Here’s to the next 100 years
The saying goes that history repeats itself — and for EY, that’s a good thing. Our brand-new, state-of-the-art office building in Cleveland, Ohio both honors our century-old legacy and looks toward the future.
“We have a very strong presence, brand, legacy and heritage in northeastern Ohio,” says EY Cleveland Office Managing Partner Lee Thomas.
Our relationship with Cleveland dates back to 1903, when Alwin C. Ernst and his brother Theodore established the firm of Ernst & Ernst. In 1922, Alwin signed the first lease on the historic Huntington Building, in which EY occupied space for 91 years.
By 2007, it became obvious that we needed new space that could be configured for state-of-the-art technology. Rather than moving to a suburban office park, we opted to remain downtown, staying true to our origins and contributing to the renaissance of Cleveland — a city that had begun investing vigorously in its people, communities, businesses and neighborhoods.
In June 2013, we opened our new offices as the anchor tenant in an 18-story office building, the first to be constructed in Cleveland in the past 20 years and part of a project to revitalize the historic Cleveland Flats, a once-thriving commercial district located along the Cuyahoga River. In addition to office facilities, the project includes hotels, restaurants, apartments and retail buildings.
“Moving to this space has been really wonderful,” says Lee. “ It’s a better working environment for our people — designed to support the way we work today. We have brand-new technology and collaborative spaces around the office that include plenty of conference rooms. The panoramic views from the building — EY occupies floors 14 to 18 — contribute to a sense of light and spaciousness,” Lee adds. “Looking east I see the FirstEnergy stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns. I can change directions and see the rest of the city, the river and the lake.”