The ACR, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, marked another milestone at the end of October. The organization’s headquarters and staff offices in Atlanta moved into the first building wholly owned by the ACR. Since its start, the ACR has always leased office space. About a year ago, Mark Andrejeski, the ACR’s executive vice president, and the executive committee of the ACR board of directors began seriously considering the option of buying a building versus continuing to lease property.
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The executive committee knew they were in need of a new space, with their lease coming to an end November 30 and an office that was bursting at the seams. “We have always thought it would be a good idea to purchase a space because the College has grown so much,” says Stanley Cohen, MD, president of the ACR, “and with the recent economic issues [the executive committee] felt a prudent use of our reserves would be to purchase a building for the College, rather than continuing to rent.”
New Location with Many Benefits
The building the ACR has purchased is located at 2200 Lake Boulevard in Atlanta, in a development called Lenox Park. According to Andrejeski, one of the main objectives the executive committee had for their building search was finding a property close to the previously rented space, to minimize changes to the staff’s commuting patterns. The new building, just four miles from the previous ACR office, is actually closer to Atlanta public transportation options, according to Andrejeski, which should make commuting smooth and efficient for staff and visitors. The new building is near the Lenox stop of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s (MARTA’s) NE7 line. From there, a brief ride on a Buckhead Uptown Connection bus, more commonly referred to as “the Buc,” or a short walk brings you to the ACR office. The Buc’s lunchtime route to the Lenox Mall Food Court and other area restaurants is another amenity for staff and visitors.
Ample space to work in is another positive change the ACR headquarters’ staff will experience as a result of the move. According to Andrejeski, the ACR staff has been growing in the last seven or eight years. Currently, the ACR staff numbers 72. The recent growth resulted in the formerly leased building simply running out of space. The ACR’s spacious new building boasts over 100 offices and offers more than enough space for the current staff—and it gives the ACR the capacity to increase the staff by 50%, says Andrejeski.