SECPA and SECOM originally operated as two distinct entities in separate locations. As both organizations grew out of their original spaces, the board of directors made the decision to bring them under the same roof. The business leaders found a building in which they could grow, but it required a total gut and remodel. The timeline was aggressive.
To keep the budget in check, the two organizations wanted to use as much of the existing furniture in good condition as they could.
Adding to the challenge, though the companies are affiliated, they operate differently and have diverse cultures. For example, one is well-established, the other is still evolving. One supports walk-in foot traffic, the other conducts business primarily via phone or internet. One holds few meetings, the other holds frequent ideation sessions. Employees of the two organizations never had a prior reason or an opportunity to come together, so they didn’t know each other at all.
Telly Stanger, SECPA Chief Administrative Officer and project manager over the new building, also recalls, “I was so busy at that time. I felt pressure to deliver a solution that met both the timeline and the budget. I worried that I didn’t have time to allow the employees of both organizations to give sufficient input on the new space. I needed the right kind of partner to guide me through this process.”