FARGO - The Railyard development just west of Fargo’s downtown has seen another building reborn.
Office furniture supply firm InterOffice now takes up half of the revamped double quonset-hut style Smith Building.
The former bus repair shop had been in rough shape for years, but it has been transformed. The rough, cracked concrete floor is gone and lots of windows have been added, turning it into a bright, modern 11,000-square-foot showroom for office and home furnishings.
Manager Aubree Leiser said Suite A at 1630 1st Ave. N., is double the space InterOffice had at its previous home on the mezzanine level of the Ford Building in downtown Fargo.
“The move over here seemed just right,” Leiser said Wednesday, June 5. “I like it. I like it a lot.”
Tuesday, June 4 was the first official day of business after InterOffice’s move, and workers were still finishing offices and making other touch-ups. Leiser said a grand opening celebration will be held later this summer.
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Office furniture and displays dominate the ground floor, while a mezzanine level holds a sampling of residential furniture available by order from Stickley Furniture.
“We’re excited to be here at The Railyard,” Leiser said, adding that the mix of businesses “kind of makes this area a destination.”
The Railyard is also home to the immensely successful Drekker brewery and taproom, dubbed “Brewhalla,” and CrossFit Icehouse.
Kevin Bartram of Mutchler Bartram Architects said that except for the 11,000-square-feet in the quonset still being refurbished next to InterOffice, “the whole complex is full.”
“We kind of like the campus feel of everything. The brick building (Drekker), the quonset and the Icehouse building,” Bartram said.
The Smith Building may have looked rough, but “there really was good value in that space,” Bartram said. “Quite a bit of headroom. An interesting space. It was more valuable to remodel it than tear it down.”
Bartram said that bringing in another business to the Smith building that’s compatible with the other businesses at The Railyard will be important.
The remaining space has the potential to be a co-working facility, or could perhaps be used for retreats, seminars and webinars, he said.
“We’re trying to get some synergies between the different uses. Hopefully, everyone is compatible with everyone,” Bartram said.