The old Odd Fellows’ Hall in nearby Chandler, Ariz., sat abandoned--an eyesore in the heart of the downtown area. Built in 1928 by the Odd Fellows, the building included a first-floor armory, with meeting rooms upstairs. Jack McCormick, CEO of McCormick, said the building had been abandoned for about a decade.
“We knew there would be challenges, starting right with the demolition,” McCormick said. “We got it completely demo’d, down to the bare inside walls. We jacked up and rebuilt the roof, which was sagging about 1 ½ ft in the center.”
The new McCormick Systems home, the first building it has owned in its 22-year history, also features antique doors and windows that match the original exterior look. Stucco was also removed from the interior walls, letting the original brick show through.
Today, 25 McCormick Systems employees work in the new building, with additional accommodations for as many as 10 additional staff members.