The CDC, which has a long-term lease on the land purchased by the city in 2013 to support high-wage economic development, has selected local firm Iron Bridge Capital Partners to develop the project. The firms participating in the project include Gensler Architects, an internationally recognized firm with extensive experience in tech office design who will work alongside locally-based Bello Garris to design the approximately 70,000 sq.ft. six floor building, which will include a covered rooftop deck overlooking the Charleston Harbor. Samet Construction will serve as general contractor and ADC Engineering for civil design.
“After interviewing many firms, Iron Bridge was selected based on their development track record, focus on public-private partnerships, community-oriented development approach and a demonstrated interest in the economic well-being of our community by the local principals,” said CDC Chairman, Kirk King.
The office building is being developed exclusively for tech and tech-related companies with a goal to accelerate the growth of Charleston’s tech economy and foster high paying jobs. The office building will also house the permanent location for the CDC’s Flagship3 (FS3) business incubator and co-working office that is focused exclusively on early-stage and relocating tech companies since 2009.
“The city’s ability to leverage our resources in support of high-wage, technology focused economic development is a win-win for our community,” said Charleston Mayor, John Tecklenburg. “We are excited to see this project move forward.”
The development of the tech office building will include a six-story parking deck with over 800 spaces that will be owned and operated by the City of Charleston and a public park between the garage and office building that will be managed by the City Parks Department.
The development process for 999 Morrison is underway with the BAR submittal expected in May, groundbreaking later in the year and the building and parking garage completion targeted for early 2020. Contact Ernest Andrade for further information about Downtown Charleston’s premier tech office building or Iron Bridge for leasing.