POSTED: 6/29/15

Design Center Adds Multiple New Tenants

Occupancy rate above 91%

Charlotte, NC – The Design Center of the Carolinas (DCC) is enjoying over 90% occupancy as six new tenants have leased a total of 15,268 SF in the historic South End office complex.   Owner Ram Realty Services announces the addition of Gray Construction, Seafoods.com, Energy Renewal Partners, SEN Design, Feetures!, and The Avalon Group.

The gathering place for creativity and an inspiring environment for innovative businesses, the Design Center is the symbolic heart of South End with its iconic water tower.  The Design Center is a three-building complex, of which two are historic.

Gray Construction has leased 4,121 SF. Serving as Gray’s South Atlantic office, the DCC location provides a full spectrum of engineering, architecture and construction services to customers interested in expanding or locating in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas and The Keith Corporation represented Gray Construction.

Seafoods.com has leased 3,329 SF in the Courtyard Building. Seafoods.com is a Solutions-Based Company; their goal to become each and every one of their customers’ single greatest resource for fresh seafood and premium proteins.  Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas. Mike Kemmet of Cassidy Turley represented Seafoods.com.

Energy Renewal Partners is leasing 2,761 SF in the Courtyard Building. Energy Renewal Partners’ experienced team provides the entire spectrum of environmental and consulting services to energy sector clients. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas with Energy Renewal Partners represented by Kristy Venning of Beacon Development.

SEN Design is leasing 2,135 SF in the Courtyard Building.  Founded in 1994, SEN is the industry’s first and largest kitchen and bathroom buying group. They improve the business capabilities and bottom lines of their clients by offering valuable education, training, marketing support, business development, and coaching based on their client’s specific needs. Gus Postal, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas. Holly Alexander of New South Properties of the Carolinas represented SEN Design in the transaction.

Feetures! has leased 1,207 SF also in the Courtyard Building. A family-run company with a global reach, they harness new technology with the goal of producing the best performance socks in the world. Peter Katz, CCIM, formerly of Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA represented the DCC and Feetures! was represented by Bo Younts of My Townhomes Realty.

The Avalon Group has leased 1,715 SF in the Atrium Building. The Avalon Group is a sales, marketing and logistics firm specialized in the brand development of European-based Men’s and Women’s fashion apparel and footwear. The company is focused on the wholesale trade sector to upscale retail institutions with a territory that spans the United States and Canada. Gus Postal, Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA, represented the Design Center of the Carolinas and Julie Cash of Keller Williams Realty handled The Avalon Group.

“With these new leases we are pleased to announce that the Design Center of the Carolinas is at a 91% occupancy rate,” said Phil Heath, Ram’s Vice President of Commercial Asset Management.  “Ram has a long-term commitment to the Charlotte market and this level of interest further validates our confidence in the improvement of the local office market and the continued desirability of DCC as the office hub for forward-thinking businesses.”

Our mission is simple. To attract a community of businesses who share a creative spirit and connection.

Whether your specialization is design-related in nature, or you simply want to work in a truly special place that will inspire your best, consider the Design Center as a workplace like no other.