FedEx might move SmartPost HQ from New Berlin to Brookfield

FedEx plans to relocate the headquarters of its SmartPost subsidiary from New Berlin, and is considering the 89,128-square-foot former AT&T office building in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center.

“That’s one of the locations we are in preliminary discussions with,” said Erin Truxal, spokesperson for FedEx Ground.

FedEx SmartPost is a subsidiary of FedEx Ground that focuses on lightweight, small deliveries. The U.S. Postal Service provides the final stage of the delivery for FedEx SmartPost.

The headquarters for FedEx SmartPost is currently located at 16555 W. Rogers Dr. in New Berlin. But the FedEx SmartPost operations need more space and plans to relocate, Truxal said. The company needs a larger office space for the support operations for FedEx SmartPost, she said.

Truxal said she does not know the current size of the FedEx SmartPost facility or how many people work there.

Two commercial real estate sources said FedEx plans to lease all or a portion of the three-story, 89,128-square-foot former AT&T office building, located at 17950 W. Corporate Dr. in Brookfield. The building is located in the Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center at a high profile location along the north side of I-94. The building is owned by Hammes Company. It was built in 1989 and has been vacant since 2010.

However no deal has been finalized, Truxal said.

“That is still a project we have under consideration,” she said. “We search multiple areas to see what would best fit our customer’s needs. We do a pretty deliberate search.”

Hammes has requested a commercial tenant improvement permit from the Brookfield building inspection department for the Corporate Drive building. That request is pending approval, and Hammes cannot begin the project until it obtains the permit. The permit request states that the tenant improvement work is for FedEx Smartpost. The estimated cost of the tenant improvement work is $2 million.

In addition, Hammes Company received city approval recently to expand the parking lot at the building.

Hammes also made improvements to the interior and exterior of the building in 2010. The basement of the building was converted from storage to a parking area for 11 vehicles. The lobby was remodeled. On the exterior of the building the façade was improved with the removal of masonry, which was replaced with glass, on the second and third floors.

A representative for Hammes could not be reached for comment for this report.

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