UPDATED — The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is going to open an office in the Bank of America Center at Douglas and Broadway.
“We’re real excited about having them,” says Chris Ruffin, director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin’s Ruffin Properties.
OSHA, which is taking 6,500 square feet on the fourth floor, signed a 10-year lease.
Grant Tidemann and Marty Gilchrist of J.P. Weigand & Sons helped with the deal.
“They were a lot of help,” Chris Ruffin says. Government deals “are very complicated.”
Martin Pringle also recently signed a 10-year extension on its lease at the Bank of America Center. The law firm has the entire fifth floor, which is about 35,000 square feet.
When Phil Ruffin bought the building in 2006, it had a 52 percent occupancy rate. Now, it’s at about 94 percent.
“We are getting full,” Chris Ruffin says. “We only have a little bit of space left.”
He says he’s working with several people on other potential deals there.
“We’re just trying to get the rest of the spaces leased.”