According to the Business Journal, accounting firm BKD is in negotiations to move its office from One Financial Plaza to Met Square. The firm will be leasing the same amount of space in Met Square - approximately 30,000 sf - that it currently has at One Financial Plaza.
With BKD going "paperless," the new Met Square space will provide a more flexible space for the firm and its 125 employees. It plans to add eight more entry-level accountants this spring as well.
BKD’s lease brings occupancy to 82 percent at the 42-story Met Square, St. Louis’ tallest office tower and leaves a major vacancy on the sixth floor of One Financial Plaza. This vacancy could allow Stifel Nicolaus to expand at its current location should development plans at Ballpark Village continue to flounder. If Stifel were to lease the sixth floor, it would have contiguous space on floors 5-9, along with space on the first floor.