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Suffolk Construction to open office in Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza

Suffolk Construction will open a 4,500-square-foot office in Channelside Bay Plaza in April. This is the firm's fourth office in Florida. James Burchuck | TIMES.
Suffolk Construction will open a 4,500-square-foot office in Channelside Bay Plaza in April. This is the firm's fourth office in Florida. James Burchuck | TIMES.
Published Mar. 30, 2017

TAMPA — A national construction firm will open a fourth Florida office at Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa next month.

Boston-based Suffolk Construction announced Thursday it will open a 4,500-square-foot office at Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa in April. About 20 employees will work from the site, which will be the construction firm's fourth location in the state.

Suffolk, which was founded in 1982 by chairman and CEO John F. Fish, is one of the largest nationwide construction firms in the country and has been ranked among the largest privately owned companies in the U.S. by Forbes. The company expanded into the southeast region in 1994. Its three other Florida offices are in West Palm Beach, Miami and Estero.

BDG Architects is partnering with Suffolk Construction to complete the design of the new space, which will include virtual reality technology capabilities.

Channelside Bay Plaza is owned and operated by Strategic Property Partners, a real estate firm owned by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Cascade Investment. Suffolk joins Tampa Bay WaVE, which opened its offices in Channelside Bay Plaza in March.

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CBP Development LLC, an affiliate company of SPP, , bought the struggling 230,532-square-foot retail center from the Irish Bank Resolution Corp. in 2014 for $7.1 million. Bay Plaza hasn't changed much since CBP took over. The center is still around 70 percent vacant and several tenants were given eviction notices late last year. SPP moved its offices there from Amalie Arena last May.

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In September, SPP's CEO, James Nozar unveiled the details of a redevelopment plan for Bay Plaza, which includes new waterfront condos, restaurants and a park. The plan must be approved by Port Tampa Bay's board of directors. It is unclear if Tampa Bay WaVE and Suffolk Construction will be permanent tenants if the redevelopment plan is approved.

Contact Justine Griffin at jgriffin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8467. Follow @SunBizGriffin.