Listrak Breaks Ground on New Office Building
The new, single-story office space, which will be 100 percent utilized by Listrak, is being built on a 27-acre piece of land purchased from Sechan Electronics. Listrak plans to move into the space with approximately 300 employees in Spring 2017. The space will have room for the company to accommodate up to 600 employees.
Due to explosive growth over the past few years, Listrak, who has appeared in the top half of Inc.’s list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for the past two years, has had to divide its expanding staff into multiple office locations. Listrak doubled its number of employees between January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2015, grew nearly an additional 50% in 2015 and plans for a 32% increase this year.
In 2013, the company, whose headquarters is on East Main Street in Lititz, opened an additional office in Manheim Township. In 2015, Listrak opened a second Manheim Township office, as well as a West Coast office in Newport Beach, CA. Since the beginning of 2016, the company has opened two additional office locations, - one in Manheim Township and another in downtown Lititz.
“The number one impetus for our investment in the new office building is to once again get all local Listrak employees under a single roof,” explains Ross Kramer, Listrak CEO and co-founder. “It is challenging to maintain the type of comradery we deeply value when different departments are located in different places, and even to maintain familiarity with co-workers as new employees get added on a nearly weekly basis.”
He continues, “Another hugely important goal of the new building is to foster a spirit of collaboration, innovation and alignment that ultimately optimizes our customers’ success.”
Soon after the land for the new office was purchased, Listrak executive management began gathering feedback on what employees wanted in a new building. “We truly wanted to hear everything, and encouraged employees to share even their wildest desires. We then studied all the feedback, identified the most popular requests, rated them in terms of priority and then incorporated the top ideas into our plans,” Kramer says.
To develop plans and make the shared vision a reality, Listrak has partnered closely with Construction Manager Ned Pelger, Hunter Johnson of Tono Architects, Tom Matteson of Diehm & Son Land Planning and Landscape Architect Howie Supnik.
A significant focus of the months-long planning process was in carefully designing a space that fosters cross-department teamwork, provides the tools that allow employees to be creative, productive and comfortable, and that allows for continued staff growth. Kramer comments, “After much research, we decided to take a page from Facebook and make the building a single story for optimum collaboration. We have intentionally designed a very open floor plan featuring an array of different shared meeting spaces - for everything from one-on-one conversations to large group gatherings - as well as shared eating spaces.”
He adds, “The new office space will also include upgraded teleconferencing capabilities, which is especially important for frequent meetings with our West Coast office members and the remote employees we have working in more than 10 different states. In addition, the new office will feature an on-site gym and on-site dining, which will provide employees with areas of relaxation as well as creative interaction.”