At a ribbon cutting Thursday morning, Cerner Corp. CEO Mike Nill officially opened the company’s newest office campus in south Kansas City.
The sprawling property, stretching from 87th to 95th streets immediately east of Interstate 435, emphasizes the intersection of health care and technology in brick and mortar. The 290-acre campus is being laced with visual references to Cerner’s role in software development for the digitization and sharing of health records.
About 3,000 software engineers and support staff are assigned to the new Innovations Campus, most of them relocated from Cerner’s nearby Realization Campus, which grew from the former Marion Laboratories complex and will continue to be remodeled to suit Cerner’s needs.
Nill emphasized at the ribbon-cutting that Cerner doesn’t intend to abandon any of its existing seven properties in the Kansas City area and is counting on growth to fill them all.
According to a 10-year development plan, Innovations is intended to mushroom into a $4.45 billion complex with 16 buildings housing 16,000 Cerner workers in about 4.7 million square feet of new construction.
Cerner, the area’s largest private-sector employer, has about 12,800 workers in the Kansas City area and about 24,000 worldwide.
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