Nautilus International Holding Corp. and its Metro subsidiaries—Metro Ports, Metro Cruise Services, Metro Shore Services and Metro Risk Management—broke ground on a new headquarters at the Port of Long Beach.

“Our long and rich association with the city and Port of Long Beach is literally going to be written in stone by moving our headquarters here,” says James Callahan, chairman, president and CEO of Nautilus. “Our team of professionals can’t wait to be in this very modern, business friendly and environmentally advanced location.”

Nautilus/Metro, which recently signed a 20-year agreement with the Port of Long Beach for continued bulk cargo operations, is moving its headquarters from its current location in Wilmington, Calif., to a 40,000-square-foot building on 2.57 acres in Douglas Park near the Long Beach Airport. When completed, the new building will be LEED certified and will hold a 168-space carport structure that includes 10 electric vehicle charging stations and is covered by solar panels.

The current staff of approximately 70 full-time employees will transfer to the new headquarters, which will have a capacity for more than 120 employees.

“Our new headquarters represents a new chapter for Nautilus and Metro,” adds Michael Giove, chief operating officer. “Not only will we be closer to our Port of Long Beach operations, but this move also represents our continued leadership in the stevedoring and port service industry. We are continuing a proud tradition of strategic, sustained growth.”

The building developer is Long Beach-based Urbana Development, LLC. DRA Architects is the architect on the project.