Staffing firm trades Stony Point for Scott’s Addition

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Crews preparing the space in the Handcraft building in Scott’s Addition. (Randstad)

Some of the last remaining space left in Scott’s Addition’s transforming HandCraft Cleaners building is getting filled up.

Staffing company Randstad USA signed a lease Friday to fill 5,200 square feet on the building’s ground floor at the corner of Roseneath Road and West Leigh Street.

The company will move its local operations from Highwoods Properties’ Stony Point II building at 9020 Stony Point Parkway, where a staff of 35 provides temp, temp-to-hire and permanent placement staffing services out of a 5,600-square-foot space.

While the Scott’s Addition space is slightly smaller, its open floor plan will allow for more efficient use, said Mark Bernecker, Randstad’s area vice president.

“We’ve always been a cubicle environment,” Bernecker said. “This will be high, open ceilings, lots of space to move around, an open lunch room instead of closed, so interaction is never going to be closed off.”

Broker Brian Berkey with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer represented Randstad in the lease, which is for five years. The company worked with Cheryle Toy of Divaris Real Estate, which handles leasing for the HandCraft building.

Construction is underway to upfit the space and is expected to finish early next year. The company plans to move in January – a process that Bernecker expects to cost $200,000.

He said the move is intended to better connect Randstad with its Richmond-area clients in a more central location – one he expects will also help attract and retain employees. The firm plans to add at least 10 employees in the near term.

“The organization has been pushing hard to get closer to the business climate in Richmond,” Bernecker said. “(The HandCraft building) has really cool features. I think it’s going to definitely appeal to people working here and be a selling point for future candidates with us.”

He said Randstad will be paying more per square foot for the HandCraft space, “but it wasn’t a dramatic increase.”

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The building has two vacancies remaining, both on the second floor. (BizSense file photo)

Randstad takes up one of the more sizable spaces left in the redeveloped building, which formerly housed an industrial cleaning facility.

Totaling 87,000 square feet, the Art Deco-style building at 1501 Roseneath Road also houses Vasen Brewing, which recently opened; electric car charger maker Evatran; 510 Architects; environmental engineering firm Hazen and Sawyer; and finance consulting and business advisory firm The Fahrenheit Group.

Fahrenheit, which shares part of its 6,500-square-foot space with the Virginia Council of CEOs, is planning to take up more of the building with the addition of an adjacent 2,500-square-foot space, said principal and co-founder Keith Middleton.

The additional space will house one of Fahrenheit’s teams, more offices, a gym and showers, Middleton said.

“We quickly realized when we moved in that we needed additional space – maybe not now, but definitely in the near future,” he said.

Toy, the Divaris listing broker for building owners Jay, Keith and Jeff Nichols, said a lease for the Fahrenheit expansion has yet to be signed. She said the only other vacancies in the building are a 5,600-square-foot space and 1,200-square-foot space on the second floor.

She said two or three more deals are in the works for the building’s second and third floors. Hazen and Sawyer also recently signed an agreement to take nearly 1,500 additional square feet, adding to its 6,100-square-foot first-floor space, Toy said.

Months in the making, Toy said, the Randstad deal required more time to iron out, in part because it will combine two smaller spaces. 510 Architects is designing the Randstad space, as it has done with the rest of the building.

“We just needed to negotiate with them to get their space plan to work out,” Toy said. “Their tenant upfit is going to be pretty expensive, and that’s what took the time, just to get the fit right.

“We got lucky, because we had two 5,000-square-foot spaces on the first floor of the building left, and they needed about 5,000. Luckily, that space at the corner of Roseneath and Leigh, which is that showcase corner with all the glass and a patio, they just loved it,” she said. “We wanted them, and they wanted us.”

handcraft construction

Crews preparing the space in the Handcraft building in Scott’s Addition. (Randstad)

Some of the last remaining space left in Scott’s Addition’s transforming HandCraft Cleaners building is getting filled up.

Staffing company Randstad USA signed a lease Friday to fill 5,200 square feet on the building’s ground floor at the corner of Roseneath Road and West Leigh Street.

The company will move its local operations from Highwoods Properties’ Stony Point II building at 9020 Stony Point Parkway, where a staff of 35 provides temp, temp-to-hire and permanent placement staffing services out of a 5,600-square-foot space.

While the Scott’s Addition space is slightly smaller, its open floor plan will allow for more efficient use, said Mark Bernecker, Randstad’s area vice president.

“We’ve always been a cubicle environment,” Bernecker said. “This will be high, open ceilings, lots of space to move around, an open lunch room instead of closed, so interaction is never going to be closed off.”

Broker Brian Berkey with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer represented Randstad in the lease, which is for five years. The company worked with Cheryle Toy of Divaris Real Estate, which handles leasing for the HandCraft building.

Construction is underway to upfit the space and is expected to finish early next year. The company plans to move in January – a process that Bernecker expects to cost $200,000.

He said the move is intended to better connect Randstad with its Richmond-area clients in a more central location – one he expects will also help attract and retain employees. The firm plans to add at least 10 employees in the near term.

“The organization has been pushing hard to get closer to the business climate in Richmond,” Bernecker said. “(The HandCraft building) has really cool features. I think it’s going to definitely appeal to people working here and be a selling point for future candidates with us.”

He said Randstad will be paying more per square foot for the HandCraft space, “but it wasn’t a dramatic increase.”

handcraft building

The building has two vacancies remaining, both on the second floor. (BizSense file photo)

Randstad takes up one of the more sizable spaces left in the redeveloped building, which formerly housed an industrial cleaning facility.

Totaling 87,000 square feet, the Art Deco-style building at 1501 Roseneath Road also houses Vasen Brewing, which recently opened; electric car charger maker Evatran; 510 Architects; environmental engineering firm Hazen and Sawyer; and finance consulting and business advisory firm The Fahrenheit Group.

Fahrenheit, which shares part of its 6,500-square-foot space with the Virginia Council of CEOs, is planning to take up more of the building with the addition of an adjacent 2,500-square-foot space, said principal and co-founder Keith Middleton.

The additional space will house one of Fahrenheit’s teams, more offices, a gym and showers, Middleton said.

“We quickly realized when we moved in that we needed additional space – maybe not now, but definitely in the near future,” he said.

Toy, the Divaris listing broker for building owners Jay, Keith and Jeff Nichols, said a lease for the Fahrenheit expansion has yet to be signed. She said the only other vacancies in the building are a 5,600-square-foot space and 1,200-square-foot space on the second floor.

She said two or three more deals are in the works for the building’s second and third floors. Hazen and Sawyer also recently signed an agreement to take nearly 1,500 additional square feet, adding to its 6,100-square-foot first-floor space, Toy said.

Months in the making, Toy said, the Randstad deal required more time to iron out, in part because it will combine two smaller spaces. 510 Architects is designing the Randstad space, as it has done with the rest of the building.

“We just needed to negotiate with them to get their space plan to work out,” Toy said. “Their tenant upfit is going to be pretty expensive, and that’s what took the time, just to get the fit right.

“We got lucky, because we had two 5,000-square-foot spaces on the first floor of the building left, and they needed about 5,000. Luckily, that space at the corner of Roseneath and Leigh, which is that showcase corner with all the glass and a patio, they just loved it,” she said. “We wanted them, and they wanted us.”

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