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01/16/2013

Jacobs Engineerings says it will keep downtown Fort Worth office

FORT WORTH — Jacobs Engineering said Wednesday it will keep its downtown Fort Worth office in the landmark 777 Main building, but with a significantly smaller profile.

The announcement comes several months before Jacobs lease in the building is scheduled to expire. It also quells talk that the company plans to consolidate its Fort Worth and Dallas offices elsewhere in the Metroplex.

This year, Jacobs will move all of its operations in the building to the 24th, 25th, and 26th floors of the 40-story office tower at Seventh and Main streets owned by Crescent Real Estate Holdings. Renovations on those floors will begin next month, Jacobs said.

The space, plus some space in the basement it will keep, totals about 75,627 square feet, less than a quarter of the space it now has. Jacobs signed a 10-year lease, but it has options to renew.

In announcing it will stay in Fort Worth, Jacobs said it is consolidating its two Dallas offices onto three floors in Dallas’ 36-story Harwood Center tower.

Tom McDuffie, a Jacobs group vice president, said in a statement, "Our relocation and facility enhancement decisions are driven not only by sound business practices, but also by our desire for safe, healthy, and enlivening office environments that support the way we want to do business, provide the technology we need, and more importantly, enhance our employees' productivity."

_ Sandra Baker

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