International health system Christus Health is moving its home base from one Irving location to another. Its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters will be built at N. O’Connor and W. Las Colinas boulevards on 4.2 acres it acquired from State Bank of Texas.
The North Texas-based system does not have any facilities in the region, but has more than 600 locations in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and and other markets. It employs 15,000 physicians that run community hospitals, urgent care centers, health insurance companies, and physician clinics.
Christus currently is based at 919 Hidden Ridge in Irving; officials say they had been looking to buy its own property since last year.
The new campus will include a 13- to 15-story building and a 10-story parking garage. and is expected to be complete in 2023. It will include integrated work spaces, outdoor patios, conference rooms, and integrate with the canal system in Las Colinas. It will have easy access to amenities, as it will sit within walking distance of the Toyota Music Factory, housing, hotels, and restaurants.
Christus consolidated its offices nine years ago in Irving, and has grown from 30,000 to 45,000 employees and expanded to four countries. The organization has grown from $4.5 billion to over $8 billion in assets under management during that period, and has expanded from impacting 3.8 to 6.3 million people.
“We believe Christus’ decision to establish this unique build-to-suit, corporate headquarters in the heart of the Las Colinas Urban Center will be beneficial to not only its workforce with nearby residential options and quality amenities, but also to the community through new job creation and significant capital investment,” said Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer via release. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with this healthcare leader and its employees into the future.”
Las Colinas is already home to a number of corporate headquarters, including ExxonMobil, McKesson, Verizon, Kimberly-Clark, Mission Foods, Fluor, and TXU Energy. Christus joins Michaels and Flowserve as organizations that have recently recommitted to Irving. Allstate, Microsoft, and Frito-Lay have also made significant investments in their Las Colinas operations.
State Bank of Texas will also be building a new four- or five-story office building to complement the Christus development. “We’re proud to be the headquarters of headquarters in Texas, which we know just elevates us within the region,” said Beth Bowman, the president and CEO of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and Irving Economic Development Partnership.
Las Colinas incentivized the move, but the financial assistance is dependent upon bringing in jobs and investment in the community, with no cash up front. “We’re thankful for the incentives provided by the City of Irving and the support and guidance from the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, which made this project possible,” said Ernie Sadau, president and CEO of Christus Health via release. “As a not-for-profit health system, every dollar Christus saves is one that can be reinvested back into care for our communities and those in need, new technology and training for our staff.”
Fidelis Healthcare Partners guided Christus with site selection and pre-development planning, and will serve as developer. The new headquarters was designed by architect BOKA Powell. “We’re ready to put down roots in the community that has supported us just as we’ve supported it,” Sadau said. “I’m proud that we can literally design a space from the ground up that will be safe and supportive for our teams who are so committed to fulfilling our mission.”