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Exclusive: Here’s the 2nd tenant headed to SunTrust’s new $133M downtown tower

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Franklin Street's Yvonne Baker shares insights into Orlando-based HuntonBrady Architects' plans to move into the SunTrust Plaza tower at Church Street Station.

Excerpted from Orlando Business Journal story.

Orlando-based HuntonBrady Architects — Central Florida’s largest architecture firm based on billings — plans to move into a tower it designed.

The firm expects to relocate to a roughly 15,000-square-foot space in the soon-to-open $132.8 million, 600,000-square-foot, mixed-use SunTrust Plaza at Church Street Station in late 2019 from its current space at 800 N. Magnolia Ave. HuntonBrady was the project’s lead architect. HuntonBrady Architects, which has 32 licensed architects in the Orlando area, reported $29.3 million in 2016 Central Florida billings, according to OBJ research.

HuntonBrady President Steve Belflower declined to comment until more details are worked out. Dallas-based developer Lincoln Property Co. couldn’t be reached for comment.

It’s the second tenant revealed at SunTrust Plaza at Church Street Station after Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) announced in June it would occupy about 90,000 square feet of space in the new tower. The building’s 200,000 square feet of office space is about 90 percent leased, and Orlando real estate experts are confident most of the remaining space will be occupied before the tower opens in August.

“It’s not atypical to pull the design team into a tenant base,” said Yvonne Baker, regional managing partner with Franklin Street.

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