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Peek inside Carroll Daniel Construction's new headquarters in downtown Gainesville
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The new Carroll Daniel Construction headquarters overlooks Jesse Jewell Parkway in downtown Gainesville on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. - photo by Scott Rogers

Carroll Daniel Construction, a company with more than 70 years of history in Gainesville, has just made a big move.

Its new four-story, 60,000-square-foot brick office building overlooks Jesse Jewell Parkway and the downtown area and features amenities like a rooftop lounge, company gym and a spiral staircase highlighted by a chandelier composed of circular lights. 

Carroll Daniel had occupied a building on Athens Street since the 1940s but outgrew the space.

Employees had been working out of that office, a doublewide trailer in its parking lot and space at a Gainesville office park. The company, which employs 200 total, also has an Atlanta office.

But now all the Gainesville staff is under one roof on Main Street, which company president Brian Daniel said is both more efficient and helps with company culture.

“I can walk around and see all of our Gainesville people just by making a lap, and I love that. We’re a social bunch,” Daniel said.

The company was founded by Daniel’s grandfather Carroll in 1946. Daniel’s father Ed became president in 1969, and then Daniel himself took over the company in 2003. 

A timeline of the company is displayed across an old photograph covering one of the walls in the new headquarters.

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Carroll Daniel Construction President Brian Daniel tours the company's new headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, stopping by a wall that showcases the company's history. - photo by Scott Rogers

Although he has fond memories of the Athens Street building, Daniel said the new space is just what the company needed. The space was under construction for about a year.

“There was a little nostalgia with my last day at work going through that door for maybe the last time, but it’s way outweighed by the excitement of being in this new building,” he said.

The space is designed to foster teamwork, with large meeting rooms in each corner, open spaces and plenty of seating.

“We intentionally set up all these huddle rooms or small conference rooms because one of the things we ran into in our old office was that we didn’t have enough meeting space,” Angie Kennedy, the company’s marketing director, said. “We have a collaborative atmosphere here.”

The new building has an almost 2,000-square-foot training room, while before the move the company was doing training at Lanier Technical College.

Carroll Daniel’s offices are on the top three floors of the building. The first floor has 15,000 square feet of space available for lease — two 7,500-square-foot units that would be a good fit for professional office space, Daniel said. Those spots are still available and listed with The Norton Agency.

The rooftop will bring something new to downtown, too. The space is set up with outdoor seating, and garage-style doors separate the rooftop lounge from the employee break room.

Daniel said the space will not be rented out, but the company hopes to offer it to local nonprofits for events.

More space for the company also means some extra perks for the employees. Just off the break room is a company gym, which Kennedy said is part of Carroll Daniel’s new employee wellness program. Employees can take a yoga class on the roof or work with the company’s personal trainer. The desks in the office can also be adjusted with the push of a button so employees can stand while they work.

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Mark Southwood, senior project manager at Carroll Daniel Construction, demonstrates a standing desk Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, during a tour of the company's new downtown Gainesville headquarters. - photo by Scott Rogers

“We’re trying to think of new things that can be a great space to keep our people continuing to choose Carroll Daniel as a place to work,” Daniel said.

Relocating downtown was a “no-brainer,” Daniel said.

“Our folks have loved being down here. There’s so much to do, and you go eat lunch and see our people in all these restaurants,” Daniel said. “There are things to do after work. It’s just a great work environment, and we couldn’t ask for a better address to call home.”

Kristen Redmon, manager of the city’s downtown development program Main Street Gainesville, said having more workers downtown can only boost economic development.

“That brings business to our downtown merchants. Maybe you don’t live (downtown), but you work and play in the same place,” Redmon said. “We see people who work downtown eat downtown and shop downtown all the time.”

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Carroll Daniel President Brian Daniel tours the company's new headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers
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