By Heather Lusk
Creekside Corporate Park is a week away from welcoming a new tenant.
DK Pierce received its notice of occupancy in mid-September and can move at any time, but with the business’ current workload, owner Denise Pierce is waiting until the first week of October.
The building was initially expected to be complete by the end of summer. One factor in the delay was the customization of the building.
“It’s not like so many conventional office buildings,” Pierce said. “We had a lot of architectural detail, and with that came a lot of need for reassessing. Does it work, and how do you customize it the best you can?”
Part of the customization is the building’s windows, which afford a view of the woods.
“It’s almost like you’re sitting outside,” Pierce said.
The pet-friendly building also caters to canines with windows at ground level and dog beds. Pierce’s own pet has explored the space and approved, she said.
Pierce looks forward to the large training center in the new building and is eager to enjoy the natural environment.
“It’s just the ability to get outside, walk around. It’s going to be a much more collaborative and stimulating environment to work in,” she said. “It’s very uniquely designed based on how we work, and I think that’s going to make a difference for us.”
Pierce said her company is still planning to double its staff by the end of the year. Hiring has been delayed until there is adequate space for all employees. The firm will be moving from an office building on Oak Street that is for sale. Although there has been some interest in purchasing it, Pierce is considering leasing it.