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Major construction and engineering firm has plans to buy new office space in Lenexa

Kiewit Corp., an Omaha-based construction and engineering firm with a big presence in Lenexa, is under contract to buy office space owned by Lexmark International at 8900 Renner Blvd.

Kiewit now has its main Lenexa operations at the northeast corner of 89th Street and Prairie Star Parkway, not quite a mile away from of the Lexmark properties.

Kiewit officials were not immediately available for comment. News of the sale contract was disclosed in a Lenexa City Council meeting memo. The Lenexa City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to vote on the transaction because it is in the middle of a tax increment financing district.

The Lenexa staff memo said that Kiewit has outgrown the space it currently leases and plans to consolidate its local operations at the Lexmark building at Lenexa City Center.

The deal has not yet closed, but if it does, it takes one of the largest corporate office users off the market.

Downtown Kansas City office brokers had coveted Kiewit, even though they knew it was a longshot to attract the Lenexa company. Kiewit had also been kicking the tires at the Overland Park Brookridge development, which is also looking for a large office user to make that ambitious, mixed-use project work.

The Lexmark buildings had originally been built for Perceptive Software, a fast-growing that got its start in Shawnee and was acquired by Lexmark in January 2013. Perceptive Software’s erstwhile headquarters building in Shawnee went into foreclosure proceedings after the company moved out.

Lexmark has been downsizing since establishing itself in Lenexa. Earlier this year, Hyland Software acquired the Perceptive unit of Lexmark.

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