PwC Makes MetWest International Home, Westshore

Tax and advisory firm PricewaterCoopers (PwC) has signed a long-term lease with MetLife at MetWest International in the Westshore Business District.

Construction began the week of July 25 with expected completion in 2013. Upon completion, approximately 2,000 PwC partners and staff of the firm, as well as Tampa Enterprise Solutions Center (ESC), will move into the new 10-story building; the built-to-suit space is approximately 250,000 square feet and will offer a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility for both the firm and its Tampa-based clients.

"We are pleased to be working with MetWest International, whose properties are regarded among the top mixed-use developments in Florida," says PwC Spokesperson Steven Silber. "The central location in the Westshore area, as well as the many high-quality amenities the development offers, were all significant factors in making the decision."

PwC sought out Taylor & Mathis as development manager on the project, expecting to invest approximately $78 million for the completed space. With some company operations already in the Westshore area, Silber says the firm is looking forward to continuing as a positive member of both the neighborhood and the Tampa Bay community.

"By building at MetWest, the firm has the opportunity to structure and design the space in a way that it could not with existing facilities," says Silber. "The new office will better accommodate today's work style while providing increased flexibility for the firm's people."

Currently, PwC is in line to receive about $2 million in subsidies toward move-in efforts from the city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the state of Florida in exchange for adding 200 local jobs.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Steven Silber, PwC

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