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Updated: January 6, 2020

Travelers relocates hundreds of downtown Hartford employees back to Windsor St. building

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About 400 Travelers Cos. employees in downtown Hartford have been relocated to the property-casualty insurer’s Windsor Street office following significant renovations at the facility.

The New York-based insurer, which has a major presence in Hartford, spent last year renovating about half of the 200,000-square-foot Windsor Street building, which it has been steadily upgrading in multiple phases in recent years, a company spokeswoman said.

Travelers relocated about 400 workers based at 300-400 Windsor St. to downtown Hartford’s State House Square while the office renovations were being completed. An undisclosed number of Travelers employees remained at Windsor Street during the project, she said.

Travelers still plans to make other renovations at the Windsor Street building.

The insurer, she said, finished renovations at the low-rise building last month as its State House Square lease expired at year-end. Travelers uses the Windsor Street facility for many purposes, and has a variety of technology, claim, staff counsel and business-insurance professionals on-site.

The Travelers Championship tournament staff is still headquartered at State House Square, which is also in the midst of a $12-million facelift.

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Travelers Cos.' Windsor Street office space.

The Windsor Street enhancements mirror office-space improvements Travelers is also currently making at its Travelers Plaza Building, which adjoins the century-old Travelers Tower at 1 Tower Square.

That includes additional collaborative workstations, open space with increased natural light, reconfigured workstations with movable desktops that rise or descend, twin-screen computer monitors,new energy-efficient LED lighting and technology for conference calls and charging stations, among other upgrades.

The interior upgrades of Travelers’ Hartford properties, which began in 2017 and will be completed by late 2021, come a few years after the company spent tens of millions of dollars on extensive renovations to its Travelers Tower, and redoing its outside patio area.

Travelers acquired two buildings on Windsor Street, just north of downtown, for more than $10 million in 1990, city records show. It filled the space at the time with employees it was moving out of the XL Center, then the Hartford Civic Center, amid an exodus of shops and retail tenants at the aging arena.

The insurer currently has about 6,500 workers located downtown.

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