UPDATED: MARCH 29, 2018 11:14 AM — National construction manager Barton Malow Company is preparing to expand its Orlando office with a move into downtown later this year.
The company is under contract to lease a stand-alone building at 340 N. Primrose Drive, just west of Orlando Executive Airport and 2.6 miles east of Orlando's City Hall. The 48-year-old building boasts 13,945 square feet of office space within 36,723 square feet of rentable area.
"We've been in Orlando for a number of years, are growing and our current lease is up so this is an opportunity to move into a larger space," David Price, senior vice president for Southeast operations, told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday.
The general contractor has long based its Orlando office in a 8,400-square-foot suite in the Millenia Lakes III building, at 5337 Millenia Lakes Blvd. That space will become available Sept. 1, according to marketing by Cushman & Wakefield's Jeff Sweeney, who said Wednesday two groups are negotiating to backfill the space.
Barton Malow is pursuing multiple new building and renovation permits for work on the property, including interior demolition and new buildout, exterior facade, landscaping and hardscape renovation.
The Orlando office serves as Barton Malow's anchor for the Southeast region, which includes offices in Jacksonville, Atlanta and Charlotte. More than 200 direct employees are carried between the four offices, Price said.
The company was drawn to the stand-alone building on Primrose Drive by a combination of favorable price, downtown's central location and ease of access, and flexibility to tailor the buildout to their needs.
"Downtown wasn't a specific choice when we were looking, but for a lot of different reasons this hit the sweet spot for us," Price said.
Barton Malow is in preliminary planning for the building's renovation and interior design, and is in discussions with several civil engineering and architecture firms, he said.
The firm will continue operating out of its Millenia office into the third quarter. A formal move should be complete by year's end, Price added.
Jeffrey Tanner of NAI Realvest marketed the Primrose property for lease. Proximity to downtown without the highway congestion, on-site parking for a tenant's exclusive use and high ceilings were among the key selling points, he said.
Notable local projects for Barton Malow in recent years include the new Orlando City Soccer Club stadium downtown, redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway, Florida Hospital Winter Garden and Florida Hospital Kissimmee, and Orlando Health's new free-standing emergency room and medical pavilion near Tupperware Brands headquarters.
This is the second large general contracting firm in recent months to prepare a move from the Millenia office submarket into downtown, following DPR Construction's plan to bring two local divisions under one roof near Lake Eola.