ATCO Properties & Management, along with partner Shorenstein Properties, LLC, announced today that multi-regional engineering + planning firm Bolton & Menk is establishing its Southeast headquarters in 24,600 square feet at Camp North End’s historic Gama Goat Building. The 11-year lease brings Camp North End to 250,000 square feet leased sitewide.
In 2021, ColeJenest & Stone, which operated offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, joined Bolton & Menk, precipitating the need for an expanded office footprint in Charlotte. The newly combined firm is relocating from 200 South Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, with plans to have its 50+ employees working from Camp North End in mid-2023.
Founded in 1949 by John Bolton and Martin Menk, Bolton & Menk has grown into one of the largest multi-regional engineering firms with more than 800 employees throughout 29 locations in the Upper Midwest and Southeast United States. This includes a professional staff of more than 250 engineers, planners, landscape architects, and surveyors providing services to more than 500 communities and the agencies that advocate for them.
“Our multidisciplinary team of planning, design and engineering professionals carry our firm’s core values and principles into every project, making the community-focused and collaboration-centric Camp North End the perfect location for the new office as ColeJenest & Stone and Bolton & Menk become one,” said Kevin Ammons, Managing Principal at Bolton & Menk. “We have worked with communities across the country focused on adaptive reuse projects and Camp North End represents a shining example of a thriving ecosystem of history, creativity and innovation where our employees will flourish. We are thrilled to be joining Camp North End and to contribute to its vibrant culture and that of the surrounding North End community.”
Bolton & Menk’s build-to-suit space will be located at 1801 N. Graham Street in the northern section of the 140,000-square-foot Gama Goat Building. Bolton & Menk will be behind the design of its new Southeast headquarters location.
Tommy Mann, Development Director of Camp North End, added: “Bolton & Menk understands that a compelling work environment is an essential element in recruiting talent and cultivating healthy culture. We are thrilled they recognize that Camp North End provides the setting to make that happen and are joining the growing roster of esteemed firms in our vibrant business community.”
Bolton & Menk joins Google Fiber and Kingsmen Software which recently signed leases at the Gama Goat Building, in addition to other commercial tenants at the property including Centene Corporation, Ally Financial, AON, CloudGenera and more.
The Gama Goat Building opened in the summer of 2020, following a major redevelopment led by ATCO and Shorenstein. The industrial structure was previously used by the U.S. Army until the 1960’s to assemble Gama Goat military vehicles.
Today the property features passageways that cut through the building to connect with cross-streets in the neighborhood, creating new east-west connectivity within the site and the broader North End corridor. The Gama Goat Building is located in Camp North End’s Keswick District, which is also home to CloudGenera, Rent EBoards Charlotte, YVY Fitness, Windy O’Connor Art + Home and food stalls Bleu Barn North End, La Caseta, Plant Joy, and SARU.
Bolton & Menk was represented by Marshall Williamson of Lincoln Harris. Building ownership was represented by Rhea Greene, Jennifer Kurz and Chase Merkel of Trinity Partners.
About Bolton & Menk
Bolton & Menk, Inc. was founded in 1949 by two hard working Midwesterners. Our commitment to communities has remained throughout our history. We specialize in providing design and engineering solutions that make our communities safe, sustainable, and beautiful. Our goals are simple – make progress by listening to what people want, finding the best solutions for their needs, and treating them right.
In honoring our founders’ legacy, we sought opportunity to bring our client-first approach to more communities. In 2021, ColeJenest & Stone joined the Bolton & Menk team. With offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, ColeJenest & Stone has been providing award-winning urban design and land planning solutions throughout the Southeast for over 30 years. Our firms were all founded upon the same core values and principles, and we are drawn together by our commitment to communities. Our team’s 100+ professional landscape architecture and engineering staff throughout the Southeast carry these core values and principles into every project and community.
Today, Bolton & Menk has more than 800 employees throughout 28 locations in the Upper Midwest and Southeast United States, including a professional staff of more than 250 engineers, planners, landscape architects, and surveyors providing services to more than 500 communities and agencies that advocate for community.
About Camp North End
Developed by ATCO Properties & Management, Camp North End is a state-of-the-art creative development that is being designed and curated to cater to today’s most innovative and cutting-edge companies in Charlotte. Select Camp North End buildings are being jointly developed by ATCO and Shorenstein Properties, LLC.
As one of the largest adaptive reuse projects currently underway in the U.S., the project is transforming a historic 76-acre site where people once manufactured Model T cars and assembled US Army missiles into a catalytic hub of creativity and ideas.
With over 300,000 square feet of space already redeveloped for work, artistic expression, dining and hospitality, entertainment, recreation, and community building, and another 1.5 million square feet on the way, Camp North End’s curated development will drive growth for the businesses that join its community.
For more information about Camp North End, visit the official Camp North End website at https://camp.nc/ or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn at @campnorthend.
ATCO is a real estate investment and ownership platform deploying capital in select cities across the United States, with a particular emphasis on creating value through placemaking and other strategies in urban locations. ATCO seeks to improve people’s lives by creating places where they genuinely want to work, play, or live, and by doing our work with a long-term perspective.
Through eight decades and four generations, ATCO has owned, managed, and developed a diverse real estate portfolio, primarily in and around New York City and also in select markets we target. ATCO presently owns and manages more than 25 buildings ranging from high-rise office and residential towers to retail properties, from one-story industrial structures to a mixed-use former military base. The portfolio of New York City properties includes: 555 Fifth Avenue, 40 Central Park South, 41 West 58th Street, 630 Third Avenue, 381 and 373 Park Avenue South, 515 Madison Avenue and 240 West 35th. Nationally, the company owns properties in Austin, Texas; Darien and Westport, Connecticut. Internationally, ATCO has investments in seven European countries.
About Shorenstein Properties LLC
Founded in 1924, Shorenstein Properties LLC is a privately-owned, real estate firm that owns and operates high-quality office, residential and mixed-use properties across the U.S., with offices in San Francisco and New York. Since 1992, Shorenstein has sponsored twelve closed-end investment funds with total equity commitments of $8.8 billion, of which Shorenstein committed $723.5 million. The firm uses its integrated investment and operating capabilities to take advantage of opportunities that, at the particular time in the investment cycle, offer the most attractive returns. Investments have included ground-up developments, asset repositioning and stabilized assets; investment structures have included asset acquisitions, mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments and structured joint ventures. These funds have invested in properties totaling 67 million square feet in transactions with a gross investment value in excess of $16 billion.