Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has negotiated a 10-year, 24,000-square-foot lease on behalf of KPFF. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Seattle, KPFF is a multi-discipline engineering firm with offices throughout the United States. NKF Senior Managing Director Craig Kish represented the KPFF.
KPFF’s Civil Engineering group has been occupying 24,000 square feet at The Bloc since 2016. KPFF’s new space will be located on the 20th floor just below that group for better collaboration. The new space will be available once it is built out in approximately 12 months. Until then, temporary office space at The Bloc will be utilized. All told, approximately 250 employees will now be located at The Bloc in 48,000 square feet of space.
“KPFF engaged NKF in 2017 with the goal of consolidating its West Los Angeles and Pasadena offices-which totaled just over 30,000 square feet-and relocating to downtown Los Angeles. We successfully subleased its West LA offices and are in the process of subleasing its Pasadena space,” said Kish.
Kish added, “KPFF’s LA-area structural division identified the importance of being located near the growing hub of architecture, construction and other development-related companies in downtown Los Angeles. KPFF also saw the advantage for its employees to have supporting transit options with the 7th Street/Metro Center Station adjacent to the office. This relocation is yet another positive sign of net absorption for downtown and I believe we will see further migration here by others in this industry category over the coming months.”
Located at 700 S. Flower Street, the 33-story office tower at The Bloc totals 720,000 square feet and is owned by The Ratkovich Company.
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