An Australian-based tech company is headed to Plano with a new office lease.

Appen Inc. leased more than 50,000 square feet in the Apex building on Bush Turnpike for its first Texas office.

Appen, a data services firm, which develops products for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications, plans to locate 300 new jobs in building.

CBRE’s Clay Vaughn and Preston Lynn represented the firm in its hunt for its first Dallas-Fort Worth location.

Vaughn said Appen evaluated 15 locations and toured seven North Texas buildings before picking the Plano office.

The 186,245-square-foot Apex building is owned by Dallas investor Champion Partners.

Paragon Healthcare leased 70,000 square feet in the building at the end of 2019.

And a Samsung division took another 25,000 square feet back in November, according to leasing agents with Transwestern.

“Leasing momentum really picked up after we completed extensive renovations last summer, including a tenant lounge, outdoor patio, fitness center, conference center and café,” Steve Modory of Champion Partners said in a statement.

Nathan Durham and Duane Henley of Transwestern leased the building to the new tenants.

Brad Struck and Roy Reis at ESRP represented Paragon. And Samsung’s lease was handled by Scott Hobbs at Cushman & Wakefield.



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