Two Carmel companies planning HQ in new Arts & Design District building

Studio M Architecture & Planning and KBSO Consulting LLC will co-own the 30,000-square-foot building called The Collective at Midtown at the northeast corner of Veterans Way and 3rd Street Southwest. (Image courtesy of Studio M Architecture & Planning)

Two Carmel-based design businesses have announced plans to move into a three-story, $9 million building that will be constructed in the city’s Arts and Design District.

Studio M Architecture & Planning and engineering firm KBSO Consulting LLC will co-own the 30,000-square-foot building called The Collective at Midtown at the northeast corner of Veterans Way and 3rd Street Southwest.

Indianapolis-based Wilhelm Construction will begin work on the building, which was designed by Studio M, this month. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023.

Studio M will occupy the second floor, while KBSO Consulting’s offices will be on the third floor. The first floor will include a lobby and 8,145 square feet of retail or office space available for lease.

Founding Principal Dan Moriarty, who started Studio M in 2013 after 27 years of leadership at Indianapolis-based CSO Architects, said both his company and KBSO Consulting had expiring leases and decided in October 2021 to construct their own building.

Studio M has grown from eight employees to around 40 in the nine years since his firm moved into its current building on West Main Street in Carmel. Studio M has a second office on Westfield Boulevard in Broad Ripple.

“We love the building. We’ve just outgrown it,” Moriarty said about the company’s current Carmel facility. “[The Collective at Midtown] will allow us to consolidate everyone back into one location and with room to grow and work.”

KBSO Consulting, founded by mechanical engineers Kelley Bieghler and Seun Odukomaiya in 2015, is currently based in an office suite at 1344 S. Rangeline Road. The firm has about 25 employees.

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6 thoughts on “Two Carmel companies planning HQ in new Arts & Design District building

  1. It pays to do a lot of government and TIF work, and some of those ill gotten gains get reinvested in Brainard’s campaign war chest, to the tune of $8500 last year. The Collectivism is an apt name.

    1. Eric…. ill gotten gains? Really? Do you know anything about us? Government work? Feel free to stop by our office and talk anytime and i’lll be happy to correct your misconceptions. Or are you just one of those people who love to anonymously cast stones. By the way,, the name is The Collective, not Collecttivism.

  2. Perfect fit for the area.Its modern and cozy design makes it fit right in.I love how it doesn’t look cheap and generic.Carmel is definitely setting the standard for other suburb cities to follow.Fishers is hot on Carmel’s heels with economic development.I just visited Florida and the one thing I’ve always said I wished Indy would do, is have a signature style of architecture that stands out from other midwestern peer cities. I loved the architecture in Florida.Eventhough Indy doesn’t have the weather and palm tress, theres still a lot could be done to give a warm midwestern feel with a modren flare.Plus this art and business districts needs more grand entrances.A good example is Champions Gates in Orlando Florida

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