GJM Building New Maumee Office
Rendering courtesy of: SSOE
Gilmore Jasion Mahler has purchased a building in Maumee’s Arrowhead Park and work is underway to transform it into the firm’s new Toledo area headquarters. The property at 1785 Indian Wood Circle will offer more space to accommodate GJM’s growth in recent years and allow for future growth as well. A rendering of the new GJM Maumee headquarters shows a dramatic transformation of the current structure, which many familiar with Arrowhead Park may know as the former Eaton training center. The new GJM office will feature a striking glass façade built onto the east side of the building.
Designed by architectural firm SSOE, the new office is 24,000 square feet, compared to GJM’s current office at 1715 Indian Wood Circle, which is only 17,000 square feet. It will include offices with several open office areas, conference rooms and a number of collaboration zones, which will offer tucked away areas with comfortable seating for informal collaborative work. The building will also feature a café, learning center and wellness room.
“From the very beginning this project has been about creating a new office that reflects what our staff wants,” says Firm Administrator Itzel Krauss. “We heard that natural light is important, so we incorporated the glass façade and will add more windows on the west wall of the building. We also decided to keep the offices more internal so that the employee work stations will be more on the perimeter and have more exposure to natural light.”
The firm has encouraged staff input on many of the decisions related to the new building, including its location. Staff members have also given input on many of the amenities and features in the building including lighting, height-adjustable work stations, necessary storage, and features in the café, to name a few. Staff members are also helping to select desk seating by testing out three possible new desk chairs for comfort, ease of use and support.
“Who better to help us create this office than our staff? We’ve leased space for years and we thought it was the right time to purchase our own building and put our own unique GJM stamp on it,” says Managing Partner Kevin Gilmore. “We’ve always said we’re not your stereotypical CPAs. As we embrace innovation in our own firm, it’s exciting to build an innovative work space as well. These next few months will be exciting as we all see things take shape.”
Working closely with SSOE’s architect and interior designer on the interiors, American Interiors and ELEVATE Interior Construction is coordinating interior design work including furniture and pre-fab interior construction. Maumee-based Program Solutions Group is the construction manager & general contractor. Demolition at the site started in late April with an anticipated move to the new building by the fall of 2019. Gilmore Jasion Mahler has made other moves through the years responding to growth. Originally in office space at One Seagate, the firm added a location on West Central Avenue before consolidating to the current location in Arrowhead Park in 2003. In that time the firm has grown to over 100 people in two offices.
Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory, healthcare management and outsourced accounting. The firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.