The Fresenius kidney dialysis center in Kennewick will move to new quarters next March.
The center’s landlord broke ground on an 11,000-square-foot, $4 million new office and medical clinic for the German-based dialysis giant July 6 at Kennewick’s Vista Business and Technology Park.
Developer Paul Bedortha, who lives in Springfield, Ore., said Fresenius has updated its design standards. It was easier to build his tenant a new building than to remodel the existing location, 510 N. Colorado St., which he also owns.
The clinic will be at the intersection of West Okanogan Place and West Rio Grande Avenue. Bedortha purchased the 1.3-acre site through a limited liability company from the Kennewick Irrigation District for about $420,000.
The KID board approved the deal July 5.
Nelson + Morris. based in Costa Mesa, Calif., is the contractor. The development team also includes a number of local firms, including J-U-B Engineers, which worked on engineering schematics, and Mahaffey for site work.
Bedortha said the 510 N. Colorado property is available for lease or sale, pending the departure of its prime tenant.
The new building is being financed with a combination of equity supplied by Bedortha and a commercial loan from Seattle-based Washington Federal.
Bedortha said he invests in the Tri-Cities because he likes its growth and the high education level of its residents.
“There’s a lot of things going on there,” he said.
Fresenius Medical Care, based in Bad Homburg, Germany, is a leading provider of dialysis and other clinical services to patients with renal disease. It treats nearly 300,000 patients at 3,418 clinics in North and South America, Europe and Asia. It reported 2014 revenue of nearly $16 billion.