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Wednesday, June 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kate Shelton
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--Anchor Tenant of New High-Rise Office Building Long-Time Client of Firm--


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June  15, 2015) – Charlotte-based architecture and interiors firm ai Design Group today announced it has been selected to oversee all aspects of interior design for Babson Capital Management’s new Charlotte headquarters that will span the top eight floors of 300 South Tryon.  The first high-rise office building to break ground in the Center City since 2007, 300 South Tryon is expected to be completed in summer 2017.


“We’ve been working with Babson over the past decade and this will be the third office we’ve designed for them in Charlotte,” said Kim Marks, principal at ai Design Group and leader of the interiors group. “Their new Charlotte headquarters will truly be a next-generation office. We’re already working on base building modifications like interconnecting stairs that will draw activity vertically through the space and create that dynamic ‘buzz’ you want to see in the modern workplace.”


As the anchor tenant of the 25-story Class-A office building located at the corner of Third and South Tryon in the Center City, Babson’s eight full floors will total approximately 205,000 square feet. While still early in the design process, plans for the office currently include a wide range of flexible work and meeting space, private employee and client amenities, a broadcast studio and outdoor terrace. ai Design Group engaged Studios Architecture to consult on the design after the two firms’ successful collaboration on MetLife’s award- winning North American Retail Headquarters in Ballantyne Corporate Park. aiDG principals and founders, Wes Jones and Kim Marks, both worked at Studios earlier in their careers.


“ai Design Group understands our firm and workplace needs, and we were pleased to select them to design our new Charlotte headquarters,” said Tom Finke, Babson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to collaborate with the ai Design team to create a modern workspace that not only represents, but also helps shape our corporate culture.”


About ai Design Group
Based in Charlotte and working for clients nationwide, ai Design Group, founded in 2003, is a collective of nearly 40 design professionals who place equal emphasis on architecture and interior design. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, the firm prides itself on genuine, long-term relationships and believes engaged clients and clear communication produce the best results. ai Design’s diverse portfolio spans many industry and market sectors including: Office, Sports & Entertainment, Automotive, and Mixed-Use & Retail. ai Design Group’s offices are located nearby on the top floor of The Chamber Building in uptown Charlotte. Learn more at

About Babson Capital Management
Babson Capital Management is a leading global asset management firm with over $217 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2015. Through proprietary research, analysis and a focus on investment fundamentals, the firm and its global affiliates develop products and strategies that leverage its broad expertise in global fixed income, structured products, middle market finance, commercial real estate, alternatives and equities.  A member of the MassMutual Financial Group, Babson maintains a strong global footprint with operations on four continents and clients in over 20 countries. Learn more at                                           

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