A company with a long history in this valley is getting a fresh start over the weekend as they move into a new headquarters building.
Newhall Land is leaving its ’60s era building – where chains serve as rain “gutters” and moving into new quarters on Springfield Court, a mere half-mile away.
“We started looking at moving a few years ago,” said Marlee Lauffer, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “This is an absolutely great building, but it’s not as efficient as it could be.”
Staff reductions, which took place when their home building division moved out and other corporate shifts took place, also left the remaining staff with lots of empty space.
“In this new building, we’ll have the whole third floor,” Lauffer said. “It’s going to be great; we will all be together, departments will be able to interface with other departments and we’ll be more efficient. Plus it’s a brand new building.”
The current building is also one of the properties acquired by LNR during the acquisition.
The Newhall Land and Farming Company was established in 1883, by the sons and widow of Henry Mayo Newhall. At that time, the company owned more than 46,000 acres, formerly beloning to Antonio del Valle and christened by Newhall as Rancho San Francisco.
Lauffer said that the last few months have been bittersweet, with staff going through files and storage, finding memories and evidence of how business has changed – especially where computers came into play.
“We’ve been doing lots of shredding and lots of scanning,” she said.
Their new headquarters will be at 25124 Springfield Court, which is off of Tourney Road near the 5 freeway. Lauffer said that one of the benefits of the new building is that everyone has a view office, overlooking the valley, the Tournament Players Club, the Westfield Valencia Town Center and the Valencia Commerce Center – as well as a glimpse at the future Newhall Ranch properties.
“It’s a good way to start the next phase of Newhall Land,” Lauffer concluded.