SGS Petroleum Service Corp. leaving downtown for suburbs

SGS Petroleum Service Corporation

SGS Petroleum Service Corporation will move out of its downtown offices, relocating to a soon-to-be-constructed $2.75 million building at 6700 Jefferson Office Park.

Construction continues on the two-story, 27,000-square-foot building, with the company planning to move once its finished in March 2020. SGS is leasing the space for 10 years, says Elifin Realty President and CEO Mathew Laborde, who declines to disclose the lease rate but notes the asking rate is in the “lower $20-per-square-foot range.”

SGS provides Coast Guard-licensed tankermen to load and unload barges, operates dock facilities and does in-plant product handling.

Contractor Don Joffrion began developing the 75,000-square-foot office park, located on Jefferson Highway across from The Office at City Farm, in early 2015. Since then, announced tenants and owners include law firms Whaley, Pittenger, Dunlap Fiore, and Dampf, Thibaut & Hessburg, as well as home health company Hospice Compassus, engineering firm Grimball Holdings and investment firm PVS Investments. Once SGS moves in the development will be fully sold or leased.

“This move allows SGS to consolidate into one building, and that was a huge selling point,” says Laborde, who represented Joffrion in the deal that closed in the fourth quarter of 2018. “This brings them all under one roof.”

New Jersey-based Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant. Meanwhile, the newly rebranded RHH Architects is designing the building, which will be built by Joffrion Construction and financed by Investar Bank. Elifin Realty handled sales and leasing for the project.