Weather Data Services, an AccuWeather Co., is getting a new home.
The company is moving from the Farm Credit Bank Building on
Waco to Phil Ruffin’s Bank of America Center at Broadway and Douglas.
“We needed more space,” says Barry Lee Myers, chief executive of AccuWeather in State College, Pa. “We are actually expanding a number of things.”
The new, almost 8,000-square-foot space, where Weather Data will move in the fall, will have a television studio for what Myers calls “live reports from Tornado Alley” on AccuWeather TV (which is similar to the Weather Channel except it has local weather at all times).
Myers says the 24-7 studio “will be a phenomenal addition to what we do.” Generators in the Bank of America basement will ensure bad weather or anything else won’t interfere with the reports.
“The Wichita operation handles most of the severe weather warnings that we do nationwide,” Myers says. “They are probably the world’s experts in doing so, which is one of the reasons we acquired the company when we did.”
AccuWeather has owned Weather Data for three years.
Myers says he toured a number of downtown buildings as well as spaces in other parts of Wichita.
“I really would put the Ruffin building on the top of that list.”