A move from Margate to Atlantic City opened doors in the casino industry for SOSH Architects, and the firm quickly snagged a number of small casino projects.
But SOSH's founders were keen on opening other doors as well, and decided to venture into additional markets.
It's a decision that continues to pay off for SOSH Architects, especially during the economic slowdown of the last few years. From a base of four partners at its launch, the firm now counts more than 50 employees and a satellite office in New York. It has taken on projects large and small, from local libraries, schools and municipal buildings, to gaming resorts across the country.
The firm's flexible approach also has been a boon to employees. Instead of cutting jobs during the recession, the firm cut its workweek. Once business picked back up, SOSH resumed a five-days-per-week schedule. To bolster the longterm prospects of its employees, SOSH trains them to help take part in business development efforts, and offers them opportunities to attend networking and community events.
In addition to remaining flexible, the firm is committed to creating innovative and rewarding designs for clients. Among those clients is Hard Rock International, the restaurant chain, which recently honored SOSH with its 2012 Project Development Partner of the Year award.
Other beneficiaries of the firm's talent include local planning boards and other nonprofit entities. SOSH staff members serve on numerous panels, including the Town of Linwood Zoning Board, the Ventnor City Planning Board and the board of Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College.
Looking ahead, the firm plans to continue growing in the casino and hospitality business. And, as it has been doing for more than three decades, SOSH is knocking on other doors, as well, including those opening into health care, transportation and higher education.
No. of Employees: 52
Annual Revenue: $19 million
Products/Services: Architecture, interior design, master planning, visual communications, sustainable design and construction administration.
Mission/Value Statement: "To be a leading architecture, interior design and master planning firm by bringing passion and purpose to every design opportunity, and by creating built environments that continually reward our clients, their businesses and the community."