Citrix Celebrates Opening of 170,000-Sq.-Ft. HQ in Downtown Raleigh
- Oct 15, 2014
by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
Citrix Systems held a ribbon cutting event for its new office building in the city’s downtown Warehouse District.
The company has redeveloped an abandoned warehouse into a 170,000-square-foot modern workplace designed to stimulate creativity, collaboration, productivity and employee engagement.
According to the Triangle Business Journal, the project will completely revitalize this area of the city located between the heart of downtown and Glenwood South.
The building currently houses 600 Citrix employees and has the capacity to accommodate another 300.
Amenities include a rooftop garden, a storage facility for 80 bicycles, along with a bicycle exchange program that offers employees the chance to ride to lunch or run errands during the day, as well as a game room full of activities chosen by employee vote, including a racquetball court, basketball court, fitness center, yoga studio and bocce ball courts.
Designed by Alliance Architecture, this adaptive reuse project also incorporates environmentally-friendly features, including a 55-foot-long living wall covered in vegetation, a two-story ceiling with shades that adjust to natural light and numerous other elements supporting LEED Gold certification.
One of the building’s highlights is the fact that conference areas are made out of retrofitted transatlantic shipping containers, a true design challenge that pays homage to the property’s industrial legacy.
Citrix began its business in Raleigh three years ago, with the acquisition of the company’s secure file sync and sharing solution, ShareFile. Since then, ShareFile revenue has quadrupled and has become a core element of the company’s overall solution.
Citrix now plans to expand its presence in Raleigh to include all its teams, and be a central hub for local customers, partners and the entire Citrix ecosystem.
“The decision by Citrix leadership to make Raleigh a ‘Tier 1’ location will help us both retain top local talent and attract top talent from elsewhere, which is good for people and great for our company. One of our core cultural beliefs is to be an incubator and a driver of innovation. We love being first – so being first into a neighborhood that is being reborn is a perfect fit for us. Having a workplace like this will ensure that we attract and retain the very best people and that innovation, and the resulting business growth, will continue to thrive and prosper here in Raleigh,” says Jesse Lipson, who was founder and CEO of ShareFile and is now vice president of Citrix’s cloud documents business.
Photo credits: John West via bizjournals.com
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