Pike-LeCesse Merger Working For Both Companies
It's been nearly three months since the Pike Company and LeCesse Construction merged their services. Although Pike acquired LeCesse, both companies are retaining their names, leadership and staff.
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The Pike Company's roots date back to the 1800s, while LeCesse's been in business since the 1950s.
Pike's leadership says the two companies complement one another by expanding their reach and customer base.
"It's going great. They're a wonderful company. We're finding the people, the culture, the way we approach our relationship with our customers, we're just absolutely in sync, it's wonderful," said Tom Judson, CEO of The Pike Company.
One of the Pike Company's largest projects is Midtown. LeCesse is not involved, as the project was underway prior to last December's merger.
Pike's redevelopment of the Seneca Building at the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue downtown is nearly complete.
"We really got into the construction around May of 2012, so we went pretty well on the project," said Tom Sawyer, Pike Company project superintendent.
Windstream will occupy nearly 64,000 square feet of the renovated building, utilizing space on the first and second floors, along with the basement level. Open areas will soon have cubicles for technical staff. There are also a number of individual offices on each floor.
Furnishings are scheduled to be installed by April 15 with more than 300 Windstream employees working there by July 1.
"Very exciting for all of us, it's been great. It's a nice start for the development here at Windstream to come into the Midtown site, it's a great feeling," Sawyer said.
Sixty workers were on site during the peak of construction. That's down to about 25 now doing some finishing touches. Once work inside is complete, you'll see more being done on the surrounding property outdoors.
"The work is going on to do the infrastructure so you're going to see it pretty soon come up to grade and they're going to start working on the streets and other things. And we have a developer for the tower and we're working on the details of that now," said Tom Richards, (D), Rochester mayor.
The third floor of the building remains unfinished. Developers are seeking a tenant interested in renting that space.