On June 21, Cooper Pest Solutions held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with more than 300 attendees at its new multi-generational building at 2495 Brunswick Pike in Lawrenceville, N.J.
“We had a wonderful turnout, and everyone seemed to enjoy all the new features of our headquarters,” says Phillip Cooper, CEO of the firm, which was recently acquired by Terminix. “From Lawrenceville’s Mayor Christopher Bobbitt to our employees’ families, the building was filled with laughter and smiles of enjoyment. I really couldn’t ask for a better grand opening.”
Guided tours with Cooper employees highlighted the renovated building’s new assets, including Butterfly Lane. The window-filled room allows for a bright and open work area.
Cooper says that all evening The Hive, which is the building’s game room, was flooded with smiling faces.
“You can see the joy in everyone just by standing back and observing,” he says. “Both kids and adults of all ages are enjoying the atmosphere, and that’s what I was trying to achieve with this building.
“What I envisioned was creating a space that was multi-generational,” he adds. “I wanted to create a space that embodied our culture, thus promoting productivity and a positive working environment.”
Cooper says that during his first walkthrough of the facility during the site selection process, it didn’t feel like the right fit. However, after seeing 30 other buildings, he revisited the site.
“After walking it a second time, I was able to visualize what we could really make this space become,” he explains. “The 25-foot-high ceiling with a clear span and no columns, room for a second floor and lots of items that we could repurpose, provided me with the ingredients for the perfect recipe. There were endless possibilities with what we wanted to create here. It turned out to be the perfect space for the unique vision I had for our new headquarters.”
During the set-up of the new space, Cooper did daily walk-throughs and made adjustments to his vision by using feedback from colleagues and employees.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to see something that you have envisioned and created on paper actually come to life, and bring joy to others in the community,” Cooper says. “This building is more than just a pest control business. It is the foundation for our WOW culture, the building block to revitalizing this shopping center and our community, as well as the home to so many incredible people, without whom none of this would be possible.”
To see a “drone tour” of the new headquarters, click here.