Shive-Hattery, a 123-year-old design and engineering firm, will be moving next month to larger quarters nearby in downtown Cedar Rapids.
The company, which is leasing the fourth and fifth floors of Town Centre, 316 Second St. SE, has signed a 10-year lease with Armstrong Development for the 31,624-square-foot third floor of the Armstrong Centre, 222 Third Ave. SE.
Under the terms of the agreement, Shive-Hattery has a five-year renewal option.
Jennifer Phan, Shive-Hattery corporate communications coordinator, said the move will unite the 25 employees of the company’s corporate headquarters with the 55-member Cedar Rapids design staff on the same floor and provide needed space.
“We think it will improve collaboration and communication,” Phan said. “The working environment has changed drastically over the years and we will have the space to accommodate better technology.
“Right now, if we want to get together the entire company, we have to go off-site to accommodate that meeting. In our new space, we will have a very large training room with a movable wall system.”
Phan said a virtual reality room that will enable clients to wear equipment that will enable them to take a virtual walk through buildings and spaces as they are being designed.
“The beauty of this is the ability to test a space before it is built,” Phan said. “If you can catch any problem before construction begins, you are able to manage the project on budget for the client and they will have a better sense of what that space is like for them.”
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Phan said Shive-Hattery employees will have wellness rooms, showers and a secure bicycle storage area.
Shive-Hattery, founded in 1895 in downtown Cedar Rapids, has been a tenant of Town Centre since 2001. Phan said staying in the downtown area was a key component of the move.
“It was very important for our history, culture and identity to stay here and continue to support a downtown presence,” she said. “We think that was critical for us.”
Shive-Hattery also has offices in Iowa City, Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Bloomington, Chicago and Valparaiso, Ind.