DuBois & King Relocates to Downtown Randolph
Randolph, Vermont- DuBois & King, Inc., a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, located 2.5 miles out of the center of Randolph on Vermont Route 66, is packing up and moving to the center of town. Sounds simple enough, right? It took five years of effort and the involvement of eleven federal, state, and regional agencies. The new building, on the site of the old Village School, is nearing completion and moving day is soon approaching.
In business since 1962, DuBois & King has operated outside of town near Exit 4, off Interstate 89, for 33 years. Proximity to the Interstate was a major factor in originally locating the business on Route 66. Extensive travel is required to service clients throughout Vermont and New England.
So, why move? And why move into town? When companies need to expand or want to move into the area, the trend has been to find a parcel of land outside of town, near the interstate, for the new construction site. What would make a company face the challenges to move into a historic downtown?
The Randolph Village School, located on Main Street, was built in 1911 and vacated in 1999 when the new elementary school opened its doors. DuBois & King was retained by the Town to evaluate the structure of the old school and to identify what upgrades would be required to bring the building up to current code. It was determined that structural deficiencies were so severe that the costs of salvaging the building were prohibitive. DuBois & King presented the Town with alternative concepts and cost estimates for adaptive reuse of the site.
DuBois & King was feeling growing pains and began to consider the old Village School site as a potential new location for their firm. During this time, Vermont Technical College was in the process of seeking a facility to house a new Business Technology Incubator. DuBois & King's existing offices would be perfect for the College. The pieces of the puzzle were there, they just had to be put together.
The Town and the people of Randolph have developed strategies for facing adversity, generating community spirit, and making things happen. In the early 1990's three fires devastated a large part of the Downtown. The Town and local business people with the help of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation committed to invest in the future of Randolph and rebuild on the ashes of the fires. There was a strong desire to maintain the Downtown as a vital cultural and commercial center. DuBois & King felt that the Town and RACDC would be good partners and collaborators. Thus began a five year public/private partnership effort to win approval to demolish the old school building and secure the funding to develop an adaptive reuse of the site that would help bring economic revitalization of the Downtown commercial district.
"Looking back now, at the enormous effort, it probably would have been easier, not to move into town." says William H. Baumann P.E. President and CEO of DuBois & King. "We are committed to Randolph and we believe the move will be beneficial to the local economy and will help ensure that the Downtown remains a strong center for the community. As we have seen in other towns, once the outskirts of a community develop disproportionately to the center, it becomes increasingly difficult for the town to maintain a sense of community spirit, a sense of belonging to a place. Without that sense of belonging it is hard to foster economic vitality or manage growth."
Having nearly seventy additional people working in the center of town five days a week will surely make a positive economic impact on Randolph, but what does it do for DuBois and King? The end of a long, difficult, and rewarding effort is in sight for Baumann. "We will be in a new building with more space and even room to grow. A really big thrill for us has been to have the opportunity to design and engineer a highly efficient and intelligent building for ourselves. We have helped our clients realize the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficient design. Now it's our turn. It will be a very healthy work environment, filled with clean, fresh air and natural light. Even though the new building is 25% larger than our present facility, our annual energy costs and consumption will be 15% less. That's good for everybody."
DuBois & King has branch offices in Williston, Vermont and Nashua, New Hampshire, and plan to be moved into the new Randolph headquarters by December 1 of this year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Manager, Business Development
DuBois & King
Phone 802 728 3376