KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Mar. 21, 2018) Ramin Cherafat, chief executive officer for McCownGordon Construction, and Brett Gordon, chairman of the McCownGordon Board of Directors, celebrated a ground breaking on the firm’s new downtown headquarters at 850 Main Street in downtown Kansas City, MO. Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, Councilman Scott Taylor, Jackson County Executive Frank White and Kansas City Economic Development Council President Bob Langenkamp joined Cherafat for the ceremony. The event took place Tuesday, March 20, at 3:00 p.m. outside the main entrance of 850 Main. The project is expected to take ten months to complete with the firm moving to the new location in early 2019.
McCownGordon Construction’s chairman of the board Brett Gordon and chief executive officer Ramin Cherafat speak to the crowd at the corner of 9th and Main in downtown Kansas City, MO to celebrate the company’s groundbreaking at 850 Main.
The firm purchased the former Catholic Charities building at 850 Main in 2017 and has been working with Helix Architecture + Design to design the new office space. Said Cherafat, “We are very intentional in how we grow and how we serve our clients and care for our associates and partners. Our mission is to enhance the journey we are all on together so, as we outgrew our existing building, we looked for space that gave us much more room to grow, as well as a design that would embody our culture and our commitment to our Core Values of Integrity, Performance and Relationships. 850 Main and the design which Helix created for us does both.”
According to Gordon, the location in the heart of downtown was a primary factor in the firm’s decision to purchase 850 Main. “Since the beginning, McCownGordon has been committed to Kansas City. When it came time to find a larger home, there was no question that we would remain downtown.” The firm moved to its current location of 422 Admiral Blvd in 2005 renovating the building built in 1919, which housed Kansas City’s first Ford automobile dealership.
City manager Troy Schulte, Jackson County Executive Frank White, McCownGordon chairman of the board Brett Gordon, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, McCownGordon chief executive officer Ramin Cherafat and Councilman Scott Taylor celebrated a groundbreaking for McCownGordon’s new corporate headquarters at 850 Main in downtown Kansas City, MO.
Erika Moody, principal for Helix, points to the design created for 850 Main as a truly transformational renovation. “When it is complete, this project will reinvigorate the corner of 9th and Main and be a prominent architectural addition along the streetcar line. The transparency of the design concept showcases an open, modern workplace while engaging those inside the building with the activities surrounding the structure.” The renovated building will include state-of-the-art amenities including a comprehensive technology package, fitness center with yoga studio, expanded conference and collaboration spaces and a rooftop patio. “Our team worked closely with McCownGordon’s team to design a space that truly reflected their culture and their commitment to growth and opportunity,” added Moody.
Nancy Whitworth, vice president of strategic services for McCownGordon, points to the many downtown amenities such as streetcar adjacency, a covered parking garage and proximity to the Power & Light District as an exciting component of the new office location. “We strive to deliver the best building experience in all that we do,” said Whitworth. “That includes providing our associates with the best experience as members of our team. The location of 850 Main and its relationship to the excitement and growth of downtown Kansas City is an employee benefit that we are proud to deliver.”
The building at 422 Admiral Boulevard is currently on the market. McCownGordon will operate at that location through the end of the renovation project. Gordon and Cherafat say the firm is looking forward to a move date in early 2019.
McCownGordon is currently performing construction management services for a variety of significant projects in the metro Kansas City area and the region including the Central District Development on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., the renovation of Kemper Arena, Children’s Mercy Research Tower, 21c Museum Hotel and other projects which are changing the face of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.