Omnia Group to Relocate to the Dakota Building in Tampa
Tampa, FL (June 25, 2012)  
After nearly 25 years in its existing office space, The Omnia Group has signed a seven-year 7,933-square-foot lease to relocate its headquarters to the Dakota Building located at 1501 W. Cleveland Street in Tampa, according to its real estate advisor Studley.
The behavioral assessment and employment consulting firm, which has occupied space at 601 S. Boulevard Street since 1987, was facing an impending lease expiration and engaged Studley in 2011 to evaluate its real estate options.

"We were looking for a design that fits the way we do business today and made the decision to relocate rather than operate through significant construction to modify our existing space," said Valerie Harwell, the firm's President and CEO. "During the search process, Studley left no stone unturned and did an amazing job finding space options for us to consider. Ultimately, we wanted space that shows our personality and supports our company culture. It's never easy to make such a monumental decision. Not only does this move make financial sense but it will breathe new life into our team through modern interior design and roomy, ergonomic offices," Harwell added.

The Dakota Building is a two-story 41,527-square-foot building with Class A finishes that is located minutes from downtown Tampa, I-275 and I-4. According to Harwell, the ability to design our own space from scratch coupled with the building's prominent visibility became key factors in the firm?s decision.

"In addition to securing a favorable rental rate, Studley negotiated signage on top of our new building that will allow "Omnia" to be seen from Kennedy Boulevard, which we found to be highly attractive." Harwell added, referring to the prominent roadway that connects downtown Tampa to the Westshore Business district.

Omnia's new headquarters will feature a state-of-the-art training room designed to enhance the client experience. "Our goal was to increase the efficiency of the firm's workplace environment without compromising the unique culture that has made their firm such a success," said Studley Senior Vice President and Branch Manager Cheri O'Neil, who represented Omnia in the transaction.

Gary Godsey of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the building's landlord, The Dakota Building, LLC. According to O'Neil, the consulting firm is expected to move into its new space by July 15, 2012.