Sperry Rail Relocates 41,417 Square Foot Headquarters to Shelton, CT

John P. Hannigan of Choyce Peterson Negotiates Transaction

Norwalk, CT –Choyce Peterson, Inc. (www.choycepeterson.com), a commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm which specializes in representing tenants, announced the successful completion of lease negotiations for Sperry Rail Inc. (“Sperry”), the largest provider of Rail Health® services in the world, having inspected over 12 million miles of track to date. Sperry is leasing 41,417 square feet (SF) at 5 and 9 Research Drive, Shelton, CT.  Choyce Peterson Principal John P. Hannigan represented Sperry in this transaction.

After Hannigan’s initial meeting with Sperry, their executives quickly realized there was a limited supply of available flex space (office/warehouse/production) in Fairfield County that could accommodate both their headquarters office and production requirements. Once Sperry appointed Hannigan as their exclusive representative based on his tenant representation experience and knowledge of the area market, he spearheaded the initiative to consolidate operations from Sperry’s three Danbury buildings to new space that reflected the professionalism of a headquarters office and production space with high ceilings, drive-in doors and a loading dock.  

Per Hannigan’s suggestion, Sperry included architect Monique Delerme, Principal of Corporate Design Solutions  to work closely with Julie Brewster, Director of Global Project Management of Sperry (who served as internal project coordinator for their move) to coordinate optimizing the new headquarters and warehouse designs. After a series of meetings with Sperry executives, she calculated the square footage required in anew building and created concept plans for a collaborative, modern headquarters and efficient production space. Additionally, Becca Nell, Managing Director of VVA Project Managers and Consultants was added to the Sperry relocation team to provide outside expertise for the coordination of their move. With this information in-hand, Hannigan led Sperry on multiple tours of buildings covering a wide geographic area that included Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Monroe, New Milford, Newtown, and Shelton. He then orchestrated several rounds of proposals with prospective landlords. Sperry focused on 5 Research Drive because of its combination of office and high ceiling production space, as well as its proximity to Route 8.  After Delerme determined that the available space was not enough to accommodate all Sperry’s requirements, Hannigan collaborated with Rob Scinto of R.D. Scinto to evaluate various options in other buildings to satisfy Sperry’s needs. In the end, the best opportunity offered by Scinto on the 5 Research site was to build a brand-new 11,000 SF building (to be named 9 Research Drive) specially designed to encompass Sperry’s production specifications. At Hannigan’s request, Scinto also agreed to create an additional driveway entrance to the new building, and redesign the adjoining parking lot to create better traffic flow. Hannigan then negotiated extremely favorable financial and business terms for Sperry’s occupancy including free rent, a competitive rental rate, and a build-out of both spaces funded and constructed by the landlord.

“Over the past few years it has been rare for a new flex building to be built in Fairfield County,” Hannigan commented. “I am excited that Sperry is occupying both 5 and 9 Research Drive with a newly designed build-out in each building, which has provided them with the opportunity for increased collaboration and productivity.”

“John truly outdid himself on this transaction,” replied Jamie O’Rourke, President of Sperry. “We presented him with a challenging set of criteria for our new location which included first-class office space to convey the professional atmosphere of our headquarters, and ideal production space. Numerous buildings could not accommodate our requirements. The solution to have a custom-designed structure built to our exact needs had not been top-of-mind, and gives us a tremendous opportunity to streamline Sperry’s operations and take our company to the next level. We are all very thankful to John for negotiating this transaction on our behalf and would whole-heartedly recommend his services to any other company looking to relocate their office or flex space.”

Rob Scinto, COOof R.D. Scinto was the in-house representative for the owner, R.D. Scinto.


About Sperry Rail Inc.

For over 90 years, Sperry has been the world leader in Rail Health® solutions, helping railroads achieve continuous safety and performance improvements. Sperry is committed to delivering fit for-purpose Rail Health solutions using innovative technology that make railway travel safer and more reliable for everyone. Today, Sperry is the largest provider of Rail Health services in the world, having inspected well over twelve million miles of track and having found more than six million rail defects.


About Choyce Peterson

Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full service commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm with a specialty in tenant representation, was founded in 1997 and has offices in Norwalk, CT and Rye Brook, NY. For corporate and healthcare-focused companies based in Fairfield and Westchester counties, Choyce Peterson has negotiated millions of square feet of transactions in 42 states and Canada. The Choyce Peterson process delivers comprehensive and creative real estate solutions to ensure clients derive maximum value from their real estate decisions.