The Ashforth Company has completed an extensive $12 million capital improvement and amenities program at 3001 Stamford Square, located at 3001 Summer Street. The property consists of 290,000 square feet of office space on eight floors with four levels of underground parking, and is managed by Ashforth.

The building was developed in 1980 by Ashforth and designed by architect Emory Roth & Sons. Ashforth’s major two-phase renovation program upgrades and enhances the building’s overall image aesthetically, structurally and environmentally.

“Our dramatic renovation and new amenities program will help transform 3001 Stamford Square from what is already considered a Class A property to one of the premier office properties in Stamford with local, long-standing ownership and management,” said Darrell Harvey, co-CEO of The Ashforth Company. “We are also particularly pleased that we will be offering transportation to and from 3001 Stamford Square and other Ashforth owned and managed office buildings located on Summer Street, and the Stamford Train Station, with our new shuttle service,” added Harvey.

Designed by Roger Ferris + Partners of Westport, Connecticut, the extensive improvements implement LEED construction standards and include a striking, new modern lobby, state-of-the-art elevators, new bathrooms and tenant common areas, a new environmentally friendly and energy efficient HVAC system, enhanced landscaping, new property identity and directional signage, and contemporary facade enhancements. New amenities along with the private shuttle service are a full-service cafe and a state-of-the-art fitness facility.

“Completing this renovation is a reflection of our confidence in the long-term vitality of the Stamford commercial real estate market,” said Andrew B. Ashforth, co-CEO of The Ashforth Company and CEO of A.P. Construction. “We are pleased to oversee this substantial project for Ashforth and of our high-caliber team of professionals that surround it.”

Phase I of the two-phase capital improvement plan included the construction of the new fitness facility and a major redesign of the main street level access of the parking garage and traffic pattern.

Phase II, the most prominent of the extensive project, saw the building’s two lobby layout undergo a complete redesign and restoration to feature one expansive 4,400-square-foot lobby. The project blended some of the finest architectural components, finishes and styles to create a more updated, inviting introduction to the building. The centerpiece of the redesigned lobby is a stunning, 144-foot-long back-lit, wood ‘feature’ wall that spans the length of the entire lobby from east and west elevator lobby cores and runs behind the concierge desk. This extraordinary wall features a similar lighting material used on the interior walls at the Alice Tully Center at Lincoln Center in New York City. In the evening, the lighted wall is prominently visible coming over the crest of Long Ridge and High Ridge roads heading toward Summer Street.

In addition, this phase focused on landscaping and Ashforth’s shuttle service, the “Ashforth Express”, which began operation this summer.

“These major renovations exemplify to the current and future businesses of 3001 Stamford Square the total commitment Ashforth makes to its tenants and enhances our success marketing 3001 Stamford Square as a strong alternative — with great value and financially sound ownership at competitive rates — to other downtown properties,” said Ed Tonnessen, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle, the exclusive leasing agent for the property. “3001 Stamford Square is offered at rents less than $40 per square foot,” added Tonnessen.

Surrounded by blue-chip corporate neighbors, 3001 is ten minutes from I-95, the Merritt Parkway and the Stamford Train Station and within walking distance of Lord & Taylor, Ridgeway Shopping Center, Stamford Plaza Hotel, banks and restaurants. Major tenants include KPMG and Genworth Financial.