LifeTeam is home again.
The air ambulance provider started in Wichita in 2001 with a single aircraft and a handful of employees.
In 2006 it moved to Newton. But in mid-June it started its return to Wichita, this time with 56 employees.
LifeTeam will host a open house of its new Wichita headquarters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at 3445 N. Webb.
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LifeTeam’s new building gives it 13,000 square feet of space. The building, across from Jabara Airport, offers plenty of space for office operations including billing, as well as training space for up to 80 people. The building also houses its dispatch center, which handles communications for its 23 ground and air ambulance bases spread across Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Hawaii and Texas. Company wide it employs 220 people.
“We have expanded our infrastructure and our bases of operation to now a nationwide footprint,” said Courtney Bachrodt, Lifeteam’s director of business operations. “Wichita is the perfect home … to support this company and the services we provide.”
In addition to the new Wichita headquarters, the companyis finalizing plans to build a nearly 20,000-square-foot maintenance hangar, which is expected to open in early 2018 at Jabara, Bachrodt said.
The hangar will house eight aircraft technicians who will work on LifeTeam’s Bell helicopters and Beechcraft King Air turboprop airplanes that are based in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.
The architect on the hangar project is Clarkitecture and the general contractor is Dondlinger Construction.