McCownGordon Purchases Downtown Building for New Headquarters, Investing $10.5 Million to Renovate

McCownGordon plans to spend $10.5 million to renovate 850 Main for its new headquarters. (Rendering by Helix)

By Kevin Collison

McCownGordon Construction has purchased a three-story building at 850 Main St. and plans to spend $10.5 million renovating it as its new headquarters.

The 45,000 square-foot building had been owned by the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and was occupied by Catholic Charities

It was part of a 2010 acquisition of former Aquila properties by the diocese that included the historic New York Life building next door at 20 W. Ninth St. and a 565-space garage.

The building at 850 Main had been occupied by Catholic Charities. (Photo by CoStar)

McCownGordon is currently located in a building at 422 Admiral Blvd. that it purchased in 2004. The firm has outgrown that space, according to Sara Prem, director of marketing.

Helix Architecture + Design has been hired to design what’s being described as a “transformative” renovation project that will result in an open, modern concept design.

Amenities will include comprehensive technology, fitness center, expanded conference and collaboration spaces, and a rooftop patio. The building also is located near a streetcar stop.

“This move reinforces our desire to stay engaged and enhance the downtown community,” Prem said in a statement. “McCownGordon is committed to downtown Kansas City.”

The company expects to move into its new space in Fall 2018.

McCownGordon has outgrown its current building at 422 Admiral Blvd. (Photo by McCownGordon)