Wichita State University (WSU) announced this week that Airbus has signed a letter of intent to locate a major engineering center on WSU’s new Innovation Campus. Around 400 Airbus employees will move from their current location in downtown Wichita to a new two-story building on the Wichita State University campus in January 2017. The development firm MWCB LLC, led by David Murfin, Nestor Weigand Jr., Ivan Crossland Jr. and Steven Barrett, will finance and manage the project, known as Partnership 1.
David Murfin of MWCB LLC and Dr. John Bardo, President of Wichita State University, both serve as Members At-Large on the Greater Wichita Economic Development (GWEDC) Steering Council. GWEDC President Tim Chase said that his team will be using the announcement to market Wichita at upcoming trade shows and other events.
Chase said, “We have an opportunity next month at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology in Hannover, Germany, to target executives that represent robotics, energy storage devices and advanced materials. They’ll be extremely interested in the fact that WSU has aligned itself with such an influential global company. Airbus is known for its innovative culture and this news will further demonstrate to our targets that Wichita should receive full consideration for their future expansions and partnerships.”
WSU will make an announcement on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. regarding the plans for the building in downtown Wichita that Airbus will no longer occupy after January 2017.
Follow these links to learn more about the WSU Innovation Campus:
- Airbus announces move to Wichita State’s Innovation Campus – Wichita Eagle – March 24, 2015
- Airbus details move to Wichita State’s innovation campus – Wichita Business Journal – March 24, 2015
- Airbus to Relocate Old Town Operations to Wichita State’s Innovation Campus – KMUW – March 24, 2015
- WSU announces Airbus to build on Innovation Campus – KSN-TV – March 24, 2015