Firm shows off its new space
Posted: October 25, 2012
The Winchester Star
KERNSTOWN — Invenio Solutions, a business-to-business sales firm, showed off its new 12,000-square-foot office space in Frederick County Wednesday.
The Austin, Texas-based company moved its local office from a warehouse in the Fort Collier Industrial Park, just north of Winchester, to a warehouse at 131 Frogale Court, south of the city, nestled between Valley Pike (U.S. 11) and Va. 37.
It’s a welcome improvement over the 7,000-square-foot Fort Collier space the company had outgrown, said Janet Wynkoop, president of the Winchester-area location.
“We were in a warehouse, and it was just rows and rows of cubicles,” she said of the former space. “People are happier here. They’re proud of the new space.”
Three weeks ago, Wynkoop and 61 employees moved into the new office space designed by the Winchester-based architecture firm Reader & Swartz.
The goal was to create a working environment with more natural light, privacy and aesthetic pleasure, said architect Chuck Swartz.
That mission was accomplished, according to Invenio Solutions CEO John Grady.
“It’s a funky, fun, eclectic space,” he said.
Swartz imagined the work space as a small-scale replica of a village.
Instead of long rows of cubicles, there are bunches of three or four, which are separated — often by interspersed offices that are like little buildings within a building, Swartz said.
In the center of the room is a spiral staircase that leads to a platform, which is intended to serve as a space for public addresses.
“Someone can go up there if he wants to tell everyone he asked his girlfriend to marry him,” Swartz joked.
Invenio Solutions has had a Winchester location since 2010, when it merged with Reston-based InteliTarget, and the company has more plans to expand locally.
Since moving its Winchester-area location three weeks ago, 10 employees have been hired locally, and the company plans to add another 35 to 40 by the end of the year, Wynkoop said.
She said another 5,000 square feet of space is scheduled to be added in the spring.
Randy Collins, president and CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, said Invenio Solutions’ expansion is a sign of a healthy local economy.
“Despite what you hear on TV or in the news, good things are happening in the business community in Frederick County,” he said.
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