Atlantic Design Inc. couldn't find the new headquarters it wanted - so it had one built.
The Baltimore equipment manufacturer is moving this week to a 42,275-square-foot building in White Marsh. The build-to-suit facility is more than double the space in Atlantic Design's former space at 2200 Van Deman Street in East Baltimore.
"We're moving largely because we've outgrown the space we're in now," said Brian Burr, Atlantic Design senior vice president. "Our operation has been constrained by our size."
Atlantic Design makes equipment such as grit recyclers and dust collectors that are used to pick up and recycle grit created by blasting during construction. For example, grit is created when a construction crew is blasting paint off a bridge. The company employs 26 people.
Burr said the move will allow ADI to expand production, and possibly its workforce.
"It depends on how the market is for our products," he said.
Burr said the company started working with MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services LLC in April to find a new location. It wasn't easy to find an existing building, as Atlantic Design needed high ceilings, for example, because it uses cranes and drive-in and dock loading doors, he said.
Atlantic Design settled on moving into a new building to get what it needed, he said.
Chesapeake Real Estate Group developed the building - the first of three planned industrial buildings in the new Baltimore Crossroads @95 Business Park - with 28" clear ceiling heights and up to four 160-foot crane runs. The 1,000-acre Baltimore County project is on MD Route 43 near Interstate 95. Developers in the project include St. John Properties, Somerset Construction Co., First Industrial Realty Trust, and Chesapeake Real Estate Group.
As part of the deal, Atlantic Design has a purchase option to buy the building that can be exercised three years after lease commencement.
Mark Deering and Daniel A. Hudak represented Atlantic Design in the transaction. Chesapeake Real Estate Group Partners Jim Lighthizer and Ned Brady, along with Associate Ed Brady, represented the owner, Somerset Construction Co.