About a year after opening its first local office, a Shenandoah Valley-based construction company has already settled into new Richmond digs.
Howard Shockey & Sons recently completed renovations on its new 1,200-square-foot space at 2119 E. Franklin St., leaving its previous home in an old firehouse just a few blocks away.
Gary Williams, project executive with the Winchester-based firm, said the move was spurred by a good relationship between Shockey and local architect Ed Winks of Edward H. Winks – James D. Snowa Architects, who owns the building on East Franklin Street.
Shockey has been working with Winks on one of its ongoing projects, Spring Arbor of Salisbury, HHHunt’s assisted living facility in Chesterfield County.
“Ed owns this building, so we had a way to stay in Shockoe Bottom and take on a new space that fit our needs a little better,” Williams said.
Staying in Shockoe Bottom was an important aspect of the move, he added, so Shockey could remain close to other construction companies, architects, engineers and other industry players already in the neighborhood.
The new space is roughly the same size as the old, but Shockey was able to adjust it so it fits their needs. Its work on the space utilizes the building’s historic features with exposed brick and heavy timber.
“During our renovation we elected to open up some walls and expose those elements,” Williams said. “We found a new doorway with a nice arch feature. It’s very fitting to what’s in the area and representative of what we do.”
The company signed a multi-year lease this fall and moved into the space in November. Williams declined to share the terms of the lease.
Williams said Shockey has been doing a substantial amount of work in Richmond since around 2010. It now sports 10 employees in the local office. It established its first full-time physical presence here last March.
“We have a tremendous number of opportunities here, and working with the city is a top priority,” he said.
In addition to Spring Arbor of Salisbury, Shockey is tackling a few projects for the city, including several to improve the riverfront, such as the reopening of the Brown’s Island Dam Walk as the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. The company is also doing work for the city through a multi-site project for the Richmond Department of Public Works, which includes some new construction and renovation.
In addition to its home base in Winchester, the 120-year-old construction firm has a third office in Roanoke that opened more than 10 years ago. It does a bulk of its business in Virginia but also does work in Maryland and West Virginia.