For a quarter century, employees of Whittlesey & Hadley looked up at the downtown Hartford towers from their offices in a three-story building on Charter Oak Avenue.
Now, workers at the accounting firm are getting accustomed to the view from 24 stories up.
In late December, the firm moved into the 280 Trumbull office tower after a search of space in both the city and the suburbs. (Their search included Metro Center, a block to the west, space that has subsequently been leased by another accounting firm, CohnReznick.)
Managing partner Drew Andrews told me it took some time getting used to being up in a tower, and not just for the views.
The firm is now all on one floor, rather than three. While that has its clear benefits — far less “up and down,” catching up with colleagues can be a bit more of a challenge.
For instance, when Andrews wanted to see tax partner Dave Zubrow back on Charter Oak, Andrews would just walk up a flight of stairs. Zubrow’s office was right above Andrews’.
Now, Zubrow’s office is diagonally at the farthest end of the 25,000-square-foot space at 280 Trumbull.
“I have to call him and make sure he’s at his desk before I see him,” Andrews said. “It’s like making an appointment.”
Andrews said he is looking forward to warmer weather to see the benefits of now being in the heart of downtown and the firm’s employees being able to walk to more appointments in the city.