WPM Engineering Brands New Office Space in Lower Manhattan
WPM Engineering, a sector of Walter P Moore located in New York City, recently made the move to 180 Maiden in Lower Manhattan.
The move represents the growth and overall success the practice has had in the New York market. Within 18 months, the firm has increased their staff of three to 15. Managing Director Erik Verboon explains, “We are all working together to support a growing portfolio of local work as well as supporting other WPM offices on larger projects. Having our own space gives us an identity in New York.”
The firm’s previous office space required the rental of a shared workspace and although it provided flexible seating options, proved to be challenging in other ways. “Our business plan indicated a growth plan that would warrant our own space within the first two years,” says Verboon. “While leasing our own space comes with a commitment and lack of flexibility that a shared workspace has, we were lucky to find a space that met our budget while giving us the flexibility for future growth and the ability to brand our space.” The new space allows WPM Engineering to grow up to 26 people and for them to comfortably host project and client meetings, have internal office events, and proudly display their eye-catching work. “[It] will also provide the flexibility for teams to collaborate through multiple break out spaces, meeting rooms, and lounges,” adds Verboon.
The move caused minimal disruption to the office’s productivity. Connie Mackenzie, the facilities planner, and IT department worked hand-in-hand to make the move as quick and interference-free as possible. “They helped pack most of our things in a couple hours, the movers took the boxes and equipment in the late afternoon, then delivered to the new space with a new server up and running,” explains Verboon. “The movers in NYC are fairly sophisticated in that they tag the boxes and equipment so they can be placed to their respective desks in the new space.” All-in-all, the office was only decommissioned for a couple hours.
The location not only provides exciting advantages to employees, it is also extremely convenient for clients. The office is a minutes’ walk from four subway lines, the New Jersey PATH train, and the ferry. There is also a CitiBike stand in the plaza of the building. “These make travel to and from the office for both clients and staff very easy,” says Verboon. “Furthermore, a number of clients have moved or are moving to this area, giving us the ability to quickly walk to their offices as well.” Now armed with additional space, the team is able to provide ample seating for client meetings and increased access to technology such as their dedicated virtual reality room.
Picturesque all on its own, 180 Maiden Lane is an iconic part of the East River waterfront providing easy access to local hotspots such as South Street Seaport, Stone Street, and Pier 17. In addition, the building also features a fitness center, café and food court, and a conference center that can be rented for events. The WPM team has already ventured into their new surroundings exploring nearby restaurants, bars, and shops.
WPM Engineering, DPC is a New York-based engineering and consulting firm providing a full suite of services. They are a diverse, globally experienced team of engineers, designers, and architects focused on the design and lifelong stewardship of complex, high-performance structures and infrastructure. Although separate companies, WPM Engineering and Walter P Moore work closely to leverage collective knowledge and deliver projects using innovative digital workflow processes.