|Strong plan, partnership pay off for Church of the Nazarene|
More than four years ago, the Church of the Nazarene began development of a new headquarters building designed to consolidate its officers and employees and provide a new and more efficient replacement for its 13-acre campus on the east side of Kansas City, Missouri.
In 2006, Zimmer was selected by the Church to serve as project manager for the development of its new Global Ministry Center. The 110,000 square-foot, two-story office building, technology and visitors center sits on a campus site of more than 30 acres in Lenexa, Kansas. Zimmer's Development Management team assembled the design and construction team and provided management of the project budget and schedule, provided technical consulting and assisted in the procurement and oversight of the move management services. As the development of the project neared completion, Zimmer's Property & Facilities Management group was retained to complete Systems Training and Documentation services with the prime contractor, Walton Construction, and on-site maintenance staff with a facility manual that addressed the essentials in operating the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. After completing the manual, the team was retained to provide property management services to the Global Ministry Center, including budgeting, management of vendor contracts, construction warranty administration, site security and emergency preparedness.
Also during the development phase, the Church turned to Zimmer for brokerage services in the marketing and sale of its 50-year-old former headquarters.
"I knew it was a different kind of assignment," said Zimmer Vice President Debora Field, who handled the sale of the campus. "It was a long time between when we first listed the property and eventually sold it to the Kauffman Foundation last month. And it when I say different, I'm not saying there was no activity. There was a lot going on. There were many groups interested, but all of those groups had to carefully examine the property and gather information to see if they could really utilize it since most were redevelopments with alternate uses. We ran a major campaign targeting all of the people and groups we thought might be a fit and many came forward."