Koch Industries to Expand Wichita HQ
New 3-Story Building to Break Ground Next Fall
December 17, 2012
Koch Industries, Inc. announced plans today to move forward with expansion of its Wichita, KS, campus on 37th Street North between Oliver and Hillside.
The project will include construction of a new 210,000-square-foot office building ton the northwest side of the campus. The new building will have three stories plus a lower level and the capacity to accommodate 745 employees.
More than 2,800 people are employed by Koch companies in Wichita and that number will be significantly increasing, the company said.
The free-standing building will connect to other buildings on the campus via walkways and tunnels. The project is the first phase of a long-term master plan to handle potential future growth.
Construction of the new building will begin in fall 2013 with completion slated for mid-2015, the company said. In addition to office space, the new building will include a cafe and training space.
With more than a dozen Koch companies in Wichita, Koch said in May it was outgrowing its 1.3-million-square-foot headquarters and has undertaken two projects to design and build out existing space.
To accommodate the new building along with additional parking and possible future growth, Koch is working with the City of Wichita on plans to reroute 37th Street North about one-quarter mile north of its present location, with Koch paying for the project.
Howard + Helmer architecture is the architect. Professional Engineering Consultants is the project engineer; both are local firms.
Howard + Helmer and PEC recently collaborated on the engineering and redesign of Café Koch, which reopened in October.