National engineering and surveying group purchases new headquarters for $13.5M


The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has purchased the 70,600-square-foot office building at 200 Verdae Blvd. for $13,525,000 to relocate its headquarters to Greenville from its current location in Seneca.

Wilson Kibler’s Edward Wilson and Robert Carter represented the seller, ET III
Greenville LLC, and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Kacie Jackson, SIOR, Laura Harmon and Kyle Berdugo represented the purchaser. The building was built by Holder Properties for CH2M Hill’s relocation from Spartanburg to Greenville in 2015.

“We were fortunate to represent a seller with a demonstrated interest in the long-term health of the Greenville office market,” Wilson said. “Once occupied, this sale will lead to one of the largest net office absorbencies in Greenville County over the past two years. We believe NCEES will be a great asset to Verdae and enhance Greenville’s outstanding engineering reputation. We have been extremely blessed to work with most institutional engineering firms in our market and thankful for the support each firm provides to our surrounding industries and government agencies. NCEES’s commitment to the engineering firms within our market should have a lasting impact on the region.”

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization made up of the engineering and surveying licensing boards from across the United States and its territories. It provides a range of services to support licensure and public protection, including developing the exams used to license professional engineers and surveyors.

“The new headquarters will provide a better position for the growth of the organization and allow NCEES to better support its member boards and the professions of engineering and surveying,” NCEES CEO David Cox said in a statement. “NCEES is entering its second century of advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors, and this move will help us better fulfill our mission to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

NCEES brings hundreds of professional engineers and surveyors from across the country each year to its headquarters to assist with exam development. Therefore, the move is also expected to have an annual economic impact of $1 million for the Greenville tourism and hospitality industry, including local hotels, catering, restaurants, and transportation.

“County Council is very pleased to welcome the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, including their 60-plus associates and professional team members, to their new home in our community,” said Greenville County Council Chairman and Greenville Area Development Corporation Director H.G. “Butch” Kirven Jr in a prepared statement.  “As a respected national center for engineering, surveying and construction, Greenville County appreciates the key role NCEES plays in safeguarding the safety, health and welfare of the American public, and we welcome the contributions and prestige that such an acclaimed national organization brings to Greenville County.”

The relocation will be completed in the spring of 2020, which will coincide with the organization’s 100th anniversary.


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