Community leaders, elected officials, project partners and employees of South Jersey Gas (SJG), a subsidiary of SJI, gathered yesterday at the location of the company’s new 75,000-square-foot utility headquarters in Atlantic City for a hard hat tour of this developing site.
“As the construction of our new headquarters nears its targeted fall completion, we wanted to celebrate our progress to date with the many stakeholders who have supported this project,” said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. “We are proud to provide today’s guests with an inside view of the foundation of our new building, which will accommodate our growing workforce and ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our growing customer base throughout southern New Jersey – reinforcing the foundation of our business.”
Participants toured floors from the ground level up, surveying the areas that will house the South Jersey Gas customer care center, dispatch operations, and the Sales and Marketing group, among others. Participants were provided a view of the work space, where company leaders who will oversee employees in the new headquarters highlighted the special features of each floor. Among the highlights were the employee fitness center and café, as the company is committed to providing employees with modern amenities focused on wellness and an improved quality of life. Throughout the tour, participants received exclusive first looks at the interior of the facility as well as the surrounding grounds and exterior environment – enjoying the incredible beach and ocean views this state-of-the-art office provides.
Construction of the new South Jersey Gas headquarters began in 2017 and is targeted for completion in late 2018. Located on Atlantic Avenue between Roosevelt and Lincoln Place, the six-floor building is being constructed atop a multi-story parking garage and will feature dynamic office space with modern workstations, training facilities, multi-use meeting space and a variety of on-site amenities for employees.
Approximately 194 construction jobs have been created through the project to date through cooperative partnerships between South Jersey Gas and project partners AC Devco, the South Jersey Building Trades and Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc. Once completed, the facility will house approximately 200 company professionals from across the region – introducing new job opportunities to the city and further stimulating growth.
“From management to our frontline employees, we’re very excited to move into our new South Jersey Gas headquarters later this year. With each milestone we met, from placing the final beam to installing the glass at the building’s entry, our employees have been engaged and are eager to move into this innovative, state-of-the-art work environment close to the boardwalk. We’ve enjoyed engaging employees in the selection of names for our new conference spaces and the testing of office furniture to find what fits them best. Next up, employees will help with the selection of the art and creative pieces that will be showcased around the building.”
SJG’s new corporate headquarters is part of a collaboration known as the Atlantic City Gateway Project – a $210 million public-private redevelopment initiative on 270,000 square feet of land in the heart of the city. In addition to SJG’s new headquarters, the project also includes the beachfront satellite campus for Stockton University and an 879-space parking garage with 7,000 square feet of retail space.
“We consider this return to Atlantic City as a kind of homecoming,” added Dave Robbins. “We’re energized by the prospect of returning to our roots and helping Atlantic City return to the vibrant, bustling, beach venue that we know it to be.”
Back in the early 1900s, South Jersey Gas was located in Atlantic City on North Michigan Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. The construction of this new office and relocation of our utility employees in Atlantic City also provides the opportunity to invest in the corporate SJI headquarters in Folsom. Work is expected to begin at that Atlantic County location later in the year, reinventing this workspace to provide the nearly 200 corporate office employees who will remain in Folsom with equally exciting amenities.
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