Forest Giant ribbon-cutting | Photo by Melissa Chipman
Jon Shaw, Jesse Lucas, Dave Durand and children, Mayor Greg Fischer and the Giant at Forest Giant ribbon-cutting | Photo by Melissa Chipman

This morning, in the company of the mayor, many entrepreneurial luminaries, some kids, and one very tall Giant, the mobile app and design firm Forest Giant cut the ribbon on their new digs on Frankfort Avenue.

The new office at 2858 Frankfort Ave. is around 7,000 square feet and was built in the 1920s as a Masonic Lodge. The building was gutted and redesigned by CEO Dave Durand and Jon Shaw of Forest Giant. “We’re designers, after all,” Durand told IL.

At the ribbon-cutting, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer issued a proclamation praising the company for their work in “globalization and innovation.” As an entrepreneur himself, Fischer said he knows that “when you get beyond the growth stage, it’s a fun ride.”

The mayor also praised Forest Giant for their work in the community. He cited Durand’s co-founding of City Collaborative, the organization responsible for the ReSurfaced project, as something Forest Giant has done to contribute to the “urban fabric of Louisville.” ReSurfaced is the two-time pop-up plaza on Main Street featuring food trucks, drinks and entertainment. Next month, ReSurfaced is moving a few blocks down to 10th Street for three days.

Forest Giant HQ | Photo by Melissa Chipman
Forest Giant HQ | Photo by Melissa Chipman

Forest Giant made the move to Crescent Hill from an already airy and stylish HQ in The Pointe in Butchertown. That space recently was taken over by MedTouch; the medical marketing firm is having their ribbon cutting on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.

Forest Giant’s new space on Frankfort nearly doubles their office space for their 18 employees. They spent the past six months working out of a condo next door.

Durand said he’d have to go through his books to determine how much they spent on the renovations because they did a little at a time; he declined to “ballpark” the figure.

The architect was Vadim Kaplan of Studio A Architecture. Construction was by Karzen Langan Construction Inc., supervised by Corky Yando. The building is owned by Don Langan.

The public area of Forest Giant will be used for events and will be open for most Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hops. There’s a full kitchen and a bar area. The office soon will be accessible by elevator.

The ribbon-cutting featured free doughnuts from the Hi-Five food truck, coffee and mimosas.

One fun moment worth a mention: During a tour of the office, Durand made a special point to give Mayor Fischer a tour of the men’s room.