Growing Charlotte-Based Software Services Company to Customize 16,000-Square-Foot Space in Historic Gama Goat Building
Charlotte, NC – ATCO Properties & Management (“ATCO”), along with partner Shorenstein Properties, LLC (“Shorenstein”), announced today that software firm Kingsmen Software is relocating its headquarters to 16,000 square feet at Camp North End’s historic Gama Goat Building, bringing the project’s site-wide occupancy to 72%.
Founded in 2013 and led by managing partners Greg Hart, Bill Clerici, and Kevin Carney, Kingsmen creates high-quality custom software products for a wide range of customers spanning the financial services and fintech sectors to healthcare companies, many of which are national household names.
Kingsmen, which currently has approximately 60 employees, expects to expand its workforce by 20-30% annually in the coming years. To accommodate this growth, the company will relocate from its current 7,800-square-foot office at the historic Camden Cotton Mill in Fourth Ward, to Camp North End at the beginning of 2023.
Kingsmen’s build-to-suit space will be located at 1701 N. Graham Street, Suite 310, in the northern section of the 140,000-square-foot Gama Goat Building. Working with REDLINE Design Group, Kingsmen will create its new headquarters within 14,500 square feet of space on the ground level and the creation of a 1,500-square-foot interior mezzanine.
Defined by high ceilings, clearstory windows, steel beams, wooden trusses and exposed bricks, the layout will incorporate team-based workstations and designated areas for flexibility and collaboration. The new headquarters will also feature a podcast recording studio, 12-foot video wall, “stairatorium” to the mezzanine and a speakeasy pub. Employees will also take advantage of outdoor seating and work areas.
According to Hart, Kingsmen’s team-focused, output-based approach in a hybrid work environment informed their design plans: “Our employees enjoy unlimited paid time off and a flexible hybrid work schedule, and we are still bursting at the seams in our current location. Relocating to Camp North End allows us to create a signature gathering space for Kingsmen’s high-performing team members that is fun and facilitates comradery. This kind of collaborative setting has proven to drive the best results for our company.”
In addition to day-to-day operations, Kingsmen will use the space to host events, conferences and industry meet-ups. Designing the space to accommodate for a variety of uses was an important factor in Kingsmen’s selection process, says Clerici: “The Gama Goat building provides us with a unique opportunity to be in an adaptive re-use space that can be tailored to best serve our employees, and in turn our customers. Moving to Camp North End means joining a thriving ecosystem of food, beverage and retail businesses for our employees to enjoy.”
Tommy Mann, Development Director of Camp North End, added: “Kingsmen understands that a high-quality work environment is essential in recruiting talent and cultivating a healthy company culture. We redeveloped the Gama Goat building into Class A creative office space to attract growth-oriented, innovative companies like Kingsmen. We are pleased to have them join our roster and further strengthen Camp North End’s vibrant business community.”
The Gama Goat Building opened in the summer of 2020, following a major redevelopment led by ATCO and Shorenstein, along with design architect S9 Architecture, local production architect BB+M Architecture and civil engineer/landscape architect LandDesign. In the late 1960s, the industrial structure was used by the U.S. Army to assemble Gama Goat military vehicles.
Today the property features passageways that cut through the building to connect with cross-streets in the neighborhood, creating new east-west connectivity within the site and the broader North End corridor. The Gama Goat Building is located in Camp North End’s Keswick District, which is also home to CloudGenera, Rent EBoards Charlotte, YVY Fitness, Windy O’Connor Art + Home and food stalls Bleu Barn North End, La Caseta, Plant Joy, and SARU.
Kingsmen was represented by John Christenbury of CBRE. Building ownership was represented by Jessica Brown and David Dorsch of Cushman & Wakefield. DPR is serving as the general contractor for Kingsmen’s space.
About Camp North End
Developed by ATCO Properties & Management, Camp North End is a state-of-the-art creative development that is being designed and curated to cater to today’s most innovative and cutting-edge companies in Charlotte’s up-and-coming North End Smart District. Select Camp North End buildings are being jointly developed by ATCO and Shorenstein Properties, LLC.
As one of the largest adaptive reuse projects currently underway in the U.S., the project is transforming a historic 76-acre site where people once manufactured Model T cars and assembled US Army missiles into a catalytic hub of creativity and ideas.
With over 300,000 square feet of space already redeveloped for work, artistic expression, dining and hospitality, entertainment, recreation, and community building, and another 1.5 million square feet on the way, Camp North End's curated development will drive growth for the businesses that join its community.
For more information about Camp North End, visit the official Camp North End website at https://camp.nc/ or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn at @campnorthend.
About Kingsmen Software
Kingsmen Software is a software services company that crafts high-quality software products and helps their clients do the same via their exclusive approach, The Kingsmen Way, which combines processes, tooling, automation, and frameworks to enable scalability, efficiency, and business agility. Visit www.kingsmensoftware.com.