For Hatch Mott MacDonald, the lease signifies a headquarters expansion and relocation from its current base in Millburn, N.J. Ranked 35th on Engineering News Record’s Top 500 list of U.S. design firms, the engineering and design firm operates 70 offices in North America, with a focus on infrastructure, transportation, water projects and environmental services. The lease encompasses 71,351 square feet including the entire third and fifth floors and part of the fourth floor of the 255,000-square-
“The new location will provide additional office space to accommodate our anticipated growth needs,” said Nicholas DeNichilo, HMM president and CEO. “After considering other locations in Central and Northern New Jersey, MetroTop was selected because of its excellent highway and rail access, facilitating travel to other HMM offices along the east coast.
“Also, having the Woodbridge Hilton Hotel adjacent to the office will be convenient for clients and staff attending corporate events at our new location,” he said. “Overall, MetroTop had the best combination of location, access and amenities among all of the locations that we considered.”
For MetroTop Plaza II, which was completed and readied for fit-out at the end of 2011, the HMM signing marks the building’s 100 percent lease-up in just nine months. HMM’s lease follows the recent signing of accounting firm EisnerAmper for 87,000 square feet, and earlier leases with Ansell Healthcare, Vitech Systems Group and McDonald’s Corp.
“This transaction, the second lease in excess of 80,000 square feet, concluded here within 30 days, is a testament to the quality of the building Atlantic Realty has developed, and to the desirability of the MetroPark location in Central New Jersey,” said Giannone. “The more than 250,000 square feet leased at MetroTop over the past nine months has changed the leasing dynamics of this submarket, and we expect to see an increase in asking rents and fewer concessions as the market continues to improve.”
MetroTop Plaza II and the 90,000-square-