Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Space...an expanding frontier
The building permits went up yesterday on our office building on Roeder Road.
So, it's happened again. For the sixth time in eleven years, PHA has filled its space and is getting ready to deal with it.
With 1,200 sq. ft. we had enough space to grow. Soon - at the beginning of 2001 - I was converting staff (including myself) from part-timers to full-timers. With the support of the community and a strong growth in patient programs, though, it didn't take long for us to fill that half-floor space. At about the time we leased the rest of the floor, the building was sold...and PHA learned a lot about how quickly a building could go downhill.
Surely, that would be enough!
Well no... We were soon expanding our medical education, meetings and publishing programs. Membership and patient programs were also growing very fast. Staffiing grew to the mid-30's and a very sophisticated year-round internship program has been flourishing and adding new value.
So, a few months ago, our board approved yet another move. It was a good time. In this economy, we were able to negotiate approximately 40% more space at about 18% more cost. Renovations started yesterday and in mid-March, we hope to be reconsolidating our entire staff on the 11,000+ sq. ft. we'll be moving to on the top floor of our current building
And that will be our last move for awhile. We hope.