Viega to leave Epic Center for sixth floor of Bank of America Center

WICHITA — The Epic Center’s loss will be the Bank of America Center’s gain.

Viega, a plumbing and heating systems manufacturer, is leaving the Epic Center for 32,000 square feet at Phil Ruffin’s Bank of America Center at Douglas and Broadway early next year.

“That’s a great lease,” Ruffin says. “We’re very happy to get it.”

No one with Viega would comment about the move.

“They’re a fine company,” Ruffin says. “I like them very much. They’re a fast-growing company.”

Chris Ruffin, Phil Ruffin’s son, and Jon Cyphert of Ruffin Properties handled the deal with Scott Salome of NAI Martens.

“They did a great job,” Phil Ruffin says.

Viega will occupy the entire sixth floor of the building. That’s where Cessna Finance used to be. Ruffin calls that area “beautiful space.”

“We’re making up for some of the Bank of America space,” Ruffin says.

The bank is dropping from 50,000 square feet to about 12,000 square feet.

“Space is space wherever they take it,” Ruffin says. “We’ll slowly fill that building.”

This large lease comes on the heels of Entercom Radio signing a deal for 12,000 square feet at Ruffin’s Ruffin Building at 9111 E. Douglas.

Ruffin says, “That’s two good leases in a couple of weeks.”