Carrie Rengers

Cargill selects architect, issues deadline for new headquarters

Cargill continues inching closer to a decision about a new Wichita headquarters.

It’s chosen an architect, which is Kansas City-based HOK.

Cargill director of communications Mike Martin confirms the selection.

Sources say it makes sense for Cargill to bring on an architect to help make a final site selection.

Cargill also issued a Thursday deadline for further information from a narrowed list of potential properties.

The company wants to know things such as what a property would sell for, what kind of timetable there would be for a new building, what the parking situation would be and what the city’s involvement potentially could be.

The city has said whatever site is chosen – as long as it’s in Wichita – it could potentially help with parking, speed up city permitting and assist with industrial revenue bonds.

Those issued queries include developers at at least four properties: WaterWalk; the USD 259 administration building; Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus; and the pending owners of the building where The Wichita Eagle currently is located.

Martin won’t discuss the deadline or the potential sites. He responded to questions via e-mail:

“Multiple sites within the city limits are being considered. There is nothing new to share regarding our site selection process. As you know, we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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