RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Renesas Electronics America, a provider of “semiconductor solutions to connect the world,” has leased 40,000 square feet of Class A office space at Imperial Center in RTP.

Longfellow Real Estate Partners, the real estate management firm that purchased and renovated the 142,726 Venture Center building formerly owned by GlaxoSmithKline where Renesas has signed up for space, announced the decision Wednesday.

That much space would accommodate 200 or more employees, according to a “rule of thumb” at website OfficeFinder.

Renesas Electronics America, which is based in California and is part of global semiconductor firm Renesas, is set to occupy the space in the second quarter of this year.

The company does have an operation in Durham and job sites lists numerous openings.

The firm didn’t respond to a request for comment.

David Rhoades, communications director for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, said he had “no information to share with you” when asked about the Renesas announcement.

Among areas of focus for Renesas are: “[A]dvances in connectivity and cloud-based technologies, evolving security requirements for internet-of-things (IoT) applications, and changes in how users are interacting with their connected devices at the ‘edge’ [of networks.]”

No other details were disclosed, and a spokesperson for Longfellow declined further comment.

Longfellow bought the building in 2016 to join a growing portfolio of lab and office space in the Triangle. Renesas is the first tenant announced for the building.

“Venture Center has become a great success story for Longfellow,” said Neill Sherron, director of leasing, Longfellow Real Estate Partners. “We had a building pretty much stuck in the 1990s that we completely gutted and rebuilt to meet the needs of 21st-century businesses like Renesas. What we have now is representative of the change we’re seeing from a decades-old view of office space as strictly functionary, to a space designed with amenities that inspire creativity and spark collaboration.”

Brokers involved in the lease deal are Neill Sherron of Longfellow and Ryan Lawrence and Ashley Lewis of JLL Raleigh