Utah and the Wasatch Front have a long history in the technology business sector. Early Utah technology companies such as WordPerfect, Novell, Evans and Sutherland, Micron and Iomega put Utah on the map. In recent years, Utah has witnessed enormous growth in this industry specifically around the border of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Flagship projects such as the Utah Data Center, Adobe, Oracle and eBay have created a critical mass of technology companies. This growth is increasing despite the current economy and has shown that Utah is the place to be for computer software and hardware technology.
One company that is leading the pack is AtTask. With the opening of their new headquarters, located at Thanksgiving Park in Lehi, AtTask has moved right into the center of Utah's technology hub.
In 2010, AtTask, a premier online project collaboration and workflow software company, was looking to expand its operations and attract new software developers to their company. The move from Orem to Thanksgiving Park in Lehi provided many advantages for existing and future employees. The central location provides a relatively short commute for employees of Salt Lake and Utah counties. In addition, the new headquarters is closer to the Salt Lake International Airport and provides easy access from I-15 for clients and employee recruits from out of town.
Otto Silva, director of IT Operations for AtTask, said, "Although AtTask has a strong customer presence online, through podcast subscriptions and the company blog, we were looking to better mobilize our office space for both customer and employee access."
Another feature that attracted AtTask to their new Lehi location was the fiber optic connectivity available at the site. Thanksgiving Park offers fiber optic access with three national providers.
"Being that we are a software company and needing the optimum telecommunications reliability, we decided that Thanksgiving Park could offer an excellent source of fiber optic access, with interconnectivity between the buildings via both conduit and wireless solutions," said Silva.
Location and ease of access were not the only features important to AtTask. An updated space that is visually exciting, new and meets the needs of employees at AtTask was vital. Venturing out of the status quo, AtTask chose bold interior finish colors, abstract art and modern, comfortable furniture. Official meeting rooms are vibrant and inviting. These elements produce an environment that encourages brainstorming and innovation.
"It's refreshing when the decision makers within a company recognize that their human capital is the most important line item on the expense portion of the income statement," said Andrew Bybee, Thanksgiving Park's general manager. "Between the artwork, the colors, the employee perks, the break room, the nice furniture, AtTask employees not only feel valued but they enjoy being at work, which leads to more productivity."
Another feature of Thanksgiving Park that was attractive to AtTask is the pursuit of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. High efficiency heating and cooling systems, efficient plumbing fixtures and energy saving lighting fixtures and controls, along with other green building features are designed to reduce the amount of energy use in the building by 20 percent, and save approximately 600,000 gallons of water each year. Across the nation, companies are looking for ways to show a commitment to the environment, and LEED Certification is a valued solution for meeting that goal.
AtTask required a dedicated group of contractors for the construction of their new office. Big-D Construction teamed with Hunt Electric and CCI Mechanical and used the design-build process to provide speed, quality and value to the project. Hunt Electric's Information Transport Systems (ITS) division also provided the network cabling and connectivity systems for AtTask. Otto Silva commented that Hunt Electric's construction and ITS crews were key in the success of the project. It was an enormous undertaking in building a new network, connecting remote offices and moving 240 employees to the new site. Even though it was chaotic, the whole move from the old office to the new office was completed in less than three days.
AtTask has found a new home – one that will be a key contributor to its growth and success in the future. With ease of access, location, LEED Certification and a dynamic new office environment, AtTask can take pride in the fact that they are at the center of Utah's explosive technology growth for many years to come.
Darrin Sanders, PE, RCDD, LEED AP, is the engineering department manager for Hunt Electric. Ibi Guevara is VP of business development and marketing. Jill Lewis is marketing coordinator. They can be reached 801.975.8844.