Kansas City, Mo.
The team, in a way, follows the trend that has led local businesses to move to the city core, or at least open a second office location such as Hunt Midwest.
“When we were underground and when we were in Subtropolis for years and years, most people didn’t realize what else we were doing,” he said. Hunt Midwest President and CEO Ora Reynolds.
That’s why Reynolds says they decided to be in the heart of the city and hang a sign out of their building next to one of the busiest streets in the metro.
“We chose this because it’s really because it’s Main and Main,” Reynolds said. “The whole city as a whole can only work and only prosper and only attract new talent if the urban core is healthy.”
The mostly glass walls inside with open common areas make it easy to see who’s on staff. Hunt Midwest Senior Director of Operations Justin White said it is pushing back against the lack of social distancing to connect with co-workers and clients.
“It facilitates a temporary, personal relationship that kind of comes down to Zoom,” White said. “We want very good visibility in the office, we want maximum lighting, we want people when they are in their office to be very easy for other people to see them in the office and make it easy for them to see who else is in the office.”
Hunt Midwest represents a trend business and city leaders want to continue promoting as they try to create 50,000 new office jobs in downtown Kansas City while adding nearly eight million square feet of new office space to the market over the next 20 years.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City took a sizable dent and started out of that goal, leasing up the entire 18-story building along Baltimore Avenue.
“I think what’s happening downtown, right out your door, you’ve got all these other options,” he said Burns & McDonnell President and General Manager of the Global Facilities Practice Mike Fenske.
A potential $2 billion baseball district nearby could land in one of several places near downtown or the Crossroads District, but Fenske said as long as it’s easy to get to, it will have the same impact on the city.
“My opinion is: Close enough,” Fenske said. “I know I’m only a six dollar Uber ride away from anything when I’m downtown, so I think the downtown area works for most situations,” Fenske said.
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