Fireweed Business Center Tenant Expansion, Addition

CIRI's Fireweed Business Center. Photo courtesy of Ken Graham.
CIRI’s Fireweed Business Center. Photo courtesy of Ken Graham.

Tenant changes are underway at the Fireweed Business Center, CIRI’s corporate headquarters. CIRI moved into the building in the summer of 2015 and currently occupies three floors of the 110,000-square-foot, eight-story structure. With sweeping views of Cook Inlet, the Chugach Mountains and Alaska Range, the Fireweed Business Center showcases the best Alaska has to offer while offering the finest in workplace comfort and energy efficiency.

Engineering firm Stantec moved into the building and began occupying the second floor in early 2016. The company recently acquired MWH Global Inc., a Colorado-based global engineering, consulting and construction management firm. With the acquisition of MWH and its 6,800 worldwide employees, Stantec’s Anchorage office needed room to expand. Rather than opening a second office, Stantec decided to lease the entire second floor and roughly one-third of the third floor, with the possibility of further expansion in the future.

In January 2017, the Fireweed Business Center will welcome new tenant Umialik Insurance Company to the fifth floor. The personal and commercial insurance company will occupy virtually all the space on that floor. With Stantec’s expansion and the addition of Umialik, the building will be 70 percent occupied.

“The Fireweed Business Center reflects CIRI’s values of sustainability and cultural diversity while employing the latest ecologically-minded building systems,” said CIRI’s Randy Warren, director, Real Estate Assets. “We are excited about the changes taking place, and we continue to see strong interest from potential new tenants. There is simply nothing on the Anchorage market that can compare to the Fireweed Business Center’s quality, energy efficiency and spatial comfort.”

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