Louisiana Farm Bureau has obtained a building permit for its $21 million office that will be built off Corporate Boulevard.
The building at 7000 Commerce Circle will be three stories and have 84,355-square feet of space. It is set to open by mid-2022, just in time for Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary.
“This building puts Louisiana Farm Bureau in a position to grow and serve agriculture for the next century,” Farm Bureau President Jim Harper said.
Officials said the new building will allow Farm Bureau to consolidate its claims, underwriting and accounting employees under one roof to take better care of insurance customers.
Grace Hebert Curtis Architects designed the building and Arkel Constructors is the contractor.
Farm Bureau has had its offices at 9516 Airline Highway, between Goodwood Boulevard and Interstate 12, since 1963. The 73,000-square-foot building sits on a 5-acre lot. About 200 people work there for Farm Bureau Insurance, and 46 are working for the Farm Bureau Federation.
The organization started looking for a new location in the 1990s. In March it bought a 7.8-acre site near Towne Center at Cedar Lodge for $8.8 million from a limited liability company headed by Phil Witter, who owned the land Towne Center was built on. Since then, the organization has been finalizing plans for the offices.
Ronnie Anderson, the retired Farm Bureau president who signed the deal to buy the land, said the location was fitting. At one time Witter had cattle on the site.
“I think it’s really great that this land supported an agricultural operation,” Anderson said in a statement. “And now, it will support Farm Bureau members."
A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held sometime in the next few weeks.
The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization, with just under 137,000 members, representing farmers, ranchers and rural residents. The federation also offers a full line of insurance services to members.