Flexibility and a willingness to evolve to keep up with current business needs and trends is an approach that has served the International Business Park at Concord well over the last 30-plus years.
A company searching for a place to start, relocate or expand its business wants a well-connected location that’s close to business facilities and leisure amenities. Companies also are seeking flexible terms, leasing packages, availability of land for future expansion and other attractive solutions that the IBP can offer.
When Owens Corning was looking to consolidate its fabrication operations back in 1999, the company was attracted to the IBP because of its close proximity to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. But, company officials were also drawn to the flexibility of the building’s design and two separate entrances for employees and truck traffic.
“One of the reasons they picked the building so many years ago was because it allowed employees to enter and exit from one part of the building and featured a cul-de-sac in another part of the building that provided a secure truck port,” said Bryan Crutcher of CBRE.
In Celgard’s case, flexibility came in the form of being able to build on a pre-graded site that required few modifications to meet its needs. The company, which develops and produces high-performance membrane separators, was also attracted to the IBP’s accessibility. “The park offers points of access that make it really easy to navigate through, which is especially helpful throughout any phase of construction or expansion,” Crutcher said.
For Connextions/Optum, the health services business of UnitedHealth Group, a big plus point wasn’t what was inside the building, but rather what was outside: ample parking. With locations in both International Corporate Center I and II, it has one of the highest numbers of employees in the park.
As the International Business Park at Concord continues to flourish with new opportunities and inventory, such as a Class A spec office building, it maintains its commitment to flexibility for tenants – from large international firms to single service companies.