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Sep. 16, 2012

Connor Group Breaks Ground on Award-Winning HQ

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm that deals exclusively in luxury apartments, has started work on its new state-of-the-art headquarters at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Township. Public and company officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony, held on Sept. 13.

The new headquarters will have a 39,000-square-foot office building and aircraft hangar. Messer Construction is building the two-story facility on a seven-acre piece of land in Miamisburg. Moody-Nolan, a nationally renowned architectural firm based in Columbus, has designed the one-of-a-kind structure. The entire project is expected to cost around $16.5 million and should be complete in 18 to 24 months.

The new property’s modern design won an important award even before the first shovel hit the ground. Last month, the Chicago Athenaeum selected it to win a 2012 American Architecture Award. Together with 86 other projects from around the world, it will be part of a traveling international exhibition. It will be displayed at “The City and the World” symposium in Istanbul, Turkey, and at museums throughout Europe.

All offices will have at least two walls made entirely of glass. The building will feature a brushed aluminum façade and a central atrium space that will provide employees with access to natural light. Plans also include a number of sustainable design features such as stormwater management, rainwater harvesting, recycled materials and optimized energy performance.

Larry Connor, managing partner of The Connor Group, praised all the parties involved in the project. He  admitted that without their help the project would not be going forward. “A lot of times you hear people talk about how difficult it is for the private and public sectors to accomplish things together,” he said. “This is a perfect example of how it can work. From the city of Dayton to Miami Township to the Port Authority to the Dayton Development Coalition, we’ve found nothing but forward-thinking, hard-working people determined to make this work.”

Just like the company that will occupy it, the new building will be totally unique. Curt Moody, Moody-Nolan’s CEO, collaborated with Larry Connor on the design of the facility. He called it an “iconic statement” and “a jewel for all of Ohio.”

Rendering courtesy of www.facebook.com/pages/The-Connor-Group/293573274040498.