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First Look: Huntington Center Upgrades

Brent Warren Brent Warren First Look: Huntington Center UpgradesThe new rooftop amenity space. Photos by Brent Warren.
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A new rooftop terrace is among the upgrades being unveiled this week at Huntington Center, the 37-story office building with the stair step roof that has been a recognizable fixture of the Columbus skyline since its completion in 1984.

The new terrace sits in the middle of the roof, and is set back enough from the edge that it is not easily visible from afar. It is accessible from a new tenant lounge on the 36th floor that features a bar, several conference rooms, and a variety of spaces designed for both formal and informal meetings.

The new amenities at the top of the building are coming online as several other improvements are wrapping up below, including a modernized elevator system, new furniture and art work in several common areas, and a large green wall that serves as a new centerpiece of the lobby.

“It’s the largest capital injection this building has ever seen,” General Property Manager Tyler Steele said, of the $16 million project. “It’s a significant investment in Downtown.”

He said that the response so far from tenants – both existing and prospective – has been positive. The building is currently home to 40 different tenants, who employ between 2,500 and 3,000 people, good for an occupancy rate of just over 87 percent.

“We want to continue to be one of the premier addresses,” added Steele. “This isn’t about fixing the broken, this is about staying in front of everyone else…about taking something that is a high standard already and taking it to the next level.”

The one million-square-foot building, which is located at 41 S. High St., was originally developed and is still managed by Hines. Carlton Associates is the owner of the property.

The two-story, 2,400-square-foot green wall contains 8,500 plants.
A new concierge console was designed by local artist Mark Lagergren.
A piece by local artist Laura Alexander.
A 4,000-square-foot lounge on the 36th floor serves as an amenity space for tenants.
The new amenity space features a bar.
The rooftop terrace is 550 feet above ground.
A view of the Scioto Peninsula and Franklinton to the west.
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