MANCHESTER, NH — In a record 75 days, 30,000 square feet of what was essentially a warehouse was transformed into modern, sleek offices for Core Medical Group’s 170 employees.
On Monday they celebrated their new headquarters with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. On hand for the observance was Arthur Sullivan, principal of Brady Sullivan Properties. Brady Sullivan joined with the Anagnost Companies in rehabilitating the 655 South Willow St. building that formerly housed Osram Sylvania, a light bulb manufacturing plant.
It is now known as The Shoppes at South Willow Street.
The two companies purchased the property for $4.2 million in late 2015 and put millions more into it to turn the industrial building into a mixed-use building including class A retail space.
Leases have been signed by Firehouse Subs, Kung Fu Tea, Glossy Nails and Popeyes. James Tobin, who is in charge of leasing out the Brady Sullivan properties, said he expects the building will be completely leased by the end of the year with it fully occupied by the spring of 2020.
Core Medical Group, a nationwide health-care staffing and recruiting agency in business since 1989, is housed on two floors in the back of the plaza.
The company already was a Brady Sullivan tenant housed in the former Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield building at 3000 Goffs Falls Road. Brady Sullivan sold that building to defense contractor BAE Systems which meant Core Medical had to find another home quickly.
Sullivan said because his company has its own in-house staff, they were able to complete the rehab in a very short amount of time.
“We did it in record time,” said Sullivan.
“It came out awesome,” said Core Medical CEO Aram Hampoian. He and other company officials met weekly with Brady Sullivan staff to keep apprised of the project and make any changes.
Greg Henrichon, Core Medical’s executive vice president, said it was 75 days from concrete to studs to finished product.
Crews were at work the morning after they signed the papers, Henrichon said.
Core Medical brought all its own furnishings that fit perfectly in the new space because the square footage is about the same as what they had at Goffs Falls Road.
The interior features a large area of cubicle workspaces; a game room for employees, complete with a large screen TV and disco ball; several meeting rooms, one which comes with a device to fog the windows for exclusive sessions; an exercise room employees use at lunchtime; a ladies’ room that includes a private station for new mothers; and a cafeteria with vending machines accessed through a phone app.