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HOUSTON-A global supplier of controlled air systems has leased 10,931 sf of class A space at Intercontinental Center in the North Belt. The firm’s national support center will turn on lights in September.

Aggreko LLC will relocate about 40 employees from Ellington Field into half of the second floor at 15600 JFK Blvd., a nine-story office building with 195,000 sf. Chicago-based Equity Office is the owner and manager while Houston’s Transwestern Commercial Services leases it. The building’s going rate is $18 per sf gross.

Aggreko’s five-year lease took occupancy to 72%. David Baker, an executive vice president for Transwestern, tells GlobeSt.com that the inbound firm took one of the larger spaces to open up in the building in a long time. He and Transwestern’s Clint Bawcom bargained the pact, with Edward Prejean of the Staubach Co. doing the talking for the tenant.

Baker says the holding was at 66% earlier this year when Transwestern took over the assignment. Since then, a couple smaller deals and Aggreko’s lease closed.

Baker also says the building’s convenient location to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the freeway network are helping the leasing campaign. The immediate neighborhood includes several hotels.

“We’re seeing more companies interested in upgrading their spaces in a ‘flight to quality’ while the market is still favorable,” Peter Johnston, Equity’s senior vice president in Houston, says in a press release.

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