American Real Estate Partners begins construction of new Durham office building

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MED-EL has broken ground on the company’s new U.S. headquarters at the Meridian business park in Durham.

The Durham based developer will be the anchor tenant for the three-storey, $18 million office building at 2645 Meridian Pkwy that’s being developed by Virginia based American Real Estate Partners (AREP), owner of nine other buildings inside the Durham park.

MED-EL president and CEO Ray Gamble says that by the time the 57,000 sq. ft. building is complete, they may need all of the third floor space as well.

“We’re the second largest cochlear implant company in the world, and we’re not going to settle for that,” Gamble says. The new building is expected to be ready for move in by September 2017.

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Rendering of the building lobby. Images from 301 Architecture + Interiors

Gamble says the company had briefly looked at options for moving outside of the Triangle, “but we’ve been in (Research Triangle Park) for 20 years, and it’s been good to us.” Plus, the company is still in close proximity to two of Med-El’s largest clients, the UNC Health Care system in Chapel Hill and the Duke Health system in Durham.

According to Triangle Business Journal, officials from Herndon, VA based American Real Estate Partners were in attendance and noted that they’ve also started making plans for another potential build to suit office building project on another lot it owns at 2540 Meridian Pkwy.

“We are at about 96 percent occupancy right now, and we hope to keep it that way,” says T.J. Sevier, AREP senior vice president of asset management. “At the same time, we have a lot of tenants who are growing within the park. “

MED-EL Corporation, a medical devices company, develops and manufactures hearing solutions. It offers hearing systems, middle ear implants, implantable hearing devices, and speech processors.

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