The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of its members. The Chamber selected GS&P to assist in their search for a new corporate office space that not only returned the Chamber to Tampa’s downtown business core but allowed for a more open floor plan and workspace. After providing test-fit planning services for five locations, Tampa’s City Center Building was chosen as the Chamber’s new location. The new space required extensive interior renovations with an accelerated schedule of six weeks to complete the entire buildout.
GS&P’s design of the 8,500-square-foot space includes a more open floor plan with higher ceilings. Closed spaces are now reserved for private meetings, and the traditional office plan of private offices along the walls and workstations on the interior was discarded. As such, employees now have more access to daylight as well as a more collaborative work environment. GS&P’s plan also allows for more transparency and opportunities to access executive leadership and their administrative team. With their new space, the Chamber can now host monthly board meetings in a new boardroom designed to accommodate large groups (up to 60 people) or use the flexible floor plan to divide into two smaller meeting spaces with a paneled partition. The new lobby is also strategically located off the main access to Tampa’s City Center and provides convenient access for visitors.
The project required close collaboration between the GS&P design and construction team, who successfully worked together to meet the accelerated schedule, and the end result is a resounding success. The Chamber’s new office location is at the heart of Hillsborough County, returning the organization to a central location from which to work with businesses in the County and across the region. The new office provides greater accessibility and convenience for their members as well as room to expand in the future.