GLMV Architecture buys new downtown office on East Douglas

The former Packard building on East Douglas where GLMV Architecture is moving its headquarters.

The former Packard building on East Douglas where GLMV Architecture is moving its headquarters.

WICHITA — The almost year-old GLMV Architecture is getting a new home that will accommodate all of its Wichita employees.

Since Gossen Livingston Associates and McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry merged early this year, employees have remained at their original offices while there was a search for a space big enough to hold 100 people. (There are another 30 employees in Kansas City and Houston offices.)

The new space is a 30,000-square-foot building at 1525 E. Douglas.

McCormick Armstrong sold GLMV the building that it’s been using for storage and a tenant, Sign Pro, which will have to move.

The 1930 two-story building originally was home to J. Arch ButtsPackard dealership.

“It’s a significant building in Wichita and in the Douglas Design District, which is . . . kind of fun to be part of now,” says GLMV chairman Bill Livingston.

“The building has a lot of rich history.”

GLMV is working to put the building on the National Register of Historic Places, which will allow some tax credits.

So who out of a huge firm of architects handles the design of company headquarters?

“Well, we establish a team and handle it just like any project in the office,” Livingston says.

“I don’t know what it’s going to look like.”

GLMV’s offices at 420 S. Emporia (Gossen Livingston’s 20,000-square-foot former headquarters) and 125 S. Washington (McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry’s former 14,000-square-foot headquarters) are now for sale or lease.

The future home of GLMV Architecture.

The future home of GLMV Architecture.

Even though Livingston would prefer to be done like, “oh, yesterday,” on the new building, remodeling will take a while.

“Realistically, it’s going to be this time next year before we can get in.”

Why so long?

“Well, because we’re buying just a shell, and it’ll take time to put it all together.”

In the meantime, Livingston is having fun learning about the building and Butts’ history in Wichita.

“You can find several of his buildings around town. . . . He must have been quite a character. He was involved in a lot.

“It’s just kind of interesting to . . . research some of this stuff.”