The 25,000-sf expansion of the 2651 S. Polaris Dr. headquartershas been on the drawing board nearly one year. Completion ispenciled for early 2008.

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Bryan Spain, director of the development division for the localfirm, says the add-on, with an all-in cost pushing $5 million, hasbeen designed with a 100-seat amphitheater for client presentationsand staff practice runs, full-service kitchen and high-tech breakroom. About 60% of the second building is dedicated to office andresearch space.

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Last year, Buxton added 51 employees, boosting its total to 100.Another 100 workers are ticketed to be hired, with the businessmodel calling for at least 20 per year in market research,statistical analysis, information technology and sales, accordingto Spain.

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"To keep up with demands of our customers, we have to bring onmore employees," Spain says. "And we want these people to feelrelaxed and comfortable." Part of that environment means hiring acaterer to provide free staff lunches at least twice a week.

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Gideon Toal Inc. of Fort Worth is the architect, designing anaddition mirroring its first and linking it to the existing20,000-sf building. The buildings will be connected by a courtyardand enclosed walkway. Westwood Contractors Inc., also Fort Worth,is the general contractor.

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"We built our current office building in 2001, and in just sixyears, we have outgrown it," Tom Buxton, founder, says in a pressrelease. The project also calls for retooling the existing buildingafter the executive team makes its shift to the new structurewhich, like the original, will be finished out in an open-officeconcept.

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Buxton's existing headquarters is known locally for itshigh-tech infrastructure, particularly a server that has morecapacity than the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Spain saysthe capacity will be expanded as part of the project to tapadditional vital databases for its highly regarded research.Buxton, a leading retail research firm, has been steadily addingproducts for municipalities and corporations, with its latestroll-outs aimed at healthcare and consumer packaging. And, Spainsays, there are more products in the pipeline.

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