Carrie Rengers

Volt will move into Hinkle Law site

Volt Workforce Solutions , a global recruitment organization, is moving its Wichita offices from 8301 E. 21st St. to the Hinkle Law Firm Building (formerly the Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm Building ) at 8621 E. 21st St.

"We are literally just moving across the street," says Jorge Garcia , director of client delivery.

"It's a better layout all the way around," he says. "It's much more open."

At 1,934 square feet, the space is slighter smaller than what Volt currently has.

Garcia calls the new space a "more synergistic environment."

He says that means there's an opportunity for "more collaboration. There's more transparency with the entire group. Everybody's aware and a part of what everybody else is doing."

A majority of Volt's business is focused on high-end engineering and IT workers. There also is a substantial number of accounting and administration workers.

The Hinkle Law Firm Building is managed by Vantage Point Properties . Garcia says Vantage Point president Paul Jackson is one of the reasons Volt is moving there.

"Paul and I go way back," Garcia says.

Volt used to be in another one of Jackson's properties.

"Paul's . . . been fantastic to work with," Garcia says.

The move will happen later this month or in early April. This will give the Hinkle Law Firm Building a 98 percent occupancy rate.

Sauerwein Construction is the contractor and Spangenberg Phillips Tice is the architect.

Still waiting

In early 2007, Barn'rds Restaurant owner Ken Hertel announced plans for a second restaurant, this time just north of 37th North and Maize Road, near Wichita State University's west campus.

He put plans on hold though, initially due to a family illness.

Then, the economy kept him from opening, and that's still the holdup.

"We are going to go there, but we don't know exactly when yet," Hertel says. "We really are kind of just in a holding pattern."

That's even though a new Menards is opening at the intersection.

"We're going to watch that for a while," Hertel says. "There's a lot of bare land out there yet.

"We just need some more buildings and some more house tops."

Hertel's Barn'rds at 2037 N. Woodlawn has been open for more than 27 years.

He's still excited to open out west, but Hertel notes that he's not the only one in a wait-and-see mode.

"If the economy hadn't come to a standstill like it did, why, I think there would be more buildings right out there where the campus is," he says. "Everybody's been sitting on their hands ever since."

So could that be about to change thanks to Menards?

"We're going to find out."

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