Mentor Graphics Corporation, a manufacturer of design software and electronic equipment, has signed a lease agreement on 4 417 sqm in building B of Silesia Star in Katowice. The client was represented by a global commercial real estate consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield in lease negotiations and the coordination and supervision of fit-out works in the new office.
Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in manufacturing solutions for the design of hardware and software, electronics, specializing in electronics design automation. The company offers innovative products and solutions, providing not only software, but also consultation service for engineers. In Katowice Mentor Graphics has opened its largest European research and development center (with over 200 employees). The company also cooperates with the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. In 2016 the Warsaw branch of Cushman & Wakefield represented Mentor Graphics in the fit-out of a new office in Morocco (Rabat) and office extension in Armenia (Yerevan).
– The project for Mentor Graphics in Katowice was characterized by a number of above standard design solutions. One of the main objectives was to interconnect two floors with an interior stairwell where the primary purpose was to provide connectivity between as many parts of the operation and their people as possible, and also provide a central focus and social hub at the centre of the building. In addition, we coordinated a large number of subcontractors working on behalf of the tenant in the construction and finishing stages – says Michal Jaraczewski, Senior Project Manager, from the project management and consultancy department, Cushman & Wakefield.
Silesia Star B – with an occupancy permit from August 2016 – is the second building completed by LC Corp at 18 Uniwersytecka street in Katowice, the first being completed in 2014. The eight storey building offers Class A office space for rent: the first stage – 13 000 sqm, the second stage – 12 500 sqm. In addition, at 0 and -1 tenants and customers can use a 250 space car park. On the ground floor retail and service points are provided, which include among others a restaurant and cafe. The Silesia Star buildings represent simple and modern architecture with golden tinted windows. The site is located 7 minutes walk from the city center in an excellent location directly on the Średnicowa Road Route, the University of Silesia and the Silesian Museum.
Photos by Phil Hutchinson.