As seen in The Mercury. Reported by Bryan Richardson. (Aug 12, 2018)
Despite the sunny day, it “rained” Thursday afternoon at the K-State Office Park. Water dripped off of the building at 1880 Kimball Ave. after workers sprayed it with water as part of the final steps of construction.
“They’re doing their final water testing to make sure the building is water tight,” said Kate Ryan, commercial leasing and engagement manager for the KSU Foundation. “So far, we haven’t had any leaks.”
The second building of the K-State Office Park is now open for businesses after Ryan said the KSU Foundation received its certificate of occupancy for the building on Monday.
McCownGordon Construction, the project’s contractor, has already moved into its space. Ryan said other tenants are expected to start operations by Sept. 1 including Jinyu Bio-technology, a Chinese animal vaccine company, Scott Rice Office Works, a Lenexa-headquartered office furniture supplier, and Bluestem Grill, the park’s restaurant.
The grill is part of what Ryan said the foundation intends to create as a connected community. The park’s fitness center will open Monday in the first building at 1800 Kimball Ave.
The first floor of the second building also has EDGE @ 1880, a co-working space with open desk and private office levels of membership for multiple companies. “This is for anyone who is interested in locating by K-State but doesn’t need a full suite,” Ryan said.
The first floor also has an event space, which Ryan said should be open for public rental after Jan. 1.
Although there’s an anchor tenant space open for lease on the first floor, most of the tenants are on the second and third floors. Each floor has a lounge as well as a common kitchenette area. Other tenants might have that within their spaces as well.
Ryan said there are 26 tenant spaces in the building although some tenants are taking up more than one space. The walls are covered with whiteboards. They’r also movable, so Ryan said spaces are easily expandable.
“We designed the building to scale up with those companies as they grow,” she said.
The KSU Foundation’s plan still calls for two more buildings in the office park.
Ryan said the second building has commitments for 38 percent of its space including companies under ongoing lease negotiations.
Ryan said the tenants have to meet at least one of three requirements: enhancing the educational experience, industry innovation and technical supplier.
“All of our tenants are required to show that they strengthen the university in some way,” she said.
Ryan said the foundation wouldn’t start with the third building until occupancy is closer to 80 percent and enough tenant interest is secured for the next building. She said she isn’t sure about the timeline.
“It is hard to say, but I would say within the next three to five years at the longest,” she said.