Accounting firm Harding, Shymanski & Co. was a central business district tenant with a lease coming due, a need for more space and a desire to remain downtown.
“We have a cultural commitment to the city,” said Scott Olinger, vice president in charge of the Louisville office, “and it’s convenient for our Indiana people.”
The Evansville, Ind.-based company already had 22 people in 7,000 square feet in the old Louisville Cement Co. building on South Second Street. It was anticipating more growth when it decided to move.
The Madrid Building on South Third and Guthrie streets, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, offered 8,400 square feet. Harding Shymanski, through the services of architecture and design firm Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers Inc., was able to reconfigure the space for 33 employees.
Also, the building’s shared conference center gave the firm a conference and training room, opening up space it could devote to other purposes.
Olinger said that since the new space was “an open, unfinished concrete shell when we first looked at it,” they were able to put in all of the wiring infrastructure they needed for IT functions and video conferencing without having to break through walls.
“We also did away with a large records storage area, since so many of our files are now electronic and digital,” he said.
But one of the biggest factors for Harding Shymanski, which is now in its new office, was parking.
“There are about 200 spaces in a four-level parking garage right in the building,” Olinger said. “Much
of the space is for monthly parkers, which is covered by our lease. And there’s also an area right outside our door for visitors. We wanted it to be as convenient for people as possible, without having to drive around looking for parking, walking long distances to
the office after they’d parked or having to pay for outside parking.”
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