The Best Made Center is open for business.
Today, more than 100 employees fully occupied the newly finished $5 million adaptive reuse project in Quakertown that transformed a predominantly vacant 60,000-square-foot-textile mill into new office, technical and laboratory space for several companies.
Synergis Technologies, the primary tenant, started moving its 107 employees in last week. The company is now in place with an office that is fully functional.
The project marks the first loan project approved through Bucks County’s “Bucks 2 Invest” economic development program, created in 2013 to spur business activity throughout the county.
Gorski Engineering of Collegeville served as the design-build general contractor and engineer of the project.
The Best Made Hosiery Co., previously occupied the space. Gorski is the owner and developer of the site at 18 S. Fifth St. near downtown Quakertown.
Now complete, the building is about 45,000 square feet and has room for two more tenants.
“A tech use to complement Synergis would be great, but any type of office or office with manufacturing assembly would work,” Jerry Gorski, president of Gorski Engineering, said this morning.
As an example, a medical device manufacturer recently looked at the space, he said.
“We’ve gotten a lot of great comments over the weekend,” Gorski said. “We are glad to put it to use.”
He said it was probably around 1980 since the last time there were about 100 people working at the site.
Synergis occupies 30,000 square feet and is comprised of two independent divisions – Synergis Software, developers of Adept Engineering document management solutions, and Synergis Engineering Design Solutions, an Autodesk solutions provider in the mid-Atlantic region.
Synergis previously leased space in two locations on nearby California Road in Richland Township.
Gorski said the company now vacated those two spots.
Synergis plans to grow over the next three to five years to 135 employees in its new location.