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Midtown Tampa lures architecture firm Gresham Smith from Harbour Island

The Nashville company’s office will span 18,000 square feet in one of the development’s new buildings.
Architecture firm Gresham Smith will relocate its Tampa office from Harbour Island to The Loft at Midtown Tampa, developer Bromley Companies announced Thursday.
Architecture firm Gresham Smith will relocate its Tampa office from Harbour Island to The Loft at Midtown Tampa, developer Bromley Companies announced Thursday. [ Walker Brands ]
Published Oct. 28
Updated Oct. 29

Midtown Tampa has inked another major tenant.

Renowned Nashville architecture firm Gresham Smith will relocate its Tampa office to the new $500 million development’s boutique office building, The Loft at Midtown Tampa, developer Bromley Companies announced Thursday.

Gresham Smith will move from an office on Harbour Island into an 18,000-square-foot space on the third floor of The Loft, which has 70,000 square feet in all. Other Loft tenants include Compass and KAST Construction.

“Large companies are trying to get their employees back to work, they’re trying to figure out what the hybrid work environment looks like, and what we’re seeing is the Midtown experience is really resonating with them,” said Nick Haines, CEO of lead Midtown developer the Bromley Companies. “Having an environment like Midtown, with our residential and rooftop bars and retail that we have, I think is really resonating really strongly with leading tenants.”

In a statement announcing the move, the Bromley Companies said Gresham Smith would be considering “a new hybrid work approach” for its 70 employees, and the office would be “the first of its kind nationally for the company.”

“We’re thrilled with our new home in Tampa at The Loft at Midtown,” Gresham Smith CEO and chairperson Al Pramuk said in a statement. “As one of our largest offices, Tampa is a critical and growing market for our firm. This exciting new mixed-use development is centrally located in an up-and-coming district that offers a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly environment for our clients and employees.”

Throughout 2021, Midtown has opened an array of amenities, from a hotel to residences to retail destinations like REI, Shake Shack and Whole Foods. The development plans to open three to four new retail spots per month for the next few months, from locally developed restaurants like Oronzo and Ponte to a new Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop, which Haines said “is likely going to open in the next 60 days.”

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Gresham Smith’s design portfolio includes an array of aviation complexes, including facilities at Tampa International Airport, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and airports in Atlanta, Charlotte and Los Angeles. It has also designed many health care facilities, parks and public spaces, mixed-use developments and more.

The Loft is one of several new office buildings at Midtown. The 152,000-square-foot Midtown West has already inked deals to host a regional office of South State Bank and the global headquarters for staffing and professional services firm Kforce, one of Tampa Bay’s largest public companies, which announced its relocation from Ybor City earlier this year.

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Haines said Midtown has signed leases with several other national and international companies, including one for 45,000 square feet — larger than the Kforce and Gresham Smith leases combined — and has fielded interest from companies looking for up to 200,000 square feet.

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“With COVID, it put things on hold for a while, but the momentum over the last six months has been really nothing short of spectacular,” Haines said. “We’re getting very employee-centric companies that are high-quality leaders in their field. That’s what’s really exciting.”