Opus, Cargill announce new construction in Wichita

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The Opus Group has announced the beginning of construction on Cargill’s new protein headquarters.
 
WICHITA, Kan. – The Opus Group has announced the start of construction on Cargill’s new headquarters for its North American protein business. The new office building is scheduled for completion in October of 2018 and cover 190,000 sq. ft.

Features of the new building include four stories of office space, an immersive technology center, presentation kitchen, sensory center kitchen, employee café space and testing booths on the first floor and third floor balcony. According to Opus, the design will encourage collaboration in space adequate to house up to 950 employees. The project also includes an 800-car parking garage for Cargill’s employees during work hours and for public use for events in Old Town and the nearby arena.

“We are delighted to build on our existing relationship with the Cargill team by working on its new protein business headquarters and supporting the team’s vision in Wichita,” Tim Callahan, senior project manager, Opus Design Build LLC, said in a statement. “We are working alongside fantastic local partners to deliver a state-of-the-art headquarters that embodies Cargill Protein’s mission and cultivates future growth.”

The project is taking place within a larger revitalization of Wichita’s downtown and will replace an existing building on East Douglas Ave.

“Our new headquarters reflects our enthusiasm and optimism for the future growth of our protein business, as well as our focus on meeting both our customers’ needs and providing an engaging, modern, esthetically compelling work environment for our Wichita team,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill Protein president. “We look forward to occupying this world-class workspace.”

Opus’ previous experience working with Cargill includes the development, design and construction of the company’s 920,000-sq.-ft., three-building, Class A corporate campus in Minnesota. Opus Design Build LLC is the construction manager in collaboration with Key Construction for this project. HOK is the architect of record. 

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