05232011 CRI to Sell Building on College Drive in Dalton GA
CARPET & RUG INSTITUTE TO SELL DALTON HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
DALTON, GA – The Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) Board of Directors have agreed to sell its 15,506 sq.ft., 40 year-old building on College Driive to Dalton State College. The CRI will move to 100 S. Hamilton St in downtown Dalton., according to CRI president Werner Braun.
The 10,650 sq. ft. building CRI will occupy previously served as the central office for Dalton Public Schools and is now owned by the city of Dalton. The move is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2012.
“My personal interest in this is to help in the spirit of continuing to revitalize the downtown area,” said Braun. “CRI has a lot of meetings every week that will bring people downtown. We have quite a few luncheon meetings and would certainly give an opportunity to the food services people downtown to cater our lunches.”
Braun said the CRI board was happy about giving the college more space since it is “landlocked,” with mountains to the west, I-75 to the east and limited space to the north and south. Moving will allow CRI to “reduce its environmental footprint,” which is what the industry has also focused on, Braun said.
“We have a lot of space here, a lot more than we need for the number of people that we have,” added Braun. “Being able to move into a building that is more right-sized for the number of folks we have, we’ll reduce our environmental footprint and in addition to that, it will reduce our energy costs.”
The CRI employs 16 people, including a Washington, DC-based employee.
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