The owners of Five City Center welcomed its newest office tenants, nearly 400 of them, into the 14-story office building on Monday.
Payroll giant ADP made its initial move into the office building at Eighth and Hamilton streets, shifting employees from two other office buildings in the valley.
The company moved 385 employees to the building Monday. Over the next few weeks, it will move the remainder of its Lehigh Valley employees there, said Bill Crawford, senior vice president of sales at ADP.
When the company finishes consolidating, it expects to have 950 employees in Five City Center, Crawford said.
“We’ve been in the Lehigh Valley for well over a decade now and we think the Lehigh Valley has a talent pool that we can tap into and we want to have the right facilities to drive employee productivity and engagement,” Crawford said.
ADP leased about 240,000 square feet in the top 10 floors of the building. On Friday, workers hung the company’s sign on the building’s exterior.
ADP previously occupied space in the Morning Call building and BB&T building in Allentown and an office building in the Iron Run Corporate Center on Windsor Drive in Upper Macungie Township. Now, only some employees remain in those locations. The employees at Windsor Drive will all join Five City Center throughout the week.
After looking at what was happening in downtown Allentown and gauging where ADP employees lived, the company settled on the city as the place to unite its growing work force under one roof.
“The buzz in the building today is just palpable,” Crawford said. “Aside from the building, it’s advanced; we have leisure spaces, a ton of conference rooms, open floors plates. You can see down the whole floor from one end to the other.”
ADP’s new office includes a training facility, a food and beverage space called Micro Market and an area for a tech café, which is essentially a tech support group, he added.
“We can already feel the impact of having such a bright, active and engaged group of professionals in downtown Allentown,” Jill Wheeler, City Center Allentown’s vice president of sales and marketing, said in a statement. “Having another top corporation come downtown illustrates again that companies – in this case one whose actual business is human resources – recognize that being in a vibrant, urban environment affects their ability to attract and retain talented employees.”
City Center said it also has retail spaces available on the first floor of Five City Center, at Eighth Street and Hamilton Street.
It also has one 24,800-square-foot-office space available on the third floor and another 17,400-square-foot space on the second floor.