By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Moving into the Price Rd. Corridor to an Allred Park Place office building, Infusionsoft is gearing for 700 new employees over the next three to four years. Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority helped with the Gilbert-based companyâ€™s relocation.
Wilmeng Construction, Mesa, is the GC on the Balmer Architectural Group-designed Park Place complex. The software company will move into the first Phase II building that is now under construction.Â Infusionsoft has not selected a designer for their tenant improvements, but are working from a closed list based on their network of contacts and referrals.
The company makes a web-based sales and marketing software with 32K users in 62 countries. Considered by the ACA to be a â€œrising star among Arizona companies,â€ according to Don Cardon, outgoing Commerce Authority president and CEO, Infusionsoft was one of the first companies utilized the Arizona Angel Tax Credit to raise seed funding and venture capital.
Some of the funding for the move comes from the Arizona Commerce Authorityâ€™s Angel Investment tax credit program. This program stretches tax credits of 30 or 35 percent of the investment value over three years for investors putting money into targeted Arizona small businesses. ACA can authorize up to $20M in tax credits over the programâ€™s life through 2016.
Part of a flurry of new projects in the Phoenix Valley, Infusionsoftâ€™s new building is one of the Allred Company buildings under construction right now in Park Place. Across Price Rd., Allred is closing on 62.7 acres for a 500K SF spec office center. The two projects are among the first built since 2009. Balmer is designing the remaining phase for Park Place and all the buildings in the Boardwalk project.
Infusionsoftâ€”rated as a best employer in both Arizona and U.S.â€”encourages employeesâ€™ creative breaks. The current facility boasts a one-third scale artificial turf football field, reading room, 100 brands of cereal in the break room, basketball hoops and a weight room. The environment releases stress and generates positive work results. When stuck with a problem, mind diversion is a known, productive solution.
Co-founder Clate Mask plans to maintain this style in the new building. While the football field â€“ now stunted from company growth with desks filling one of the red zones â€“ and basketball hoops wonâ€™t move with the company, a number of innovative features are incorporated into the concept plans.
The company sees itself as an employer trendsetter for technology start-ups. â€œWeâ€™re anticipating that Chandler and other Valley cities will bring relocation prospects and startups to see our facility,â€ says PR manager Laura Collins. â€œWe attract bright, creative team members, and want to offer a remarkable place to work.â€ Collins believes that when other tech companies see the kind of atmosphere at Infusionsoft, theyâ€™ll want to locate in the corridor.
Infusionsoft plans a central cafÃ© and hang-out place, along with a reading room or library and quiet rooms. A recording studio for audio and video is part of the plans. The weight room is being expanded into an exercise room for workouts, including showers.
The company is adding indoor bike racks along with bike commuter showers. For employees with families, in place of formal daycare, Infusionsoft is developing an enclosed play room where kids can be active on days when team members have to bring a youngster to work. For new mothers, a lactation room is part of the plan.
Infusionsoft anticipates a year-end move.