10-story office building could become next big corporate headquarters
Bissell is actively marketing its latest office building under construction at Ballantyne Corporate Park. The 10-story speculative building’s size and easy access to Interstate 485 has the potential to lure another Fortune 500 company or global headquarters to south Charlotte.
“We have several high-level prospects,” said Kim Kendall, vice president of Bissell Leasing.
Brigham will be Bissell’s largest building at the park when completed in November, boasting 287,000 square feet and a parking deck. The structure overlooks the 12th hole of a golf course.
Prospective tenants have the opportunity to walk through the neighboring Calhoun Building, view boards showcasing Brigham’s features and take look at construction.
Bissell didn’t have tenants ready when Rodgers Builders completed construction of the Gragg and Woodward buildings in 2012. Each 10-story speculative building offered 550,000 square feet of space.
“It was the largest spec development in the nation that year – during the downturn,” Kendall said.
The next year, MetLife took over the entire Gragg Building and four floors out of Woodward. The insurance company now occupies eight of Woodward’s 10 floors.
“You never know,” Kendall said. “You’re out there just marketing it to anyone and everyone.”
While Brigham is designed as a matching bookend of Gragg, Bissell is incorporating a few lessons learned, namely leaving the two-story lobby open until a suitor is found.
Bissell finished the Gragg Building lobby before MetLife moved in. The insurance firm then made wholesale changes to fit its needs.
While Bissell expects Brigham to be completed in November, tenants can soon begin building out the internal spaces on the lower floors.
Bathrooms have tile floors, granite counters and wooden partition doors. They’ll also incorporate motion sensors for sinks, as well as low-flow toilets.
“We try to be as sustainable as possible in all of our buildings,” Kendall said, noting the building is constructed to be LEED Gold-certified through the U.S. Green Building Council.
Each story has floor-to-ceiling windows with balconies on the third and 10th levels, offering views that extend to downtown Charlotte and even mountains on a clear day.
“It’s hard to beat the view,” Kendall said. “It’s absolutely a wow factor.”
Bissell is also marketing two floors of shell space in Calhoun and three floors of second-generation space in Harris that used to belong to Snyder’s-Lance. The Harris space consists of the top three floors.
Ballantyne Corporate Park isn’t a soulless place of concrete and steel. The business park offers recreational amenities, such as Cullman Pond and Audubon Amphitheatre.
Tenants have the opportunity to participate in a corporate golf league and other outings.
“We really do try to create a true community for our office workers,” said Christina Thigpen, vice president of marketing and communications.