The Solon Planning Commission Tuesday reviewed a site plan which included requests for setback variance for Swagelok’s $30 million to $50 million global headquarters planned to break ground this year.

The commission studied the plan for the 190,000 square foot building to be located at 29500 Solon Road adjacent to the existing Swagelok buildings.

Planners gave their approval, and the matter will be before City Council on Monday.

Jason Burick, of Vocon, representing Swagelok, explained that the new headquarters will include a Welcome Center, Innovation Lab, office space and laboratory space. The total project area is roughly 190,000 square feet of new construction and about 12,300 square feet of renovation within the existing manufacturing building.

The proposed headquarters will bring together many employees who currently reside in different buildings throughout the region, Ms. Burick explained in a memo to Planning Director Robert S. Frankland. As a result, Swagelok will be able to continue to innovate and collaborate in a more effective manner, he said.

The new construction is a three-story office building with a one-story portion that connects the new building to the existing high bay space. There will be a new entrance off of Solon Road which will provide access to a new visitor parking lot and main building lobby. New landscape features will complement the drive.

A full design package with landscape, lighting and stormwater contol plans are expected later this month or early July.

Also as part of the project, there will be a new service drive and small gas farm located on the east side of the building along Cochran Road, and landscape features will be added.

After a three-month site search across Northeast Ohio last year, Swagelok chose city land to locate its headquarters. Completion of the new building is expected by the end of 2020.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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