Origen Financial Relocates Fort Worth, Texas Operations
Company moves to 40,000 SF suite in newly constructed 80,000 SF Mercantile Park building
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - March 28, 2005 - Since 1996, Origen Financial, a national consumer manufactured home lender and servicer, has originated more than $2 billion of loans in 41 U.S. states. Currently servicing more than $1.3 billion in loans, Origen targets the highest credit quality sectors of the manufactured housing finance industry to maximize its profitability. The company is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan; all loan servicing activities are controlled in Fort Worth, Texas.
In March, 2005 Origen relocated their North Texas operations to a 40,000 SF suite in Fort Worth's Mercantile II Building in Mercantile Park. Bob Moore Construction worked with Hardy McCullah/MLM Architects, client representative CBRE from Dallas, Texas, and property owner Mercantile Partners to finish out the suite while constructing the 80,000 SF Mercantile II building shell.
"We reviewed all the existing space in Tarrant County," said Doug Williamson, Vice President - Servicing Operations for Origen Financial. "We had previous experience with Mercantile Partners, a very good landlord for us. They presented this facility to us while it was still in the early planning stages, with the opportunity to incorporate various tenant improvements directly into the shell's development. As a result, we were able to value-engineer a variety of features before the first shovel of dirt was turned, and the finished suite looks very upscale. This opportunity turned out to be a very good one for us."
The resulting facility provides a quality balance of comfort, functionality and polished presentation. A large open area stocked with ergonomically designed modular furniture and 22 enclosed offices dominate the Origen suite's work space. The facility includes a substantial network infrastructure, including a computer center with its own environmental and power control systems. The entire facility has its own power backup and can continue to operate even with a loss of electricity to the building. Visitors are welcomed in a finely finished reception area with a split wood / carpet floor pattern, and other special rooms include a large training area with raised access flooring, multiple conference rooms and a boardroom with staggered pattern plank flooring and a suspended diffused lighting fixture.
"The suite was designed to be comfortable, open and easy to work in," said Williamson. "Our employees are just overwhelmed because the suite is beautiful, so much better than what we had before. They're so thankful for how the suite looks and the way it was designed and built."
Williamson was just as enthusiastic about his working relationship with Bob Moore Construction. "Ed McGuire and Matt Mitchell run a tight ship!" he exclaimed. "Their meetings were always productive. The two superintendents on this project were extremely easy to work with. Jeff Taylor was always helpful and on call to respond to questions. He even put off his honeymoon to finish the job. Stacy Langston was the same way, always very responsive and professional. I watched them as they worked with their subcontractors, and the superintendents really made sure things got done right."
"The weather made this project's schedule a challenge," said Ed McGuire, Vice President of Construction for Bob Moore Construction. "Fortunately, Doug Williamson had a clear vision of what he wanted from the very beginning and really understood construction processes. Our superintendents, Stacy and Jeff, did a phenomenal job of working through the rain days, while fulfilling a variety of floor plan design changes and special electrical, data and security requests. We've got an excellent, longstanding relationship with Norman Coates of Hardy McCullah/MLM Architects and Hal Hardister with Mercantile Partners. As always, they did a great job of providing everything they could to help get Origen into their suite comfortably and on time."
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A recipient of the QUOIN / AGC General Contractor of the Year Award, the TEXO / AGC Summit Award for Construction Excellence and the Texas Building Branch-AGC Outstanding Construction Award, Bob Moore Construction has been one of the most respected commercial construction companies in Texas since 1946. An industry leader in tilt-up construction, the company was the first general contractor in the United States to be formally certified as a TCA Certified Company by the Tilt-up Concrete Association (TCA). Bob Moore Construction was also one of the first general contractors in North Texas to be accepted into the OSHA Local Partnership program in recognition of its superior safety program. The company's portfolio includes a wide range of commercial buildings, from warehouses and distribution centers to office buildings and retail stores. Whether it is providing general contractor, design / build or construction management services, Bob Moore Construction's goal remains the same: to deliver quality construction projects on time and in budget. Bob Moore Construction is a member of TEXO / Associated General Contractors of America, American Concrete Institute and a sustaining member of the TCA.
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