Hargrove Controls + Automation Announces Renovation of WALA Building in Downtown Mobile
Mar 21, 2017
Hargrove Controls + Automation has begun renovations on the former WALA building at 208 Government Street in downtown Mobile. The City of Mobile and Mayor Sandy Simpson held an unveiling of the architectural rendering on Thursday, February 16, in conjunction with Hargrove, Cummings Architecture and the Downtown Mobile Alliance.
In an effort to breathe new life into the space, Hargrove Controls + Automation will also be adding a gallery, or balcony, facing Government Street, reminiscent of old Mobile and similar to the structure of adjacent streets. This will become one of the largest balconies on the parade route and will provide an additional covered walkway for those traveling parallel to the courthouse.
The WALA building renovation will significantly expand Hargrove’s campus in the area. As one of the first buildings seen upon exiting the Bankhead Tunnel, this project will also improve the overall aesthetic of Government Street, blending it more seamlessly with the surrounding French and Spanish architectural influences. After receiving a new façade in 1970 when it became the home of WALA, the 23,500 square foot building has been vacant for the last 15 years. The new office will utilize 19,000 square feet of space, leaving the remaining 4,500 square feet for potential lease.
After celebrating their fourth anniversary on January 1, 2017, Hargrove Controls + Automation looks forward to continued growth in downtown Mobile. The Controls + Automation team is responsible for developing computer systems that operate industrial facilities such as paper mills, chemical plants, power plants, refineries, and manufacturers. Corporate Director of Automation Technology for Hargrove, Matt Burton, PE, explained, “This newly restored building will accommodate our rapid growth and initially house 65 teammates. By relocating the panel shop and automation business units to a common location, we will improve our capabilities, quality, and overall customer experience. As our business grows, this new location will allow Hargrove to continue hiring top industry experts in the heart of downtown Mobile.”
Hargrove has garnered a reputation for renovating and revitalizing the area by restoring buildings to their former glory while serving new purposes. The team is proud to be at the forefront of the city's restorative efforts by continuing to make downtown Mobile a hub for innovation and technology jobs. The controls and automation business will drive client visits from all over the country and the world, impacting not only commerce, but tourism in downtown Mobile.