LOWELL -- For Alan Popkin and the employees at ahp Architects, Inc., it has always been about what the client's space will look like.
But recently, the tables were turned as the growing architecture and interior design firm scanned the area for a new home.
As an architect and designer, Popkin was pulled to the Boott Mills in downtown Lowell -- attracted by the look of old mill buildings.
"I just love the feel of the space," said Popkin, owner and principal of the firm. "The brick and exposed wood is timeless."
Since December, the eight employees of ahp Architects have been settling in to the new space at 116 John St., in Suite 115.
They had been in downtown Chelmsford for nine years in a residential-style office building. With about 2,000 square feet there, they felt like they were bursting at the seams as they hired more employees.
Today, they're in a 3,500-square-foot space, where there's plenty of room to go over the design process with clients. In Chelmsford, the conference room was also the library, lined with all of the materials for clients to go over.
"Now we have this huge library, so I can lay out stuff everywhere," said Corinne Maleski, director of interior design. "Now I can show everything at once, and not have to do it in sections."
The firm mostly works on commercial projects -- providing architecture, planning and interior expertise within the corporate, life science, healthcare, retail, and research and development sectors on interior fit-up and new building construction projects.
Services include planning and feasibility studies, permitting, space planning and much more.
Their project sizes range from 1,500 to 150,000 square feet. They have done work locally, including the nine building, 590,000-square-foot multi-tenant campus on Crosby Drive in Bedford, and around the world -- such as the Greatbatch facility in Tijuana, Mexico.
Their attention to detail and team consistency has led to plenty of repeat business from clients, Popkin said.
"We are in front of clients consistently," Maleski added. "We are very invested in the relationship."
Moving in to the Boott Mills was seamless, Popkin said, adding that building owners Farley White have been great to work with.
There will be an official ribbon cutting at the new space with Mayor Bill Samaras on Thursday at 10 a.m.
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