Ashland’s new office its Lexington site house Valvoline business unit

Ashland’s new office on its Lexington site to house Valvoline business unit

5:24 PM, 31st July 2015
Ashland’s new office on its Lexington site to house Valvoline business unit

COVINGTON, US: Ashland Inc said it plans to build a new 145,000-square-foot office building on its Lexington campus between Blazer Parkway and Palumbo Drive. The new building will house Valvoline, a business unit of Ashland that has been based in Lexington for more than 30 years, and other Ashland corporate employees.

The new facility, which Ashland plans to lease, will be built in the northwest corner of the existing campus off Palumbo Drive, on land already owned by Ashland. Construction on the estimated $35 million development is slated to begin this fall with completion targeted by Feb 2017.

Ashland currently leases space in two buildings for its roughly 600 Lexington-based employees. The lease on those two existing campus buildings, which were built for Ashland in the early 1980s, will expire in March 2017.

“The new building will operate at a lower overall cost versus today. After conducting a thorough review within Lexington’s commercial real estate market, we decided the best path forward would be to partner with a developer to build a modern, world-class facility on our existing campus,” said Anne Schumann, vice president, chief information and administrative services officer, Ashland.

Ashland has selected two Chicago-based firms, Verus Partners and Solomon Cordell Buenz, to serve as the project developer and architect, respectively. Plans for the new development, including design and budget, are still being finalized. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) have offered up to $1 million in support.

“This campus has been home to Valvoline for more than three decades and we’re delighted to renew our commitment to Lexington through this exciting development,” said Sam Mitchell, Ashland senior vice president and Valvoline president.

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