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Prominent international architecture firm moving into bigger Tampa offices

The firm, Gensler, has leased space in Water Street Tampa and will move its local office later this year.


  • By Louis Llovio
  • | 2:15 p.m. July 26, 2023
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The international architecture firm Gensler has leased space in the One Thousand & One building in Water Street Tampa and will move its local office later this year.
The international architecture firm Gensler has leased space in the One Thousand & One building in Water Street Tampa and will move its local office later this year.
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The architecture firm Gensler is moving its Tampa operations into a new and larger space.

The firm has leased 10,803 square feet of space at the Thousand & One building near downtown and the Amelie Arena. The new second floor space is almost 2,000 square feet larger than what it currently works out of in the Rivergate Tower on Ashley Street in downtown.

The firm is expected to move by the end of this year, according to a statement from Strategic Property Partners, the company developing Water Street Tampa where the building is located.

Bert Oliva, the co-managing director for Gensler Tampa, says in the statement that moving to Water Street is an “opportunity to walk the talk.”

“The district embraces the sustainability, urban design and workplace trends that our firm has seen in recent years, and embodies the kind of environment we advise our clients to be in.”

Gensler is a global architecture, design and planning firm founded in 1965. It has 53 offices in the Americas as well as Europe, China, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and employs more than 7,000 people.

As for Thousand & One, the 385,000-square-foot tower was the first to be built in downtown Tampa since 1992. It features 10-foot tall floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize natural light and a series of outdoor, landscaped terraces containing rain gardens and outdoor awnings that enhance shade.

The building also includes a series of green touches — from heightened air filtration indoors to pocket parks outside.

Among its current tenants are ReliaQuest, Sila Realty Trust, Northern Trust Corporation and Weatherford Capital.

 

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Louis Llovio

Louis Llovio is the deputy managing editor at the Business Observer. Before going to work at the Observer, the longtime business writer worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maryland Daily Record and for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He lives in Tampa.

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