A screenshot of Humana's Blankenbaker facility taken off Hollenbach-Oakley's website.
A screenshot of Humana’s Blankenbaker facility.

Humana plans to move nearly 1,200 employees next summer from an office park in east Louisville to two buildings in the city’s downtown.

The insurer said it notified the employees today that the sublease of its building in Blankenbaker Station, 12501 Lakefront Place, about 15 miles east of downtown, will expire in the summer of next year.

The insurer said in an emailed statement that a majority of the employees from the Blankenbaker building will be transferred to the Waterside and Clocktower buildings, in which the company has a combined 675,000 square feet and 3,500 employees. In total, Humana employs about 12,500 in and near Louisville.

Humana spokeswoman Kate Marx told Insider Louisville that the company decided not to renew the lease because it needs less space as employees’ work styles are evolving.

“As more of them choose to work differently, we no longer need as much space,” Marx said. “This is also an opportunity to rejoin associates in downtown Louisville.”

Even after the move, she said, Humana will have space to grow in the Waterside and Clocktower buildings, which are located at 123 and 101 E. Main St., respectively.

Humana has subleased the $35 million, three-story Blankenbaker building from CitiGroup since 2011. Citi had used the space for its credit card transaction business.

Humana’s three largest employee groups in the building are Provider Network, Agent Support (part of the retail team) and members of the Pharmacy team.

Humana said it is investing “millions of dollars” to prepare the downtown facilities for the additional employees. The company declined to provide specifics about the investment.

Hollenbach-Oakley, the Louisville-based commercial real estate firm that handles the Blankenbaker property, also could not be reached this afternoon. The 600-acre park’s tenants include Norton Healthcare, Harshaw Trane and Eurofins.

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