(DES MOINES) – The Weitz Company hoisted a commemorative beam signed by its project team and the leadership from Sammons Financial Group and KDC Real Estate Development to top out the new Sammons Financial corporate headquarters Tuesday. Weitz celebrated the exciting milestone by hosting a luncheon for over 150 trade partners and project stakeholders at the jobsite.
Tuesday’s short program featured remarks from members of both the Weitz and Sammons Financial teams, expressing appreciation to the group for their continued efforts to successfully execute the build. Representatives from the project developer, KDC, and project architects, SVPA and HKS, were also in attendance.
“Our employees and trade partners have worked exceptionally hard these last few months to achieve this milestone, especially given the challenges of a very wet fall. Topping out the building is a great way to acknowledge their efforts before directing our focus to the interior of the building,” said Mike Tousley, executive vice president and general manager of The Weitz Company.
The six-story, 236,000 square foot office building will bring together 600 Sammons employees with space for team growth. This new space will feature a two-story amenity building with conference and training spaces for employees and visitors. Other building amenities will include an exercise facility and several outdoor walking trails on the property. Surface parking and a below-grade parking garage are also included in the project’s scope of work.
“The Sammons Financial team celebrates the fast work underway on the new West Des Moines building and we cannot wait to move into our new home by year-end,” said Rob TeKolste, president of Sammons Independent Annuity Group. “The topping out event is a construction milestone and serves to build excitement for the work underway and the role this project plays in ultimately being able to service our policy owners, agents and brokers.”
The new Sammons Financial Group Corporate Headquarters is scheduled for completion in fall 2020.
Founded in 1855, The Weitz Company is a national general contractor, design-builder and construction manager that serves all 50 U.S. states. Weitz is the sixth oldest Architecture/Engineering/Construction firm in the United States and an industry leader in lean construction; senior living; sustainable building; and virtual design and construction. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, The Weitz Company annually ranks in the top tier of Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors and Building Design+Construction’s Giants 300 Contractors lists.