Professional Services Inc. is proceeding with plans to reduce its presence in Lawrence and has put one of its buildings in the Oread West Corporate and Research Park up for sale.
PSI, which acquired Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services early last year, announced in March that it planned to close Hall-Kimbrell's corporate support center this summer, which would eliminate 45 jobs in Lawrence. It said that 14 to 25 of the people affected would be reassigned to PSI's corporate support center in Chicago, where the company has its headquarters.
At the time, the company said Hall-Kimbrell employed 200 people. The company's announcement followed several layoffs at Hall-Kimbrell, which prior to the January 1990 acquisition employed 400 people in Lawrence and another 200 in 27 satellite offices around the country.
TOM BOOGHER, the company's vice president of marketing, said Thursday that PSI was going ahead with its plans to consolidate its corporate support opperations in Chicago but that the company was unlikely to comment further.
PSI apparently will retain one Hall-Kimbrell building now on the company's property on the northeast corner of West 15th and Wakarusa Drive. That building is the former Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Science and Engineering Center, which was completed in 1989.
The building PSI put on the market is Hall-Kimbrell's original administration building, 4840 W. 15th. It is located west of the building PSI will retain. Completed in 1986, it was the first building in what originally was intended to be a sprawling corporate campus.
A KANSAS City, Mo., firm, Zimmer Realtors/Developers is marketing the 23,789-square-foot office building for PSI.
According to a Zimmer brochure and fact sheet on the property, PSI's asking price for the building, which contains executive office space and lab areas, is $1.65 million.
The fact sheet notes that the U.S. General Services Administration has a lease through April 1997 for 2,515 square feet of office space in the building. That space, which is occupied by Judge Deanell Tacha of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, rents for $2,693 a month.