Aon Relocating 200 Employees From Clayton to Cortex District

By on June 12, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Another company with global reach is anchoring itself in St. Louis’ Cortex innovation district.

Professional services firm Aon will move into a 30,000-square-foot space in Wexford Science and Technology’s newest office building later this year. With the new tenant comes 200 workers, adding to the thousands of employees that already work in the Cortex district.

Aon will move its operations from downtown Clayton, the region’s strongest office submarket, to Cortex, which is emerging as an attractive location for office tenants in the city of St. Louis.

Aon, which has its global headquarters in the Chicago area, will be one of the largest tenants in the recently opened $55 million, 180,000-square-foot office and lab facility at 4220 Duncan Avenue.

That’s the same building that houses Microsoft’s regional headquarters. Other tenants in the building include the Cambridge Innovation Center, BJC Healthcare’s WellAware fitness center, Accenture, an Innovation Hall powered by Venture Café St. Louis and the Chocolate Pig, a restaurant and catering service from the same operators of the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s.

Chip Lerwick, managing director of Aon’s St. Louis office, said the move was prompted by the company’s desire to tap into Cortex’s status as an innovation hub and its ability to recruit and retain top-level talent.

“We believe that with future generations, it’s an attractive location for which people will want to work,” he said.

Aon helps reduce risk or volatility for clients across a broad range of industries. The St. Louis office specializes in the construction, health care, energy and agribusiness sectors.

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