Stirling, Kent Design Build Break Ground on Covington Office Building

COVINGTON, La. – Stirling and Kent Design Build have begun construction of River Chase Office II, a 50,000-square-foot office building near the intersection of Interstate 12 and LA Highway 21 in Covington. The space will serve as the new corporate headquarters for both companies.

“St. Tammany Parish is an ideal location for our corporate headquarters, allowing us excellent connectivity to the entire Gulf South region,” said Townsend Underhill, president and CEO of Stirling, in a press release. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunities this move presents for our company and our employees. The new building not only signifies our commitment to growth but also positions us for greater achievements in the years to come.”

The $20 million building, designed by Eskew Dumez Ripple, includes a rooftop terrace, boardroom and geothermal HVAC system. Kent is leading construction, which should be completed in late 2024 in time for tenants to move in at the beginning of 2025. There will 4,500 square feet available for lease by another business.

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“St. Tammany Parish is our home, and as a lifelong resident of the Northshore, witnessing the ongoing development of the market area has been truly incredible,” said Kyle Kent, president and CEO of Kent Design Build. “As our company continues to expand, we are proud to continue to invest in our community and work more closely with our partners to deliver world-class projects to the Northshore, Southeastern Louisiana, and beyond.”

Stirling, a commercial real estate company, has had an office in St. Tammany Parish for more than 40 years, and Kent Design Build has been based in St. Tammany since its founding in 1996. Together, the two companies employ more than 200 people in the parish.

“Stirling and Kent Design Build have been tremendous partners for St. Tammany Parish, and they have renewed their commitment to our community with this investment,” said St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper. “When great companies like Stirling and Kent Design Build invest in St. Tammany, it not only provides quality jobs for our citizens but also boosts our nation-leading economy.”

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“St. Tammany Parish has long been the destination of choice for corporate headquarters and the highly skilled talent that powers their operations,” said Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation, which participated in a Nov. 27 groundbreaking ceremony. “These two premier St. Tammany-based companies represent a cross-section of two industry sectors, real estate and construction, that are critical to our local and regional economy, and their reinvestment into our community exemplify our message that businesses can start up, scale, and stay right here on the Northshore and become incredibly successful.”


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