Two state agencies sign at Garvey Center

UPDATED — The state has completed two more leases for agencies that will be leaving the Finney State Office Building.

The Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the Kansas Human Rights Commission will be moving to the Garvey Center.

“We were just really impressed with the spaces we visited,” says Todd Fertig, a spokesman for the Department of Administration. “They fit a lot better with what these specific agencies needed.”

In June, Have You Heard? reported that nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, will leave the Finney building when the state’s lease expires on Sept. 30.

KDHE will take the entire seventh floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas. That’s 10,566 square feet.

The Human Rights Commission is taking 1,800 square feet on the second floor.

Fertig says the commission is a smaller agency with a limited budget.

“The Garvey Center was able to really work with them to … kind of retrofit the space so it was really what they needed at a very affordable rate.”

Larry Weber, who handled the deal for Builders Inc., says he’s “excited to have them here and remaining in downtown.”

Both spaces are areas that Harrington Health has been in or been using for storage, Weber says.

All but a couple of the agencies that either are in or have been in the Finney building have made or are close to making deals for new space.

The largest of those agencies and the one to spur the move, the Department for Children and Families, is close to finalizing a deal at 2601 S. Oliver where the U.S. Postal Service has had a remote encoding center.

Bob Martin to open Law Office of Robert G. Martin at the R.H. Garvey Building

WICHITA — Bob Martin has left McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn & Herrington to start his own law firm, but he hasn’t gone far.

His Law Office of Robert G. Martin officially opens Wednesday in almost 2,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

That’s one floor below McDonald, Tinker.

“It’s a chance for me to do more of my niche,” Martin says.

He’s been at McDonald, Tinker, where he’s been a director and shareholder, since 1987.

“I’m top of the letterhead, actually.”

He says the firm primarily focuses on litigation, and that’s not his specialty.

“I’ll never do criminal law in my life again,” Martin says. “The practice of law has become specialized.”

Martin will focus on estate planning and workers compensation defense work.

“Those are the only two areas I will be emphasizing going forward.”

Why?

“Because I enjoy ’em. I’m good at it.”

He says estate planning can be more pleasant than other types of legal work.

“We call this area of the law ‘happy law,’” Martin says. “You’re making people have a better outcome for their lives and their families and their possessions. You’re proactively preventing problems.”

In the workers comp arena, he says, “I’m trying to make the best of a difficult situation.”

Martin says by starting his own firm, he’ll have more resources.

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Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee Laurie Williams to move to the Garvey Center

WICHITA — Reluctantly, Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee Laurie Williams has to move her office.

“When I moved here, I really had hoped to not have to move again,” she says of her 2,300 square feet at 225 N. Market.

“I love this space and its proximity to my courthouse, but my caseload has grown, and I’m just out of room.”

Williams is moving her office to 5,800 square feet at the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

The new office will allow for more files and employees.

Williams, who makes recommendations on whether Chapiter 13 plans should be approved and then administers them, has almost 2,900 cases.

Currently, she has 12 employees.

“I hope to add two more,” she says.

Larry Weber represented the Garvey Center in the deal, and Patrick Ahern of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Williams.

The new office will be ready in late summer.

Tect Aerospace signs lease at Garvey Center

UPDATED — TECT Aerospace has signed a new lease for 5,600 square feet at the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

The firm will take about half of the first floor.

This brings the building’s occupancy, along with the occupancy at the O.W. Garvey Building at 200 W. Douglas, to 100 percent for now.

“That’s a neat feeling to have,” says Larry Weber of Builders Inc., which owns the buildings. “I can’t tell you the last time that that had happened.”

Marty Gilchrist and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented TECT in the deal.

TECT currently has its headquarters at 2872 N. Ridge Road.

A couple of its new neighbors at the Garvey Center will be leaving or downsizing in the next couple of weeks.

Attorney Mark Kahrs is vacating 2,500 square feet on the first floor of the O.W. Garvey Building.

Harrington Health, which has two and a half floors in the R.H. Garvey Building is giving back half a floor.

“They’re consolidating their spaces,” Weber says.

Still, he says he’s pleased with what’s happening at the Garvey buildings and in downtown in general.

“There is a lot happening in downtown right now,” Weber says.

“Downtown is alive and well.”

Nancy N. Chapman & Associates to open at R.H. Garvey Building in January

WICHITA — Nancy Chapman has leased about 600 square feet for a new office at the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 West Douglas, which happens to be where her husband also leases 1,100 square feet.

Chapman is a licensed specialist clinical social worker and licensed chemical dependency counselor who does a range of work with adults and adolescents. She specializes in the reintegration process, particularly with the military.

Alan Chapman is COO of Quality Health Care, a hospital management company.

Nancy Chapman recently left another organization and is starting her own business, Nancy N. Chapman & Associates, on Jan. 3.

Her husband recommended the R.H. Garvey Building, and she liked it, too.

“It’s really centrally located,” Nancy Chapman says.

She says it’s ideal for clients coming from the east or west sides of Wichita.

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Firefly Cafe to open at R.H. Garvey Building

WICHITA — There’s a new restaurant coming to the lower level of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

Desiree Kelsch plans to open a sandwich shop called Firefly Cafe by mid September.

“I’m trying to make . . . an intimate little place,” Kelsch says. She wants nearby business people to be able to “just kind of get away from the hustle and bustle and the stress and the strain of the office.”

There used to be a snack shop in the space, but Kelsch says she’s doing a lot of remodeling.

“I’m kind of making it nice and cozy,” she says.

There will be a reading nook and a boutique area where Kelsch will sell her own painted silk scarves and glass jewelry.

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