Barry Isett & Associates on Wednesday held a grand opening celebration for its new headquarters on Crackersport Road in Allentown.
The engineering firm recently moved from the two-building headquarters it called home for 45 years into the new 21,000-square-foot, one story building.
While the new facility is roughly the same size as the two, three-story farmhouses that the company had been operating out of since 1977, the new facility brings the company’s inspection and testing labs together with the main office so everything is under one roof, and the layout is more open and efficient allowing staff to collaborate better.
“It’s a wonderful new chapter for the company,” said Kevin Campbell, president and CEO. “It’s a wonderful place to come to work.”
Describing the building as a “modern farmhouse” style structure, Bob Korp, who served as project manager on the building, said the offices don’t just serve as a home, but as an example of what the firm can do.
Onsite there is a rain garden for water quality as it infiltrates stormwater back into the subsurface, as well as a retention basin, which shows customers options for stormwater management.
The building also features exposed ductwork and lighting and boasts different styles of lighting controls so clients can see their different options in action.
Campell said many of the firm’s original clients were invited to the celebration, as well as many of its founders.
Tim McNair, Jr., who is a current member of Isett’s board of directors, brought his father, Tim McNair, Sr., to the event. His father was formerly a board member at the company.
“I wanted him to see what is happening with the company he helped to build,” McNair, Jr. said.
MKSD Architects designed the building and Boyle Construction managed the construction of the building, while Isett handled its own engineering work on the project.d