Construction to begin at Cornerstone Office Park with medical office to be built first

WICHITA — Construction is set to begin shortly at the new Cornerstone Office Park at the 520-acre Cornerstone development in Andover.

There will be room for 150,000 square feet of office space at nine buildings, the first of which will be a new medical building.

“With the success of the hospital, it’s just a natural fit to have medical practices wanting to locate at Cornerstone,” says developer George Laham. “Obviously, we have a lot of interest right now from … medical groups that want to be located in the area.”

Laham Development and Ritchie Development are the developers of Cornerstone, which is north of 21st Street between 159th Street East and Andover Road.

The 18,000-square-foot medical building will be adjacent to the Kansas Medical Center. KMC CEO Badr Idbeis will be one of the physicians to use the new space.

The two-level building will have the same architectural design as the hospital.

There will be a reception area, exam rooms and offices for physicians. One feature of the building is a clerestory that will allow natural light inside.

Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture designed the space.

J.P. Weigand & Sons is the Cornerstone broker.

Laham says there are already about 200 homes at Cornerstone, which means the residential portion of the development is about halfway complete.

The new office park will have general offices in addition to medical ones.

Laham says road improvements in the area are basically complete except for a few finishing touches.

“From 21st and Andover into Wichita is all five and six lanes, fully improved,” he says.

Malik Idbeis says his father and other physicians are particularly excited to get work under way – and completed – for the new medical building.

“I’m sure they would love to start it tomorrow.”