Construction on a new headquarters for Cargill’s North America protein business has begun, The Opus Group announced this week. The 190,000 sq. ft. office building, which will be located in Wichita, Kan., is expected to be completed in October 2018.
“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,” said Tim Callahan, senior project manager of Opus Design Build LLC. “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 new headquarters will feature four stories of office space with an immersive technology center, presentation kitchen, sensory center kitchen and testing booths on the first floor and a third-floor balcony and employee café space. With design focused on encouraging employee collaboration, the headquarters will have room for up to 950 employees. The project also includes an 800-car parking garage.
“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, aesthetically compelling work environment for our Wichita team,” Cargill Protein president Brian Sikes said. “We look forward to occupying this world-class workspace.”
Amid a larger downtown revitalization, Cargill’s new headquarters replaces an older building on E. Douglas Ave. and is designed to fit the city’s style and personality.
Opus worked alongside the full project team early in the process to ensure that design and construction scopes were aligned. 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.