers for classified storage as available


AZLabs lies adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona State University Polytechnic campus, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Mesa. This strategic location offers tenants proximity to existing restricted airspace and military operations areas (MOAs), via three 10,000-foot runways, taxiways, aircraft parking, and access to fuel for U.S. Government and military patrons.


Mesa has a long and proud history in aviation and aerospace. With nearly perfect flying weather all year, Mesa is home to two airports that were instrumental in the training of military pilots.

In 1941, Williams Air Force Base was built to serve as the Army Air Corps West Coast Training Center where thousands of pilots were trained for battle in World War II.

Later the Base served as the home of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). In 1993, the entire Base - except for AFRL- was closed as part of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). In 1994, the former Base reopened as a commercial airport and is now named Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. 

In 2011, the City of Mesa leased the AFRL from the USAF and it became Arizona Laboratories for Security & Defense Research (AZLabs). In 2014, the City assumed full ownership of the property and buildings and continues to operate it today.

Since the City's purchase, we strive to continue to enhance its capabilities and features to improve the service to tenants.


AZLabs is managed by the City of Mesa. Security services are provided by Danan Technologies.