Messer Construction Co., the largest general contractor in Greater Cincinnati, has moved into its new headquarters in the West End.
Tom Keckeis, CEO of Messer, said the new space, an investment of about $14 million, has the look and feel the company wanted when it decided it needed to move.
“We wanted to make it feel like a construction company,” Keckeis told me as we sat in the Cincinnati room, one of nine conference rooms named after the cities Messer has offices in. “It feels like what we’re all about.”
To get a look inside the company’s headquarters, click on the images above.
The main goals for the new building were to get all of Messer’s corporate employees under one roof, create collaborative space, and an exciting environment for recruiting new employees, without going overboard.
The 50,000-square-foot building, located at 643 W. Court St., has room for at least 165 employees. In addition to some existing additional space, the building was designed to be expanded by another 25,000 square feet.
Keckeis said the building, which Messer is referring to as its “Corporate Support Office,” is designed to handle the company’s next 15 years of growth. Employees moved into the building this week from its former headquarters at 5158 Fishwick Drive in Bond Hill.
BHDP Architecture designed Messer's new space. Barry Bayer, client leader with BHDP, and Tom Arends, design leader with BHDP, said during their work with Messer they knew they wanted to play up concrete in the building.
Bayer said one of the things he was told by Messer was “we pour concrete every day.”
That can be seen in everything from the exposed concrete ceilings and columns to the polished concrete floors and even the reception desk that is made out of concrete.
Messer self-performed about 35 percent of the work with its own trades people. The company also surpassed its inclusion goal for the project. Messer had committed to a 30 percent spend with certified minority- and women-owned businesses. The final spend was close to 34 percent. The building also is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
In January 2015, Messer announced it was searching for a new headquarters, having outgrown its space in Bond Hill. In May 2016, the company finally selected a site just outside the central business district.
The location, just a few blocks west of Cincinnati City Hall, was attractive because it is close to the central business district, Over-the-Rhine and has easy highway access and visibility.
“We’re at the leading edge of redevelopment in the West End,” Keckeis told me. “We hope the West End continues to redevelop.”