FARGO - R.D. Offutt Co. is moving employees into new headquarters offices in the building that now bears the company’s name.
Monday, Feb. 1, is the first big move-in date to the RDO Building, which was formerly known as Block 9.
To start, about half of RDO’s 400 Fargo-Moorhead area employees will be in what the company calls its Field Support Office. Moving in the hub operations at 50% capacity is due to COVID-19 precautions, company spokeswoman Tara May said Friday, Jan. 29.
Eventually, all of the employees from RDO’s four Fargo-Moorhead locations will be consolidated into the new office tower at 225 Broadway N.
RDO will occupy space on the first five floors of the 18-story tower - nearly 79,000 square feet - of the building that dominates the center of downtown.
“This single space for our field support teams will support our already collaborative and fast-paced culture,” said Tim Curoe, CEO of R.D. Offutt Co. “Beyond that, the new office is a testament to the Offutt family’s and RDO’s commitment to our community, our team members, and the industries we serve. It’s a milestone we are incredibly proud of as a company and as individuals.”
Several features were added to the building to ensure the safety of employees and visitors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including a deionization air filtration system, no-touch sinks, and door handles operable with arms instead of hands.
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The gleaming new building positions RDO to be an employer of choice, May added.
“I think this positions us to be certainly a modern employer and an employer of choice. The facility is beautiful” and in a fine position in downtown Fargo, May said. “We also have terrific technology in the place that allows us to work flexibly. … It gives us an opportunity to work in more casual, creative settings. It is how we work today and how we envision ourselves in the future.”
The building is also a vision of the future for Fargo and its urban core, May said.
“Fargo has been and continues to be a great community for our family and our business,” said Christi Offutt, board chair of R.D. Offutt Company.
The Field Support Office handles the human resources, accounting, information technology and other centralized functions for the firm’s food processing facilities, farms, real estate and development operations, and farm and construction equipment stores. The company, which was founded in 1964 by Ron Offutt, has grown its operations to cover the nation along with international partnerships.
The RDO offices are designed to promote formal and informal interactions among employees, with many spaces to work beyond the traditional work stations. Most notably, the fifth floor was designed as an open floor plan, with a work cafe and commons.
“We are a highly connected, highly collaborative culture,” May said. “We are a family owned company and relationships matter to us. We believe our most valued asset is our people. We want to continue to foster that close, that creative, that collaborative work style that’s made the company successful thus far.”
The $117 million RDO Building will also be home to the 125-room Jasper Hotel and its restaurant, ground floor retail and condominiums.
Renting the remaining retail, commercial and condominium spaces will be up to the Kilbourne Group, RDO’s partner in the mid-rise tower, May said.
RDO employees have been touring the building for the last two weeks.
“We have gotten terrific responses from team members,” who like the design, lighting and technology, May said.
Groundbreaking on the RDO Building took place in September 2018.
In front of the main entrance is a public plaza called Broadway Square, which is programmed by the Fargo Park District. Seasonal amenities include a skating rink, splash pad, vendor spaces, and a band shell for live performances