Delta Dental officials consider adding office space for existing, future growth

09/05/2014 7:55 AM

09/05/2014 10:47 AM

Delta Dental of Kansas officials are considering finishing a portion of unused office space at the company’s Waterfront headquarters to accommodate existing and future employment growth.

Delta Dental CEO Mike Herbert said this week he will meet with Delta’s board in October to decide whether to finish about 3,800 square feet of the 7,500 square feet of space the company left unfinished when it moved into the two-story building in 2006.

“The part we’re looking at finishing gives us a couple of offices and cubicles for about 22 employees,” he said.

Herbert said since the move to 1619 N. Waterfront Parkway, Delta created a wholly owned subsidiary, Surency Life and Health Insurance Co., which also is located at the building, and added about 40 employees between Delta and Surency.

And as Delta looks at 2015 and additional client and employment growth, “I really didn’t want to wait until we’re bulging at the seams” to add more office space, Herbert said.

Delta and Surency currently employ about 116 people, including two in Topeka and about a dozen in Overland Park.

Herbert said if Delta’s board signs off on the additional office space, he’d like to have it completed before the end of the year or in January.

Greg Tice of Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture designed the new office space. He also was the architect for Delta’s 42,000-square-foot Waterfront building.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or jsiebenmark@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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