A local employer is moving out of its longtime headquarters amid shifts to more remote work.
LHP is in the process of moving out of its building at 1888 Poshard Drive and expects to be out by the end of the month, said CEO David Glass.
“We are selling the building, and the lease for the land goes with it,” he said.
The Columbus Board of Aviation Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a lease assignment at the property for Ascension Recovery Services, which plans to convert the building into a treatment center for substance abuse. Airport director Brian Payne said LHP’s agreement had a clause that allowed the company to assign the lease to another entity, under the right conditions.
According to previous coverage by The Republic, LHP’s Poshard Drive facility opened in October of 2005 and became the company’s official headquarters in 2006.
Glass said that the post-COVID shift to remote work is part of what drove the company’s decision to leave the facility, as well as LHP’s growth over time. He estimated that company has employees in 33 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.
While LHP still has quite a few employees in Columbus and Indiana, they are not completely concentrated in one area, and a lot of them are working remotely, he said.
“We have the downtown Franklin Street building still that we started operations in in 2002, and so we’ll just consolidate back into that, because each of the buildings are only being about 15% utilization,” Glass said. “So we’re not leaving Columbus. We’re planning to stay here forever and continue to run the business from here.”
He added that they’re doing some painting and other work at the Franklin Street facility to “spruce it up a bit.”