Providing a wide-range of consulting services for roadways, bridges, traffic signals, airports, land developments and landscape architecture, Kimley-Horn and Associates (KHA) recently celebrated the opening of its new office in downtown Tampa.
With 18 offices and more than 400 employees in Florida, the nationally-recognized Raleigh, N.C.-based firm
opened their first office in Tampa in 1978. Making the move to 655 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa
, KHA's new 7,100-square-foot office currently houses 23 employees.
“The combination of the location of some of the staff's homes, client locations and professional relationships made being in a more central location like the downtown area a strong contender for places to look for new office spaces,” says KHA Director of Communications Julie Beauvais.
According to Beauvais, the firm considered locations in downtown and Ybor City
before deciding on the North Franklin Street space, working with Gensler Architects
on interior design and Solutions General Contractors
for the space build-out.
Since the move, KHA has taken pride in significantly reducing their carbon footprint: Thanks to the convenience of the downtown location, approximately 25 percent of the staff bike to work and lunch every week. Prior to the move, Beauvais says they found the majority of their staff driving more than 10 miles daily to get to work alone.
“The office morale has never been higher,” says David Walthall, KHA downtown office leader. “The work environment helped the collaboration between an already close group of co-workers, giving folks variety in their daily routine with all that downtown has to offer during work and after work hours -- hardly anyone gets in their car to drive to lunch."
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Julie Beauvais & David Walthall, KHA