Cargill unveils architectural design for new downtown headquarters

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Back in May, Cargill announced the company would keep its headquarters in Wichita. Now, the company has released its architectural design for its new location.

Cargill will be located at 825 East Douglas the building site of the Wichita Eagle. The newly constructed office space will accommodate approximately 800 people and will cost approximately $60 million to construct.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell commented on the news today.

“Not only did they stay in our community, they are investing in our community,” said Mayor Longwell. “When they made the statement for a company like them that competes in the global market place, they said the best place for them to do that is in Wichita, Kansas.”

Back in September, Cargill signed a letter of intent with a local investment group led by Dave Burk, Dave Wells and Brandon Steven to acquire and develop the site.

Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president for the North America protein group, commented on the new design and location.

“We are going to be in Old Town. We think it is a very vibrant part of this city. We think our employees will enjoy being in the middle of. We think we will add to the commerce down there and restaurants.”

Sikes said the new building will marry Cargill’s legacy and history, and at the same time, the building will be modern and relevant to employees. He said the new complex wouldn’t have happened without the help of the city and state of Kansas.

“I would like to thank the mayor for his support and all the city officials. You were very influential for us being here and staying here and just really supportive,” said Sikes. “I would also like to thank Gov. Brownback and the state officials.”

Cargill hopes to be in the new building by 2018.