Xpanxion officials say business will allow for employees to ‘work in a different way’
Kelly Barnes, vice president of rural centers for Xpanxion, gives a tour of the Kearney tech company’s new headquarters at Tech oNE Crossing at 56th Street and Antelope Avenue. Much of the facility was designed to provide collaborative and innovative work spaces for employees, Barnes said. Photo by Jeff Damron, Kearney Hub
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KEARNEY — Day by day, the building at Kearney’s up-and-coming technology park is beginning to look more like the headquarters for a modern tech company.
Xpanxion, the anchor tenant at Tech oNE Crossing at 56th Street and Antelope Avenue, is constructing a $4 million, two-story facility on its 10-acre space at the park. The software development company started by Loup City native Paul Eurek will use the space as an executive briefing center as it works with companies such as Sony Network Entertainment, The Weather Co., Intercontinental Hotel Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Much of the new headquarters was designed with “the central theme around, ‘How do we allow people to collaborate and get heads down on technical work and do all the other types of work they might do on a daily basis?’” said Kelly Barnes, vice president of rural centers for Xpanxion.
The 20,000-square-foot building will have the capacity for 120-140 employees. Xpanxion’s current Kearney facility at 810 E. 56th St. has capacity for 75 employees. Once the Tech oNE building is complete, the entire Kearney operation will move there. No detail is spared to shape the space into a state-of-the-art facility where work and play collide.
“One of the design features we tried to incorporate into the facility was what we call nomadic work spaces,” Barnes said. “So right now, we have a serious lack of collaboration capabilities like places for people to go and collaborate or places where they can work in a different way. So, sometimes, you might be on a call and want solitude and sometimes you might want to go to like a relaxation alcove and do some of that or you might want to collaborate with co-workers or isolate a project team for a few days. So we tried to incorporate all those different needs around the type of work you do on a daily basis into the building.”
The facility includes a white board cave, relaxation areas, break rooms, huddle rooms, innovation labs, telephone booths, training rooms and, of course, cubicles and offices. The first floor is designated to be a more collaborative and innovative environment, while the second floor will be set up a bit more traditionally and will contain mostly cubicles.
“When we looked at the original design, it really looked like a cube farm, and we weren’t sure if a cube farm was really going to meet our needs in terms of the type of space we wanted for our people to enable them to work as effectively as possible as well as enjoy their workspace as much as possible,” Barnes said. “We want people to want to come work here, and once they come work here we want them to stay.”
The building is expected to be completed by the end of the month, Barnes said, but staff will not fully transition into the new building until around the beginning of March. The transfer into the new building will take 30-45 days, he said.
Construction is several weeks ahead of schedule.
“They’ve (Chief Construction) really stayed ahead of schedule and done a good job,” Barnes said.
Marc Fredericks, Chief Construction site supervisor, attributed the progress to the hard work of subcontractors.
Plans for the technology park also include the construction of Nebraska’s largest solar energy array. Officials with Chicago-based SoCore Energy, Nebraska Public Power District and the city entered a 25-year agreement in February to build a 5.8 megawatt, $11 million solar array on 53 acres of the park.
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