Peter Weisman knows you can’t always wait to be asked. So the owner and architect of Corporate Center, a 193-acre business park at the intersection of Business 85 and Bryant Road, is always working on the next project. He’s found that waiting until a company is ready to relocate or expand means losing a lot of business.
“When companies decide they want to move, they don’t want to wait until a building can be built,” Weisman said. “So when one building is between 60 percent and capacity, we start the next one.”
Weisman builds a totally enclosed shell with plumbing and other utilities and waits for the tenants to arrive. That’s when Weisman can alter the space to fit the needs of the tenant. And center officials do all of the designing themselves.
“Corporate Center is a flex park, and the architecture can accommodate a variety of different use groups,” Weisman said.
Sometimes, Weisman can figure out the tenants’ needs better than they can. He told one new tenant that they would need more space in the near future, so he saved the tenant extra room. Within days, the extra space was being used.
That flexibility and planning helped bring new tenants to the business park in the past year. Pectec with 15,000 sq., Holroyd Precision Rotors with 35,000 sq. feet, HSA Advisors with 3,100 sq. feet and Furnacare with 9,300 sq. feet. The new tenants were secured by Dan Dunn of NAI Earle Furman.
Weisman hopes Corporate Center will become a No. 1 stop for business ventures in the Upstate. The center currently has 19 tenants in seven buildings that total 500,000 square feet. The largest tenant is Sterling Contract Packaging. A new building, 151 Corporate Drive — a 50,000-square-foot spec building, is slated for Tenant Improvements for summer 2016
And he’s looking for bigger and better things from the future. Weisman hopes to eventually have 1.5 million square feet of space.